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Calling All Detectives

Premiere Episode: 1945-04-07
Final Episode: 1948-00-00

Game Show

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Broadcast History:

Dates: 4/7/1945 - 8/25/1945
Network: Mutual
Days: Saturday
Starting time: 9:30PM
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 1947 - 1947
Network: Other
Sponsor: Sealey Mattress
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 1948 - 1948
Network: Other
Sponsor: Eric Clothing Stores
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 1950 -
Network: Mutual
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Length of show: 15 minutes

Series Synopsis: The 1945 edition of Calling All Detectives had an unusual gimmick. Though it aired on a network, local affiliates were made part of the action. Listeners were selected from cards sent in; then, when the mystery reached its climax, local announcers called their listeners and offered prizes to those who could guess the mystery. At the end of the local segment, the network was rejoined and the story concluded. In the quarter-hour shows, Paul Barnes played all the voices, working only with a sound effects technician. A melodrama of eight or nine minutes was enacted; Barnes as Detective Browning would then call a number at random from the phone book and quiz a listener on aspects of the show. The live series was sponsored by the Sealy Mattress Company (“sleeping on a Sealy is like sleeping on a cloud”). It was transcribed in progress, and the recordings, without the commercials and telephone calls, were later syndicated. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio by John Dunning
Creator: ***  
Cast: Paul Barnes(Detective Jerry Browning)
Jerry Browning(Narrator)
Neil Fowler(Toby)
Owen Jordan(Toby)
Frank Lovejoy(Neil Fowler)
Announcer: George Bower
 Jack Callahan