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Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: All Episodes

From October 3, 1951 through June 30, 1955:

William Gargan portrays the lead role of Barrie Craig throughout the entire series.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time:
10/03/51 03/18/52 NBC Wednesday 10:00 p.m.

Date Aired: 51/10/03
Episode Number: 001
Available: NO
Title: The Simultaneous Man
Description:
Cast:
First Line Narrative:
First Line:
Notes:
  1. Wednesday, 10/3/51, Barrie Crane was listed in the Chicago Daily Tribune on WMAQ at 9:00 CST and in the Washington Post on WRC at 10:00 EST.
  2. The Lowell Sun announces Barrie Crane, Investigator: New mystery "Private Eye" series on WBZ at 10 Eastern.
  3. The New York Times on WNBC at 10:00 EST identifies the Premiere broadcast of "Barrie Crane, Confidential Investigator" with William Gargan.

Date Aired: 51/10/10
Episode Number: 002
Available: NO
Title: Murder in Duplicate
Description:
Cast:
First Line Narrative:
First Line:
Notes:
  1. New York Times on WNBC at 10:00 EST identifies the broadcast of "Barrie Crane, Confidential Investigator" with William Gargan.
  2. The Los Angeles Times confirms the broadcast at 7 Pacific on KFI.

Date Aired: 51/10/17
Episode Number: 003
Available: YES
Title: The Judge and the Champ
Description: Al White, a crusading columnist, is murdered after threatening to expose a fixed fight and political corruption. He calls Craig for protection.
Cast: William Gargan, Santos Ortega, Don Pardo (announcer), Frank Kane (writer), Edward King (director).
First Line Narrative: "Hello, Craig speaking." "I wanted to read you my lead in tomorrow's column. I [knocking] ah at the door, hold the line Barrie while I see who it is." "Don't answer that, White! Stay away from the door!" "Oh, it's you. Look, I told you it's no use coming here. You're just wasting your time. My life's too short." [multiple gun shots]
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. It was one of those nights. I was sitting in my office with my feet hooked on the corner of my desk trying to whip up some enthusiasm over an assignment to bodyguard a couple of tin coffee pots at a Long Island wedding when the phone rang. I let it ring a few times before I reached out and snagged it off its hook.”
Notes: End of Show: "So long folks, see you next week." Show closing format did not yet include the episode title or the title of next week's program. It did include cast credits.

Date Aired: 51/10/24
Episode Number: 004
Available: YES
Title: Microfilm in the Fish Tank
Description: Arson in a tailor shop leads Barrie Craig to the clues needed to break a vicious protection racket.
Cast: William Gargan, Ernest Kinoy (writer), Santos Ortega, Don Pardo (announcer)
First Line Narrative: Not Available, no spoken words before announcer says "by transcription"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Detectives come in three sizes, city cop, big agencies and guys like me with a small office and insurance company retainer to pay the rent."
Notes: End of Show: "So long folks, see you next week." Show closing format did not yet include the episode title or the title of next week's program. It did include cast credits.

Date Aired: 51/10/31
Episode Number: 005
Available: YES
Title: Corpse on Delivery
Description: Joey Florio has jumped bail and Barrie Craig has been hired by a bail bondsman to find him. A corpse slows down the search.
Cast: William Gargan, Amzie Strickland, Don Pardo (announcer), Himan Brown (director), John Roeburt (writer).
First Line Narrative: "One thing about a corpse you can be sure folks. Everybody's always trying to palm it off on the next guy."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. A wise man once said a good detective's brain is in his feet. I guess he meant footwork solves more crimes than brain work."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as the strange story of the Borrowed Knife and described by Barrie Craig: "One thing about marriage folks, many are made in heaven but there are others that are unmade by the forced application of the vow, 'unto death due us part'. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 51/11/07
Episode Number: 006
Available: YES
Title: The Case of the Borrowed Knife
Description: Prospective bride, Wilma Lord, hires Craig to protect her fiancé until the wedding. Stranger enters Craig's office and dies from recent stabbing by Wilma Lord or, a corpse with a knife in his back follows a damsel in distress into Craig's office.
Cast: William Gargan, Don Pardo (announcer), Elspeth Eric, Himan Brown (director), Louis Vittes (writer), Parker Fennelly.
First Line Narrative: "One thing about marriage folks, many are made in heaven but there are others that are unmade by the forced application of the vow, 'unto death due us part'."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. That's the name, Barrie Craig. You rent an office on the third floor of the old Mercantile building. You've got a city license that says you're a confidential investigator…"
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Dead on Arrival" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week I devote my time to a bashful blond, an escaped lunatic and a stone cold corpse and brother it is murder. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 51/11/14
Episode Number: 007
Available: YES
Title: Dead on Arrival
Description: The story begins in a barbershop when the cabby tells Craig that he dropped a client, Peggy Palmer, in his car. The George Washington Diary in an old clock leads to a lunatic and murder.
Cast: William Gargan, Arlene Blackburn, Don Pardo (announcer), Himan Brown (director), John Roeburt (writer).
First Line Narrative: "The odd thing about a killer folks, you'd never believe it if his gun wasn't showing."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. The big gripe with a confidential investigator is that he has no confidential life of his own. You're on call day or night."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Murder in Wax" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week I meet a wandering parrot screaming bloody murder, a sculptor with an amazing knack for making the dead lifelike and a hired killer who sticks closer to me than my socks. The three put together spell murder. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 51/11/21
Episode Number: 008
Available: YES
Title: Murder in Wax
Description: The pre-cursor of reality shows has a reporter tagging Craig for a day. A bloody parrot leads to the corpse of Vincent Lorimer, and a wax museum that seems to be able to foretell the future!
Cast: William Gargan, Don Pardo (announcer), Himan Brown (director), Joan Alexander, John Roeburt (writer).
First Line Narrative: "One kind of free lodging that leaves everyone cold folks is when it's yours by courtesy of the city morgue."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. There's one little thing a confidential investigator has in common with a crooner or a tap dancer, ballyhoo. You can't get enough of it."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Naughty Necklace" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week I'll tell you how I was hired to find a string of pearls which was almost woven into a noose, to hang me. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 51/11/28
Episode Number: 009
Available: YES
Title: The Case of the Naughty Necklace
Description: Craig is given $5,000 to buy a pearl necklace from Wendy Harper.
Cast: William Gargan, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer), Louis Vittes (writer), Barbara Weeks
First Line Narrative: "The trouble with murder as an occupation folks is that it doesn't last very long, in no time at all you come to a dead end."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. An investigators license costs only a few bucks. When you're starting in the business, you've got ambition so you have the license put under glass and framed. You spend a couple of hours deciding on the best place to hang it."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Paper Bullets" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week folks, I find out that words can be bullets when two prize winning authors do their literary best to prove the gun is mightier than the pen. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 51/12/05
Episode Number: 010
Available: YES
Title: The Paper Bullets
Description: Mrs. Cora Talbot wants help in finding her husband. A publisher named Hillary Grayson, ran a $50,000 contest for novelists, the prize-winning manuscript was been stolen. Which case will Barrie take? The one that pays $2,000!
Cast: William Gargan, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer), John Roeburt (writer), Barbara Weeks.
First Line Narrative: "The old saying early to rise folks can't possibly mean a thing to a corpse."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. The trick in continuing on as a confidential investigator is to keep on good terms with the police. Comes time for your license renewal and a department sore head can louse it up for you."
Notes:
  1. Sponsored by: Pontiac Dealers.
  2. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Death and the Purple Cow" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week, I lose a client before I get 'em. A man dies in a hamburger joint and the purple cow turns out to be neither a cow nor purple. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 51/12/12
Episode Number: 011
Available: YES
Title: Death and the Purple Cow
Description: A man with a gun orders Barrie Craig not to accept a new client. The gunman is shot from the door after Barrie throws a cup of coffee in his face.
Cast: William Gargan, Arlene Blackburn, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer), John Gibson, Louis Vittes (writer).
First Line Narrative: "Murderers rarely have many friends. People can't keep up with them. You see folks they set such a killing pace."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. In my business the guy doesn't have many friends. We know too much about people. The wrong kind of things and maybe the wrong kind of people, or are there any different kind?"
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Ghost of a Chance" and described by Barrie Craig: "In next week's story, a man comes back from the dead to haunt a wife who's been dead almost as long as he has in an insurance scheme that almost, but not quite, cancels out yours truly. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 51/12/19
Episode Number: 012
Available: YES
Title: Ghost of a Chance
Description: A man, Remo Tourch, claiming to be Tom Avery, comes back from the dead to haunt a wife, Verna Talbot, who's been dead almost as long as he has; in an insurance scheme that almost, but not quite cancels out Barrie Craig. You need a scorecard to keep up with the players on this one. Craig gets shot in the leg.
Cast: William Gargan, Don Pardo (announcer), John Roeburt (writer), Fran Carlon, Himan Brown (director)
First Line Narrative: "There's a place somewhere folks, away from the hurley burley, where everything is slow and easy and you can sleep around the clock without being heckled. I could be referring to the cemetery."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. On call like I am, as a confidential investigator, the open door, come one come all, you don't always get cases that run according to Hoyle. Every once in a while you catch yourself a lulu."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Song of Death" and described by Barrie Craig: "In next week's story, 'Song of Death', I rescue a young lady from a fate no worse than drowning. And I meet a crack-brained song writer whose death lyrics are murder. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 51/12/26
Episode Number: 013
Available: YES
Title: Song of Death
Description: Barrie rescues a young lady from a fate worse than drowning, and he meets a crack-brained song writer whose death lyrics are, 'Murder.'
Cast: William Gargan, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer), Amzie Strickland, John Roeburt (writer)
First Line Narrative: "There's a big house up the river. It always has the welcome mat out folks. Just drop in, any old crime."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. The streamlined confidential operator keeps a case file with a nod to police regulation and with an eye to posterity. A book of memoirs some day you figure to show your grandchildren you were full of hustle yourself once upon a time."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Death of a Private Eye" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week I'm hired to help a man pay a visit but discover instead that my client has a visitor first. That visitor being death. See you next week folks."
  2. It's interesting that he goes on to talk about his case file #113 since this is broadcast year 1 and episode 13.

Date Aired: 52/01/02
Episode Number: 014
Available: YES
Title: Death of a Private Eye
Description: Barrie is hired to help a man pay a visit, but discovers instead that the visitor has a visitor first, death!
Cast: William Gargan, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer), Louis Vittes (writer), Fran Carlon.
First Line Narrative: "I knew a murderer once who was planning to get married so he killed a man for money enough to furnish a house. It didn't work out though; all he got was the chair."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. It gets dark early these days, it's always cold and a confidential investigator's business dies a slow death. Maybe it's because the weather discourages romance.
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Murder Island" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week I meet a burlesque queen with a knack for unveiling corpses, a lawyer who was his own worst argument and a gun toting client who throws me a shroud for a fee. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 52/01/09
Episode Number: 015
Available: YES
Title: Murder Island
Description: Barrie meets a burlesque queen with a knack for unveiling corpses, a lawyer who is his own worst argument and a gun-toting client who throws him a shroud for a fee.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Elspeth Eric, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "Did you ever wonder folks how a certain species of blonde can breathe in spite of a heart of stone?"
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. A confidential investigator occupies a kind of strategic position in law enforcement. He can mix with an element the regular department cop is obliged to scorn if not arrest on sight."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Fatal Appointment" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week a beautiful girl dies in a hotel room. A man gives all for love and an appointment for romance winds up in a rendezvous with death. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 52/01/16
Episode Number: 016
Available: YES
Title: Fatal Appointment
Description: In Muriel's murder case, a beautiful girl dies in a hotel room, a man gives all for love and an appointment for romance winds up in a rendezvous with death.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Joan Alexander, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer)
First Line Narrative: "Spotting a murderer isn't easy. They don't help. They can be anyone, any age, either sex, rich, poor or in between. They've got one difference though, they kill people."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Lots of people shy away from going to a private eye's office. I guess they figure it isn't respectable. I guess when you spend a couple minutes thinking about it, they're right, it isn't respectable."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Deadly Fight" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week I meet a widow who can't find tears, an obituary notice in search of a corpse, and a boxing champ whose biggest win is a fight strictly off the record. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 52/01/23
Episode Number: 017
Available: YES
Title: The Deadly Fight
Description: Craig is hired to confidentially purchase Boxer Doyle's diamond championship belt at auction.
Cast: William Gargan, Fran Carlon, Himan Brown (director), John Roeburt (writer), Don Pardo (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "The fellow in the drivers seat is always much better off folks, especially if it's the morgue wagon."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. A thing that defeats the confidential operator is his heart. I don't mean the wear and tear that comes with chasing creeps around the landscape. Heart, meaning the way you get involved emotionally with a case or a client."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "The Very Odd Job" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week I'm hired to deliver a puppet, watch a girl faint, discover a vintage murder, and realize that the only thing black when it's painted is a coffin. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 52/01/30
Episode Number: 018
Available: YES
Title: A Very Odd Job
Description: Barrie is hired to deliver a puppet for a quick $200. Watch a girl faint, discover a vintage murder and realize that the only thing that's as black as it's painted, is a coffin.
Cast: William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Elspeth Eric, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "The trouble with murder as a business is that very few of the men who take it up have any judgment. Sooner or later they run it right into the ground."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. With the weather what it is, the smart operator would be spending his evenings indoors parked near the steam heat with a glass in his hand and a small warm glow in the region of his lower chest. I guess I don't qualify, I still like to take walks."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Diary of Death" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week, murder counts to a bloody three when three pieces of a treasure map that should lead to a great fortune only leads to greater misfortune. See you next week folks."
  2. AKA: "The Puppet"

Date Aired: 52/02/06
Episode Number: 019
Available: YES
Title: Diary of Death
Description: Murder counts to a bloody three as three pieces of a treasure map which could lead to a great fortune only lead to greater misfortune.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Luis Van Rooten, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "There's an old school motto with a modern twist folks, an empty barrel makes a fine casket."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Manhattan Island's my beat, from Battery Place uptown to Spuyten Duyvil. I've got my footprints on every inch of sidewalk, a memory in every mile. Get used to a beat and it's like home to you. You're an island native."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "A Time to Kill" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week, I have a wow of a time in the kindergarten when a whimsical corpse insists on playing 'hide and go seek."

Date Aired: 52/02/13
Episode Number: 020
Available: YES
Title: A Time to Kill
Description: It starts with a parking ticket on the car and a kewpie doll with owner in the car. Then a chase across town ending with the grey coupe crashing into a tree. Barrie takes the crash patient to the hospital and the passenger to a remote cottage. Returning to his office, he's beaten severely by people looking for the girl and a million dollars worth of jewelry.
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Arlene Blackburn, Himan Brown, Don Pardo (announcer).
First Line Narrative: "To insure longer life folks, a gun in hand is worth two in the bush."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. There's a popular notion people have about confidential operatives. Stop any guy on the street and ask him. The notion, steam heated love or as the French say, amour."
Notes:
  1. End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Motive for Murder" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week, death flies the Atlantic from Lisbon to New York. A corpse breaks the bank for forty million dollars, and your's truly almost sprouts wings. See you next week folks."
  2. AKA: "Cupie Doll" or "Kewpie Doll"
  3. Craig's license plate is an honorary BC100 issued by the state of New York

Date Aired: 52/02/20
Episode Number: 021
Available: YES
Title: Motive for Murder
Description: Craig is employed to protect, young Spenser, an heir and is charged with murder of the heir by an international confidential investigator, also hired to protect the young man. The uncle is after the estate and an attempt to manipulate the market. Whoops, who's dead? Who's Beau Geste?
Cast: William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Arnold Moss, Himan Brown (director), Don Pardo (announcer)
First Line Narrative: "When the high cost of living gets your nanny folks, walk that last mile with a guy whose only gripe is the high cost of dying."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Over the hot stove, winter's, while lubricating your tonsils with a hot toddy and wondering how long to spring. Freelance operatives pass the time exactly the way barbers, ball players and bookies pass the time. They talk shop."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Murder in Mink" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week I meet a girl who has lost a mink coat, a man who has lost his head and a corpse which has lost its life. See you next week folks."

Date Aired: 52/02/27
Episode Number: 022
Available: NO
Title: Murder in Mink
Description:
Cast:
First Line Narrative:
First Line:
Notes:

Date Aired: 52/03/05
Episode Number: 023
Available: NO
Title: Key Witness
Description:
Cast:
First Line Narrative:
First Line:
Notes:

Date Aired: 52/03/12
Episode Number: 024
Available: NO
Title: Unknown Corpse
Description:
Cast:
First Line Narrative:
First Line:
Notes:

Date Aired: 52/03/18
Episode Number: 025
Available: NO
Title: The Masked Mermaid
Description:
Cast:
First Line Narrative:
First Line:
Notes:

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE:
From: To: Network: Day: Time:
10/03/51 03/18/52 NBC Wednesday 10:00 p.m.
03/25/53 09/09/52 NBC Tuesday 8:30 p.m.

Date Aired: 52/03/25
Episode Number: 026
Available: NO
Title: Love That Kills
Description: Barrie Craig meets a strange and deadly trio that finally turns to murder
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Date Aired: 52/04/01
Episode Number: 027
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Title: Cry for Help
Description: A casual item in a gossip column almost becomes an obituary for Barrie Craig
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Date Aired: 52/04/08
Episode Number: 028
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Title: Top Secret
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Date Aired: 52/04/15
Episode Number: 029
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Title: The Drowned Ghost
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Date Aired: 52/04/22
Episode Number: 030
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Title: The Hired Killer
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Date Aired: 52/04/29
Episode Number: 031
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Title: Talent for Murder
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Date Aired: 52/05/06
Episode Number: 032
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Title: A Night in Istanbul
Description: Barrie Craig goes to Istanbul and runs smack into murder
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Date Aired: 52/05/13
Episode Number: 033
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Title: The Fingerman
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Date Aired: 52/05/20
Episode Number: 034
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Title: The Client Was a Corpse
Description: Discovery of a murder victim leads to a story of a double cross
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Date Aired: 52/05/27
Episode Number: 035
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Title: Prize Captive
Description: Abduction of an important scientist
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Date Aired: 52/06/03
Episode Number: 036
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Title: Husband for Hire
Description: Beautiful woman hires Barrie Craig to pose as her husband and protect her during sale of a prize painting
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Date Aired: 52/06/10
Episode Number: 037
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Title: Corpse on a Carousel
Description: Everything happens to Barrie Craig this week after he meets a happy drunk
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Date Aired: 52/06/17
Episode Number: 038
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Title: Murder in Motion
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Date Aired: 52/06/24
Episode Number: 039
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Title: The Big Kill
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Date Aired: 52/07/01
Episode Number: 040
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Title: Shroud for a Fugitive
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Date Aired: 52/07/08
Episode Number: 041
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Title: The Long Way Home
Description: A bank robber comes out of hiding for love of his wife and finds death waiting for him.
Cast: William Gargan, Barbara Week, Louis Vittes (writer) Don Pardo (announcer)
First Line Narrative: "It's a sad fact, but very few murderers ever amount to anything. Their's is such a killing profession and when they come to the end of their rope, there's always a noose attached to it."
First Line: "Barrie Craig speaking. Ever notice the fact that the work a man does leaves a mark on him. Nine times out of ten you can spot a doctor, a lawyer, a butcher, a baker, half a block away. I wonder what a confidential investigator looks like."
Notes: End of Show: Current show title confirmed. Next week's title is announced as "Dead Reckoning" and described by Barrie Craig: "Next week matter triumphs over mind when a corpse with no head for figures starts pitching his weight around with yours truly playing catch. Good night folks, see you next week.

Date Aired: 52/07/15
Episode Number: 042
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Title: Dead Reckoning
Description: Unravels murder of a racket busting reporter
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Date Aired: 52/07/22
Episode Number: 043
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Title: No Memory for Murder
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Date Aired: 52/07/29
Episode Number: 044
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Title: Murder in Paradise
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Date Aired: 52/08/05
Episode Number: 045
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Title: The Doublecross
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Date Aired: 52/08/12
Episode Number: 046
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Title: Heat Wave
Description: A crafty private investigator who decides to play both ends against the middle is discovered by Barrie Craig
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Date Aired: 52/08/19
Episode Number: 047
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Title: Happy Alibi
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Date Aired: 52/08/26
Episode Number: 048
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Title: Murder Off-Stage
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Date Aired: 52/09/02
Episode Number: 049
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Title: Blood on the Flowers
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Date Aired: 52/09/09
Episode Number: 050
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Title: Perfect Suspect
Description: Barrie hits a man with his car and the man disappears.
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Notes: Program is pre-empted by Senator Robert A. Taft Address on NBC @ 10:00 - 10:30pm

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:
From: To: Network: Day: Time:
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
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Title: The Merry Corpse
Description: Finds casket filled with gems
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Date Aired: 52/11/16
Episode Number: 059
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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."
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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 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
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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
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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
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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
Available: NO
Title: Love's Sweet Murder
Description: Husband masterminds blackmail of his wife
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Date Aired: 53/05/24
Episode Number: 086
Available: NO
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
Available: NO
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
Available: NO
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
Available: NO
Title: Murder in Three Acts
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Date Aired: 53/08/02
Episode Number: 096
Available: NO
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
Available: YES
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
Available: NO
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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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
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Title: Corpse with a Pedigree
Description: Barrie Craig is up a genealogic tree
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Date Aired: 53/10/06
Episode Number: 105
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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."
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  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
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Title: The Killing Pace
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Date Aired: 53/11/17
Episode Number: 111
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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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Date Aired: 53/12/01
Episode Number: 113
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Title: Ghost of a Chance
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Date Aired: 53/12/08
Episode Number: 114
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Title: Table for Three Murders
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Date Aired: 53/12/15
Episode Number: 115
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Title: Mask of Justice
Description: Murder headline bares old secret, reunites family
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Date Aired: 53/12/22
Episode Number: 116
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Title: Two in a Mausoleum
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Date Aired: 53/12/29
Episode Number: 117
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Title: TITLE UKNOWN
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Date Aired: 54/01/05
Episode Number: 118
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Title: Out of the Past
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Date Aired: 54/01/12
Episode Number: 119
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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
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Title: Death Wins a Bet
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Date Aired: 54/02/02
Episode Number: 122
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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."
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  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
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Title: The Love of Murder
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Date Aired: 54/02/16
Episode Number: 124
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Title: Smokescreen for Murder
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Date Aired: 54/02/23
Episode Number: 125
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Title: No Flowers for the Corpse
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Date Aired: 54/03/02
Episode Number: 126
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Title: The Million Dollar Nickel
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Date Aired: 54/03/09
Episode Number: 127
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Title: The Tearless Widow
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Date Aired: 54/03/16
Episode Number: 128
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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
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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."
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  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."
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  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
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Title: The Man Who Wanted to Be Guilty
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Date Aired: 54/04/20
Episode Number: 133
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Title: Man Trap
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Date Aired: 54/04/27
Episode Number: 134
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Title: Not Quite Dead
Description: Exposes poet’s plot to win fame
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Date Aired: 54/05/04
Episode Number: 135
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Title: Hour of Decision
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Date Aired: 54/05/11
Episode Number: 136
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Title: TITLE UKNOWN
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Date Aired: 54/05/18
Episode Number: 137
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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
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Title: The Corpse Who Stayed for Breakfast
Description: Finds murder and forgery go hand in hand
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Date Aired: 54/06/08
Episode Number: 140
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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
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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
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Title: Death's Little Helper
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Date Aired: 54/07/27
Episode Number: 147
Available: YES
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.
Notes:
  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."

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
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Title: The Corpse That Couldn't Swim
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Date Aired: 54/10/10
Episode Number: 155
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Title: The Murder Man
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Date Aired: 54/10/17
Episode Number: 156
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Title: The Devil's Jest
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Date Aired: 54/10/24
Episode Number: 157
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Title: Murder in Grease Paint
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Date Aired: 54/10/31
Episode Number: 158
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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
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Title: Sweet Goddess of Murder
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Date Aired: 54/12/05
Episode Number: 163
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Title: The Wife Who Was a Gift
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Date Aired: 54/12/12
Episode Number: 164
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Title: The Fatal Punch
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Date Aired: 54/12/19
Episode Number: 165
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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
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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".
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  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."
Notes:
  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…"
Notes:
  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
Available: NO
Title: Crime Against the People
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Date Aired: 55/06/02
Episode Number: 188
Available: NO
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
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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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End of Series.


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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)
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator: Episodes 151 - 192 (August 24, 1954 - June 30, 1955)

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