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I LOVE A MYSTERY

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OLD TIME RADIO - 2 CD-ROM - 177 mp3 - Total Playtime: 41:18:13

I Love a Mystery was a radio drama series about three friends who ran a detective agency and traveled the world in search of adventure. Distinguished by the high octane scripting of Carlton E. Morse, the program was the polar opposite of Morse's other success, the long-running One Man's Family.
The central characters, Jack Packard, Doc Long and Reggie York, met as mercenary soldiers fighting the Japanese in China. Later, they met again in San Francisco, where they decided to form the A-1 Detective Agency. Their motto was "No job too tough, no adventure too baffling." The agency served as a plot device to involve the trio in a wide variety of stories. These straddled the genres of mystery, adventure and supernatural horror, and the plotlines often took them to exotic locales. Over the years, Jack was played by Michael Raffetto, Russell Thorson, Jay Novello, Jim Bannon and John McIntire. Doc was played by Barton Yarborough and Jim Boles. Reggie was portrayed by Walter Paterson and Tony Randall. The agency's secretary, Jerry Booker, was played by Gloria Blondell. After Paterson committed suicide in 1942, his friend Morse could not bear to recast the role and Reggie was written out of the series. In later shows, Jerry's role was increased, and she replaced Reggie.
A 1945 movie called I Love A Mystery starred Jim Bannon as Jack, Barton Yarborough as Doc, George Macready and Nina Foch. Reggie did not appear in the movies, because he had been written out of the radio series. The movie was about a man who seeks protection after he predicts his own death in three days. Two more movies in the series starring Bannon and Yarborough followed in 1946: The Devil's Mask and The Unknown.
A TV movie produced in 1967 starred Les Crane as Jack, David Hartman as Doc, and Hagan Beggs as Reggie. After being shelved for six years, NBC aired the movie in 1973.
Sponsored by Fleischmann's Yeast, I Love a Mystery first aired on the NBC West Coast network from January 16 to September 29, 1939, weekdays at 3:15pm Pacific time, and then moved to the full NBC network from October 2, 1939 to March 29, 1940, airing weeknights at 7:15pm. In 1940, it expanded to 30-minute episodes from April 4 to June 27 on NBC Thursdays at 8:30pm. Continuing on the Blue Network from September 30, 1940 to June 29, 1942, it was heard Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm. Procter & Gamble (for Oxydol and Ivory Soap) replaced Fleishmann's Yeast as the sponsor in the series broadcast by CBS from March 22, 1943 to December 29, 1944 with 15-minute episodes heard weeknights at 7pm. A TV movie with David Hartmann was broadcast in the mid-1970s.
After a four-year lapse, Jack, Reggie and Doc returned in 1948 with a title change to I Love Adventure, broadcast on ABC from April 25 to July 18, 1948. It followed the post-war adventures of the trio who worked for the Twenty-One Old Men of 10 Gramercy Park in London, an extra-governmental organization of some power. I Love Adventure ran for 13 episodes.
A year later, I Love a Mystery was revived on the Mutual Broadcasting System, and the production relocated from Hollywood to New York. This series began October 3, 1949 and continued until December 26, 1952 with 15-minute episodes heard weeknights at 7pm during 1949-50 and then 10:15pm from 1950 to 1952. The Mutual series recreated the original scripts written by Morse for the NBC series.
"The Fear That Creeps Like A Cat", the serial preceding "The Thing That Cries in the Night", was completely recreated in 1996 by Jim Harmon Productions starring Les Tremayne as "Jack Packard", Tony Clay as "Doc Long", Frank Bresee as "Reggie York" and Fred Foy as "The Announcer".
Tough, charismatic group leader Jack is usually the first to figure solutions to the mysteries. Jack has more of an edge than the typical radio hero of the period. He distrusts the attractive women who always seem to show up, and he professes to dislike women in general. The series' writer claimed that Jack's problems with women had to do with his youth. He had gotten a girl pregnant and had to leave his home town in shame. This was only a back story detail and was never made explicit on the show. Doc and Reggie are slightly less edgy characters. The Texas-born Doc is a hard-fighting, boastful, high-spirited character who provides comic relief. Reggie, an Englishman noted for his great strength, however, usually shied away from the fairer sex.
Morse, regarded as one of the best writers in radio, took delight in creating vividly imagined settings for the show and elaborate, often bizarre plots. In a medium whose heroes tended to be serious and strait-laced, he created three who were wonderfully reckless and exuberant. Jack, Doc and Reggie were more interested in the thrill of adventure than in righting wrongs. When they collected a fee, their only goal was to spend it as quickly as possible.
Actor Peter Lorre once sent Morse a letter threatening legal action because a character named Michel in two of the serials, sounded like Lorre. Morse dropped the character from the series days after. The serial "The Temple of the Vampires" was the first serial to cause concerned parents to write letters to the network. When Walter Patterson committed suicide, the character of Reggie was written out of the series, but he was mentioned by name two years later.
Valse Triste by Jean Sibelius was the program's theme music. There were several film adaptations of I Love a Mystery by Morse, but none had the success of the radio series. Surviving recordings of the show are rare.
It was announced that in 2009 Audio Cinema Entertainment, Inc. has gotten the blessings of the Morse Estate to do recreations of the full series based on the Hollywood run.
Despite the popularity of the program, few series have survived in a listenable state. The few that have survived in a complete form are "The Thing That Cries in the Night" and "Bury Your Dead, Arizona". Other surviving series are "The Million Dollar Curse", "The Temple of Vampires", "Battle of the Century" and "The Hermit of San Felipe Atabapo"; however, several episodes of these serials are missing, leaving plot holes.

EPISODES LIST

1939-01-17 Roxy City Mob Pt2of14
1939-01-18 Roxy City Mob Pt3of14
1940-03-11 Murder In Turquoise Pass Pt1of15
1940-03-12 Murder In Turquoise Pass Pt2of15
1940-06-00 Snake With Diamond Eyes Pt Of26
1940-06-13 Snake With Diamond Eyes Pt11of26
1941 Secret Passage To Death
1941-06-30 Eight Kinds Of Murder Pt7
1941-11-03 Monster In The Mansion Pt9of16
1941-11-10 Monster In The Mansion Pt11of16
1942-04-13 Pirate Loot of Island of Skull Pt1of26
1942-04-16 Pirate Loot of Island of Skull Pt2of26
1942-04-20 Pirate Loot of Island of Skull Pt3of26
1942-04-23 Pirate Loot of Island of Skull Pt4of26
1942-04-27 Pirate Loot of Island of Skull Pt5of26
1942-04-30 Pirate Loot of Island of Skull Pt6of26
1942-05-04 Pirate Loot of Island of Skulls Pt7of26
1942-05-07 Pirate Loot of Island of Skulls Pt8of26
1942-05-14 Pirate Loot of Island of Skulls Pt10of26
1942-05-18 Pirate Loot of Island of Skulls Pt11of26
1943-03-30 Girl In The Gilded Cage Pt7of15
1943-11-08 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt1of20
1943-11-09 Hermit of San Felipe Atapapo Pt2of20
1943-11-10 Hermit of San Felipe Atapapo Pt3of20
1943-11-11 Hermit of San Felipe Atapapo Pt4of20
1943-11-12 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt5of20
1943-11-15 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt6of20
1943-11-16 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt7of20
1943-11-17 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt8of20
1943-11-18 Hermit of San Felipe Atapapo Pt9of20
1943-11-19 Hermit of San Felipe Atapapo Pt10of20
1943-11-22 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt11of20
1943-11-23 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt12of20
1943-11-24 Hermit of San Felipe Atapapo Pt13of20
1943-11-29 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt16of20
1943-11-30 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt17of20
1943-12-02 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt19of20
1943-12-03 Hermit of San Felipe Atabaro Pt20of20
1944-05-12 I Am Destroyer of Women Pt15of15
1944-09-21 Bride of the Werewolf Pt30f15
1944-11-03 Monster Mansion Pt5 2nd
1944-11-10 Monster Mansion Pt6 1st
1945-05-21 Grandma What Big Teeth You Have - audition
1949-10-03 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt1of20
1949-10-04 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt2of20
1949-10-05 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt3of20
1949-10-06 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt4of20
1949-10-07 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt5of20
1949-10-10 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt6of20
1949-10-11 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt7of20
1949-10-12 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt8of20
1949-10-13 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt9of20
1949-10-14 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt10of20
1949-10-17 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt11of20
1949-10-18 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt12of20
1949-10-19 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt13of20
1949-10-20 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt14of20
1949-10-21 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt15of20
1949-10-24 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt16of20
1949-10-25 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt17of20
1949-10-26 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt18of20
1949-10-27 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt19of20
1949-10-28 Fear Creeps Like a Cat Pt20of20
1949-10-31 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt1of15
1949-11-01 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt2pf15
1949-11-02 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt3of15
1949-11-03 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt4of15
1949-11-04 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt5of15
1949-11-07 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt6of15
1949-11-08 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt7of15
1949-11-09 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt8of15
1949-11-10 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt9of15
1949-11-11 Thing That Cries in the Night E10of15
1949-11-14 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt11of15
1949-11-15 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt12of15
1949-11-16 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt13of15
1949-11-17 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt14of15
1949-11-18 Thing That Cries in the Night Pt15of15
1949-11-21 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt10f15
1949-11-22 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt2of15
1949-11-23 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt3of15
1949-11-24 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt4of15
1949-11-25 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt5of15
1949-11-28 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt6of15
1949-11-29 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt7of15
1949-11-30 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt8of15
1949-12-01 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt9of15
1949-12-02 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt10of15
1949-12-05 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt11of15
1949-12-06 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt12of15
1949-12-07 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt13of15
1949-12-08 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt14of15
1949-12-09 Bury Your Dead Arizona Pt15of15
1949-12-12 Million Dollar Curse Pt1of15
1949-12-13 Million Dollar Curse Pt2of15
1949-12-14 Million Dollar Curse Pt3of15
1949-12-15 Million Dollar Curse Pt4of15
1949-12-16 Million Dollar Curse Pt5of15
1949-12-19 Million Dollar Curse Pt6of15
1949-12-20 Million Dollar Curse Pt7of15
1949-12-21 Million Dollar Curse Pt8of15
1949-12-22 Million Dollar Curse Pt9of15
1949-12-26 Million Dollar Curse Pt11of15
1949-12-27 Million Dollar Curse Pt12of15
1949-12-28 Million Dollar Curse Pt13of15
1949-12-29. Million Dollar Curse Pt14of15
1949-12-30 Million Dollar Curse Pt15of15
1950-01-02 Temple of Vampires Pt1of20
1950-01-03 Temple of Vampires Pt2of20
1950-01-04 Temple of Vampires Pt3of20
1950-01-05 Temple of Vampires Pt4of20
1950-01-06 Temple of Vampires Pt5of20
1950-01-09 Temple of Vampires Pt6of20
1950-01-10 Temple of Vampires Pt7of20
1950-01-11 Temple of Vampires Pt8of20
1950-01-12 Temple of Vampires Pt9of20
1950-01-13 Temple of Vampires Pt10of20
1950-01-16 Temple of Vampires Pt11of20
1950-01-17 Temple of Vampires Pt12of20
1950-01-18 Temple of Vampires Pt13of20
1950-01-19 Temple of Vampires Pt14of20
1950-01-20 Temple of Vampires Pt15of20
1950-01-23 Temple of Vampires Pt16of20
1950-01-24 Temple of Vampires Pt17of20
1950-01-25 Temple of Vampires Pt18of20
1950-01-26 Temple of Vampires Pt19of20
1950-01-27 Temple of Vampires Pt20of20
1950-01-30 Battle of the Century Pt01of18
1950-01-31 Battle of the Century Pt02of18
1950-02-01 Battle of the Century Pt03of18
1950-02-02 Battle of the Century Pt04of18
1950-02-07 Battle of the Century Pt07of18
1950-02-08 Battle of the Century Pt08of18
1950-02-09 Battle of the Century Pt09of18
1950-02-13 Battle of the Century Pt11of18
1950-02-14 Battle of the Century Pt12of18
1950-02-15 Battle of the Century Pt13of18
1950-02-16 Battle of the Century Pt14of18
1950-02-20 Battle of the Century Pt16of18
1950-02-21 Battle of the Century Pt17of18
1950-02-22 Battle of the Century Pt18of18
1950-03-30 Tropics Dont Call It Murder Pt26of26
1950-04-20 Case Of The Nevada Man Killer Pt15of25
1950-04-20 Case Of The Nevada Man Killer Pt20of25
1950-06-23 Snake with the Diamond Eyes Pt1of26
1950-07-28 Snake with the Diamond Eyes Pt26of26
1950-08-30 Murder in Turquoise Pass Pt8of15
1950-08-31 Murder in Turquoise Pass Pt9of15
1950-12-12 Incident Concerning Death Pt10of15
1951-11-19 Killer of the Circle M Pt1of20
1951-11-20 Killer of the Circle M Pt2of20
1951-11-30 Killer of the Circle M Pt10of20
1951-12-03 Killer of the Circle M Pt11of20
1951-12-17 Murder is Word For It Pt1of15
1951-12-18 Murder is Word For It Pt2of15
1951-12-20 Murder is Word For It Pt4of15
1952-01-04 Murder is Word For It Pt15of15
1952-02-00 Graves of Wamperjaw Pt1of15
1952-02-00 Graves of Wamperjaw Pt2of15
1952-02-18 Graves of Whamperjaw Texas Pt1of15
1952-02-19 Graves of Whamperjaw Texas Pt2of15
1952-02-27 Graves of Whamperjaw Texas Pt8of15
1952-02-28 Graves of Whamperjaw Texas Pt9of15
1952-05-16 My Beloved is a Vampire Pt25of25
1952-11-13 I Am Destroyer of Women Pt13of15
1952-11-18 I Am Destroyer of Women Pt14of15v1
1952-11-18 I Am Destroyer of Women Pt14of15v2
1952-11-18 I Am Destroyer of Women Pt15of15
1952-12-05 Bride of Werewolf Pt12of15
1954-05-11 audition 1
1954-05-11 audition 2
1954-05-11 audition 3
Australian Goddess Statue
interview With Carlton E.Morse
interview With Mercedes McCambridge
interview With Russell Thorson Jim Boles
interview With Tony Randall


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