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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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