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Dame Detectives Rare Female Crimefighters

An OTRCAT Original collection including some never before released detective dramas featuring women crime fighters.

35 old time radio show recordings
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Mercedes McCambridge From the Defense RestsThere were over 120 detective old time radio dramas feature men in the lead role and only a handful of women detectives or private eyelashes.  The roles for women in traditional detectives dramas are limited to specific archetypes: the innocent victim, the conniving femme fatal, the chatty secretary, and so on.  There are colorful names for women including: broad, frail, tomato, skirt, babe, jane, kitten, looker, sister, dame, etc. 

In 1936 the first female detective on old time radio was Phyl Coe, which is a play of the sponsor's name Philco Radio Tube.  The show was 15 minutes in length and Phyl Coe shared the solution on the next episode—keeping everyone enthralled. 

Kitty Keene, the grandma detective and former Ziegfried Follies girl, debuted in 1937 and proved to be a popular show with a four year run.  Kitty Keene was co-written by a female writer Day Keene. 

Carolyn Day is a little known crime show with a female detective lead; its origins are unclear. 

Meet Miss Sherlock was a summer filler show about a ditzy Jane Sherlock and her attorney boyfriend Peter Blossom.

Police Woman debuted in 1946 and was the first radio detective show featuring a female sleuth in a purely dramatic presentation.  Lieutenant Mary Sullivan is the title character in Police Woman, which takes place in the New York City Police Department and is sponsored by Carter's Little Liver Pills (a sort of laxative) and Arid Deodorant. In one episode, Lieutenant Sullivan poses as a woman answering a personal ad of a murderer!  A west coast version of Police Woman called Police Woman USA takes place in Los Angeles with Sylvia Rollins of the LAPD. 

Monty Margetts of Meet Miss SherlockLady in Blue is lady detective old time radio show featuring a beautiful, smart, and rich detective.  

Monty Masters created Candy Mason and originally wanted a man in the leading role of a San Francisco Detective drama.  At the persuasion of his mother-in-law, he reformulated the show and cast his wife Natalie Parks Masters in the lead role.  Candy Mason was sassy and levelheaded detective and is an all around entertaining show. 

The Defense Attorney, staring Mercedes McCambridge, features an attorney named Martha Ellis Bryant who solves crime by "defending the defenseless."

The Dame Detectives--Rare Female Crimefighters collection is a diverse collection of crime fighting women of all professions: detectives, police officers, attorneys.  Some use their brains, some use their beauty, and some use both to solve crime. 

For other detective compilations, see also: Hardboiled Detectives, Defective Detectives, Softboiled Detectives, and Detectives Collection. See also: Fatal Females Collection, Wacky Women Collection, .

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    35 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 10 hours, 14 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 10 hours 14 minutes
      1. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E10.mp3
      2. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E11.mp3
      3. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E12.mp3
      4. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E13.mp3
      5. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E14.mp3
      6. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E15.mp3
      7. Candy Matson 490404 The Donna Dunham Case.mp3
      8. Candy Matson 490707 The Cable Car Case.mp3
      9. Candy Matson 491110 The Devil In The Deep Freeze.mp3
      10. Candy Matson 491219 Jack Frost.mp3
      11. Candy Matson 491227 Valley Of The Moon.mp3
      12. Carolyn Day Audition 1.mp3
      13. Carolyn Day Audition 2.mp3
      14. Carolyn Day Audition 3.mp3
      15. Carolyn Day Audition 4.mp3
      16. Carolyn Day Audition 5.mp3
      17. Carolyn Day Audition 6.mp3
      18. Defense Attorney 510831 Client Mike Kelley.mp3
      19. Defense Attorney 510914 Client Jim Leonard.mp3
      20. Defense Attorney 520410 Client Joshua Masters.mp3
      21. The Defense Rests 510417 1st Show.mp3
      22. Kitty Keene 390120 Jill And Kitty At Hospital.mp3
      23. Kitty Keene 390405 Jill On Trial Tomorrow.mp3
      24. Lady In Blue 510505 01.mp3
      25. Lady In Blue 510512 02.mp3
      26. Meet Miss Sherlock 460707 The Case Of The Deadmans Chest.mp3
      27. Meet Miss Sherlock 460912 Wilmer The Widow.mp3
      28. Miss Pinkerton Inc 410721 01 The Bentley Emerald.mp3
      29. Phyl Coe 01 Dead Magician.mp3
      30. Phyl Coe 02 Case Of The Missing Masterpiece.mp3
      31. Phyl Coe 03 Missing Death.mp3
      32. Phyl Coe 04 Murder In The Sky.mp3
      33. Phyl Coe 05 Death Boards The Sea Serpent.mp3
      34. Police Woman 470629 Scheming Bridegroom.mp3
      35. Police Woman The Red Rose Murder (aud).mp3
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    35 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 10 hours, 14 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 10 hours 14 minutes
      1. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E10.mp3
      2. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E11.mp3
      3. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E12.mp3
      4. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E13.mp3
      5. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E14.mp3
      6. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E15.mp3
      7. Candy Matson 490404 The Donna Dunham Case.mp3
      8. Candy Matson 490707 The Cable Car Case.mp3
      9. Candy Matson 491110 The Devil In The Deep Freeze.mp3
      10. Candy Matson 491219 Jack Frost.mp3
      11. Candy Matson 491227 Valley Of The Moon.mp3
      12. Carolyn Day Audition 1.mp3
      13. Carolyn Day Audition 2.mp3
      14. Carolyn Day Audition 3.mp3
      15. Carolyn Day Audition 4.mp3
      16. Carolyn Day Audition 5.mp3
      17. Carolyn Day Audition 6.mp3
      18. Defense Attorney 510831 Client Mike Kelley.mp3
      19. Defense Attorney 510914 Client Jim Leonard.mp3
      20. Defense Attorney 520410 Client Joshua Masters.mp3
      21. The Defense Rests 510417 1st Show.mp3
      22. Kitty Keene 390120 Jill And Kitty At Hospital.mp3
      23. Kitty Keene 390405 Jill On Trial Tomorrow.mp3
      24. Lady In Blue 510505 01.mp3
      25. Lady In Blue 510512 02.mp3
      26. Meet Miss Sherlock 460707 The Case Of The Deadmans Chest.mp3
      27. Meet Miss Sherlock 460912 Wilmer The Widow.mp3
      28. Miss Pinkerton Inc 410721 01 The Bentley Emerald.mp3
      29. Phyl Coe 01 Dead Magician.mp3
      30. Phyl Coe 02 Case Of The Missing Masterpiece.mp3
      31. Phyl Coe 03 Missing Death.mp3
      32. Phyl Coe 04 Murder In The Sky.mp3
      33. Phyl Coe 05 Death Boards The Sea Serpent.mp3
      34. Police Woman 470629 Scheming Bridegroom.mp3
      35. Police Woman The Red Rose Murder (aud).mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    35 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 14 min

    Disc A001

    1. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E10
    2. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E11
    3. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E12
    4. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E13

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    Disc A002

    1. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E14
    2. Anne Of The Airlanes 1930s E15
    3. Carolyn Day Audition 1
    4. Carolyn Day Audition 2
    5. Carolyn Day Audition 3
    6. Carolyn Day Audition 4
    7. Carolyn Day Audition 5
    8. Carolyn Day Audition 6

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    Disc A003

    1. Phyl Coe 01 Dead Magician
    2. Phyl Coe 02 Case Of The Missing Masterpiece
    3. Phyl Coe 03 Missing Death
    4. Phyl Coe 04 Murder In The Sky

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    Disc A004

    1. Phyl Coe 05 Death Boards The Sea Serpent
    2. Police Woman The Red Rose Murder (aud)
    3. Kitty Keene 390120 Jill And Kitty At Hospital
    4. Kitty Keene 390405 Jill On Trial Tomorrow

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    Disc A005

    1. Miss Pinkerton Inc 410721 01 The Bentley Emerald
    2. Meet Miss Sherlock 460707 The Case Of The Deadmans Chest

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    Disc A006

    1. Meet Miss Sherlock 460912 Wilmer The Widow
    2. Police Woman 470629 Scheming Bridegroom

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    Disc A007

    1. Candy Matson 490404 The Donna Dunham Case
    2. Candy Matson 490707 The Cable Car Case

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    Disc A008

    1. Candy Matson 491110 The Devil In The Deep Freeze
    2. Candy Matson 491219 Jack Frost

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    Disc A009

    1. Candy Matson 491227 Valley Of The Moon
    2. The Defense Rests 510417 1st Show

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    Disc A010

    1. Lady In Blue 510505 01
    2. Lady In Blue 510512 02
    3. Defense Attorney 510831 Client Mike Kelley

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    Disc A011

    1. Defense Attorney 510914 Client Jim Leonard
    2. Defense Attorney 520410 Client Joshua Masters

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