Mr. Trevor's Secret (Aired February 17, 1944)
If Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons sounds a little soap opera-ish, it’s because it originated from the “radio fiction factory” of Frank and Anne Hummert. (Frank received on-air credit for the writing, but the scripts were actually churned out by scribes like Lawrence Klee, Bob Shaw, Barbara Bates and Stedman Coles.) Mr. Keen“ employed all the stereotypes, heavy dialogue, and trite plotting of its daytime cousins” and “it appealed to a lowest common denominator.” So why is the show so popular with old-time radio fans today? Simple…it’s pretty doggone funny, in an unintentional sort of way. Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons enjoyed a healthy eighteen-year stint over radio, ending its run not—as previously reported on this blog—on April 19, 1955 but on September 26 of that same year. Over the years, the series had a variety of sponsors: Bisodol, Kolynos toothpaste, Chesterfield cigarettes. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
February 17, 1944. CBS network. "Mr. Trevor's Secret"
. Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs, Aerowax. A valuable chemical engineer has disappeared from a defense plant, seriously harming the war effort. Frank Hummert (author), Anne Hummert (author), Bennett Kilpack, Larry Elliott (announcer). 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.