The Case Of The Purloined Corpse (Aired October 9, 1948)
Bill Rousseau's image of Michael Shayne was more after the pattern of Jack Webb's characterizations of Pat Novak for Hire, or Johnny Madero, Pier 23--but amp'd up about 150% in the process. From some seventeen potential candidates, Rousseau felt that Jeff Chandler was the natural pick over his peers. Chandler could both amp up the electricity of Shayne's character and raise the introductory prologues about 10 decibels, as well as completely reinventing Michael Shayne in Chandler's own mold. Chandler left the production after some 26 performances, to be replaced, briefly, by Film actor, Donald Curtis for two broadcast episodes. In even more of a transition, Michael Shayne returned to his roots in Florida for the last incarantion of Michael Shayne over Radio. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.
October 9, 1948 - Broadcaster's Guild syndication, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Purloined Corpse"
. The body vanishes, and with good reason. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, William P. Rousseau (host, director), Brett Halliday (creator). 1/2 hour. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.