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Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 151 - 192

From August 24, 1954 through June 30, 1955:

Date Aired: 54/08/24
Episode Number: 151
Available: YES
Title: Blood Money
Description: A fellow investigator asks Barrie to help him find Anatole Barber, a missing rug dealer. Barrie finds him... murdered!
Cast: William Gargan, Marvin Miller, Betty Lou Gerson, Jack Moyles, Paul Richards, John Laing (announcer), John Roeburt (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), James Nusser.
First Line Narrative: "Over exertion can be dangerous folks, but no exercise at all is even worse. Complete inactivity can either mean you're muscle bound or dead."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Every profession has its system of reciprocal favors among colleagues. A doctor consults a fellow practitioner, lawyers put their heads together, and even private police operatives requisition each others time and brain power."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Hay Is for Homicide" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next weeks story is titled 'Hay is for Homicide' and the reason for this has something to do with a hay ride and a farmer's daughter. With that combination, how could it help being murder? Good night folks, see you next week."

Date Aired: 54/08/31
Episode Number: 152
Available: YES
Title: Hay is for Homicide
Description: While on vacation in Vermont, Barrie comes upon a corpse in a mound of hay.
Cast: William Gargan, Parley Baer, Jack Moyles, Joyce McCluskey, Vivi Janis, Louis Vittes (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), John Laing (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "Someone once said that murder is a fine art. There's a catch though. If you're a successful artist, they hang your painting. If you're a successful murderer, they hang you."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Even confidential investigators need a vacation. Sometimes they've been known to take one. The place I'd chosen was Vermont. The main reason for that was Jake. He was on vacation too."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Ghosts Don't Die in Bed" and described by Barrie Craig: "We call next week's story, 'Ghosts Don't Die in Bed' which is a true saying. It's also true of course that they don't die anywhere else because they're already dead. All except for one I run into when, when!"

Date Aired: 54/09/07
Episode Number: 153
Available: YES
Title: Ghosts Don't Die in Bed
Description: A strange house on a stormy night, and a corpse in the library. The corpse is from an eighty year old murder!
Cast: William Gargan, Betty Lou Gerson, Virginia Gregg, Jack Moyles, Charlie Lung, Louis Vittes (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), John Laing (announcer)
First Line Narrative: "Murderers by and large probably live very dull lives, but there's no doubt about the way most of them wind up. It's electrifying!"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. An office in a shabby old building on Madison Ave isn't the ideal place to spend the summer. It isn't ideal for fall, winter and spring either. But if you're a confidential investigator, you settle for considerably less than the ideal."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Announcer: "We regret that with the program you've just heard, we conclude the present Barrie Craig series. We hope you've enjoyed them…"

Research has failed to explain the closing announcement in episode 153 which claims the end of the series. But then noted on the script on Oct 3 "Program returns to the air - new time and day. Today and hereafter Sundays 8:30-9:00 pm"

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time:
10/19/52 09/07/54 NBC Sunday 10:00 p.m.
10/03/54 12/26/54 NBC Sunday 8:30 p.m.

Date Aired: 54/10/03
Episode Number: 154
Available: NO
Title: The Corpse That Couldn't Swim
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Date Aired: 54/10/10
Episode Number: 155
Available: NO
Title: The Murder Man
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Date Aired: 54/10/17
Episode Number: 156
Available: NO
Title: The Devil's Jest
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Date Aired: 54/10/24
Episode Number: 157
Available: NO
Title: Murder in Grease Paint
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Date Aired: 54/10/31
Episode Number: 158
Available: NO
Title: The Tearless Widow
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Date Aired: 54/11/07
Episode Number: 159
Available: YES
Title: Life Line
Description: Barrie gets involved in trying to help a young couple and winds up closing down a local crime ring run out of the barbershop. The double feature at the Odeon Theater was "Death in Spades" and "Girl of the Manitoba Trail" (all fictitious).
Cast: William Gargan, Arthur Jacobson (director), John Roeburt (writer), Vivi Janis, Lee Millar, Marvin Miller, Edward King (announcer).
First Line Narrative: (Probable): "The chap who goes from his bed to the parlor isn't always enjoying the comforts of home."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Some cases don't show at all in your monthly cash receipts. Your only compensation is the warm feeling you get deep inside. Case that would be, say in the public good and welfare."
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  1. End of Show: Not Available
  2. AKA: "Case of the Barbershop"

Date Aired: 54/11/14
Episode Number: 160
Available: NO
Title: Complaint from a Corpse
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Date Aired: 54/11/21
Episode Number: 161
Available: YES
Title: The Sneak Assassin
Description: Conservative Harry marries a singer and everything is down hill from there. Moe asks friend Craig to help find Harry. It's looking like Harry is dead. How does Harry's clothes get to jail without Harry. Barrie and the Sherriff leak a rumor that someone knows where Harry's buried. The killer comes to jail to kill the witness.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), Parley Baer, Herb Ellis, Betty Lou Gerson, Marvin Miller, Joe Cranston, Edward King (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "Hear a guy called 'The Deep Type,' it might be more a matter of geography than mentality. How deep is his grave?"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Work is where you find it. When the case of Harry Jarvis fell into my lap, I was 900 miles from home base, motoring south along the Florida highway. My destination, Miami."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Announces the next broadcast will be "Sweet Goddess of Murder" In a change of format, the announcer speaks for what Barrie Craig would say, "In next weeks story, 'Sweet Goddess of Murder' the fur flies thick and homicidally when a love sick furrier designs a dream jacket for his ever hating wife, a straight jacket that would be."
  2. AKA: "Moe and Harry" also "Moe and Larry"

Date Aired: 54/11/28
Episode Number: 162
Available: NO
Title: Sweet Goddess of Murder
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Date Aired: 54/12/05
Episode Number: 163
Available: NO
Title: The Wife Who Was a Gift
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Date Aired: 54/12/12
Episode Number: 164
Available: NO
Title: The Fatal Punch
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Date Aired: 54/12/19
Episode Number: 165
Available: YES
Title: Dead Bull in a China Shop
Description: The damsel in distress has lost her bow fiddle (double base). Then the fiddle was returned and the case was stolen and used to hide a dead body. Bootleggers are just part of the problem. The damsel is not really in distress.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), Herb Vigran, Betty Lou Gerson, Paul Dubov, Lou Krugman, Joe Forte.
First Line Narrative: (Probable): "Murder as a steady occupation has its handicaps; the hours are irregular, the conditions under which you work aren't always ideal, and there's no Social Security. Of course, the pay is high, but so are the gallows from which, sooner or later, they'll hang you!"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. If you're a confidential investigator and if you're smart you'll put yourself on a schedule. You'll get to the office at 9 and get out of it at 5. You eat a leisurely dinner and spend the rest of the evening with a book you hope is good. That is if you're smart."
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  1. End of Show: Not Available
  2. AKA: "Bull Fiddle"

Date Aired: 54/12/26
Episode Number: 166
Available: NO
Title: Death Hires a Hurricane
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BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time:
10/03/54 12/26/54 NBC Sunday 8:30 p.m.
01/05/55 04/27/55 NBC Wednesday 8:30 p.m.

Date Aired: 55/01/05
Episode Number: 167
Available: YES
Title: Angel of Death
Description: Barrie spots Richie Stimson in the river and pulls him to shore. He married money, but is having neurotic episodes leading to accidents. Craig is hired to baby sit for a month. Blackmail is discovered.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), Paul Dubov, Betty Lou Gerson, Jack Carroll, Jack Moyles, John Laing (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "It's okay to cut a competitor down a few notches, but never cut him six feet lower than the soles of his feet! That's no longer fair competition, folks, that's murder!"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. One way of landing a client is to fish him out of the river, which is exactly how I commenced my confidential file on a character named Richie Stimson."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Announces the next broadcast will be "The Man Who Died by Himself" In a change of format, the announcer speaks for what Barrie Craig would say. "We call next weeks story 'The Man Who Died by Himself.' Among other things and corpses, it deals with a fortune teller, a fortune and a beautiful girl. And of course the man who died by himself, except he wasn't entirely alone. He had a killer for company."
  2. AKA: "Rich Richie"

Date Aired: 55/01/12
Episode Number: 168
Available: NO
Title: The Man who Died by Himself
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Date Aired: 55/01/19
Episode Number: 169
Available: NO
Title: Diamonds Can Be Beautiful
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Date Aired: 55/01/26
Episode Number: 170
Available: NO
Title: The Money Man
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Date Aired: 55/02/02
Episode Number: 171
Available: NO
Title: Fools Choice
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Date Aired: 55/02/09
Episode Number: 172
Available: YES
Title: Nobody Lives There Any More
Description: It's the old story of the couple registering at a hotel. She goes out shopping and when she returns, the desk clerk tells her she has no room there nor has her husband ever been there. All Barrie gets is the girl.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Jerry Hausner, Joan Banks, Stanley Farrar, Doris Singleton.
First Line Narrative: "One nice thing about being a murderer, you don't have to worry about being included in the old age pension fund...you're not going to have an old age."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. I was drinking myself to death this particular evening. Not liquor, at Willies Wagon, it's the coffee that's fatal. Also I was finding out from the newspapers that chorus girls were still busy suing elderly millionaires. That a hood named Ben Moran had knocked off an armored car and disappeared. That the police were questioning his girl friend Penny Lane".
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Announces the next broadcast will be "The Moving Target" In a change of format, the announcer speaks for what Barrie Craig would say. "In next weeks story, 'The Moving Target' a high flying globetrotter finds that sheer elbow room is no insurance for survival when a felonious blond makes a passionate effort to bring him down to earth. Really deep down, that is."
  2. AKA: "Missing Hotel Room"

Date Aired: 55/02/16
Episode Number: 173
Available: YES
Title: The Moving Target
Description: A high-flying globe trotter finds that sheer elbow room is no insurance for survival when a felonious blonde makes a passionate effort to bring him down to earth... really deep down that is."
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Howard McNear, Andrew C. Love (director), Lynn Allen, Jerry Hausner.
First Line Narrative: "A tempestuous blond wants a care free Romeo to slow up and settle down. It isn't always sweet surrender. Not if she emphasizes her demands with hot lead."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. In any national poll where voters where asked to elect the prize chump of 1955, I know one candidate who'd walk away with the title."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Announces the next broadcast will be "Hour of Reckoning." In a change of format, the announcer speaks for what Barrie Craig would say. "In Hour of Reckoning, a manicurists and a playboy find the rocky road to romance is a dead end street. But a certain ill-wisher contributes a corpse to the brides' trousseau."

Date Aired: 55/02/23
Episode Number: 174
Available: NO
Title: Hour of Reckoning
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Date Aired: 55/03/02
Episode Number: 175
Available: YES
Title: Sweet Larceny
Description: Barrie receivers a cable gram requesting he meet the shipment with an armored truck. That sets a series of events in motion. The importer has either arranged or anticipates the holdup of the truck before it is delivered to the vault. The truck was a decoy and the Egyptian relics are actually on a banana boat. Craig makes an off hand reference to the police as Joe Tuesday. All an elaborate scheme to sell trash as treasure.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Edith Terry, Lou Krugman, Jan Arlen, Jonathan Hole.
First Line Narrative: "Exercise can be beneficial or it can kill you. One guy I know walked himself to death, but still it figured, seeing that the walk he took was 'the last mile'."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. In these supersonic times with the great wide world shrinking to the size of a pretzel,l crime, crime is global. Chase a hood across New Jersey and you're likely to catch him in Botany Bay…"
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Announces the next broadcast will be "Corpse on the Town" In a change of format, the announcer speaks for what Barrie Craig would say. "In 'Corpse on the Town', death rewrites the script of a Broadway show when a bachelor producer becomes a widower in two easy stages, marriage and murder."
  2. AKA: "Barberi/Barbery Collection"

Date Aired: 55/03/09
Episode Number: 176
Available: YES
Title: Corpse on the Town
Description: A dishonest Broadway producer is saved by marrying his main investor. The new Mrs. Stanton Bishop is found dead almost immediately thereafter... with a broken neck!
Cast: William Gargan, Frank Gerstle, Vivi Janis, Parley Baer, Joe Forte, John Roeburt (writer), Andrew C. Love (director)
First Line Narrative: "Refer to a guy as a ghost of his former self, look twice at the get-up he's wearing. He might be sporting a bed sheet.
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. There's generally a lot more to show business than what people finally get to see from the $4.80 seats. The backstage behind the scenes shenanigans are what is delicately referred to as the preproduction phases. Brother can it get wild."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Announces the next broadcast will be "The Golden Touch." In a change of format, the announcer speaks for what Barrie Craig would say. "In the 'Golden Touch' a doll with amnesia forgets everything but her alibi when her partner in unholy matrimony takes a second fatal leap out of her arms and into eternity."

Date Aired: 55/03/16
Episode Number: 177
Available: NO
Title: The Golden Touch
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Date Aired: 55/03/23
Episode Number: 178
Available: NO
Title: Patsy for a Pinball
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Date Aired: 55/03/30
Episode Number: 179
Available: YES
Title: Never Murder a Mummy
Description: An Egyptian mummy is delivered to Craig's office, but why? Then the mummy goes missing and winds up back in the museum. The triangle is solved at the end.
Cast: William Gargan, Andrew C. Love (director), Jonathan Hole, Vivi Janis, James Nusser, Henry Hunter, Howard Culver, Louis Vittes (writer).
First Line Narrative: "The trouble with leading a life of crime is that you can never rest on your laurels. What you usually wind up resting on is a prison cot."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Have you ever tried reading Confidential Investigator backward? It can be done if it's on a glass door you're sitting behind but it doesn't get you anywhere."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Announces the next broadcast will be "Butlers Can Be Innocent" In a change of format, the announcer speaks for what Barrie Craig would say. "Butlers can be innocent. Maybe this is a little hard to believe but the butler in question proves that the hard way."
  2. AKA: "The Mummy's Sister"

Date Aired: 55/04/06
Episode Number: 180
Available: NO
Title: Butlers Can Be Innocent
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Date Aired: 55/04/13
Episode Number: 181
Available: NO
Title: Wizard of Death
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Date Aired: 55/04/20
Episode Number: 182
Available: NO
Title: Corpse in a Cage
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Date Aired: 55/04/27
Episode Number: 183
Available: NO
Title: The Mark of Judas
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BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time:
01/05/55 04/27/55 NBC Wednesday 8:30 p.m.
05/05/55 06/30/55 NBC Thursday 9:00 p.m.

Date Aired: 55/05/05
Episode Number: 184
Available: YES
Title: Confession of Murder
Description: A dollar switchblade knife is against the law and a start to interrogation.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Jack Edwards, Barney Phillips, Jane Webb, Noreen Gammill, Stanley Farrar, Paul Richards
First Line Narrative: "A lady killer is sometimes the worst dressed guy around. How much of a figure can he cut in prison dress?"
First Line: "Craig speaking. You meet odd exhibits in the human jungle. Walk down any street, especially when the hour is late, the species that creep by night. Call them neurotic. Call them throwbacks to the time when man stalked his prey with a club."
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  1. End of Show: Confirmation of show title.
  2. Notice major format changes; change in opening theme music and end of show no longer announces the next week's show title nor the usual cryptic comment relating to the next show's plot.

Date Aired: 55/05/12
Episode Number: 185
Available: YES
Title: Visitor at Midnight
Description: Craig's midnight visitor puts forth a theory for a perfect murder. The next morning, the murder is reported in the paper. The victim's lawyer was "spatted" (dresses with spats). Seems like everyone who knows the victim, stands to benefit from the death.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Ken Christy, Kay Stewart, Jack Carroll, Byron Kane, Jack Kruschen
First Line Narrative: "It never pays to be friendly with murderers. Give them an inch and they'll take a yard...usually rope, tied around your throat and attached to the nearest rafter."
First Line: "Craig speaking. If I try hard I can remember back at the days before I was in this business, when on going to bed I would look under my bed, no not for a blonde, a burglar, there never was one though…"
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  1. End of Show: Confirmation of show title.
  2. AKA: "Unsolvable Murder"

Date Aired: 55/05/19
Episode Number: 186
Available: NO
Title: Terror in the Ball Park
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Date Aired: 55/05/26
Episode Number: 187
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Title: Crime Against the People
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Date Aired: 55/06/02
Episode Number: 188
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Title: Trial Murder
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Date Aired: 55/06/09
Episode Number: 189
Available: YES
Title: Sucker Bait
Description: Why is the top seeded basketball team loosing to unranked teams lately? Have the gamblers found their way into college basketball. The newspaperman has a personal vendetta to get the coach.
Cast: William Gargan, Andrew C. Love (director), John Roeburt (writer) Norman Field, John Stevenson, Gloria Ann Simpson, Jess Kirkpatrick, Joe Forte.
First Line Narrative: "Give a man enough rope and he'll hang himself. An old proverb but don't believe it too imperviously. Give a man enough rope and he might hang you. A switch but all in the line of work. After all a hangman also…"
First Line: "Craig speaking. There's nothing like a college education. The hallowed halls of ivy is the perfect cure for moss on the brain. I had my own wits nicely sharpened a case or two ago."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Confirmation of show title.
  2. AKA: "The Big Fix"

Date Aired: 55/06/16
Episode Number: 190
Available: NO
Title: Brainwashed
Description:
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Date Aired: 55/06/23
Episode Number: 191
Available: YES
Title: Two Dead Men
Description: Hilda, one of the rich and famous, likes to collect young tennis players. Beware of the woman scorned.
Cast: William Gargan, Virginia Gregg, Herb Ellis, George Neisse, Tony Barrett, Andrew C. Love (director), John Roeburt (writer)
First Line Narrative: "For that charge to cure that tired, listless feeling, apply to a switch artist named Max. Max of course being the state electro-cutioner."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Any formula for mixing dynamite is good enough providing the end result is an explosion. What is the Craig formula for dynamite? Okay, two ingredients are required."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Confirmation of show title.
  2. AKA: "Tennis Anyone"

Date Aired: 55/06/30
Episode Number: 192
Available: NO
Title: The Man Who Didn't Get Them Wholesale
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