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Let George Do It: Introduction

Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Robert "Bob" Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954).

Clients came to Valentine's office after reading a newspaper carrying his typical classified ad:

Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine. Write full details.

The message would change each week to coordinate with the general theme of the plot. However, after October 17, 1951 the Personal notice remained constant through the duration of the series. The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye and the music from wah-wah-wah to suspenseful.

Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, a.k.a. Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Michael Ann Barrett and Lillian Buyeff). As Valentine made his rounds in search of the bad guys, very early in the series he encounters Brooksie's kid brother, Sonny (Eddie Firestone Jr.), Lieutenant Riley (Wally Maher) and elevator man Caleb (Joseph Kearns). For the first few shows, Sonny was George's assistant, but he was soon relegated to an occasional character.

Sponsored by Standard of California, the program was broadcast on the West Coast Mutual Broadcasting System from October 18, 1946 to September 27, 1954, first on Friday evenings and then on Mondays. In its last season, transcriptions were aired in New York, Wednesdays at 9:30pm, from January 20, 1954 to January 12, 1955.

John Hiestand was the program's announcer. Don Clark directed the scripts by David Victor and Jackson Gillis. The background music was supplied by Eddie Dunstedter, initially with a full orchestra. When television supplanted radio as the country's primary home entertainment, radio budgets got skimpier and skimpier and Dunstedter's orchestra was replaced by an organ.

"Let George Do It" Episode Detail Date Range Episode Range
"Let George Do It" Page 1 46/05/14 - 48/08/09 000 - 100
"Let George Do It" Page 2 48/08/16 - 50/07/10 101 - 200
"Let George Do It" Page 3 50/07/17 - 52/06/09 201 - 300
"Let George Do It" Page 4 50/06/16 - 54/09/27 301 - 420
Lead Actor
(George Valentine)
Began Ended Actor's First Episode
Robert "Bob" Bailey May 15, 1946 November 17, 1952 First Episode
Ken Peters January 22, 1951 January 22, 1951 Only Episode (Bailey Illness)
Olan Soule September 27, 1954 September 27, 1954 Only Confirmed Episode
Co-Star Actor
(Claire Brooks -- "Brooksie")
Began Ended Actor's First Episode
Shirley Mitchell May 14, 1946 May 14, 1946 Only Episode
Frances Robinson September 20, 1946 December 5, 1949 First Episode
Virginia Gregg December 12, 1949 November 17, 1952 First Episode
Michael Ann Barrett March 26, 1951 March 26, 1951 Only Episode
Lillian Buyeff September 27, 1954 September 27, 1954 Only Episode

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Let George Do It: Introduction (current page)

Let George Do It: Episodes Listed by Date
Let George Do It: Episodes Listed by Title

Let George Do It: Episodes 000 - 100 (May 14, 1946 - Aug 09, 1948)
Let George Do It: Episodes 101 - 200 (Aug 16, 1948 - Jul 10, 1950)
Let George Do It: Episodes 201 - 300 (Jul 17, 1950 - Jun 09, 1952)
Let George Do It: Episodes 301 - 420 (Jun 16, 1952 - Sep 27, 1954)

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Let George Do It: All Episodes Together

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