The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Introduction
(Our thanks to Frank Passage for his permission to repeat it here)
Between series, shows and movies, Philip Marlow has been a presence on the radio for longer than most remember. This episodic log will chronicle the trek through time on American broadcasting stations.
Perhaps the first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective in Murder, My Sweet on the Lux Radio Theatre, June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows.
On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. In the April 11, 1950 show, "The Anniversary Gift", William Conrad substituted for Mr. Mohr, becoming the forth person to play the detective.
The CBS version opens with Marlowe saying, "Get this and get it straight. Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave. There’s no other end, but they never learn." Unlike the Sam Spade or Richard Diamond radio series, there's no "cuteness" here. Only a tough-nosed private eye doing a tough job.
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Introduction (current page)
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: NBC Episodes (June 12, 1947 - September 9, 1947)
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: All Episodes (June 12, 1947 - September 15, 1951)