The Brotherly Murder Case (Aired August 30, 1949)
The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
August 30, 1949. Program #60. ZIV Syndication. "The Brotherly Murder Case"
. Commercials added locally. A false brother joins a real one to try to inherit $250,000 from the estate of the deceased father. Philo breaks into a brotherly fight, saying, "I am Philo Vance," to which the reply is made (quite rightly), "I don't care if you're Dick Tracy!" A confusing plot! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), Frederick W. Ziv (producer). 26:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.