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Sam Spade, Detective

Detective Drama

Broadcast History:

  • July l2-Oct. 4, 1946, ABC. 30m, Fridays at 8. Wildroot Cream Oil.

  • Sept. 29, 1946-Sept. 18, 1949, CBS. 30m, Sundays at 8. Wildroot.

  • Sept. 25, 1949-Sept. 17, 1950, NBC. 30m, Sundays at 8.Wildroot.

  • Nov. 17, 1950-April 27, 1951, NBC. 30m, Fridays at 8:30. New series with change of male leads. Sustained.

Cast:  Howard Duff as Sam Spade, a San Francisco private detective; Steve Dnnne as Spade late in the NBC run, beginning Nov. 17, 1950. Lurene Tuttle as Effie Perrine, Spade's slightly breathless, addled and babbling secretary. John McIntire as Lieutenant Dundy; William Conrad as Dundy in the NBC series. Regulars from the Hollywood radio pool: Cathy and Elliott Lewis, June Havoc, Joseph Kearns, Jerry Hausner, Elliott Reid, Mary Jane Croft, Jeanette Nolan, Betty Lou Gerson.
Announcer:  Dick Joy.
Music  Lud Gluskin, Rene and Pierre Garriguenc.
Producer-Director:  William Spier.
Writers:  Bob Tallman and Jo Eisinger until March 1947; then Tallman and Gil Doud until June 19, 1949; rotating group of writers thereafter including John Michael Hayes, Jack Neuman, Harold Swanton, and others.
Sound Effects:  Berne Surrey.
Theme:  Goodnight, Sweetheart.

The first thing Sam Spade wanted to know  was "How much you got on you?"
Two hundred?
"Okay, I'll take that and you can pay me the rest later."

Spade was not in business for his health.  He was a man for hire, though principle often came to bear in the cases he took.  His appearance on the air was a marked departure from the old Humphrey Bogart image, though the early ABC series was based on creator Dashiell Hammett's original stories.  Hammett had brought Spade to life in the 1930 crime classic The Maltese Falcon, and in 1946 he was the most striking detective on the air.

Director William Spier wanted an actor in the Bogart mold.  Howard Duff, the man who got the part, was decidedly not that.  Duff had earned his radio stripes with the Armed Forces Radio Service, arriving in Hollywood in 1945 a seasoned but unsung veteran.  His reading for Spier was less than memorable:  the only person impressed was Spier's wife Kay Thompson, who became such an advocate that Duff won the job.  Thirteen weeks later, it would be difficult to remember that any other choice had been possible.  Duff had become Spade, overcoming two intimidating handicaps -- the image of Bogart and the power of the novel.  Compared with Bogart's dour and straitlaced Spade, Duff's was a cutup:   a hardknuckled master of street-level whimsy and sarcastic comeback.  His sense of burlesque was superb.  The Adventures of Sam Spade on the air was its own entity, owing little to the forces that had created it.

 

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..SamSpade_1947-10-05_0054_TheAdamFiggCaper   6.55 28:37 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1947-11-09_0059_BowWindowCaper   5.68 24:49 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..SamSpade_1948-01-25_0070_TheGoldKeyCaper   7.10 31:00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-06-20_0091_DeathBedCaper   7.28 31:49 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-06-27_0092_BailBondCaper   7.29 31:51 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-07-04_0093_RushlightDiamondCaper   7.33 32:03 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-07-11_0094_WheelOfLifeCaper   6.57 28:43 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-07-18_0095_MissingNewshawkCaper   5.16 30:02 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-07-25_0096_MadScientistCaper   6.56 28:40 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-08-01_0097_DryMartiniCaper   6.61 28:53 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-08-08_0098_BluebeardCaper   6.62 28:57 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-08-15_0099_CriticalAuthorCaper   6.64 29:01 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-08-22_0100_VaphioCupCaper   6.60 28:51 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-08-29_0101_TheLawlessCaper   6.51 28:28 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-09-12_0103_LazarusCaper   6.56 28:40 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-09-19_0104_Hot100GrandCaper   6.54 28:34 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-09-26_0105_DickFoleyCaper   6.66 29:06 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-10-03_0106_TheSugarCaneCaper   6.85 29:56 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-10-24_0109_InsomniaCaper   6.14 26:51 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-10-31_0110_FairlyBrightCaper   4.95 28:49 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-11-07_0111_SQPCaper   5.58 24:22 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-11-28_0114_QuarterEagleCaper   5.68 24:48 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1948-12-12_0116_BouncingBettyCaper   5.67 24:46 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-01-16_0121_BetrayalBumpassHellCaper   5.63 24:36 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-03-27_0131_TheLoveLetterCaper   7.10 31:00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-04-10_0133_StoppedWatchCaper   6.39 27:54 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-04-17_0134_EdithHamiltonCaper   5.64 24:40 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-05-01_0136_BelvedereCaper   5.69 24:51 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-06-05_0141_OverjordCaper   5.05 29:26 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-06-19_0143_AppleOfEveCaper   6.17 26:59 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-07-10_0146_QueenBeeCaper_   6.39 27:56 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-07-24_0148_TearsOfNightCaper   6.24 27:16 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-08-07_0150_ChampionCaper   6.20 27:06 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-08-28_0153_ProdigalDaughterCaper   6.25 27:18 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-11-06_0163_CheesecakeCaper   5.65 24:41 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1949-12-04_0167_FlopsyMopsyAndCottontailCaper   5.10 29:43 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-05-18_0191_TheRedAmpolaCaper_Rrehearsal   5.01 21:53 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-05-21_0191_RedAmapolaCaper   4.01 23:23 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-05-28_0192_HonestThiefCaper   5.14 22:29 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-05-28_0192_HonestThiefCaper_Rehearsal   4.11 23:58 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-09-03_0206_TheFarmer'sDaughterCaper   6.75 29:28 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-11-17_0001_CaperOverMyDeadBody   4.97 28:58 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-11-24_0002_TerrifiedTurkeyCaper   4.86 28:18 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-12-01_0003_DogBedCaper   4.81 28:02 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-12-08_0004_DryGulchCaper   4.82 28:05 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-12-15_0005_251235679Caper   5.52 24:08 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1950-12-29_0007_ProdigalPandaCaper   5.21 30:21 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-01-05_0008_BiddleRiddleCaper   9.61 28:00 CBR 48 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-01-12_0009_RedStarCaper   9.62 28:01 CBR 48 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-01-19_0010_CloakAndDaggerCaper   4.83 28:08 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-01-26_0011_ChateauMcLeodCaper   5.16 30:04 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-02-02_0012_StringOfDeathCaper   4.87 28:21 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-02-09_0013_SureThingCaper   6.56 28:39 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-02-16_0014_SoapOperaCaper   6.55 28:38 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-02-23_0015_ShotInTheDark   6.52 28:30 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-03-02_0016_CrabLouieCaper   6.55 28:37 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-03-09_0017_SpanishPrisonerCaper   8.02 35:01 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-03-16_0018_SinisterSirenCaper   6.33 27:40 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-03-23_0019_KimberlyCrossCaper   6.61 28:53 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-03-30_0020_VendettaCaper   6.66 29:07 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-04-06_0021_DennyShaneCaper   6.64 29:02 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-04-13_0022_CivicPrideCaper   8.49 37:05 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-04-20_0023_RowdyDowserCaper   6.79 29:39 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..SamSpade_1951-04-27_0024_HailAndFarewellCaper   6.64 29:00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
70 Object(s) 69 425.85 32:11:32 ~ 30    

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