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JOHN MICHAEL HAYES COLLECTION

 John Michael Hayes Collection

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John Michael HayesJohn Michael Hayes hitchhiked from Massachusetts to Los Angeles to find work writing radio scripts.  Legend has it that he actually hobbled his way out there on two canes, having suffered rheumatoid arthritis.  Legend further has it that he promptly, somewhat mysteriously, landed a gig writing for My Favorite Husband.  

Hayes was a gifted writer of dialogue and of all elements of dramatic writing.  He was a screenwriter for several big Alfred Hitchcock films, including Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and To Catch a Thief.  He once told an interviewer, "much of my dialogue is indirect, with layers of meaning."  

It's interesting to note that before making his name as a screenwriter, Hayes was a veteran radio writer.  In fact, he was approached by Hitchcock because the film director was a fan of The Adventures of Sam Spade and Suspense, the legendary radio programs for which Hayes wielded his pen.

Sam Spade was, of course, the  Maltese Falcon  character created by Dashiell Hammett.  In 1946, the radio show, The Adventures of Sam Spade,  began airing on  ABC.  Top-flight writers Jason James and Bob Tallman originally manned the helm.  John Michael Hayes came aboard in 1950 for the NBC iteration of the show.   Sam Spade was a  lecherous and treacherous cynic, a template for the hard-boiled detective.  The producer who brought him to life on the radio was William Spier, who also wrought Suspense, for which he also hired Hayes.

Suspense was an acclaimed, now-legendary series drawing the best talent.  Actors who brought to life Hayes' taut scripts include Barbara Stanwyck,Alan Reed, Alfred Hitchcock and John Michael HayesWilliam Bendix, and Ava Gardner.  Many of Hayes' stories took place in dark offices or streets, involving psychological dilemmas, eerie strangers, and paranormal vexations.  Hayes drew conflict between characters with acerbic and tense exchanges.

When not collaborating with Alfred Hitchcock, John Michael Hayes wrote chilling, intelligent, and darkly humorous scripts for oldtime radio.  This collection includes many episodes of Suspense and Sam Spade, as well as Night Beat, Escape, and Rocky Jordan.

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
27 shows - total playtime 12 hours 43 minutes

Escape 500214 110 Two If By Sea
Night Beat 501020 Judge Arnolds Daughter
Nightbeat 510304 041 Big John Mcmasters
Richard Diamond 510223 087 Lady In Distress
Rocky Jordan 490703 Map Of Murder
Sam Spade 500903 Farmers Daughter Caper
Sam Spade 501201 Dog Bed Caper
Sam Spade 510202 String Of Death Caper
Sam Spade 510209 Sure Thing Caper
Sam Spade 510223 The Shot In The Dark Caper
Samspade 510330 Vendetta Caper
Samspade 510413 Civic Pride Caper
Suspense 470501 243 Lady In Distress
Suspense 500525 386 Very Much Likenightmare
Suspense 501019 399 Wages Of Sin
Suspense 510111 411 Vamp Till Dead
Suspense 510118 412 Welldressed Corpse
Suspense 510208 415 Windy City Six
Suspense 510301 418 Gift Of Jumbo Brannigan
Suspense 510412 424 Early To Death
Suspense 510510 428 Death On My Hands
Suspense 570929 718 Vamp Till Dead Afrts
Suspense 571013 720 Welldressed Corpse Afrts
Whistler 451105 180 Harvest Of Death
Whistler 451112 181 Seeing Eye
Ytjd 500314 041 Eighty Five Little Minks
Ytjd 500418 046 The Story Of Thr Tenoeight

 


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