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William Gargan (Bill Gargan) Collection

best known for his hard-boiled detective roles in Barry Craig and Martin Kane, William Gargan also appeared in variety old time radio shows, Lux Radio, Command Performance and more!

60 old time radio show recordings
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"Death and the Purple Cow"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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William Gargan & Helen Mack
Sometimes there is a sense of irony that runs through the stories and back-stories of Old Time Radio and rarely do we find a story quite as ironic as William Gargan: Maria Montez, William Gargan, & Turhan BeyGargan's big brother Edward was born in Brooklyn on July 17, 1902, and exactly three years later to the day, William was born. Their father was both a book keeper and book maker. The performing bug seems to have infected Edward early on; he began acting immediately after leaving school, and would go on to become one of Hollywood's most prolific "bit players" (a large number of his more than 300 movie and TV appearances were uncredited).

William was a little more indirect in his path to the spotlight. He worked a number of jobs including soda-jerking and streetcar conducting. He even spent time in his father's world as a collection agent for bookmakers. He sold bootleg whiskey to speak-easies and eventually joined a detective agency. His career took a turn one day while visiting Ed backstage at a musical comedy. The company needed a stagehand, but soon enough William moved in front of the stage lights.

The brothers separately got into films in the early 1930s. As part of his MGM contract, William appeared on several episodes of the studio's radio show Good News of 1940. He played a number of stereotypical Irish roles, cops, priests and reporters, eventually landing the role of Ellery Queen, helping to cement himself to detective roles. When his association with MGM came to an end in 1943 he toured with the USO for a time, and considered it as the most rewarding experience of his career.

William GarganGargan seemed to truly hit his stride in Martin Kane, Private Investigator. Many early TV programs were taken from successful radio shows, but this isn't necessarily the case with Martin Kane; Gargan premiered the show on radio in 1949, then took the character to TV three weeks later, and continued until 1951, when the role in both media was given to Lloyd Nolan. But it was Martin Kane that put William Gargan on the map.

The show was sponsored by the U.S. Tobacco company, whose product was used extensively on both the TV and radio programs.

The cast change left Gargan open to change roles to Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator. Barry Craig was standard PI fare, although Gargan played him somewhat low key and less hard-boiled. Craig was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty." Craig took a page from Sam Spade and narrated the stories, but less hard-boiled than some other detectives, almost with a sense of humor.

The real irony of Gargan's role as Martin Kane came to light in 1958 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. In 1960 it was necessary for his larynx to be removed. Eventually he learned to speak using an artificial voice box, and became an activist against the dangers of smoking.

William Gargan passed away from a heart attack in 1973 while on a flight from New York to San Diego.

This collection includes Gargan's many appearances in Barry Craig, I Deal In Crime, and Martin Kane as well as rare guest appearances in shows such as Command Performance, Bing Crosby Show, Good News of 1940, Lux Radio Theater, Murder Will Win Out, and Obsession.

For more great old time radio actors please see Frank Lovejoy, Jeff Chandler,Gerald Mohr, William Conrad, and Paul Frees.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
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    60 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 32 hours, 35 min
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    Volume 1 - 30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 47 minutes
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    1. Barrie Craig 511205 010 Paper Bullets.mp3
    2. Barrie Craig 521008 053 Murder By Threes.mp3
    3. Barrie Craig 521015 054 Dead Loss.mp3
    4. Barrie Craig 530104 066 Crimson Queen.mp3
    5. Barrie Craig 530215 072 Girl On Doorstep.mp3
    6. Barrie Craig 530301 074 Behold A Corpse.mp3
    7. Barrie Craig 540706 144 Tough Guy.mp3
    8. Barrie Craig 540713 145 Murder By Error.mp3
    9. Barrie Craig 540727 147 Death Buys A Bedroom.mp3
    10. Barrie Craig 540810 149 Deaths Bargain Basement.mp3
    11. Barrie Craig 540817 150 Midsummer Lunacy.mp3
    12. Barrie Craig 540824 151 Blood Money.mp3
    13. Barrie Craig 540831 152 Hay Is For Homicide.mp3
    14. Barrie Craig 540907 153 Ghosts Dont Die In Bed.mp3
    15. Barrie Craig 541107 159 Life Line.mp3
    16. Barrie Craig 541121 161 Sneak Assassin.mp3
    17. Barrie Craig 541219 165 Dead Bull In A China Shop.mp3
    18. Barrie Craig 550105 167 Angel Of Death.mp3
    19. Barrie Craig 550209 172 Nobody Lives There Anymore.mp3
    20. Barrie Craig 550216 173 Moving Target.mp3
    21. Barrie Craig 550302 175 Sweet Larceny.mp3
    22. Barrie Craig 550309 176 Corpse On Town.mp3
    23. Barrie Craig 550330 179 Never Murder A Mummy.mp3
    24. Barrie Craig 550505 184 Confession Of Murder.mp3
    25. Barrie Craig 550512 185 Visitor At Midnight.mp3
    26. Barry Craig 511024 04 Microfilm In Theffishtank.mp3
    27. Barry Craig 511031 05 Bailjumper.mp3
    28. Barry Craig 511107 06 Borrowed Knife.mp3
    29. Barry Craig 511114 07 Dead On Arrival.mp3
    30. Barry Craig 511128 09 Naughty Necklace.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 18 hours 48 minutes
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    1. Barry Craig 511212 11 Death And Purple Cow.mp3
    2. Barry Craig 511219 12 Ghost Of A Chance Akaremo Torch.mp3
    3. Barry Craig 511226 13 Song Of Death Aka Blonde In River.mp3
    4. Barry Craig 520102 14 Death Of A Private Eye.mp3
    5. Barry Craig 520109 15 Murder Island.mp3
    6. Barry Craig 520116 16 Muriels Murder Case.mp3
    7. Barry Craig 520123 Boxer Doyles Belt.mp3
    8. Barry Craig 520130 Puppet No Close.mp3
    9. Bing Crosby 481013 074 Philco Rt W William Gargan.mp3
    10. Bing Crosby 481027 076 Philco Rt W William Powell.mp3
    11. CP 450111 157 Linda Darnell Janet Blair Jimmy Durante.mp3
    12. Good News 400104 53 W Ann Sothern William Gargan.mp3
    13. Good News 400111 054 William Gargan.mp3
    14. Good News 400118 055 Lola Lane.mp3
    15. Good News 400201 057 A Marshall W Gargan.mp3
    16. Good News 400208 057 Ronald Colman Ida Lapino.mp3
    17. Good News 400215 059 Virginia Bruce.mp3
    18. Good News 400222 060 Warren Williams.mp3
    19. Guest Star 490306 0102 Husband Sitter William Gargan.mp3
    20. Hall of Fame 440507 021 Moral Victory.mp3
    21. I Deal In Crime 460121 01 Laura Shields Case.mp3
    22. I Deal In Crime 460415 10 William Davis Case.mp3
    23. I Deal In Crime 470927 00 Abigail Murray Case.mp3
    24. Lux 390306 209 Oneway Passage.mp3
    25. Lux 410317 299 Cheers for Miss Bishop.mp3
    26. Martin Kane Private Detective 531022 Part 1.mp3
    27. Martin Kane Private Detective 531029 Part 2.mp3
    28. Martin Kane Private Detective 531029.mp3
    29. Murder Will Out 460508 Swindled Song Writer.mp3
    30. Obsession 03 Clinging Hate William Gargan.mp3
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    60 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 32 hours, 35 min
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    Volume 1 - 30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 47 minutes
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    1. Barrie Craig 511205 010 Paper Bullets.mp3
    2. Barrie Craig 521008 053 Murder By Threes.mp3
    3. Barrie Craig 521015 054 Dead Loss.mp3
    4. Barrie Craig 530104 066 Crimson Queen.mp3
    5. Barrie Craig 530215 072 Girl On Doorstep.mp3
    6. Barrie Craig 530301 074 Behold A Corpse.mp3
    7. Barrie Craig 540706 144 Tough Guy.mp3
    8. Barrie Craig 540713 145 Murder By Error.mp3
    9. Barrie Craig 540727 147 Death Buys A Bedroom.mp3
    10. Barrie Craig 540810 149 Deaths Bargain Basement.mp3
    11. Barrie Craig 540817 150 Midsummer Lunacy.mp3
    12. Barrie Craig 540824 151 Blood Money.mp3
    13. Barrie Craig 540831 152 Hay Is For Homicide.mp3
    14. Barrie Craig 540907 153 Ghosts Dont Die In Bed.mp3
    15. Barrie Craig 541107 159 Life Line.mp3
    16. Barrie Craig 541121 161 Sneak Assassin.mp3
    17. Barrie Craig 541219 165 Dead Bull In A China Shop.mp3
    18. Barrie Craig 550105 167 Angel Of Death.mp3
    19. Barrie Craig 550209 172 Nobody Lives There Anymore.mp3
    20. Barrie Craig 550216 173 Moving Target.mp3
    21. Barrie Craig 550302 175 Sweet Larceny.mp3
    22. Barrie Craig 550309 176 Corpse On Town.mp3
    23. Barrie Craig 550330 179 Never Murder A Mummy.mp3
    24. Barrie Craig 550505 184 Confession Of Murder.mp3
    25. Barrie Craig 550512 185 Visitor At Midnight.mp3
    26. Barry Craig 511024 04 Microfilm In Theffishtank.mp3
    27. Barry Craig 511031 05 Bailjumper.mp3
    28. Barry Craig 511107 06 Borrowed Knife.mp3
    29. Barry Craig 511114 07 Dead On Arrival.mp3
    30. Barry Craig 511128 09 Naughty Necklace.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 18 hours 48 minutes
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    1. Barry Craig 511212 11 Death And Purple Cow.mp3
    2. Barry Craig 511219 12 Ghost Of A Chance Akaremo Torch.mp3
    3. Barry Craig 511226 13 Song Of Death Aka Blonde In River.mp3
    4. Barry Craig 520102 14 Death Of A Private Eye.mp3
    5. Barry Craig 520109 15 Murder Island.mp3
    6. Barry Craig 520116 16 Muriels Murder Case.mp3
    7. Barry Craig 520123 Boxer Doyles Belt.mp3
    8. Barry Craig 520130 Puppet No Close.mp3
    9. Bing Crosby 481013 074 Philco Rt W William Gargan.mp3
    10. Bing Crosby 481027 076 Philco Rt W William Powell.mp3
    11. CP 450111 157 Linda Darnell Janet Blair Jimmy Durante.mp3
    12. Good News 400104 53 W Ann Sothern William Gargan.mp3
    13. Good News 400111 054 William Gargan.mp3
    14. Good News 400118 055 Lola Lane.mp3
    15. Good News 400201 057 A Marshall W Gargan.mp3
    16. Good News 400208 057 Ronald Colman Ida Lapino.mp3
    17. Good News 400215 059 Virginia Bruce.mp3
    18. Good News 400222 060 Warren Williams.mp3
    19. Guest Star 490306 0102 Husband Sitter William Gargan.mp3
    20. Hall of Fame 440507 021 Moral Victory.mp3
    21. I Deal In Crime 460121 01 Laura Shields Case.mp3
    22. I Deal In Crime 460415 10 William Davis Case.mp3
    23. I Deal In Crime 470927 00 Abigail Murray Case.mp3
    24. Lux 390306 209 Oneway Passage.mp3
    25. Lux 410317 299 Cheers for Miss Bishop.mp3
    26. Martin Kane Private Detective 531022 Part 1.mp3
    27. Martin Kane Private Detective 531029 Part 2.mp3
    28. Martin Kane Private Detective 531029.mp3
    29. Murder Will Out 460508 Swindled Song Writer.mp3
    30. Obsession 03 Clinging Hate William Gargan.mp3
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    60 recordings on 35 Audio CDs
    total playtime 32 hours, 35 min

    Disc A001

    1. Obsession 03 Clinging Hate William Gargan

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    Disc A002

    1. Lux 390306 209 Oneway Passage

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    Disc A003

    1. Good News 400104 53 W Ann Sothern William Gargan

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    Disc A004

    1. Good News 400111 054 William Gargan

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    Disc A005

    1. Good News 400118 055 Lola Lane

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    Disc A006

    1. Good News 400201 057 A Marshall W Gargan

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    Disc A007

    1. Good News 400208 057 Ronald Colman Ida Lapino

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    Disc A008

    1. Good News 400215 059 Virginia Bruce

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    Disc A009

    1. Good News 400222 060 Warren Williams

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    Disc A010

    1. Lux 410317 299 Cheers for Miss Bishop

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    Disc A011

    1. Hall of Fame 440507 021 Moral Victory

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    Disc A012

    1. CP 450111 157 Linda Darnell Janet Blair Jimmy Durante
    2. I Deal In Crime 460121 01 Laura Shields Case

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    Disc A013

    1. I Deal In Crime 460415 10 William Davis Case
    2. Murder Will Out 460508 Swindled Song Writer

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    Disc A014

    1. I Deal In Crime 470927 00 Abigail Murray Case
    2. Bing Crosby 481013 074 Philco Rt W William Gargan

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    Disc A015

    1. Bing Crosby 481027 076 Philco Rt W William Powell
    2. Guest Star 490306 0102 Husband Sitter William Gargan

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    Disc A016

    1. Barry Craig 511024 04 Microfilm In Theffishtank
    2. Barry Craig 511031 05 Bailjumper

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    Disc A017

    1. Barry Craig 511107 06 Borrowed Knife
    2. Barry Craig 511114 07 Dead On Arrival

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    Disc A018

    1. Barry Craig 511128 09 Naughty Necklace
    2. Barrie Craig 511205 010 Paper Bullets

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    Disc A019

    1. Barry Craig 511212 11 Death And Purple Cow
    2. Barry Craig 511219 12 Ghost Of A Chance Akaremo Torch

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    Disc A020

    1. Barry Craig 511226 13 Song Of Death Aka Blonde In River
    2. Barry Craig 520102 14 Death Of A Private Eye

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    Disc A021

    1. Barry Craig 520109 15 Murder Island
    2. Barry Craig 520116 16 Muriels Murder Case

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    Disc A022

    1. Barry Craig 520123 Boxer Doyles Belt
    2. Barry Craig 520130 Puppet No Close

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    Disc A023

    1. Barrie Craig 521008 053 Murder By Threes
    2. Barrie Craig 521015 054 Dead Loss

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    Disc A024

    1. Barrie Craig 530104 066 Crimson Queen
    2. Barrie Craig 530215 072 Girl On Doorstep

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    Disc A025

    1. Barrie Craig 530301 074 Behold A Corpse
    2. Martin Kane Private Detective 531022 Part 1
    3. Martin Kane Private Detective 531029 Part 2

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    Disc A026

    1. Martin Kane Private Detective 531029
    2. Barrie Craig 540706 144 Tough Guy

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    Disc A027

    1. Barrie Craig 540713 145 Murder By Error
    2. Barrie Craig 540727 147 Death Buys A Bedroom

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    Disc A028

    1. Barrie Craig 540810 149 Deaths Bargain Basement
    2. Barrie Craig 540817 150 Midsummer Lunacy

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    Disc A029

    1. Barrie Craig 540824 151 Blood Money
    2. Barrie Craig 540831 152 Hay Is For Homicide

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    Disc A030

    1. Barrie Craig 540907 153 Ghosts Dont Die In Bed
    2. Barrie Craig 541107 159 Life Line

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    Disc A031

    1. Barrie Craig 541121 161 Sneak Assassin
    2. Barrie Craig 541219 165 Dead Bull In A China Shop

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    Disc A032

    1. Barrie Craig 550105 167 Angel Of Death
    2. Barrie Craig 550209 172 Nobody Lives There Anymore

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    Disc A033

    1. Barrie Craig 550216 173 Moving Target
    2. Barrie Craig 550302 175 Sweet Larceny

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    Disc A034

    1. Barrie Craig 550309 176 Corpse On Town
    2. Barrie Craig 550330 179 Never Murder A Mummy

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    Disc A035

    1. Barrie Craig 550505 184 Confession Of Murder
    2. Barrie Craig 550512 185 Visitor At Midnight

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