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Mister Chameleon

A master of disguise, Mr Chameleon changes his appearance every episode to track down the murderer. This rare detective old time radio show featuring the winning combination of murder, millionaires, and mayhem.

Mr Chameleon

35 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 17 hours, 13 min)
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Karl SwensonMr. Chameleon is a detective old time radio show featuring the winning combination of murder, millionaires, and mayhem.  Mr. Chameleon, a master of disguise, changes his appearance every episode to track down the murderer. 

Bayer AsprinKarl Swenson stars as Mr. Chameleon.  The slow-witted sidekick, Dave Arnold is played by Frank Butler. 

Sponsored by Bayer Aspirin, this rare detective show created by Frank and Anne Hummert (best known for producing the soap opera set.)  However, Hummert duo also created another detective show Mr. Keen, Tracer of Missing Persons.  

This collection is in the extensive Hummert Radio Factory Collection. Called the parents of soap opera, Anne and Frank Hummert also created Betty and Bob, Front Page Farrell, Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Persons, Ma Perkins, Just Plain Bill, Mary Noble Backstage Wife, Young Widder Brown, Mr. Chameleon, Stella Dallas, Manhattan Merry Go Round, Lora Lawton, The American Melody Hour, Hearthstone of the Death Squad, Lorenzo Jones, Nona From Nowhere, Our Gal Sunday, Inspector Thorne, Romance of Helen Trent, and more.

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    I continue to enjoy the latest old-time radio programs of Mr. Chameleon, that "master of disguise" who manages to navigate the troubled waters of "murder, millionaires, and mayhem." Starring Kurt Swenson as Mr. Chameleon and Frank Butler as his able side-kick, the pair successfully track down their culprits. What is sometimes missed, or less mentioned, by critiques and followers alike, is the pair's more cerebral approach to fighting crime. One is reminded that in an interview shortly before his death in 1930, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle underscored that he wanted to create a crime-buster, Sherlock Holmes, who used his mind to solve cases--more cerebral, less fisticuff. Frank and Anne Hummert's creation of Mr. Chameleon present an informed, sophisticated, and analytical detective who is quite capable to take on New York City's crime scene. Listeners of old-time detective drama will enjoy the the updated episodes of Mr. Chameleon. Al

    Aldorigo Verified Purchase

    Only listen to one episode but I did like it. I have a feeling that I will wish that there were more episodes.

    William Verified Purchase

    Still listening to the episodes, but so far so good.

    William Verified Purchase

    I've listened to the first dozen episodes so far. I do like trying to guess the murderer or thief before it's revealed, and I've been wrong a few times. What I don't like is the repetitive beginning of every show with the long intro to Mr Chameleon. Also, each shows set up and format is the same, making for some boring moments before the final reveal. I'm really on the fence as to whether I like it more than I don't.

    William Verified Purchase

    My 3 favorite radio detectives were Mr. Keen, Mr. Chameleon, and Inspector Hearthstone of the Death Squad. Mr. Chameleon had only 3 episodes thereupon. Thank you for supplying a more satisfying number of episodes. Inspector Hearthstone, sadly, has only about 2 or 3 episodes available. Would that there were more available. Thank you for all that you do.

    Thomas Verified Purchase

    I, too, always look forward to a case involving Mr. Chameleon! He is professional, sharp, alert to picking up clues and tough when he has to be. Like other listeners, I wish there were more recordings available. Al

    Aldorigo Verified Purchase

    So far I've enjoyed the series. Look forward to listening to the 23 episodes.

    William Verified Purchase

    The audio quality of this series is astonishing-almost modern in clarity. Fine acting and an intriguing premise to an OTR show. Peter vdG

    Peter Verified Purchase

    One of my all-time favorite radio shows when I was a kid. I was disappointed to find only 3 show extant.... I purchased a CD with 23 episodes. In spite of that, however, I am deeply grateful for the availability of many of my first memories in life: 40's radio (and earlier...)

    Thomas Verified Purchase

    The new releases of Mr. Chameleon are fast-paced, absorbing and most often include quite a mystery in the finale. The new episodes complement the earlier cases wonderfully. Kurt Swenson portrays Mr. Chameleon perfectly:not harsh and tough talking, but analytical and decisive. Thanks go to OTR for uncovering these new releases! AL

    Aldorigo Verified Purchase

    Since you asked; I grew up on Mr. Chameleon (late 1940s-early 50s). I have been so grateful that the first 2 episodes were available. Some years ago I had made mention online to you that "wouldn't it be great if somehow some more episodes were discovered". I have played the original 2 so much I know each line before it is spoken. Then recently along came another set and then voila the last group. Wow! A chance to memorize some, life is good. Some people read before going to sleep, I listen to OTR. Thanks for asking, Paul

    Paul Verified Purchase

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    35 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 17 hours, 13 min
    35 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 13 min
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    1. 35 shows - total playtime 17 hours 13 minutes
    2. Mr Chameleon 481110 Murder and the Sleeping Man.mp3
    3. Mr Chameleon 480721 Dead Womans Eyes.mp3
    4. Mr Chameleon 480728 Brown Stone Murder.mp3
    5. Mr Chameleon 480804 Death and the Dependent Husband.mp3
    6. Mr Chameleon 480818 Woman Who Sensed Murder.mp3
    7. Mr Chameleon 480825 Case of His Brothers Murder.mp3
    8. Mr Chameleon 480901 The Blood-Stained Dollar Bills.mp3
    9. Mr Chameleon 480908 Mr Chameleons Pet Murder.mp3
    10. Mr Chameleon 480915 Murder and the Man Who Saw Too Much.mp3
    11. Mr Chameleon 480922 The Game of Death.mp3
    12. Mr Chameleon 480929 Jewels of Death.mp3
    13. Mr Chameleon 481006 May and December Murder.mp3
    14. Mr Chameleon 481013 Murder and the House of Whisper.mp3
    15. Mr Chameleon 481020 Voices from the Dead.mp3
    16. Mr Chameleon 481027 Murder from Across the Sea.mp3
    17. Mr Chameleon 481103 Fatal Impersonation.mp3
    18. Mr Chameleon 490112 Dance Of Death.mp3
    19. Mr Chameleon 490803 Snapshot in the Park Murder.mp3
    20. Mr Chameleon 490810 Murdered Girls Ears.mp3
    21. Mr Chameleon 490921 Hanging Judge.mp3
    22. Mr Chameleon 490928 Friendly Divorce.mp3
    23. Mr Chameleon 491221 Perfect Maid Murder.mp3
    24. Mr Chameleon 500405 Dusty Room Murder.mp3
    25. Mr Chameleon 500412 Custody Of The Child Murder.mp3
    26. Mr Chameleon 500419 Insured Jewels Murder.mp3
    27. Mr Chameleon 500426 High Cost of Living Murder.mp3
    28. Mr Chameleon 5005 Engagement Ring Murder.mp3
    29. Mr Chameleon 5005 Gold Cigarette Holder Murder.mp3
    30. Mr Chameleon 500906 Fashion World.mp3
    31. Mr Chameleon 500913 Titled Husband.mp3
    32. Mr Chameleon 500920 Dazed Girl.mp3
    33. Mr Chameleon 500927 Broken Promise.mp3
    34. Mr Chameleon 510117 Locked Room Murder.mp3
    35. Mr Chameleon 510131 Dream House Murder.mp3
    36. Mr Chameleon 530424 Murder and the Million Dollar Smile.mp3
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    35 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 17 hours, 13 min
    35 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 13 min
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    1. 35 shows - total playtime 17 hours 13 minutes
    2. Mr Chameleon 481110 Murder and the Sleeping Man.mp3
    3. Mr Chameleon 480721 Dead Womans Eyes.mp3
    4. Mr Chameleon 480728 Brown Stone Murder.mp3
    5. Mr Chameleon 480804 Death and the Dependent Husband.mp3
    6. Mr Chameleon 480818 Woman Who Sensed Murder.mp3
    7. Mr Chameleon 480825 Case of His Brothers Murder.mp3
    8. Mr Chameleon 480901 The Blood-Stained Dollar Bills.mp3
    9. Mr Chameleon 480908 Mr Chameleons Pet Murder.mp3
    10. Mr Chameleon 480915 Murder and the Man Who Saw Too Much.mp3
    11. Mr Chameleon 480922 The Game of Death.mp3
    12. Mr Chameleon 480929 Jewels of Death.mp3
    13. Mr Chameleon 481006 May and December Murder.mp3
    14. Mr Chameleon 481013 Murder and the House of Whisper.mp3
    15. Mr Chameleon 481020 Voices from the Dead.mp3
    16. Mr Chameleon 481027 Murder from Across the Sea.mp3
    17. Mr Chameleon 481103 Fatal Impersonation.mp3
    18. Mr Chameleon 490112 Dance Of Death.mp3
    19. Mr Chameleon 490803 Snapshot in the Park Murder.mp3
    20. Mr Chameleon 490810 Murdered Girls Ears.mp3
    21. Mr Chameleon 490921 Hanging Judge.mp3
    22. Mr Chameleon 490928 Friendly Divorce.mp3
    23. Mr Chameleon 491221 Perfect Maid Murder.mp3
    24. Mr Chameleon 500405 Dusty Room Murder.mp3
    25. Mr Chameleon 500412 Custody Of The Child Murder.mp3
    26. Mr Chameleon 500419 Insured Jewels Murder.mp3
    27. Mr Chameleon 500426 High Cost of Living Murder.mp3
    28. Mr Chameleon 5005 Engagement Ring Murder.mp3
    29. Mr Chameleon 5005 Gold Cigarette Holder Murder.mp3
    30. Mr Chameleon 500906 Fashion World.mp3
    31. Mr Chameleon 500913 Titled Husband.mp3
    32. Mr Chameleon 500920 Dazed Girl.mp3
    33. Mr Chameleon 500927 Broken Promise.mp3
    34. Mr Chameleon 510117 Locked Room Murder.mp3
    35. Mr Chameleon 510131 Dream House Murder.mp3
    36. Mr Chameleon 530424 Murder and the Million Dollar Smile.mp3
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    35 recordings on 18 Audio CDs. Total playtime 17 hours, 13 min
    35 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 13 min

    Mr Chameleon Disc A001

    1. Mr Chameleon 5005 Engagement Ring Murder
    2. Mr Chameleon 5005 Gold Cigarette Holder Murder

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A002

    1. Mr Chameleon 480721 Dead Womans Eyes
    2. Mr Chameleon 480728 Brown Stone Murder

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A003

    1. Mr Chameleon 480804 Death and the Dependent Husband
    2. Mr Chameleon 480818 Woman Who Sensed Murder

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A004

    1. Mr Chameleon 480825 Case of His Brothers Murder
    2. Mr Chameleon 480901 The Blood-Stained Dollar Bills

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A005

    1. Mr Chameleon 480908 Mr Chameleons Pet Murder
    2. Mr Chameleon 480915 Murder and the Man Who Saw Too Much

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A006

    1. Mr Chameleon 480922 The Game of Death
    2. Mr Chameleon 480929 Jewels of Death

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A007

    1. Mr Chameleon 481006 May and December Murder
    2. Mr Chameleon 481013 Murder and the House of Whisper

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A008

    1. Mr Chameleon 481020 Voices from the Dead
    2. Mr Chameleon 481027 Murder from Across the Sea

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A009

    1. Mr Chameleon 481103 Fatal Impersonation
    2. Mr Chameleon 481110 Murder and the Sleeping Man

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A010

    1. Mr Chameleon 490112 Dance Of Death
    2. Mr Chameleon 490803 Snapshot in the Park Murder

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A011

    1. Mr Chameleon 490810 Murdered Girls Ears
    2. Mr Chameleon 490921 Hanging Judge

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A012

    1. Mr Chameleon 490928 Friendly Divorce
    2. Mr Chameleon 491221 Perfect Maid Murder

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A013

    1. Mr Chameleon 500405 Dusty Room Murder
    2. Mr Chameleon 500412 Custody Of The Child Murder

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A014

    1. Mr Chameleon 500419 Insured Jewels Murder
    2. Mr Chameleon 500426 High Cost of Living Murder

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A015

    1. Mr Chameleon 500906 Fashion World
    2. Mr Chameleon 500913 Titled Husband

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A016

    1. Mr Chameleon 500920 Dazed Girl
    2. Mr Chameleon 500927 Broken Promise

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A017

    1. Mr Chameleon 510117 Locked Room Murder
    2. Mr Chameleon 510131 Dream House Murder

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    Mr Chameleon Disc A018

    1. Mr Chameleon 530424 Murder and the Million Dollar Smile

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