The Iron Coffin (Aired July 12, 1950)
The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951.
July 12, 1950. CBS network. "The Iron Coffin"
. Sponsored by: Spearmint Gum. Marlowe visits a 16th century Spanish castle (in northern California) to battle the ghost of "Peter The Cruel," who lives in an eight foot iron coffin! An imaginative story, good radio! Gerald Mohr, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor), Irene Tedrow, David Ellis, Edgar Barrier, Jay Novello, Parley Baer, Barney Phillips, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Lillian Buyeff. 29:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.