Mr and Mrs North

1940s US mystery series about husband-and-wife amateur detectives
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Mr. and Mrs. North are fictional American amateur detectives. Created by Frances and Richard Lockridge, the couple were featured in a series of 26 Mr. and Mrs. North novels, a Broadway play, a motion picture and several radio and television series.

Mr. and Mrs. North was a radio mystery series that aired on CBS from 1942 to 1954. Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin had the title roles when the series began in 1942. The characters, publisher Jerry North and his wife Pam, lived in Greenwich Village at 24 St. Anne's Flat. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years. The radio program eventually reached nearly 20 million listeners.

The characters originated in 1930s vignettes written by Richard Lockridge for the New York Sun, and he brought them back for short stories in The New Yorker. These stories were collected in Mr. and Mrs. North (1936). Lockridge increased the readership after he teamed with his wife Frances on a novel, The Norths Meet Murder (1940), launching a series of 26 novels, including Death Takes a Bow, Death on the Aisle and The Dishonest Murderer. Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. The series was unusual in that it was Mrs. North who often solved the cases, while Mr. North was just background much of the time. In his article, "Married Sleuths," Charles L.P. Silet captured the flavor of the novels:

In 1946, Mr. and Mrs. North received the first Best Radio Drama Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America (in a tie with CBS's Ellery Queen). The program, which was broadcast once in 1941 and continuously from December 1942 through December 1946 on NBC Radio (for Woodbury Soap), and from July 1947 to April 1955 on CBS Radio (for Colgate-Palmolive), featured Carl Eastman (1941), Joseph Curtin (1942-53) and Richard Denning (1953-55) as Jerry North. Pam North was played by Peggy Conklin (1941), Alice Frost (1942-53) and Barbara Britton (1953-55). In his book, Radio Crime Fighters, Jim Cox wrote that the couple:

"... who passed themselves off as a publisher and his homemaker-spouse continued to make lighthearted wisecracks as they stepped over bodies in dark alleys and were rendered unconscious by unknown assailants dispensing blows to the head almost every week... The feminine half of the twosome was at least equal to the husband in solving cases that often baffled law-enforcement officers with years of training and practice; except in reading clues. No explanation was given, of course, as to why a couple of misfits could be so successful in their preoccupation while the professionals thrashed about ineffectually."

  1. Picnic (CBS Audition Show) (13.6Mb)
  2. Russian Restaurant Murder (6.7Mb)
  3. Murder by the Book (13.7Mb)
  4. The Dark Swarthy Man (1st half only) (8.3Mb)
  5. Pam and the Orange Scarf (1st half only) (3.3Mb)
  6. The Contagious Confession (26.9Mb)
  7. The Norths Buy a Letter (6.9Mb)
  8. Missing Sparkler (13.6Mb)
  9. Pam Takes a Message (27.1Mb)
  10. The Norths Go To the Dogs (26.9Mb)
  11. Murder Threatened (27.4Mb)
  12. The Norths Get Wired for Sound (10.8Mb)
  13. Pam Pops a Question (8.6Mb)
  14. Pam Keeps Out of Trouble (27.8Mb)
  15. The Norths Discover Christopher Columbus (6.4Mb)
  16. Frisbie Proves His Point (28Mb)
  17. The Norths Receive an Invitation To Murder (13.9Mb)
  18. Gangster Douglas Grant (6.8Mb)
  19. Milkman's Ring (22.9Mb)
  20. Call Me Choo Choo (22.7Mb)
  21. Accidents on the Ice (10.9Mb)
  22. Dime A Dance (11.4Mb)
  23. Million Dollar Murder (12.4Mb)
  24. Who Killed Mr Stefano (22.6Mb)
  25. Charles Wyatt Murder (11.8Mb)
  26. The Premature Corpse (23.5Mb)
  27. Dead Giveaway (22.7Mb)
  28. The Death Trap (22.8Mb)
  29. Heavenly Body (23.5Mb)
  30. Don't Cry Wolf (23.7Mb)
  31. Murder Mismanaged (23.3Mb)
  32. Death in the Dark (22.8Mb)
  33. The Last Escape (22.8Mb)
  34. Fool's Gold (6.9Mb)
  35. Wheel of Chance (26.2Mb)
  36. Coat of Arms (22.9Mb)
  37. The Comic (22.5Mb)
  38. Bet on Murder (22.3Mb)
  39. The Saint of George Street (22Mb)
  40. Family Affair (23.3Mb)
  41. Diamond Noose (23.4Mb)
  42. The Crooked Ring (23.5Mb)
  43. No Vacation From Murder (23.4Mb)
  44. Die Hard (23.2Mb)
  45. House of Hate (23.3Mb)
  46. Brother Danny (23.4Mb)
  47. Masquerade (23.2Mb)
  48. Runaway from Murder (23.2Mb)
  49. Hostage (23.1Mb)
  50. Death Comes In Cans (22.8Mb)
  51. Dance Of Death (23Mb)
  52. Shoot To Kill (23.2Mb)
  53. Death Is Forever (23.4Mb)
  54. The Man With the Rifle (22.7Mb)
  55. Too Late to Die (23.6Mb)
  56. Background for Murder (23.4Mb)
  57. The Witness (23Mb)
  58. Touch of Death (11.8Mb)
  59. Snowbound (23.3Mb)
  60. Cry Foul (22.4Mb)
  61. Collector's Item (22.5Mb)
  62. Winter Honeymoon (23.7Mb)
  63. Cross My Heart (23.8Mb)
  64. The Fallen Star (23.6Mb)
  65. Two Deaths For A Hero (20.9Mb)
  66. Operation Murder (27.1Mb)
  67. Nightwalk - Pt 1 of 6 (3.2Mb)
  68. Nightwalk - Pt 2 of 6 (3.5Mb)
  69. Nightwalk - Pt 3 of 6 (3.6Mb)
  70. Nightwalk - Pt 4 of 6 (3.5Mb)
  71. Nightwalk - Pt 5 of 6 (3.4Mb)
  72. Deadly Doll (5Mb)
  73. Murder for Sale (23.6Mb)
  74. Checkmate (22.3Mb)
  75. Deadly Innocent (11.2Mb)

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