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 Englands
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 brothers 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 Londons 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 Doyles
Sherlock Holmes in the 1932 film of the same name. Brook was eventually
replaced by an actor portraying the character Superintendent X of
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Secrets of Scotland Yard: 57 episodes
Absent Minded Professor.mp3
Bank Of England Robbery.mp3
Black Market Murder.mp3
Bone From A Voice Box.mp3
Buckets Of Blood.mp3
Burke And Hare.mp3
Dr Ruxton Ax Killer.mp3
Family Soliciter W Drop Out.mp3
General Charles Leward.mp3
George Smith W Humourous Opening.mp3
Great Gold Robbery.mp3
Jack The Ripper.mp3
Jim The Penman.mp3
Just A Matchstick And A Duster.mp3
Lady In Distress.mp3
Lady Is A Crook.mp3
Lesson In Love.mp3
Liverpool Bank Fraud.mp3
Murder Without Motive.mp3
Music Murder And A Mackintosh.mp3
One Man Too Many.mp3
Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword.mp3
Reginald Sidney Buckfield.mp3
Robbery On The Railways.mp3
Ronald Vivian Light.mp3
Root Of All Evil Money.mp3
Scales Of Justice.mp3
Smoke Clings To The Hair.mp3
Story Of Walter Miller.mp3
Theft Of The British Crown Jewels.mp3
Witchcraft Law Volume Flux.mp3