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In an earlier time, just prior to and following the Second World War, the general public was fascinated by the subject of crime. Numerous magazines of "True Crime Stories" filled the newsstands. Radio also helped fill the need with fictional heroes such as Johnny Dollar and The Saint. Few true crime dramas, other than Gangbusters or Dragnet, sustained long term success on radio.

The Secrets of Scotland Yardwas a successful crime drama series, initially airing internationally between 1949 and 1951. Selected episodes finally came to a US radio network for a brief run much later in 1957 over the Mutual Broadcasting System.

The series boasted well over 100 episodes, one of which, "The Bone From A Voice Box", apparently served as the prototype for another well remembered Towers Of London dramatic series, The Black Museum. In both series, well known actors were employed as host / narrator, Orson Welles in The Black Museum and Clive Brook here. In fact, the shows were so similar that some of the same actual Scotland Yard cases were dramatized for both series (with totally different scripts, and casts).

The Secrets of Scotland Yard was an independent production of the Towers of London syndicate in England for world wide distribution. Each week, an audience of anxious radio-listeners tuned in to hear these true crime stories of the London Metropolitan Police unfold, as the detectives at the Yard investigated some of England’s most famous criminals. Their trials have become legendary.

Stories presented in the series include the theft of the British crown jewels by Colonel Thomas Blood; the story of a man who finds an armless and legless body wrapped in ribbons and lace; or the strange story of two close brothers who love one another enough to contemplate the murder of a brother’s affluent, yet unsightly and ignorant, wife.

Murders, forgery, and robberies all get a through review on the program. Each time, Scotland Yard detectives are afoot to solve the crime mystery!

The Secrets of Scotland Yard was initially hosted by Clive Brook, probably for the first year or so. To add to the air of authenticity, Brook sometimes discusses matters with Percy Hoskins, a 1950s crime expert and reporter for the London Daily Express. Hoskins knew every nook and cranny in London’s seedier districts and personally reported on many of the major crimes of the day. A student of crime, Hoskins was also one of the founders of the Saints and Sinners Club of London, an educational organization dedicated to true crime investigation methods and results.

Brook had his own Scotland Yard experience previously when he played retired naval commander Stevenson in the 1936 film, "Scotland Yard Commands". American audiences will however probably more familiar with Brooks’ portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes in the 1932 film of the same name. Brook was eventually replaced by an actor portraying the character Superintendent X of Scotland Yard.


EPISODES LIST
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Absent Minded Professor
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Accurate Spelling Is Essential
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Bank of England Robbery
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Battalier
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Black Market Murder
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Blodie Belgium
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Bone from a Voice Box
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Brothers Staunton
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Buckets of Blood
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Burke and Hare
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Captain X
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Charles Piece
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Counterfeiter
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Crime On The Railway
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Dr Ruxton Axe Killer
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Family Soliciter
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Fence
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Fiction Is Stranger Than Truth aka Reginald Sidney Buckfield
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Florence Maybrick
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Frederick Stewart
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - General Charles Leward aka Death In The Wood
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - George Smith
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Great Gold Robbery
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Greeneyed Monster
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Henri Perot
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Henry Fauntleroy
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Hunted Hunter
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Identifications
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Jack the Ripper
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Jean Pierre Vaquier The Dapper Frenchman aka Battalier
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Jim the Penman
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Just a Matchstick and a Duster
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Kindly Doctor
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Lady in Distress
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Lady Is a Crook
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Lesson in Love
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Liverpool Bank Fraud
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Lucky Murderer
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Mightier Than The Sword
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Mrs Voisson
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Murder At Moat House Farm
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Murder Most Foul aka Mrs Voisson
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Murder Without Motive
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Murderers Letter
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Music Murder and a Mackintosh
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Neville Heath
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Nurse Waddingham
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - One Man Too Many
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Pen Is Mightier Than the
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Perfect Detective
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Pests
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Poisoner
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Reginald Sidney Buckfiel
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Robbery on the_Railways.
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Robert Wood
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Romantic Murderer
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Ronald Vivian Light
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Root of All Evil Money
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Saved By A Piece Of Paper aka Identifications
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Scales of Justice aka Robert Wood
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Servant Problem
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Smoke Clings to the Hair
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Story of Walter Miller
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Theft of the British Crown Jewels
Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Witchcraft Law

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