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Secrets of Scotland Yard Old Time Radio Program

Secrets of Scotland Yard
½ hour Detective show

In an earlier time, just prior to and following the Second World War, the general public was fascinated by the subject of crime. Numerous magazines of "True Crime Stories" filled the newsstands. Radio also helped fill the need with fictional heroes such as Johnny Dollar and The Saint. Few true crime dramas, other than Gangbusters or Dragnet, sustained long term success on radio.
The Secrets of Scotland Yard was a successful crime drama series, initially airing internationally between 1949 and 1951. Selected episodes finally came to a US radio network for a brief run much later in 1957 over the Mutual Broadcasting System.
The series boasted well over 100 episodes, one of which, "The Bone From A Voice Box", apparently served as the prototype for another well remembered Towers Of London dramatic series, The Black Museum. In both series, well known actors were employed as host / narrator, Orson Welles in The Black Museum and Clive Brook here. In fact, the shows were so similar that some of the same actual Scotland Yard cases were dramatized for both series (with totally different scripts, and casts).
The Secrets of Scotland Yard was an independent production of the Towers of London syndicate in England for world wide distribution. Each week, an audience of anxious radio-listeners tuned in to hear these true crime stories of the London Metropolitan Police unfold, as the detectives at the Yard investigated some of England’s most famous criminals. Their trials have become legendary.
Stories presented in the series include the theft of the British crown jewels by Colonel Thomas Blood; the story of a man who finds an armless and legless body wrapped in ribbons and lace; or the strange story of two close brothers who love one another enough to contemplate the murder of a brother’s affluent, yet unsightly and ignorant, wife.
Murders, forgery, and robberies all get a through review on the program. Each time, Scotland Yard detectives are afoot to solve the crime mystery!
The Secrets of Scotland Yard was initially hosted by Clive Brook, probably for the first year or so. To add to the air of authenticity, Brook sometimes discusses matters with Percy Hoskins, a 1950s crime expert and reporter for the London Daily Express. Hoskins knew every nook and cranny in London’s seedier districts and personally reported on many of the major crimes of the day. A student of crime, Hoskins was also one of the founders of the Saints and Sinners Club of London, an educational organization dedicated to true crime investigation methods and results.
Brook had his own Scotland Yard experience previously when he played retired naval commander Stevenson in the 1936 film, "Scotland Yard Commands". American audiences will however probably more familiar with Brooks’ portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes in the 1932 film of the same name. Brook was eventually replaced by an actor portraying the character Superintendent X of Scotland Yard.

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Secrets of Scotland Yard: 57 episodes

Absent Minded Professor.mp3
Bank Of England Robbery.mp3
Battalier.mp3
Black Market Murder.mp3
Blodie Belgium.mp3
Bone From A Voice Box.mp3
Brothers Staunton.mp3
Buckets Of Blood.mp3
Burke And Hare.mp3
Captain X.mp3
Charles Piece.mp3
Counterfeiter.mp3
Dr Ruxton Ax Killer.mp3
Family Soliciter W Drop Out.mp3
Fence.mp3
Florence Maybrick.mp3
Frederick Stewart.mp3
General Charles Leward.mp3
George Smith W Humourous Opening.mp3
Great Gold Robbery.mp3
Greeneyed Monster.mp3
Henri Perot.mp3
Henry Fauntleroy.mp3
Hunted Hunter.mp3
Identifications.mp3
Jack The Ripper.mp3
Jim The Penman.mp3
Just A Matchstick And A Duster.mp3
Kindly Doctor.mp3
Lady In Distress.mp3
Lady Is A Crook.mp3
Lesson In Love.mp3
Liverpool Bank Fraud.mp3
Lucky Murderer.mp3
Mrs Voisson.mp3
Murder Without Motive.mp3
Murderers Letter.mp3
Music Murder And A Mackintosh.mp3
Neville Heath.mp3
Nurse Waddington.mp3
One Man Too Many.mp3
Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword.mp3
Perfect Detective.mp3
Pests.mp3
Poisoner.mp3
Reginald Sidney Buckfield.mp3
Robbery On The Railways.mp3
Robert Wood.mp3
Romantic Murderer.mp3
Ronald Vivian Light.mp3
Root Of All Evil Money.mp3
Scales Of Justice.mp3
Servant Problem.mp3
Smoke Clings To The Hair.mp3
Story Of Walter Miller.mp3
Theft Of The British Crown Jewels.mp3
Witchcraft Law Volume Flux.mp3


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