This Mutual series featured murder and mystery books
that were actual Doubleday Crime Club imprints. There
was a new Crime Club book "every week, at bookstores
everywhere." Or so they said. It was certainly
a natural to do an old time radio show to tantalize potential
purchasers with half hour radio adaptations of the
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The telephone rings"Hello, I hope I haven't
kept you waiting. Yes, this is the Crime Club. I'm
the Librarian. Murder Rents A Room? Yes, we have that
Crime Club story for you.Come right over. (The organist
in the shadowed corner of the Crime Club library shivers
the ivories) The doorbell tones sullenly"And
you are here. Good. Take the easy chair by the window. Comfortable?
The book is on this shelf." (The organist hits
the scary chord) "Let's look at it under the
reading lamp." The Librarian begins reading our
tale, and we begin another Crime Club offering let's
hope it's not a burnt offering.
Raymond E. Johnson played the mild-mannered, albeit
ominous, Librarian. Roger Bower produced and directed.
Veteran Willis Cooper (Lights
Out, Quiet Please)
did some of the scripts from the Crime Club books.