Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Wednesday, November 29, 2023


From May to October 1951, James Monk played Japanese-American detective I. A. Moto for 23 half-hour episodes on N BC Radio.  Mr. Moto was the fictional creation of author John P. Marquand, who had been asked to create an oriental sleuth similar to Earl Derr Biggers' Charlie Chan.  Moto first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in the six-part serial No Hero, beginning March 30, 1935, before making his way to hardcover.  In the novels, Moto was a Japanese secret agent.  In the Moto films and on radio, he is an international law enforcement agent living in San Francisco.   Since the radio program aired in 1951, Moto's main focus was with fighting Communism, although he also dealt with crimes such as murder and blackamil.

In this first episode of the show, Moto faces a Communist plot destroy part of New York City with a portable atomic weapon.  Easly 1950s' zeitgeist, anyone?

Enjoy this (pardon the phrasing) blast from the past.

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