The Adventures of Sam Spade

Detective radio series, 1946-51
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The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. The announcer was Dick Joy.

The series was largely overseen by producer/director William Spier. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America.

Before the series, Sam Spade had been played in radio adaptations of The Maltese Falcon by both Edward G. Robinson (in a 1943 Lux Radio Theater production) and by Humphrey Bogart (in a 1946 Academy Award Theater production), both on CBS.

Dashiell Hammett's name was removed from the series in the late 1940s because he was being investigated for involvement with the Communist Party. Later, when Howard Duff's name appeared in the Red Channels book, he was not invited to play the role when the series made the switch to NBC in 1950.

  1. The Adventures Of Sam Spade Intro (3.4Mb)
  2. Samuel Dashiell Hammett Biography (2.4Mb)
  3. Howard Duff Biography (1Mb)
  4. Lurene Tuttle Biography (1.1Mb)
  5. A & C Sam Shovel 48-10-28 (240) Case Of A Boy Named Tony (6.9Mb)
  6. A & C Sam Shovel 48-11-11 (242) Sorry Wrong Rhumba (13.7Mb)
  7. A & C Sam Shovel 48-11-18 (243) Case Of The Russian Diplomat (13.2Mb)
  8. A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-02 (245) Case Of The Curbstone Murder (13.1Mb)
  9. A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-09 (246) Case Of Two Gun Gertie (13.6Mb)
  10. A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-16 (247) It Was Time For A Change (13.7Mb)
  11. A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-23 (248) I'm All Yours In Buttons & Bows (6.7Mb)
  12. A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-30 (249) The Murder At The Radio Quiz Show (6.9Mb)
  13. A & C Sam Shovel 49-01-27 (253) General Custer's Last Hamburger (6.9Mb)
  14. A & C Sam Shovel 49-03-03 (258) Caught With His Prints Down (6.9Mb)
  15. A & C Sam Shovel 49-04-28 (266) Tony's Home Permanent (6.6Mb)
  16. A & C Sam Shovel 49-05-19 (265) Dust Be My Destiny (6.7Mb)
  17. Academy Award Theater (1946-07-03) The Maltese Falcon (6.3Mb)
  18. BBC - The Maltese Falcon Parts 1 - 4 (34Mb)
  19. BBC Sam Spade - ( The Original Private Eye) (6.5Mb)
  20. BBC Saturday Night Theater- D. Hammett's Maltese Falcon 1-4 (7.2Mb)
  21. BBC Saturday Night Theater- D. Hammett's Maltese Falcon 2-4 (7.2Mb)
  22. BBC Saturday Night Theater- D. Hammett's Maltese Falcon 3-4 (7.1Mb)
  23. BBC Saturday Night Theater- D. Hammett's Maltese Falcon 4-4 (5.6Mb)
  24. Burns& Allen (1949-02-10) Sam Spade (6.6Mb)
  25. Fred Allen 1948-11-07 Sam Shovel, Private Eye (6.5Mb)
  26. Lux Radio Theater (1943-02-08) The Maltese Falcon (13.1Mb)
  27. Sam and Psyche aka The Death of Dr Denoff (27Mb)
  28. The Dead Duck Caper (23Mb)
  29. The Calcutta Trunk Caper (22.6Mb)
  30. The Convertible Caper (21.4Mb)
  31. The Adam Figg Caper (22.4Mb)
  32. The Bow Window Caper (26.7Mb)
  33. The One Hour Caper (20.8Mb)
  34. The Gold Key Caper (21.5Mb)
  35. The Death Bed Caper (27Mb)
  36. The Bail Bond Caper (27.1Mb)
  37. The Rushlight Diamond Caper (27.4Mb)
  38. The Wheel of Life Caper (27.1Mb)
  39. The Missing Newshawk Caper (27.1Mb)
  40. The Mad Scientist Caper (26.9Mb)
  41. The Dry Martini Caper (26.4Mb)
  42. The Bluebeard Caper (27.1Mb)
  43. The Critical Author Caper (27.3Mb)
  44. The Vaphio Cup Caper (27.2Mb)
  45. Sam Spade 1948-08-29 Lawless Caper (27.1Mb)
  46. Sam Spade 1948-09-05 Stella Starr Caper (4min in middle missing) (22.6Mb)
  47. Sam Spade 1948-09-12 Lazarus Caper (26.9Mb)
  48. Sam Spade 1948-09-19 Hot Hundred Grand Caper (27Mb)
  49. Sam Spade 1948-09-26 Dick Foley Caper (27Mb)
  50. Sam Spade 1948-10-03 Sugar Kane Caper (26.6Mb)
  51. Sam Spade 1948-10-24 Insomnia Caper AFRS (23Mb)
  52. Sam Spade 1948-10-31 Fairley-Bright Caper (27.2Mb)
  53. Sam Spade 1948-11-07 SQP Caper AFRS (22.3Mb)
  54. Sam Spade 1948-11-28 Quarter Eagle Caper AFRS (23.3Mb)
  55. Sam Spade 1948-12-12 Bouncing Betty Caper AFRS (22.8Mb)
  56. Sam Spade 1949-01-16 Betrayal In Bumpus Hell Caper AFRS (22.5Mb)
  57. Sam Spade 1949-03-27 Love Letter Caper AFRS (23.8Mb)
  58. Sam Spade 1949-04-10 Stopped Watch Caper (27Mb)
  59. Sam Spade 1949-04-17 Subject - Edith Hamilton AFRS (23.4Mb)
  60. Sam Spade 1949-05-14 Battles of Belvedere AFRS (21.8Mb)
  61. Sam Spade 1949-06-05 Overjord Caper (27.2Mb)
  62. Sam Spade 1949-06-19 Apple of Eve Caper (26Mb)
  63. Sam Spade 1949-07-10 Queen Bee Caper (25Mb)
  64. Sam Spade 1949-07-17 Cuttyhunk Caper (1st 15 min only) (13Mb)
  65. Sam Spade 1949-07-24 Tears of Night Matter (25.6Mb)
  66. Sam Spade 1949-08-07 Champion Caper (27.1Mb)
  67. Sam Spade 1949-08-28 Prodigal Daughter Caper (26.1Mb)
  68. Sam Spade 1949-09-25 Indian Caper (25.1Mb)
  69. Sam Spade 1949-11-06 Cheesecake Caper (23Mb)
  70. Sam Spade 1949-12-04 Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail Caper (25.1Mb)
  71. Sam Spade 1950-05-13 Honest Thief Caper (Rehearsal or unfinished) (22.1Mb)
  72. Sam Spade 1950-05-21 Red Amapola Caper (Rehearsal or unfinished) (20.5Mb)
  73. Sam Spade 1950-09-03 Farmer's Daughter Caper (26.9Mb)
  74. Sam Spade 1950-11-17 Caper Over My Dead Body (26.9Mb)
  75. Sam Spade 1950-11-24 Terrified Turkey Caper (27.3Mb)
  76. Sam Spade 1950-12-01 Dog Bed Caper (27.3Mb)
  77. Sam Spade 1950-12-08 Dry Gulch Caper (26.6Mb)
  78. Sam Spade 1950-12-15 The 25-12345679 Caper (27Mb)
  79. Sam Spade 1950-12-29 Prodigal Panda Caper (27.3Mb)
  80. Sam Spade 1951-01-05 Biddle Riddle Caper (27Mb)
  81. Sam Spade 1951-01-12 Red Star Caper (27Mb)
  82. Sam Spade 1951-01-19 Cloak and Dagger Caper (26.4Mb)
  83. Sam Spade 1951-01-26 Chateau McCloud Caper (27.2Mb)
  84. Sam Spade 1951-02-02 String of Death Caper (27.2Mb)
  85. Sam Spade 1951-02-09 Sure Thing Caper (27Mb)
  86. Sam Spade 1951-02-16 Soap Opera Caper (27.1Mb)
  87. Sam Spade 1951-02-23 Shot in the Dark Caper (26.8Mb)
  88. Sam Spade 1951-03-02 Crab Louie Caper (26.9Mb)
  89. Sam Spade 1951-03-09 Spanish Prisoner Caper (27Mb)
  90. Sam Spade 1951-03-16 Sinister Siren Caper (26.6Mb)
  91. Sam Spade 1951-03-23 Kimberly Cross Caper (27.2Mb)
  92. Sam Spade 1951-03-30 Vendetta Caper (27.4Mb)
  93. Sam Spade 1951-04-06 Denny Shane Caper (27.1Mb)
  94. Sam Spade 1951-04-13 Civic Pride Caper (27.2Mb)
  95. Sam Spade 1951-04-20 Rowdy Dowser Caper (27.4Mb)
  96. Sam Spade 1951-04-27 Hail & Farewell Caper (27.3Mb)
  97. Suspense 46-12-05 The House In Cypress Canyon (6.2Mb)
  98. Suspense 48-01-10 ( Sam Spade) The Kandi Tooth (14Mb)
  99. The First Nighter Program - Sam Spade Spoof (4.5Mb)

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