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 Mr Keen Tracer of Lost Persons

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Detective serial (1937 - 55)

Mr Keene, Tracer of Lost PersonsOne of radio's longest running shows, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was also one of the first of the detective genre on radio, and certainly the earliest one with "legs," lasting well into the TV era.

Earlier in its run, it used the best of the melodramatic serial methods - obvious characterization with social and anti-social stereotypes, all done with somewhat heavy-footed plotting. Bennett Kilpack played Mr. Keen as an intellectual authority figure, magisterial in manner, reserved, aloof. Two others took over Mr. Keen later in the run, but Keen's mannerisms remained the same. Jim Kelly plays Mr. Keen's working-class heavy, Mike Clancy. The name tells the characterization, since old time radio, like vaudeville, was a world where immigrants had popular comedic stereotypes.

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To modern ears, this type of show sounds more stilted than authoritative, since we really never "get to know" Mr. Keen, but this style of detective can be considered an homage to the classic intellectual English tradition. With perhaps a dash of the formality of the early old time radio announcer in his tone of voice. After all, early radio announcers used to work in tuxedos before live audiences!

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Mr Keene back on the AirThe detective work is sometimes barely more than coincidence or criminal oversight. The facts of the cases are often far-fetched, and the dialogue can be from the early radio "formal diction" school, such as "Was it he who answered the door, Clancy?" The very name of the show should give a good indication of the dialogue, there is a great deal of nostalgic enjoyment to be found. The show was lampooned by Bob and Ray in their classic "Mr. Trace, Keene than Most Persons."

Of course, it has a faster pace with less formality after the War and into the 50s. The fact that the show ran from before the 1940s until Elvis shows it had great popularity. And it still does. Some other shows done in the classic style are Sherlock Holmes, Blackstone, The Magic Detective, Philo Vance and the more modern (Hollywood) sounding The Falcon.

For more brainy detectives, see also: Softboiled Detectives. This collection is in the extensive Hummert Radio Factory Collection. Called the parents of soap opera, Anne and Frank Hummert also created Betty and Bob, Front Page Farrell, Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Persons, Ma Perkins, Just Plain Bill, Mary Noble Backstage Wife, Young Widder Brown, Mr. Chameleon, Stella Dallas, Manhattan Merry Go Round, Lora Lawton, The American Melody Hour, Hearthstone of the Death Squad, Lorenzo Jones, Nona From Nowhere, Our Gal Sunday, Inspector Thorne, Romance of Helen Trent, and more.

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Volume 1: 28 shows - total playtime 13 hours 4 minutes

Mr Keen 400605 The Woman Who Wasnt Needed
Mr Keen 440106 The Moonless Night
Mr Keen 440113 The Missing Witness
Mr Keen 440120 The Girl Who Sang Too Well
Mr Keen 440203 The Girl Who Flirted
Mr Keen 440210 The Boy Who Used Big Words
Mr Keen 440217 Mr Trevors Secret
Mr Keen 440224 Murder In Air
Mr Keen 440316 The Strange Display
Mr Keen 440413 The Leaping Dog
Mr Keen 440615 The Woman In Blue
Mr Keen 441116 The Frightened Child
Mr Keen 441214 Nightmare Murder
Mr Keen 450315 The Absent Minded Professor
Mr Keen 451129 106 Strange Case of Charley Lorimer
Mr Keen 460523 The Glamorous Widow
Mr Keen 481028 Identical Twins Murder Partial
Mr Keen 490609 Murder And Star Of Death
Mr Keen 490915 Murder And Bloodstained Necklace
Mr Keen 490922 Yellow Talon Murder
Mr Keen 490929 Murder With A Thousand Witnesses
Mr Keen 491006 The Man Who Invented Death
Mr Keen 491013 Silver Dagger Murder
Mr Keen 491027 The Ruthless Murderers
Mr Keen 491103 Forgotten Cave Murder
Mr Keen 491110 Engaged Girl Murder
Mr Keen 500105 The Rushville Murder
Mr Keen 500119 Bride And Groom Murder Afrs

Volume 2: 30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 1 minutes

Mr Keen 500126 Telephone Book Murder
Mr Keen 500209 Murder And Jewel Thief
Mr Keen 500216 The Two Faced Murderer
Mr Keen 500223 319 Tealeaf Murder Case
Mr Keen 500309 The Melody Of Murder
Mr Keen 500316 Innocent Flirtation Murder
Mr Keen 500406 The Murdered Detective
Mr Keen 500413 Eccentric Millionaire Murder
Mr Keen 500420 Country Club Murder
Mr Keen 500427 The Woman Who Married A Murderer
Mr Keen 500504 King Cobra Murder
Mr Keen 500511 Murder And Missing Car
Mr Keen 500518 xxx Case of the Missing Countess
Mr Keen 500525 Broken Window Murder
Mr Keen 500601 Quicksand Murder
Mr Keen 500615 Skull And Crossbones Murder
Mr Keen 510720 Murder And Strange Woman
Mr Keen 510727 Photograph Album Murder
Mr Keen 510803 The Strange Murder Of Carrie Ellis
Mr Keen 510810 Abandoned Well Murder
Mr Keen 510817 Poisoned Sandwich Murder
Mr Keen 511206 Murder At A Mile A Minute
Mr Keen 520313 Silver Candlestick Murder
Mr Keen 520403 Rented Cottage Murder
Mr Keen 520410 Mothers Plea Murder
Mr Keen 540621 Shrieking Prisoner Murder Part 1
Mr Keen 540623 Shrieking Prisoner Murder Part 2
Mr Keen 540624 Shrieking Prisoner Murder Part 3
Mr Keen 540625 Shrieking Prisoner Murder Part 4
Mr Keen 550222 Murder And Revengeful Ghost



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