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Box Thirteen

Dan Holiday, retired newspaper man turned fiction writer and adventurer extraordinaire. To gain ideas for his books, he places an ad in the paper "Adventure wanted – will go anywhere, do anything – Box 13." Update: sound upgrades

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    Alan Ladd
    All-time favorite Mystery-adventure (1948-49)

    "Adventure wanted--
    will go anywhere--
    do anything--
    Box 13.
    "

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    Alan Ladd publicity still.Box 13Alan Ladd plays Dan Holiday, retired newspaper man turned fiction writer and adventurer extraordinaire. To gain ideas for his books, he places an ad in the paper "Adventure wanted – will go anywhere, do anything – Box 13."

    Needless to say, Box 13 becomes jammed with adventures galore, from psycho killer letters to birds carrying secret messages beneath their wings. Mr. Holiday always had more adventure than he had originally sought, because those who responded to his ad never revealed all of their glorious, unusual, and sometimes creepy details until they met in person and the adventure had already begun.

    Suzy (played by Silvia Picker), Holiday's scattery secretary, adds touches of humor to this mystery-adventure seat-clinching program.Box 13 was produced by Mayfair Productions, a company run by Alan Ladd and Richard Sandville. The name came from Mayfair Restaurant, which Alan and Richard owned during WWII. Mayfair Productions also produced the hair-raising show, The Unexpected. In addition to producing Box 13, Alan Ladd also wrote most of the Box 13 shows.

    See also The Alan Ladd Collection, Douglas of the World, and Hardboiled Detectives.

    Alan Ladd on the microphone.

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    You don't hear much about Alan Ladd nowadays and yet he had an excellent radio series, Box 13, and many good movies such as Shane, and the fact he started as a radio star in many soap operas. He married a well known talent agent, Sue Carol and she carefully guided his career getting him a contract at Paramount Studies. Together they built a production company, Mayfair Productions, which among many things produced his radio show. Unfortunately he came to a tragic end turning to alcohol and died alone early in life.

    Walter Verified Purchase

    My mother worked at the Donnelley Printing Company in the early 1940s, and her job was to emboss in gold the names of buyers of encyclopedias. Half a century later (she's 94 now), she is still proud of the fact that she's the person who put Alan Ladd's name on his encyclopedia set!

    Dan Verified Purchase

    I loved box 13 and wished it could have been a series or movie.

    Wardell Verified Purchase

    I am concurrently enjoying "Box 13," "Let George Do It," and "Bulldog Drummond." Seems all three shows share the same basic premise: An ad is placed in the paper looking for adventure and offering help to others, by a guy who is either bored or looking for "material." "Box 13" and "George" begin the same way, with the letter being read aloud, beginning with the sender and fading into finishing by the recipient. Of course, "Drummond" started as novels by "Sapper" McNeile and movies starring Ronald Colman, Ray Milland, and others. The novels and films are very entertaining.

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    I've listened to all, Box 13. They were worth the time.

    Ken Verified Purchase

    I prefer box 13 over the others but like them all

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    total playtime 23 hours, 1 min
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      52 shows - total playtime 23 hours 1 minutes
      1. Box 13 01 First Letter.mp3
      2. Box 13 02 Insurance Fraud.mp3
      3. Box 13 03 Blackmail Is Murder.mp3
      4. Box 13 04 Actors Alibi.mp3
      5. Box 13 05 Extra Extra.mp3
      6. Box 13 06 Shanghaied.mp3
      7. Box 13 07 Short Assignment.mp3
      8. Box 13 08 Double Mothers.mp3
      9. Box 13 09 Book Of Poems.mp3
      10. Box 13 10 Great Torino.mp3
      11. Box 13 11 Suicide Or Murder.mp3
      12. Box 13 12 Triple Cross.mp3
      13. Box 13 13 Damsel In Distress.mp3
      14. Box 13 14 Diamond In Sky.mp3
      15. Box 13 15 Double Right Cross.mp3
      16. Box 13 16 Look Pleasant Please.mp3
      17. Box 13 17 Haunted Artist.mp3
      18. Box 13 18 Sad Night.mp3
      19. Box 13 19 Hot Box.mp3
      20. Box 13 20 Better Man.mp3
      21. Box 13 21 Professor And Puzzle.mp3
      22. Box 13 22 Dowager And Dan Holiday.mp3
      23. Box 13 23 Three To Die.mp3
      24. Box 13 24 Philanthropist.mp3
      25. Box 13 25 Last Will And Nursery Rhyme.mp3
      26. Box 13 26 Delinquents Dilemma.mp3
      27. Box 13 27 Flash Of Light.mp3
      28. Box 13 28 Hare And Hounds.mp3
      29. Box 13 29 Hunt And Peck.mp3
      30. Box 13 30 Death Is Doll.mp3
      31. Box 13 31 One One Three Point Five.mp3
      32. Box 13 32 Dan And Wonderful Lamp.mp3
      33. Box 13 33 Tempest In Casserole.mp3
      34. Box 13 34 Mexican Maze.mp3
      35. Box 13 35 Sealed Instructions.mp3
      36. Box 13 36 Find Me Find Death.mp3
      37. Box 13 37 Much Too Lucky.mp3
      38. Box 13 38 One Of These Four.mp3
      39. Box 13 39 Daytime Nightmare.mp3
      40. Box 13 40 Death Is No Joke.mp3
      41. Box 13 41 Treasure Of Hang Li.mp3
      42. Box 13 42 Design For Danger.mp3
      43. Box 13 43 Dead Man Walks.mp3
      44. Box 13 44 Killer At Large.mp3
      45. Box 13 45 Speed To Burn.mp3
      46. Box 13 46 House Of Darkness.mp3
      47. Box 13 47 Double Trouble.mp3
      48. Box 13 48 Biter Bitten.mp3
      49. Box 13 49 Perfect Crime.mp3
      50. Box 13 50 Archimedes And Roman.mp3
      51. Box 13 51 Clay Pigeon.mp3
      52. Box 13 52 Round Robin.mp3
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      52 shows - total playtime 23 hours 1 minutes
      1. Box 13 01 First Letter.mp3
      2. Box 13 02 Insurance Fraud.mp3
      3. Box 13 03 Blackmail Is Murder.mp3
      4. Box 13 04 Actors Alibi.mp3
      5. Box 13 05 Extra Extra.mp3
      6. Box 13 06 Shanghaied.mp3
      7. Box 13 07 Short Assignment.mp3
      8. Box 13 08 Double Mothers.mp3
      9. Box 13 09 Book Of Poems.mp3
      10. Box 13 10 Great Torino.mp3
      11. Box 13 11 Suicide Or Murder.mp3
      12. Box 13 12 Triple Cross.mp3
      13. Box 13 13 Damsel In Distress.mp3
      14. Box 13 14 Diamond In Sky.mp3
      15. Box 13 15 Double Right Cross.mp3
      16. Box 13 16 Look Pleasant Please.mp3
      17. Box 13 17 Haunted Artist.mp3
      18. Box 13 18 Sad Night.mp3
      19. Box 13 19 Hot Box.mp3
      20. Box 13 20 Better Man.mp3
      21. Box 13 21 Professor And Puzzle.mp3
      22. Box 13 22 Dowager And Dan Holiday.mp3
      23. Box 13 23 Three To Die.mp3
      24. Box 13 24 Philanthropist.mp3
      25. Box 13 25 Last Will And Nursery Rhyme.mp3
      26. Box 13 26 Delinquents Dilemma.mp3
      27. Box 13 27 Flash Of Light.mp3
      28. Box 13 28 Hare And Hounds.mp3
      29. Box 13 29 Hunt And Peck.mp3
      30. Box 13 30 Death Is Doll.mp3
      31. Box 13 31 One One Three Point Five.mp3
      32. Box 13 32 Dan And Wonderful Lamp.mp3
      33. Box 13 33 Tempest In Casserole.mp3
      34. Box 13 34 Mexican Maze.mp3
      35. Box 13 35 Sealed Instructions.mp3
      36. Box 13 36 Find Me Find Death.mp3
      37. Box 13 37 Much Too Lucky.mp3
      38. Box 13 38 One Of These Four.mp3
      39. Box 13 39 Daytime Nightmare.mp3
      40. Box 13 40 Death Is No Joke.mp3
      41. Box 13 41 Treasure Of Hang Li.mp3
      42. Box 13 42 Design For Danger.mp3
      43. Box 13 43 Dead Man Walks.mp3
      44. Box 13 44 Killer At Large.mp3
      45. Box 13 45 Speed To Burn.mp3
      46. Box 13 46 House Of Darkness.mp3
      47. Box 13 47 Double Trouble.mp3
      48. Box 13 48 Biter Bitten.mp3
      49. Box 13 49 Perfect Crime.mp3
      50. Box 13 50 Archimedes And Roman.mp3
      51. Box 13 51 Clay Pigeon.mp3
      52. Box 13 52 Round Robin.mp3
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    52 recordings on 26 Audio CDs
    total playtime 23 hours, 1 min

    Box 13 Disc A001

    1. Box 13 01 First Letter
    2. Box 13 02 Insurance Fraud

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    Box 13 Disc A002

    1. Box 13 03 Blackmail Is Murder
    2. Box 13 04 Actors Alibi

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    Box 13 Disc A003

    1. Box 13 05 Extra Extra
    2. Box 13 06 Shanghaied

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    Box 13 Disc A004

    1. Box 13 07 Short Assignment
    2. Box 13 08 Double Mothers

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    Box 13 Disc A005

    1. Box 13 09 Book Of Poems
    2. Box 13 10 Great Torino

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    Box 13 Disc A006

    1. Box 13 11 Suicide Or Murder
    2. Box 13 12 Triple Cross

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    Box 13 Disc A007

    1. Box 13 13 Damsel In Distress
    2. Box 13 14 Diamond In Sky

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    Box 13 Disc A008

    1. Box 13 15 Double Right Cross
    2. Box 13 16 Look Pleasant Please

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    Box 13 Disc A009

    1. Box 13 17 Haunted Artist
    2. Box 13 18 Sad Night

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    Box 13 Disc A010

    1. Box 13 19 Hot Box
    2. Box 13 20 Better Man

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    Box 13 Disc A011

    1. Box 13 21 Professor And Puzzle
    2. Box 13 22 Dowager And Dan Holiday

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    Box 13 Disc A012

    1. Box 13 23 Three To Die
    2. Box 13 24 Philanthropist

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    Box 13 Disc A013

    1. Box 13 25 Last Will And Nursery Rhyme
    2. Box 13 26 Delinquents Dilemma

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    Box 13 Disc A014

    1. Box 13 27 Flash Of Light
    2. Box 13 28 Hare And Hounds

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    Box 13 Disc A015

    1. Box 13 29 Hunt And Peck
    2. Box 13 30 Death Is Doll

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    Box 13 Disc A016

    1. Box 13 31 One One Three Point Five
    2. Box 13 32 Dan And Wonderful Lamp

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    Box 13 Disc A017

    1. Box 13 33 Tempest In Casserole
    2. Box 13 34 Mexican Maze

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    Box 13 Disc A018

    1. Box 13 35 Sealed Instructions
    2. Box 13 36 Find Me Find Death

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    Box 13 Disc A019

    1. Box 13 37 Much Too Lucky
    2. Box 13 38 One Of These Four

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    Box 13 Disc A020

    1. Box 13 39 Daytime Nightmare
    2. Box 13 40 Death Is No Joke

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    Box 13 Disc A021

    1. Box 13 41 Treasure Of Hang Li
    2. Box 13 42 Design For Danger

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    Box 13 Disc A022

    1. Box 13 43 Dead Man Walks
    2. Box 13 44 Killer At Large

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    Box 13 Disc A023

    1. Box 13 45 Speed To Burn
    2. Box 13 46 House Of Darkness

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    Box 13 Disc A024

    1. Box 13 47 Double Trouble
    2. Box 13 48 Biter Bitten

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    Box 13 Disc A025

    1. Box 13 49 Perfect Crime
    2. Box 13 50 Archimedes And Roman

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    Box 13 Disc A026

    1. Box 13 51 Clay Pigeon
    2. Box 13 52 Round Robin

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