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Arson in Old Time Radio

Of all the evildoers and Nogoodniks who people Old Time Radio, Arsonists and Firebugs are among the most despicable.

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Brooklyn FDOf all the crooks and nogoodniks who prowl the underbelly of Old Time Radio, few are as low and despicable as an arsonist or firebug. A robber or murderer usually has a personal connection with their victims and might even be able to convince themselves that the victim somehow deserves the hurt visited upon them. The victim of a firebug is usually an innocent bystander, someone who is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

If the arsonist had a shred of humanity, the possibility of harming an innocent victim would be enough to keep them from their chosen crime. Like other crimes, an arson case is based on motive, often it is to defraud an insurance company to get them to pay off on a policy by making the fire seem accidental. Unfortunately, actual accidents can occur leading to the death or injury of innocent bystanders or the heroic firefighters who respond to the criminally induced blaze.

There is a subset of arsonists who set fires for the dubious pleasure of watching a structure burn. A certain amount of pyromania is part of the human condition. Home-Coming Bon Fires are a spirit-building ceremony on campuses across the nation. Any Scout you talk to will have happy memories of safely building and tending their first campfire. Candles are a part of any romantic evening.

The pleasure of a firebug becomes deviant because the fire he sets does not have a constructive or social purpose beyond the perverse pleasure of watching a fire blaze. The firebug does not intend to hurt people, but they often do.

  • Staats CottsworthCasey, Crime Photographer, January 1, 1948, CBS, "Hot New Years Eve Party". Instead of nursing their hangovers at the Blue Note on New Years' morning, Casey and Ann have been up all night covering a suspicious warehouse fire. Naturally, Casey and the cops suspect the local mob and know they cannot be touched until he and Ann discover that there is a witness whose life is in danger.
  • The Green Hornet, April 13, 1946, WXYZ Detroit, ABC, "Figure on the Photograph". The fire chief loses his life in a clothing store fire. A photographer from Britt Reid's newspaper got a shot just as the building's walls are collapsing. The picture holds a clue about what really started the fire if only the police can be convinced.
  • Calling All Cars, December 3, 1936, CBS/Don Lee Pacific Network, "The Fire Detective". Chief Lutke of the Oakland, California, Fire Department, describes how the arson squad works with the Fire Fighters to preserve evidence and with the police to apprehend the firebugs.
  • Firefighters, March 30, 1950, Syndicated by William f. Holland Productions. Everyone thinks the old Wilcox mansion must be haunted, but Jimmy and Trudy Collins go in anyway because they are trying to raise funds for the Junior Fire Fighters Club. As they are leaving, over their shoulders they see that the house is on fire. After the fire department puts the blaze out, Jimmy and Trudy become the focus of an arson investigation.
  • Crime Does Not PayCrime Does Not Pay, July 3, 1950, MGM Syndication, WMGM New York, "The Lady Loves Kittens". A story of what may be the most nefarious crook in Old Time Radio, someone who is not only a firebug but who also hurts kittens!
  • Suspense, March 27, 1948, CBS, "Night Must Fall". Based on the 1937 play by Emlyn Williams. Robert Montgomery hosts and acts in this adaptation. It is the story of a subtle and vicious murderer who tries to cover his tracks with arson.
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, April 5, 1959, CBS, "The Frisco Fire Matter". Johnny is supposed to get a major lead on a warehouse fire in San Francisco from his old friend, Smokey. Before the case can be broken, Smokey gets shot, which doubles Dollar's reasons for solving the case.

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    total playtime 19 hours, 9 min
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      44 shows - total playtime 19 hours 9 minutes
      1. Adventures Of Frank Merriwell 480731 Secret Of Old Mill.mp3
      2. Adventures Of Frank Merriwell 480911 Live Ghost.mp3
      3. Barriecraig511024microfilminfishtank.mp3
      4. Bb4701213jimgaryiswanted.mp3
      5. Big Town 490111 Nightmare House.mp3
      6. Bluebeetle 40062123and24smashingthearsonring Pt 1and2.mp3
      7. Broadway Is My Beat 511013 Ed Koster Murder Case.mp3
      8. Calling All Cars 351009 Fire Fire Fire.mp3
      9. Calling All Cars 361203 Fire Detective.mp3
      10. Calling All Cars 371005 Sirens In Night.mp3
      11. Calling All Detectives 490228 383 Man Killed Paint Factory.mp3
      12. Casey Crime Photographer 480101 Hot New Years Party.mp3
      13. Cisco Kid 531013 129 Red Demon.mp3
      14. Columbia Workshop 390227 Jury Trial.mp3
      15. Counterspy 490906 Arrogant Arsonist.mp3
      16. Crime Does Not Pay 491212 10 Gasoline Cocktail.mp3
      17. Crime Does Not Pay 500703 39 Lady Loves Kittens.mp3
      18. Crime Does Not Pay 501122 59 Doll.mp3
      19. Dragnet 501116 Big Parrot.mp3
      20. Firefighters 015 Tim Tries To Save Arsonists Wife.mp3
      21. Firefighters 017 Man Confesses To Starting Fires.mp3
      22. Firefighters 098 Jimmy And Trudy Suspected Of Arson.mp3
      23. Green Hornet 440829 0668 Flames Of Wrath.mp3
      24. Green Hornet 451115 Katz With Nine Lives.mp3
      25. Green Hornet 460413 Figure In Photograph.mp3
      26. Lone Ranger 440802 1800 Mainspring Charlie.mp3
      27. Lone Ranger 460501 2071 Bakerville Gazette.mp3
      28. Nightwatch 540731 15 Boy Go Home.mp3
      29. Ranger Bill Episode 213 Arson At Brighton College.mp3
      30. Suspense 480327 Night Must Fall.mp3
      31. This Is Your Fbi 461101 083 Blueprint For Murder.mp3
      32. This Is Your Fbi 520321 364 Corruptors.mp3
      33. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 500810 Hartford Alliance Matter.mp3
      34. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 530908 Lester Matson Matter.mp3
      35. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560222 Bennett Matter Ep03of05.mp3
      36. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560928 Megs Palace Matter Ep05of05.mp3
      37. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 561209 Burning Car Matter.mp3
      38. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 570825 Smokey Sleeper Matter.mp3
      39. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 590405 Frisco Fire Matter.mp3
      40. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 591227 Burning Desire Matter.mp3
      41. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 610212 Wayward Fireman Matter.mp3
      42. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 611217 Phony Phone Matter.mp3
      43. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 620121 Terrible Torch Matter.mp3
      44. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 620617 All Too Easy Matter.mp3
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      44 shows - total playtime 19 hours 9 minutes
      1. Adventures Of Frank Merriwell 480731 Secret Of Old Mill.mp3
      2. Adventures Of Frank Merriwell 480911 Live Ghost.mp3
      3. Barriecraig511024microfilminfishtank.mp3
      4. Bb4701213jimgaryiswanted.mp3
      5. Big Town 490111 Nightmare House.mp3
      6. Bluebeetle 40062123and24smashingthearsonring Pt 1and2.mp3
      7. Broadway Is My Beat 511013 Ed Koster Murder Case.mp3
      8. Calling All Cars 351009 Fire Fire Fire.mp3
      9. Calling All Cars 361203 Fire Detective.mp3
      10. Calling All Cars 371005 Sirens In Night.mp3
      11. Calling All Detectives 490228 383 Man Killed Paint Factory.mp3
      12. Casey Crime Photographer 480101 Hot New Years Party.mp3
      13. Cisco Kid 531013 129 Red Demon.mp3
      14. Columbia Workshop 390227 Jury Trial.mp3
      15. Counterspy 490906 Arrogant Arsonist.mp3
      16. Crime Does Not Pay 491212 10 Gasoline Cocktail.mp3
      17. Crime Does Not Pay 500703 39 Lady Loves Kittens.mp3
      18. Crime Does Not Pay 501122 59 Doll.mp3
      19. Dragnet 501116 Big Parrot.mp3
      20. Firefighters 015 Tim Tries To Save Arsonists Wife.mp3
      21. Firefighters 017 Man Confesses To Starting Fires.mp3
      22. Firefighters 098 Jimmy And Trudy Suspected Of Arson.mp3
      23. Green Hornet 440829 0668 Flames Of Wrath.mp3
      24. Green Hornet 451115 Katz With Nine Lives.mp3
      25. Green Hornet 460413 Figure In Photograph.mp3
      26. Lone Ranger 440802 1800 Mainspring Charlie.mp3
      27. Lone Ranger 460501 2071 Bakerville Gazette.mp3
      28. Nightwatch 540731 15 Boy Go Home.mp3
      29. Ranger Bill Episode 213 Arson At Brighton College.mp3
      30. Suspense 480327 Night Must Fall.mp3
      31. This Is Your Fbi 461101 083 Blueprint For Murder.mp3
      32. This Is Your Fbi 520321 364 Corruptors.mp3
      33. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 500810 Hartford Alliance Matter.mp3
      34. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 530908 Lester Matson Matter.mp3
      35. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560222 Bennett Matter Ep03of05.mp3
      36. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560928 Megs Palace Matter Ep05of05.mp3
      37. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 561209 Burning Car Matter.mp3
      38. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 570825 Smokey Sleeper Matter.mp3
      39. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 590405 Frisco Fire Matter.mp3
      40. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 591227 Burning Desire Matter.mp3
      41. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 610212 Wayward Fireman Matter.mp3
      42. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 611217 Phony Phone Matter.mp3
      43. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 620121 Terrible Torch Matter.mp3
      44. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 620617 All Too Easy Matter.mp3
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    44 recordings on 20 Audio CDs
    total playtime 19 hours, 9 min

    Arson Disc A001

    1. Firefighters 015 Tim Tries To Save Arsonists Wife
    2. Firefighters 017 Man Confesses To Starting Fires
    3. Firefighters 098 Jimmy And Trudy Suspected Of Arson
    4. Ranger Bill Episode 213 Arson At Brighton College

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    Arson Disc A002

    1. Calling All Cars 351009 Fire Fire Fire
    2. Calling All Cars 361203 Fire Detective

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    Arson Disc A003

    1. Calling All Cars 371005 Sirens In Night
    2. Columbia Workshop 390227 Jury Trial

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    Arson Disc A004

    1. Bluebeetle 40062123and24smashingthearsonring Pt 1and2
    2. Lone Ranger 440802 1800 Mainspring Charlie
    3. Green Hornet 440829 0668 Flames Of Wrath

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    Arson Disc A005

    1. Green Hornet 451115 Katz With Nine Lives
    2. Green Hornet 460413 Figure In Photograph

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    Arson Disc A006

    1. Lone Ranger 460501 2071 Bakerville Gazette
    2. This Is Your Fbi 461101 083 Blueprint For Murder

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    Arson Disc A007

    1. Bb4701213jimgaryiswanted
    2. Casey Crime Photographer 480101 Hot New Years Party

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    Arson Disc A008

    1. Suspense 480327 Night Must Fall

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    Arson Disc A009

    1. Adventures Of Frank Merriwell 480731 Secret Of Old Mill
    2. Adventures Of Frank Merriwell 480911 Live Ghost

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    Arson Disc A010

    1. Big Town 490111 Nightmare House
    2. Calling All Detectives 490228 383 Man Killed Paint Factory
    3. Counterspy 490906 Arrogant Arsonist

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    Arson Disc A011

    1. Crime Does Not Pay 491212 10 Gasoline Cocktail
    2. Crime Does Not Pay 500703 39 Lady Loves Kittens

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    Arson Disc A012

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 500810 Hartford Alliance Matter
    2. Dragnet 501116 Big Parrot

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    Arson Disc A013

    1. Crime Does Not Pay 501122 59 Doll
    2. Broadway Is My Beat 511013 Ed Koster Murder Case

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    Arson Disc A014

    1. Barriecraig511024microfilminfishtank
    2. This Is Your Fbi 520321 364 Corruptors

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    Arson Disc A015

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 530908 Lester Matson Matter
    2. Cisco Kid 531013 129 Red Demon

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    Arson Disc A016

    1. Nightwatch 540731 15 Boy Go Home
    2. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560222 Bennett Matter Ep03of05
    3. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560928 Megs Palace Matter Ep05of05

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    Arson Disc A017

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 561209 Burning Car Matter
    2. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 570825 Smokey Sleeper Matter

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    Arson Disc A018

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 590405 Frisco Fire Matter
    2. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 591227 Burning Desire Matter
    3. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 610212 Wayward Fireman Matter

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    Arson Disc A019

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 611217 Phony Phone Matter
    2. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 620121 Terrible Torch Matter

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    Arson Disc A020

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 620617 All Too Easy Matter

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