Detective (1936 )
Phyl Coe is "the beautiful girl detective," star of The
Phyl Coe Mysteries. The old time radio show came out in 1936, making
Phil Coe the first woman crime fighter on the radio. The name Phyl
(which is short of Phyllis) Coe was created because the show's
sponsor was Philco Radio Tubes.
When the show aired each week,
listeners were invited to solve the crime for cash prizes ($50,000
was awarded amongst the winners). Listeners were to obtain a booklet
from their local Philco Tube dealer, "phil out" the solution
to the mystery, and mail it in to the sponsor. The solutions were
read on the next weeks program.
For more female detective action, see also: Dame Detectives - Rare Female Crimefighters.