From February 26, 1944, here's George Harmon Coxe's famous detective Flashgun Casey in "The Clue in the Clouds." Frank Lovejoy was originally cast as Jack "Flash" Casey, but it was Jim Backus who originated the role on CBS radio. Alas, Backus was Magooed out by the sixth episode to be replaced by Staats Cotsworth and shortly after "The Clue in the Clouds" aired, Alice Reinhart replaced Jone Allison as Ann Williams ( a role also played at one time by Betty Furness). John Gibson played comic relief Ethelbert, the bartender at The Blue Note Cafe. Scripts in 1944 were handled by Charles Holden.