Detective Drama (1946 - 54)
Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade.
If the job's too tough for you to handle,
you've got a job for me. George Valentine.
George Do It is about a detective with one foot
firmly planted in the tough-guy detective genre, and
the other in the romance-denied working relationship romantic field. For George Valentine, detective work
was job #1. To his secretary, Claire Brooks, it was
a developing relationship.Radio's competing Adventures
of Sam Spade featured banters between Spade and his
stenographer Effie in similar manner. The constant patter
between George and "Brooksie" sounds a great
deal like an old time radio version of much-later TV
series like "Hart to Hart," "Moonlighting"
and "Remington Steele."
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Bob Bailey played George Valentine
as a detective handy man, who got his jobs from
responses to a newspaper ad. Part-time detective
and writer Dan Holiday in Box
13 also used the premise. It pays to advertise!
The shows follow the usual formats of crime caper
shows, with toughs, mysterious rendezvous and people
who aren't who they say they are.
Francis Robinson first played Brooksie,
then Virginia Gregg took the role through its best
years. Both ladies played Brooksie smart and sassy.
Brooksie took every occasion to make it clear to
George that the case he was the most off base on
was the "Case of the Missing Engagement Ring."
In the late '40s, an organist was
used for the scene transitions, and sound effects
were fairly minimal, as the show was loaded with
snappy patter. In the 1950s, the music turns orchestral,
and the production values are a little more thorough.
Let George Do It was an excellent
show in its own right, but it just so happened that
it was to be the warm-up act for Bob Bailey's most
masterful radio role, that of "the man with
the action-packed expense account." He joined
Yours Truly Johnny
Dollar in 1955, and made the show golden
as a classic of the final years of old time radio.
For more hard hitting detective action, don't forget to call on some of the most popular detectives: Phillip
Saint, Boston Blackie,
and The Falcon.