Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, February 7, 2019


Casey, Crime Photographer began on CBS Radio as Flashgun Casey on July 7, 1943.  Besed on the popular character created by George Harmon Coxe, it chronicled the adventures of Jack "Flashgun" Casey, crime photographer for The Morning Express, usually as related by Casey to friends at the tavern/jazz club The Blue Note.  Caset is assisted in crime solving by reporter Ann Williams.  From 1943 to 1951 (when the show moved to television) the series had a number of name changes -- from Flashgun Casey to Casey, Press Photographer to Crime Photographer to Casey, Crime Photographer.  When the show made it back to radio from 1954 to 1955 the title reverted back to Crime Photographer.  (While on television from April 1951 to June 1952 it went by Casey, Crime Photographer.)

Casey appeared in 21 stories in Black Mask and in five novels written by Coxe.  In addition he appeared in two movies in the 1930s and in a short-lived comic book based on the radio show.  Coxe was named a MWA Grand Master in 1964 and had published 63 novels and 

"Hide-Out" aired on August 28, 1947 and featured Staats Cotsworth as Casey and Jan Miner as Ann Williams.  In addition to being a popular radio and television actor, Cotworth was also a stage director and actor and an artist.  Beside her role as AnnWilliams, Jan Miner was a long-time regular on the Boston Blackie radio show, but her radio, film, and stage careers were eclipsed by her 27 year run as Madge the Manicurist in Palmolive television ads.  Alnzo Deen Cole wrote the script; in addition to the 384 scripts he wrote for this program, Cole also created wrote 332 shows of The Witch's Tale, in addition to scripts for such shows as The Shadow and Gang Busters.

The link below indicated that "Hide-Out" was the program's 200th show.  A close look at the show's radio logs indicate it was really the 205th show.

Enjoy this episode of one of George Harmon Coxe's most popular detective.

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