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CertFirstLines: Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 051 - 100

From September 9, 1952 through August 30, 1953:

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time:
03/25/53 09/09/52 NBC Tuesday 8:30 p.m.
09/17/52 10/15/52 NBC Wednesday 10:00 p.m.

Date Aired: 52/09/24
Episode Number: 051
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Title: Death Trap
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Date Aired: 52/10/01
Episode Number: 052
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Title: Night Alarm
Description: Murder of an elderly millionaire; young widow
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Conflicting schedule information: Some newspapers report "Millionaire's Widow" follows "Murder by Threes" however the broadcast "Murder by Threes" announces it is followed by "Dead Loss". This document will give precedent to the broadcast information over the newspaper reports.

Date Aired: 52/10/08
Episode Number: 053
Available: YES
Title: Murder by Threes
Description: Cleo is competing in the Mrs. Apple Pie contest, winner gets $20,000. Cleo, the sure winner is killed in a staged auto accident to prevent her from winning the contest and collect the insurance. Then the corrupt contest judge is killed. Murder number three is 17 years in the past.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Barbara Weeks, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "One sure way to reduce the body beautiful and eliminate excess fat is horizontal living...lie prone and don't blow your lid, your coffin lid, that is!"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. A smart confidential cop keeps a straight jacket handy as standard office equipment. The time has to come when you want to rush a prospective client to Bellevue for observation."
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  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Dead Loss" and described by Barrie Craig "Next week a man comes to visit me six months after he's buried, a lady dies long after she's dead, and a beautiful young girl...does what? Good night folks, see you next week."
  2. AKA: "Julius and Cleo"

Date Aired: 52/10/15
Episode Number: 054
Available: YES
Title: Dead Loss
Description: Jason Potter offers Craig $500 to keep him alive until he can get a divorce. Craig doesn't do a good job.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Fran Carlon, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "I knew a man once who though epitaphs were the noblest form of literature. I liked them too. It's the one place where they say only nice things about you. The only trouble is you don't hear them until you're dead."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. I'd spent most of the afternoon composing a snide letter in my mind to the management of the office building where I rent an office. Although I have no fundamental objection to a little dust here and there, I felt never the less; it should be disturbed from time to time."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Big Grab" and described by Barrie Craig "Next week, four crooks and a discarded wife gang up on a fight champ in a plot to steal his purse, only to find the champ has a secret weapon handy, the triple cross. Good night folks, see you next week.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
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09/17/52 10/15/52 NBC Wednesday 10:00 p.m.
10/19/52 01/04/53 NBC Sunday 10:00 p.m.

Date Aired: 52/10/19
Episode Number: 055
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Title: The Big Grab
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Date Aired: 52/10/26
Episode Number: 056
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Title: Hollow Homecoming
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Date Aired: 52/11/02
Episode Number: 057
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Title: Three for the Kill
Description: Search for missing sailor leads to saboteur
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Date Aired: 52/11/09
Episode Number: 058
Available: NO
Title: The Merry Corpse
Description: Finds casket filled with gems
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Date Aired: 52/11/16
Episode Number: 059
Available: NO
Title: The Un-necessary Blonde
Description: Wealthy man probes blonde's past
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Date Aired: 52/11/23
Episode Number: 060
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Title: Death Sweet Song
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Date Aired: 52/11/30
Episode Number: 061
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Title: Cause for Murder
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Date Aired: 52/12/07
Episode Number: 062
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Title: Marbles for a Murderer
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Date Aired: 52/12/14
Episode Number: 063
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Title: Holiday for Murder
Description: Blackmailing blonde meets death
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Date Aired: 52/12/21
Episode Number: 064
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Title: Polka-Dotted Noose
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Date Aired: 52/12/28
Episode Number: 065
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Title: A Coffin to Spare
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Date Aired: 53/01/04
Episode Number: 066
Available: YES
Title: Crimson Queen
Description: Peter Hanson tries to hire Craig to find his murderer but dies first. The only clue is a crimson queen chess piece clutched in his hand.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Barbara Weeks, Carl Caruso (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "The major trouble with murder as a career is that it has no future. You come pretty quickly to the end of your rope...and usually it's around your neck."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Wintertime and the nights may be longer but if you're a confidential investigator like I am, this does you very little good, except that it gets you out of your office that much quicker."
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer
  2. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Vanished Lady" and described by Barrie Craig "Next week, a laughing killer finds the laugh is on himself. A blonde turns grey when a corpse comes to life and a gunsmith finds that shooting off his mouth can be fatal. Good night folks, see you next week.
  3. Unusual personal introduction to the Bromo commercial by Bill Gargan.

Date Aired: 53/01/11
Episode Number: 067
Available: NO
Title: The Vanished Lady
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Date Aired: 53/01/18
Episode Number: 068
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Title: Money to Burn
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Date Aired: 53/01/25
Episode Number: 069
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Title: The Lady is a Liar
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Date Aired: 53/02/01
Episode Number: 070
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Title: The Corpse Wouldn't Talk
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Date Aired: 53/02/08
Episode Number: 071
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Title: Night Incident
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Date Aired: 53/02/15
Episode Number: 072
Available: YES
Title: The Girl on the Doorstep
Description: Craig witnesses an accidental death from someone slipping on ice after being pushed by a beautiful redhead. Was it the perfect murder?
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Carl Caruso (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "I wonder if murderers, like other people, worry about their income taxes. When they make a killing, for example, do they always report it, or do they just list their victims under 'buried assets'?"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. I'd been to a movie. It was about a private eye who pinned a wreath on a murderer after an hour and a half of swallowing dry martinis, wrestling amorously with beautiful blonds, and wearing a succession of the best pressed suits ever seen off a tailors dummy."
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  1. Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer.
  2. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Plotters Beware" and described by Barrie Craig "Next week, an underworld king tries to deal yours truly the ace of spades. Only thing, the grave digger digs the hole measured to fit himself. Good night folks, see you next week."
  3. AKA: "The Redhead"

Date Aired: 53/02/22
Episode Number: 073
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Title: Plotters Beware
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Date Aired: 53/03/01
Episode Number: 074
Available: YES
Title: Behold a Corpse
Description: Ralph Connor disappears for five years. When he returns, his wife suspects he is not her husband. Then the husband's private eye kidnaps the wife's private eye.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Barbara Weeks, Carl Caruso (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "There's a familiar saying which goes...give a rogue enough rope and he'll hang himself. The theory holds fine except in one instance, what if the chap doling out the rope happens to be the hangman?"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. A confidential investigator isn't always hired on his merit. His merits as a fact finder I mean. Some clients choose you because they hope you're stupid. They don't want a cop, they want a stooge."
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  1. Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer.
  2. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Sinister Snowman" and described by Barrie Craig "Next week, I find that murder on skis is twice as romantic and deadly as murder on foot when a skiing champion gets permanently stiff in the joints. Not so much from the cold weather as the icy chill in the ladies eyes. Good night folks, see you next week.

Date Aired: 53/03/08
Episode Number: 075
Available: NO
Title: The Sinister Snow Man
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Date Aired: 53/03/15
Episode Number: 076
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Title: Death's Small Brother
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Date Aired: 53/03/22
Episode Number: 077
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Title: Jeweled Corpse
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Date Aired: 53/03/29
Episode Number: 078
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Title: Confession of Murder
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Date Aired: 53/04/05
Episode Number: 079
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Title: Loving Landlady
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Date Aired: 53/04/12
Episode Number: 080
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Title: Case of the Corpse Out of the Past
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Date Aired: 53/04/19
Episode Number: 081
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Title: Love's Sweet Murder
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Date Aired: 53/04/26
Episode Number: 082
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Title: Killing Pace
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Date Aired: 53/05/03
Episode Number: 083
Available: YES
Title: Beware the Walking Dog
Description: Seems the client turns out to be a killer.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Rex Marshall (commercial announcer)
First Line Narrative: "Murder can be a very <skip> have one consolation. It's not you who comes home at the end of the days work and says to the wife and kiddies 'people are dead'."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. You're confidential investigator. To prove it, you've got more kinds of headaches than even physiatrists have counted."
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  1. Sponsored by: Esquire Boot Polish and Bromo Seltzer
  2. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Sniper's Bullet" and described by Barrie Craig "Next week, a bakery worker who's absolutely crazy about dough, becomes a problem to his never loving family when his death catches them totally unprepared with an alibi. Good night folks, see you next week.
  3. AKA: "Target for Today" (from newspaper) BC is in trouble when a gunman designates him 'target for today'

Date Aired: 53/05/10
Episode Number: 084
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Title: Sniper's Bullet
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Date Aired: 53/05/17
Episode Number: 085
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Title: Love's Sweet Murder
Description: Husband masterminds blackmail of his wife
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Date Aired: 53/05/24
Episode Number: 086
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Title: Dead Beyond Recall
Description: Four people pursue a card sharp for different reasons
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Date Aired: 53/05/31
Episode Number: 087
Available: NO
Title: The Hollow Man
Description: The case begins when the client drops dead in Craig's office
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Date Aired: 53/06/07
Episode Number: 088
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Title: Zero Hour
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Date Aired: 53/06/14
Episode Number: 089
Available: YES
Title: The Lost Lady
Description: Switching wives without using divorce court.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Joan Loring
First Line Narrative: "Buying yourself a murder can run into pretty big money but after that, you've got nothing to worry about. The only charge for the chair you're invited to sit in is electrical."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. When you've been a confidential investigator for long enough, you don't surprise easy anymore. A man named Adolph Beck hands you a couple of hundred bucks to help his wife buy a hat and you don't lift an eyebrow. You take the couple of hundred and you meet Mrs. Beck the next morning at the Beck apartment."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Jade Bracelet" and described by Barrie Craig "Next week, an imported picture bride finds that marriage is murder when her future husband to be connives to make her set up housekeeping in the state penitentiary. Good night folks, see you next week."

Date Aired: 53/06/21
Episode Number: 090
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Title: The Jade Bracelet
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Date Aired: 53/06/28
Episode Number: 091
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Title: TITLE UKNOWN
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Date Aired: 53/07/05
Episode Number: 092
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Title: Death Has a Number
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Date Aired: 53/07/12
Episode Number: 093
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Title: The Case of the Divided Man
Description: A frightened client hires the private eye to assume his identity
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Date Aired: 53/07/19
Episode Number: 094
Available: YES
Title: Scream for Murder
Description: Staged murder attempts on the husband are to cover up his murder of her. Barrie has to arrest his client.
Cast: William Gargan, Fran Carland
First Line Narrative: "A squabbling couple can always bury their differences. The question is which of them doesn't mind the underground shelter."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Marriages can be made in heaven, but they sometimes can end in the city morgue. I know one that did, almost that is. The bridegroom the lucky wife loved so passionately, she kept trying to exterminate him."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Murder in Three Acts" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week a blonde, a bookie and a gentleman of no distinction form a partnership in crime, only to find that the road to the hot seat is paved with bad intentions. Good night folks, see you next week."

Date Aired: 53/07/26
Episode Number: 095
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Title: Murder in Three Acts
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Date Aired: 53/08/02
Episode Number: 096
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Title: TITLE UKNOWN
Description: Beautiful woman's eagerness to confess to murder puzzles Barrie Craig
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Date Aired: 53/08/09
Episode Number: 097
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Title: The Thirteenth Guest
Description: Merriment turns to murder at a costume party where Barrie Craig is an unwelcome guest. Plot dialog confirms title.
Cast: William Gargan, Jane Webb, Don Pardo (announcer)
First Line Narrative: "There's one chap around who never fails to electrify you. He sure can turn it on and turn it off. Am I referring to the state executioner?"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. A confidential cop enjoys a certain public popularity. He get's haberdasher's circulars in the mail, anonymous threatening letters scented with perfume and he gets invited to parties."
Notes: End of Show: Usual title confirmation and following week narrative was not given. Short credit list given.

Date Aired: 53/08/16
Episode Number: 098
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Title: TITLE UKNOWN
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Date Aired: 53/08/23
Episode Number: 099
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Title: Dig Another Grave
Description: A long shot gamble holds the answer to a murder
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Date Aired: 53/08/30
Episode Number: 100
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Title: Murder to Music
Description: An old tweed suit hold the answer to a deadly riddle OR hunts down valuable sweepstakes ticket
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To Continue:

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Introduction

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes Listed by Date
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes Listed by Title

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 001 - 050 (October 3, 1951 - September 9, 1952)
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 051 - 100 (September 24, 1952 - August 30, 1953) (current page)
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 101 - 150 (September 6, 1953 - August 17, 1954)
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 151 - 192 (August 24, 1954 - June 30, 1955)

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Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: All Episodes Together

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