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12 January: Compassion misplaced

Larry Thor of Broadway is My Beat. (Photo: CBS.)

Larry Thor of Broadway is My Beat. (Photo: CBS.)

There come times in life when the falsely accused show compassion to those who set them up for the accusation in the first place. But there also come times when such compassion proves only too badly misplaced, as in tonight’s installment of one of the best crime dramas old-time radio yielded in its final decade of life.

 

 TUNE IN TONIGHT:
Broadway is My Beat: The Larry Moore Murder Case (CBS, 1952)

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13 November: Manhattan requiem

Godfrey (left) asked LaRosa to sing "Manhattan" for him . . . right before firing him on the air. (Photo: CBS.)

Godfrey (left) asked LaRosa to sing “Manhattan” for him . . . right before firing him on the air. (Photo: CBS.)

Richard Rodgers once said “Manhattan,” often known colloquially as “I’ll Take Manhattan,” was the song that “made” himself and Lorenz Hart as a songwriting team once and for all. The song also helped make the atmosphere of one of latter-day network radio’s most respected crime dramas in a time when it also helped break singer Julius LaRosa.

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8 August: The mighty Thor

Larry Thor. (Photo: CBS.)

Larry Thor. (Photo: CBS.)

Larry Thor’s resonant performance as Det. Danny Clover in Broadway is My Beat was an exception, not a rule in his long career.

Thor proved his acting chops in that role, but he was employed customarily as an actual announcer or to portray one on television and in films after Broadway is My Beat ended. This was somewhat unfair to a man who personified one of old time radio’s very few genuinely realistic police leads.

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Baloney proof? Old-time radio listening, 26 September

The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: The Red Wind (Second series premiere; CBS, 1948)

Raymond Chandler preferred Gerald Mohr’s Marlowe, more or less . . . (Photo: CBS)

Raymond Chandler quaked when his classic hard-boiled detective moved to radio. Willing though he was to pose with Marlowe’s first on-air portrayer, Van Heflin, he was also known to have written fellow crime novelist Erle Stanley Gardner complaining that radio’s first stab at The Adventures of Philip Marlowe “was thoroughly flat.”

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