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Mystery is My Hobby Old Time Radio Program

Mystery is My Hobby
1/2 hour detective show


Broadcast before a live audience, Mystery is My Hobby is a classic “whodunit” show from the gentleman-detective genre, starring Glen Langan as Barton Drake. The conceit of the show is that Drake is the urbane, well-to-do author of the book Mystery is My Hobby. Each episode he introduces a true-to-life “case history” from his book, in which he is always a central character. The dramatic action ensues, during which Drake cuts through the mayhem to solve the crime du jour--be it murder, larceny or blackmail--with the aplomb and savoir faire of a Peter Wimsey. He ends each episode explaining how he solved the mystery to feckless lawmen and criminal alike with the tagline “ . . . because mystery is my hobby”.

The star of the series—Glen Langan—made a successful transition from radio and B-movie actor to frequent guest on the ubiquitous episodic TV shows of the 50s and 60s. He is best know as the star of “The Amazing Colossal Man”, the cult favorite from 1957.

Laden with dramatic musical stings and enthusiastic audience applause, each episode began with the following: “Ladies & gentlemen, Barton Drake speaking. For tonight’s drama, I’ve selected case history number __ from my book, Mystery is My Hobby. I call it . . .”

Although Mystery is My Hobby is not as well known as many of the other old-time radio detective shows, it offers an intriguing half-hour of entertainment for fans of the genre.
This set includes 79 half-hour shows originally produced by Mutual from 1945 through 1947.


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Mystery is My Hobby episode list
79 episodes

MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Shots at Curtis Window.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 471119 Death Asks Questions.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Allen Fisher is Murdered.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Andrew Bradford Runs for Gov.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Arthur Gideon's Memoirs.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Ben Cramer.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Blackmail.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Body in the Trunk.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Bullets Make Holes.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Buried Treasure Map.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Case of 65 Women.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Chris Pomeroy.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Cinderella for a Day.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Clearing Peter Wade.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Coin Collector Mystery.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death at Deadline.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death Buys Flowers.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death Goes Before Pride.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death Has a Hot Foot.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death Has Blue Eyes.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death in Mark Adrian's Studio.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death is a Twin.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death of an Old Prospector.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death Paints With Purple.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death Speaks With 10 Fingers.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Death Writes an Epitath.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Dude Ranch.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Engaged to Death.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Estelle Wainwright.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Eternal Triangle.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Ex-Con Candidate.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Faithless Wife.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Father & Son.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Feuding Radio Comedians.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Fishing Trip Ends in Murder.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Fugitive Brother.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Gold Prospector.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Hit Plan Gone Astray.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Hudson Family Deaths.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 John Crain Murder.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Kenneth Prengle, Polo Player.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Kid Brown is Ko'd.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Madame Valentine is Fearful (no opening).mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Millionaire Threatened.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Mink Coat.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Monica Feels Threatened.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Morini & the Formula.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Murder & the Folsom Point.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Murder at a Magic Show.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Murder at Asa Clark's House.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Murder at the Arnold House.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Murder Bound.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Murder Can Sometimes Be Pleasant.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Murder in the Ring.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Murder With a Boomerang.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Mystery of the Burning Light.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Oil King Murdered.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Phony Husband.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Sally Anders is Murdered.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Short Distance to Murder.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Snowbound.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Stella Dix is Murdered.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Stephanie Brent Murdered.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Stolen Rembrandts.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Thief & the Paintings.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Ticket to Murder.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Tom Torelli.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Two Hours to Live.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Uncle Howard's Treasure Map.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Voice of Doom.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Waiting Game.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Walking Corpse.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Who Killed David Austin.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Wife & Her Friends.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Wife Poisoned.mp3
MysIMHobby 00-00-00 Woman Shoots Self.mp3
MysIMHobby 47-11-26 Death is a Grain of Sand.mp3
MysIMHobby 47-12-31 Death is 1 & 3.mp3
MysIMHobby 48-01-07 Death Loses the Body.mp3

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