The Baseball Murder (Aired September 3, 1950)
Several of the crime and detective genre Radio programs had already popularized comedy - adventure - detective genre programs. Among them, The Thin Man, Let George Do It, Sam Spade Detective and Mr. And Mrs. North had proven to be the most entertaining of the genre. Tempering the murder and mayhem with clever throwaway lines and comedic or romantic interplay between the characters proved to be a popular, if not critical, success factor in many of these programs. The scripts for Vincent Price's The Saint were a mixutre of light comedy, mystery, and crime drama. Given that the Vincent Price canon of The Saint didn't reach a national audience until 1950, reviews of his portrayal of Simon Templar didn't really appear until late-1950 and early 1951, when the series had almost run its course over The Golden Age of Radio era. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli.
September 3, 1950. NBC netwrk. "The Baseball Murder"
. Sustaining. An old baseball player is concerned that bad guys are putting pressure on his ball-playing son to make him throw the game. Lawrence Dobkin, Hal March, Jack Moyles, Ed Mack, Bob Clark, Dick Powell (writer), Vincent Price, Gloria Blondell, Helen Mack (director), Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor), Val Brown (announcer), Leslie Charteris (creator), James L. Saphier (producer). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.