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Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 101 - 150

From September 6, 1953 through August 17, 1954:

Date Aired: 53/09/06
Episode Number: 101
Available: NO
Title: Final Payment
Description: A wealthy spinster confides her clamoring fear that her brother's life is in danger to Barrie Craig
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Date Aired: 53/09/15
Episode Number: 102
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Title: The Murder Ring
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Date Aired: 53/09/22
Episode Number: 103
Available: YES
Title: Kitchens Come with Knives
Description: Barrie was on a stake out when temporarily interrupted by a thug. That's probably when Sam Jenkins slipped out or did he? Barrie gets stone-walled at the residence door then finds the deceased Sam Jenkins in the kitchen.
Cast: William Gargan, Barbara Weeden, Don Pardo (announcer), Louis Vittes (writer)
First Line Narrative: "Murderers may have their difficulties, but they do have one disadvantage over the rest of us. Their work may be killing, but it's not they who get killed."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. I suppose the classic position in which confidential investigators are generally supposed to be found is lurking in a doorway. I was in such a position this particular evening but I wasn't enjoying it."
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by: Coleman Heater with free glassware offer
  2. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Corpse with a Pedigree" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week, a professor who marries a shimmy dancer looses face generally and his life particularly when a trio of pedigree heirs find that they have only homicide in common. Good night folks, see you next week..
  3. AKA: "Late Sam Jackson"

Date Aired: 53/09/29
Episode Number: 104
Available: NO
Title: Corpse with a Pedigree
Description: Barrie Craig is up a genealogic tree
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Notes: AKA: "The Pedigreed Corpse" taken from a newspaper of this date

Date Aired: 53/10/06
Episode Number: 105
Available: NO
Title: Double Man
Description: One man leading a double life isn't half as confusing as two men using one identity
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Date Aired: 53/10/13
Episode Number: 106
Available: YES
Title: Fog Over Murder
Description: A witness to murder suffering from amnesia hides in another town. Craig is asked to find out who he is.
Cast: William Gargan, Terri Keene
First Line Narrative: "What's in a name a poet once said and he was so right. You could list every guy as Smith or Doakes and it doesn't make any difference. The stiff down below positively doesn't care what the tombstone reads."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. A case sometimes comes at you all the way from left field. It's out of the ordinary and the familiar ingredients, familiar to a confidential cop seem to be missing. At first glance that is."
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  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Hunted Husband" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week I'm hired to hunt a husband. I catch him finally but by that time it's become good hunting for something else, murder. Good night folks, see you next week."
  2. AKA: "Clark Smith"

Date Aired: 53/10/20
Episode Number: 107
Available: NO
Title: The Hunted Husband
Description: A wife becomes alarmed when her husband is missing for two weeks and her fears are realized when Barrie Craig enters the case
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Date Aired: 53/10/27
Episode Number: 108
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Title: Loot for a Lady
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Date Aired: 53/11/03
Episode Number: 109
Available: YES
Title: The Lonely Corner
Description: John Doe had gone to Craig's office to wait for Craig. He was stabbed and stripped of his identity while waiting in Craig's office. Barrie gets in his car and finds a blond who tells him the name of John Doe is really William Cheney, her ex-husband and jewel thief. She also knows the name of his killer, John Hurley. Craig rams into the car that was following him. The ex-wife kills for the necklace that Hurley stole.
Cast: William Gargan, Parker Fennelly
First Line Narrative: "Murderers must have a lot of trouble keeping their books balanced. For one thing, they can't always be sure when they're going to make their next killing, and for another, so many of their assets are buried."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Being a confidential investigator can easily become an office job if you've got an office, which I have. You spend all your time in it, which I don't. Clients cross you up sometimes though. Joey Carter made a stab in that direction on this particular day."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Announces the next broadcast will be "The Killing Pace" and leads into Barrie Craig's description. "Next week, three wise men brain each other and a lady doll goes to the dogs when a champion Greyhound makes a record breaking sprint into the 'here after'. Good night folks. See you next week."
  2. AKA: "Buried Assets" and "The Five Fire Mystery"

Date Aired: 53/11/10
Episode Number: 110
Available: NO
Title: The Killing Pace
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Date Aired: 53/11/17
Episode Number: 111
Available: NO
Title: TITLE UKNOWN
Description: A wealthy sportswoman is the major suspect in race track death
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Date Aired: 53/11/24
Episode Number: 112
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Title: TITLE UKNOWN
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Date Aired: 53/12/01
Episode Number: 113
Available: NO
Title: Ghost of a Chance
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Date Aired: 53/12/08
Episode Number: 114
Available: NO
Title: Table for Three Murders
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Date Aired: 53/12/15
Episode Number: 115
Available: NO
Title: Mask of Justice
Description: Murder headline bares old secret, reunites family
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Date Aired: 53/12/22
Episode Number: 116
Available: NO
Title: Two in a Mausoleum
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Date Aired: 53/12/29
Episode Number: 117
Available: NO
Title: TITLE UKNOWN
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Date Aired: 54/01/05
Episode Number: 118
Available: NO
Title: Out of the Past
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Date Aired: 54/01/12
Episode Number: 119
Available: NO
Title: The Wife Who Wasn't There
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Date Aired: 54/01/19
Episode Number: 120
Available: YES
Title: Strange Vision
Description: Barrie must travel to Greensville, Ohio, to investigate five mysterious fires at the Dexter Dean Chemical Company. Barrie has to go undercover to see what's going on.
Cast: William Gargan, Barbara Baxley, John Roeburt (writer)
First Line Narrative: "When you hear some country cousin call swing your partner, don't be a literal fool -- it's only a square dance, not a rope party."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Case number 216. The number sticks in my mind as does everything pertaining to the rhubarb because it was off the beaten track. Nothing like the general run of stuff the confidential investigator tackles."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Death Wins a Bet" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next weeks story title, you get the idea that it never pays to make any bets about death because he's got the game fixed. Everybody dies, but in this particular case, from whom? Good night friends, see you next week."
  2. AKA: "The Five Fire Mysteries" and see ep 109 duplicate

Date Aired: 54/01/26
Episode Number: 121
Available: NO
Title: Death Wins a Bet
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Date Aired: 54/02/02
Episode Number: 122
Available: YES
Title: Zero Hour
Description: The "kill them all, let God settle it" scheme is used by the victim.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer)
First Line Narrative: "The Brotherhood of Man is a universal truth, in one instance anyhow. I never knew a corpse to show antagonism towards a fellow stiff."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Winter and snow do one of two things to a cliff dweller. He either packs his swimming trunks and sun tan oil and mushes overland to a Florida beach or he climbs into his fleece lined parka, throws his skis over his shoulder and hops a ski train to Stowe, Vermont. I did the last mentioned."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Love of Murder" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week, the ways of a maid with a man is so charged, it electrifies the poor stiff. Sends him right out of this world. Do I mean literally? I wonder? Good night folks, see you next week."
  2. AKA: "Weekend at Stowe"

Date Aired: 54/02/09
Episode Number: 123
Available: NO
Title: The Love of Murder
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Notes: "The Corpse Nobody Loved" taken from a newspaper of the same date

Date Aired: 54/02/16
Episode Number: 124
Available: NO
Title: Smokescreen for Murder
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Date Aired: 54/02/23
Episode Number: 125
Available: NO
Title: No Flowers for the Corpse
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Date Aired: 54/03/02
Episode Number: 126
Available: NO
Title: The Million Dollar Nickel
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Date Aired: 54/03/09
Episode Number: 127
Available: NO
Title: The Tearless Widow
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Date Aired: 54/03/16
Episode Number: 128
Available: NO
Title: Act of Mercy
Description: Barrie Craig working for a dying man finds the murdered wife but delays telling the husband before his death so he can die with his dreams.
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Date Aired: 54/03/23
Episode Number: 129
Available: NO
Title: The Laughing Corpse
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Date Aired: 54/03/30
Episode Number: 130
Available: YES
Title: The Embezzler
Description: The small town bank manager of Echo Corners reaches out to a big city confidential investigator for discrete investigation of bank theft. Another case of the guilty hiring the detective to redirect suspicion.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Terri Keene, Don Pardo (announcer)
First Line Narrative: "Temperature affects your daily life. No question about it. A lot of people are allergic to cold and a lot of cold stiffs are allergic to a certain overheated place."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Robin Hood was a character in fiction. No such character except in some writer's brain, yet every now and then a live descendant of Robin Hood happens in real life. Some screwball who steals from the rich to give to the poor."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Schemers" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week, three adventurers in search of a bankroll find money offers no kick if they're too dead to enjoy it. Good night folks, see you next week."
  2. AKA: "Echo Corners"

Date Aired: 54/04/06
Episode Number: 131
Available: YES
Title: The Schemers
Description: Gyp Moody hires Craig to retrieve $200,000 stolen five years before by Johnny Phoenix. Phoenix is being released from the asylum the next day. Rita Phoenix blocks Craig from tailing Johnny. A thug pulls Craig off Rita. Another thug tries to delay Craig until 6pm but Craig has other plans with help from his friends on the force. Craig decides his client is dirty and drops him. Now Craig is working without fee for the general good.
Cast: William Gargan, Teri Keene, John Roeburt (writer)
First Line Narrative: "The best time to die folks is in your own good time, but ugh, try arguing with a bullet."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Not every client you get is a socially upright citizen. But then the only Society of Angels is up in Heaven. Mere mortals are honorable, only to a degree, the almighty dollar being what it is."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Man Who Wanted to be Guilty" and described by Barrie Craig: "What did the man want to be guilty of? Murder of course. And he discovered that all you had to do to accomplish that was to kill someone. But he had a little trouble. Listen and find out about it hmmm? Good night folks, see you next week."
  2. AKA: "Johnny Phoenix"

Date Aired: 54/04/13
Episode Number: 132
Available: NO
Title: The Man Who Wanted to Be Guilty
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Date Aired: 54/04/20
Episode Number: 133
Available: NO
Title: Man Trap
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Date Aired: 54/04/27
Episode Number: 134
Available: NO
Title: Not Quite Dead
Description: Exposes poet’s plot to win fame
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Date Aired: 54/05/04
Episode Number: 135
Available: NO
Title: Hour of Decision
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Date Aired: 54/05/11
Episode Number: 136
Available: NO
Title: TITLE UKNOWN
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Date Aired: 54/05/18
Episode Number: 137
Available: NO
Title: TITLE UKNOWN
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Date Aired: 54/05/25
Episode Number: 138
Available: YES
Title: The Corpse Who Was Wrong
Description: Barrie is hired to locate the very young, wife of a dead elderly client. Mr. Stubbins was interested in changing the outcome of the inheritance.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Viana Rayburn
First Line Narrative: "Murderers really have a hard time. In other fields, if a man's work is properly appreciated he gets higher pay. All a murderer gets is higher voltage."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. It all began quietly enough. He walked into my office stared contemptuously at the rug, sourly at the furniture, and coldly at me. He said Good afternoon Mr. Craig. I am W. Stubbins."
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  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Corpse Who Stayed for Breakfast" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week's story deals with at least two corpses, a house on the river, a midnight swim accompanied by bullets, and, oh yes, the corpse who came to breakfast and didn't eat a thing. Good night folks, see you next week."
  2. AKA: "Search for Mrs. Peterson"

Date Aired: 54/06/01
Episode Number: 139
Available: NO
Title: The Corpse Who Stayed for Breakfast
Description: Finds murder and forgery go hand in hand
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Notes: AKA: "Too Dead to Care"

Date Aired: 54/06/08
Episode Number: 140
Available: NO
Title: TITLE UKNOWN
Description: A blonde and her husband are after a fortune in diamonds
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Date Aired: 54/06/15
Episode Number: 141
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Title: Murder is a Private Affair
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Date Aired: 54/06/22
Episode Number: 142
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Title: The Lunatic Heir
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Date Aired: 54/06/29
Episode Number: 143
Available: NO
Title: Kiss and Kill
Description: A man puzzled as to the reason he should be singled out for murder, proves to have more lives than a cat in the case of "Kiss and Kill".
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Date Aired: 54/07/06
Episode Number: 144
Available: YES
Title: The Tough Guy
Description: Barrie joins in the search for $30,000 in stolen loot.
Cast: William Gargan, Lawrence Dobkin, John Roeburt (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), Edward King (announcer), Charlotte Lawrence, Shepard Menken
First Line Narrative: "If you crave all the elbow room you can get folks, be sure to get your coffin built to your own specifications."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Live sharply with your senses in high gear as a confidential cop must. You notice things the average citizen never sees. Little situations that look normal on the surface, but aren't really."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Murder by Error" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next Weeks story, 'Murder by Error' a footloose husband stubs his morals and almost collapses into the electric chair, when a hot pistol sends a cold chill through him. Good night folks."

Date Aired: 54/07/13
Episode Number: 145
Available: YES
Title: Murder by Error
Description: The husband of a beautiful woman is being blackmailed for $10,000 by a strange looking midget. The case soon leads to diamond smuggling and murder!
Cast: William Gargan, Arthur Jacobson (director), Edward King (announcer), Herb Vigran, John Roeburt (writer), Jeanne Bates, Herb Ellis, Hal Gerard, Julie Bennett.
First Line Narrative: "Distemper is a human failing, but don't ever try blowing the lid of your coffin. You'll only frustrate yourself."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. A long legged blond follows you to the ends of the earth. Don't always be flattered friend, she might only be tailing you."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Death's Little Helper" and described by Barrie Craig: "We call next week's story 'Death's Little Helper.' It deals with a beautiful girl and a couple of highly unbeautiful corpses and winds up when a killer realizes that death doesn't need any help. Good night folks, see you next week."

Date Aired: 54/07/20
Episode Number: 146
Available: NO
Title: Death's Little Helper
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Date Aired: 54/07/27
Episode Number: 147
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Title: Death Buys a Bedroom
Description: On route to a vacation in the mountains, Barrie meets a beautiful girl, a mysterious body and a dead man aboard the train.
Cast: William Gargan, Byron Kane, Betty Lou Gerson, Jack Moyles, Lou Krugman, Victor Rodman, John Roeburt (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), Edward King (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "Murderers are human just like anybody else. Every once in a while their work begins to tire them. They need a vacation which isn't too much of a change for them. They kill time instead of people."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. The office where my license as a confidential investigator hangs is on Madison Ave. Madison Ave. is in New York City. New York City in the summer time is a good place to go away from.
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  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "For Love of Murder" and described by Barrie Craig: "In next week's story, "For Love of Murder", a jail cell built for two becomes a honeymooners' cottage. When a prisoner of love squares a triangle by simply eliminating the competition. Good night folks, see you next week."
  2. AKA: "Gone Fishing"
  3. Barrie Craig description of the next week's show is there twice. First, immediately after the end of the episode at 26:46 Barrie Craig does his next week description. Then at 27:26 the announcer does his next week thing followed by the Barrie description again. It appears to be as broadcast.

Date Aired: 54/08/03
Episode Number: 148
Available: YES
Title: For Love of Murder
Description: Barrie bails a Damon Runyon type out of jail. He turns out to be broken-hearted and possibly a murderer.
Cast: William Gargan, Barney Phillips, Herb Ellis, Tom McKee, Barbara Fuller, Gloria Ann Simpson, John Roeburt (writer), Edward King (announcer), Arthur Jacobson (director)
First Line Narrative: "Anti-Noise ordinances are fine and dandy. Makes living a lot more serene. But how can you really legislate against the really disturbing noises folks? The noises in your head that would be."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. The footwork a confidential cop puts in isn't always paid mileage. Some of it's for free in the public wheel and welfare. Like a trip I took to the tombs one day."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Death's Bargain Basement" and described by Barrie Craig: "We call next weeks story 'Death's Bargain Basement'. It takes place in a department store because you all know bargain basements are always found in department stores, but so on occasion, death. Good night folks, see you next week."

Date Aired: 54/08/10
Episode Number: 149
Available: YES
Title: Death's Bargain Basement
Description: An accountant of a department store executive is blamed for a shortage and fired. Craig goes undercover as a dishwasher salesman.
Cast: William Gargan, Templeton Fox, Hillary Hall, Rye Billsbury, Olan Soule, John Stevenson, Edward King (announcer), Louis Vittes (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director).
First Line Narrative: "People who are in the market for a murder should always pay full price. You can't get a cut rate on a killing. All you can get is a cut throat."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. In spring they say a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Doesn't go quite that far with confidential investigators. He's been around to long, he's seen too much, he waits till it gets to the summer and then all he does, if it's me, is buy a new tie."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Mid-Summer Lunacy" and described by Barrie Craig: "In next weeks story, "Mid-Summer Lunacy", a fortune hunting manicurists bites her nails down to the cuticles and the man of her schemes, looses his mind easier than he looses his heart. Good night folks, see you next week."

Date Aired: 54/08/17
Episode Number: 150
Available: YES
Title: Mid-Summer Lunacy
Description: Barrie is hired by a beautiful blonde to check out her fiancé named Stewart Stone. He doesn't exist... but neither does the blonde! Intrigue at Jubilee Villa, a summer resort.
Cast: William Gargan, George Neise, Alice Backes, Tony Barrett, Herb Ellis, John Roeburt (writer), Edward King (announcer), Arthur Jacobson (director), Hillary Hall.
First Line Narrative: "Sudden loss of weight might be cause for anxiety. But one good thing at least, It makes the pall bearer's job a whole lot lighter."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Once every year an epidemic of lunacy sweeps across the nation. Some call it mid-summer madness. You get sun stroke by day and moon struck by night."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Blood Money" and described by Barrie Craig: "In next weeks story, 'Blood Money' an oriental rug dealer finds himself as snug as a bug in a casket when the killer comes calling with gold in his eyes. Good night folks, see you next week."


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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)
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 101 - 150 (September 6, 1953 - August 17, 1954) (current page)
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 151 - 192 (August 24, 1954 - June 30, 1955)

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