Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: A Complete History and Episode Log of Radio's Most Durable Detective

Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: A Complete History and Episode Log of Radio's Most Durable Detective

by Jim Cox

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Overview

That "kindly old investigator," Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, sought missing and murdered individuals longer than any other fictional detective ever heard or seen on the air. For 18 years (1937-1955) Keen and his faithful assistant, Mike Clancy, entertained followers with their intuitive perception that kept listeners coming back for more. With 1690 nationwide broadcasts, Mr. Keen was the most resilient private detective in a namesake role. The nearest competitors were Nick Carter, Master Detective (726 broadcasts), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (657) and The Adventures of the Falcon (473).

This book presents a portrait of both the beloved character and the venerable dramatic series. An introductory chapter examines the significance of the sleuth in American entertainment. A concerted effort is also made to properly define each Keen era and an appendix provides an episodic log of the program's 1690 broadcasts.

About the Author:

Jim Cox was the recipient of the 2002 Ray Stanich Award, given to one individual annually for prolific research and writing in old time radio, at the Friends of Old Time Radio Convention, vintage radio's largest annual convention. He is also the author of Frank and Anne Hummert's Radio Factory (2003), Radio Crime Fighters (2002), Say Goodnight, Gracie (2002), The Great Radio Audience Participation Shows (2001) and The Great Radio Soap Operas (1999), all from McFarland. He is a retired college professor living in Louisville, Kentucky.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786417384
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/24/2004
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Jim Cox, a leading radio historian, is an award-winning author of numerous books on the subject. A retired college professor, he lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Chronology: A Mr. Keen Radio Almanac 5



1. The Aural Sleuth: Murder and Mayhem on the Air 7

2. Origins of a Supersleuth 14

3. Lost and Found 22

4. The Tracer as Chaser 35

5. Funny Business 51

6. Hired Guns 57

7. Sold on Radio 73

Radio Episode Guide 77



Notes 345

Bibliography 349

Index 351

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