Crime Drama (1949 - 1954)
"From Times Square to Columbus Circle
- the grandest,
the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world..."
Broadway is My Beat is a popular detective drama that stars Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover, an ex shoe-shiner on the "Great White Way" in New York theater district.
Danny Clover made his living as a superb police officer who truly loved his beat on Broadway and the colorful people who called it home.
It was his development on the hard streets of Broadway as a youngster that made him such a threat to the villains, who were bogged down in their shabby homes during the day, scheming of ways to disturb the tranquility of the law-abiders.
Broadway is My Beat was first produced in New York City itself but later moved to Hollywood under the direction of Elliot Lewis. Having been a resident of NYC, Elliot Lewis stressed using the the sound of the city in the radio show from honking horns to loud mouth pedestrians to dribbling rain drops. Broadway is My Beat was known to utilize multiple sound effect artists to recreate the big city's noisy atmosphere.
Broadway is My Beat used gritty dialogue typical of hardboiled detective radio dramas of the era. The show is full of tough talk and descriptive monologues.
Broadway is My Beat's theme says it best: "The still of August nighttime
is beyond crest now has broken, begun its downsurge,
and in the empty avenue there are trailings of phosphorescence
and tricklings of stillness…time before dawn."
Also see Hardboiled Detectives Collection.