Episode 7851: The Adventures Of Sam Spade - The Civic Pride Caper (04-13-51)


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The Civic Pride Caper (Aired April 13, 1951)
The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. The series was largely overseen by producer/director William Spier. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. Before the series, Sam Spade had been played in radio adaptations of The Maltese Falcon by both Edward G. Robinson (in a 1943 Lux Radio Theater production) and by Bogart himself (in a 1946 Academy Award Theater production), both on CBS. Dashiell Hammett's name was removed from the series in the late 1940s because he was being investigated for involvement with the Communist Party. Later, when Howard Duff's name appeared in the Red Channels book, he was not invited to play the role when the series made the switch to NBC in 1950.
April 13, 1951. NBC network. "The Civic Pride Caper" Sustaining. After an auditorium collapses, Garrett Welsh, the architect, hires Spade to find out why it happened. The town's building inspector is shot in the back four times! Radio-Television Mirror magazine names Steve Dunne its favorite detective. Steve Dunne, William Spier (producer, editor, director), Shirley Mitchell, John Michael Hayes (writer), Lud Gluskin (composer), Robert Armbruster (conductor), Jack Kruschen, Sidney Miller, Paul Frees, Herbert Rawlinson, Lou Merrill, Dashiell Hammett (creator). 28:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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