The Case Of The Murdered Detective (Aired April 6, 1950)
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. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
April 6, 1950. CBS network. "The Case Of The Murdered Detective"
. Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. A private eye is knifed in a phone booth and the trail leads to stolen charity funds. Frank Hummert (originator, producer), Anne Hummert (originator, producer), Bennett Kilpack, Larry Elliott (announcer). 29:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.