The Lawless Caper (Aired August 29, 1948)
The Adventures of Sam Spade 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. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America.
August 29, 1948. CBS network. "The Lawless Caper"
. Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil. Johnny Lawless is just out of the pen. A dead body soon ends up in Spade's bed, and promptly vanishes! Howard Duff, Dashiell Hammett (creator), William Spier (producer, director), Lurene Tuttle, Robert Tallman (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Rene Garriguenc (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Dick Joy (announcer). 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.