Casey, Crime Photographer

Drama series about a crime-solving newspaper photographer
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This series went on the air on July 7, 1943 and lasted until April 22, 1955. A total of 431 episodes were broadcast.

Casey, Crime Photographer had more history than substance. It was a B-grade radio detective on a par perhaps with The Adventures of the Falcon, better than Mr Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, but lacking the style and polish of The Adventures of Sam Spade.

Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask, under the watchful eyes of then-editor Joseph Shaw, Flashgun Casey was the originally fast-talking crime photographer, a big, hot-tempered Boston Mick with a gift for gab and a nose for trouble. No "artiste", Casey kept a bottle of hooch and a .38 in his desk drawer, and boasted of being able to put a "slug where he aimed" and having "two big fists he knew how to use". He appeared in several short stories in the pulps and several novels.

Casey, whose first name was never revealed, was the major crime photographer at the fictional Morning Express newspaper. With the help of reporter Ann Williams, he tracked down criminals and solved numerous crimes on this popular mystery-adventure series. Often a picture snapped at a crime scene led Casey to play detective.

Casey and Ann often enlisted the aid their police cheif friend, Captain Logan during each week's half-hour episode. In between assighments, crime investigators Casey and Ann went to their favorite tavern, 'The Blue Note', and discussed their adventures with their bartender friend Ethelbert. There the crowd was friendly and the music was more than a backdrop. The jazz piano belonged to Herman Chittison, Matt Crowley and Staats Cotsworth played Casey, with the latter playing the role longer: Alice Reinheart, Betty Furness, Jone Allison, Lesley Woods, and Jan Miner (best remembered in the role) played Ann at different times.

Jackson Beck and Bernard Lenrow were heard as Captian Logan and John Gibson played Ethelbert.

Sponsors included Anchor-Hocking glass, Toni home permanet, Toni Creme Shampoo and Philip Morris cigarettes.

NOTE: Updated with Version 2 files (14-May-2011).

From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

  1. The Case of the Switched Plates (26.9Mb)
  2. The Clue in the Clouds (26.9Mb)
  3. The Reunion (22.7Mb)
  4. A Tooth for Tooth (23.7Mb)
  5. The Red Raincoat (27.1Mb)
  6. The Handkerchief (27Mb)
  7. The Duke of Skid Row (12.6Mb)
  8. Christmas Shopping (27Mb)
  9. The Surprising Corpse (13.5Mb)
  10. The Grey Kitten (27Mb)
  11. The Twenty Minute Alibi (27Mb)
  12. The Mysterious Lodger (27Mb)
  13. The Demon Miner (27Mb)
  14. The Box of Death (27Mb)
  15. The Gentle Strangler (27.1Mb)
  16. King of the Apes (13.8Mb)
  17. The Laughing Killer (27.1Mb)
  18. Pick-Up (27Mb)
  19. Acquitted (27.4Mb)
  20. The Lady Killer (27.4Mb)
  21. Casey and the Self-Made Hero (2nd Repeat of #36) (27Mb)
  22. Photo of the Dead (27Mb)
  23. Bright New Star (27.1Mb)
  24. Death in Lovers' Lane (27.1Mb)
  25. The Chivalrous Gunman (27.1Mb)
  26. The Busman's Holiday (27.1Mb)
  27. Hide-Out (27Mb)
  28. The Loaded Dice (27.1Mb)
  29. Graveyard Gertie (Repeat of #128) (27.1Mb)
  30. The Tobacco Pouch (27Mb)
  31. The Treasure Cave (26.9Mb)
  32. The Miscarriage of Justice (27.2Mb)
  33. The Wedding Breakfast (27.2Mb)
  34. The Camera Bug (27.4Mb)
  35. The Lady in Distress (27.1Mb)
  36. Great Grandfather's Rent Receipt (27.4Mb)
  37. TCOT Blonde Lipstick (26.9Mb)
  38. Too Many Angels (26.9Mb)
  39. Earned Reward (Repeat of #122) (27Mb)
  40. After Turkey - The Bill (27Mb)
  41. The Serpent Goddess (27.4Mb)
  42. The New Will (26.9Mb)
  43. The Life of the Party (27.1Mb)
  44. The Santa Claus of Bums' Blvd (26.6Mb)
  45. Hot New Year's Party (26Mb)
  46. Queen of the Amazons (26.9Mb)
  47. The Miracle (27.2Mb)
  48. Ex-Convict (26.8Mb)
  49. The Piggy Bank Robbery (27Mb)
  50. Music to Die By (26.8Mb)
  51. Key Witness (27Mb)
  52. Witchcraft (27Mb)
  53. The Fix (27Mb)
  54. Tough Guy (26.5Mb)
  55. Fog (26.8Mb)
  56. Murder in Black and White (27.2Mb)
  57. Blind Justice (27.2Mb)
  58. Holiday (13.1Mb)
  59. The Scene of the Crime (26.8Mb)
  60. The Wolverine (27.4Mb)
  61. Cupid is a Killer (Repeat of #112) (26.9Mb)
  62. Sell-Out (27Mb)
  63. The Death of a Stranger (27Mb)
  64. The Snowball (23.4Mb)
  65. The Coffin (23.4Mb)
  66. Thunderbolt (23Mb)
  67. The Upholsterer (11.7Mb)
  68. Wanted - A Gun (20.2Mb)
  69. The Bad Little Babe (5.6Mb)
  70. The Fire (24Mb)
  71. The Disappearance of Mr Dizzel (23.4Mb)
  72. The Suicide (23.5Mb)
  73. Unlucky Numbers (23.4Mb)
  74. Woman of Mystery AFRTS (23.3Mb)
  75. The Upholsterer (Repeat of #315) (23.4Mb)
  76. The Road Angel (27Mb)
  77. Source of Information (27.4Mb)

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