The Father Who Had Nothing To Say (Aired September 13, 1948)
The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye, while the music became suspenseful. Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). As Valentine made his rounds in search of the bad guys, he usually encountered Brooksie's kid brother, Sonny (Eddie Firestone), Lieutenant Riley (Wally Maher) and elevator man Caleb (Joseph Kearns). For the first few shows, Sonny was George's assistant, but he was soon relegated to an occasional character.
September 13, 1948. Mutual-Don Lee network. "The Father Who Had Nothing To Say"
. Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. The son of a convicted murderer needs the help of George Valentine. Who killed Lillian Wayne? It's an old murder that needs to be solved, despite the desire of the convicted killer to have George mind his own business. Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Wally Maher, Luis Van Rooten, Bob Jellison, Herb Butterfield, Edward Marr, Harry Lewis, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Don Clark (director), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), David Victor (writer), Herbert Little Jr. (writer). 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.