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Radio Shows that Turned into Television and Feature Film

Although OTRCAT does not have collections of television programs or films available, below is a handy list of old time radio show-inspired feature films many of which are available through Amazon.com ...


Amos 'n' Andy

Check and Double Check (1930) + many more

complete movie list coming soon...

Bergen & McCarthy Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)
Big Town
  • Big Town After Dark
  • I Cover Big Town
Buck Rogers

Buck Rogers (1939) w/ starring Buster Crabbe

Captain Midnight Captain Midnight (1942) w/ starring Dave O'Brien
Chandu the Magician Return of Chandu (Principal, 1934) w/ Bela Lugosi
Charlie Chan complete movie list coming soon...
Chick Carter, Detective Chick Carter, Detective (Columbia, 1946) w/ Lyle Talbot
Crime Doctor
  • 1943--"Crime Doctor"
  • 1943--"Crime Doctor's Strangest Case"
  • 1944--"Shadows in the Night"
  • 1945--"Crime Doctor's Courage"
  • 1945--"Crime Doctor's Warning"
  • 1946--"Crime Doctor's Man Hunt"
  • 1946--"Just Before Dawn"
  • 1947--"The Millerson Case"
  • 1947--"Crime Doctor's Gamble"
  • 1949--"Crime Doctor's Diary"
Date with Judy, A A Date with Judy
Dick Tracy
  • Dick Tracy (1937) w/ Ralph Byrd
  • Dick Tracy Returns (1938) w/ Ralph Byrd
  • Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939) w/ Ralph Byrd
  • Dick Tracy vs Crime, Inc. (1941) w/ Ralph Byrd
Don Winslow of the Navy
  • Don Winslow of the Navy (1942) w/ Don Terry
  • Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943) w/ Don Terry


1950s Television Series

Eddy Arnold

complete movie list coming soon...

Fat Man, The

The Fat Man (1951) starring J. Scott Smart

Fibber McGee & Molly
  • Heavenly Days
  • Here We Go Again
  • Look Who's Laughing
Flash Gordon
  • Flash Gordon (1936) starring Buster Crabbe
  • Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) starring Buster Crabbe
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (Universal, 1940) w/ Buster Crabbe
Fu Manchu (The Collier Hour, The Shadow of Fu Manchu) Drums of Fu Manchu (Republic, 1940) w/ Henry Brandon
Gangbusters Gang Busters (1942) + serials starring Kent Taylor
Gene Autry Show, The complete movie list coming soon...
Great Gildersleeve, The
  • The Great Gildersleeve
  • Gildersleeve's Bad Day
  • Gildersleeve on Broadway
  • Gildersleeve's Ghost
Goldbergs, The complete movie list coming soon...
Green Hornet, The
  • The Green Hornet (1940) w/ Gordon Jones
  • The Green Hornet Strikes Again (1940) w/ Warren Hull
Have Gun Will Travel

Television Series


Henry Aldrich Family Henry Aldrich, Editor
Hop Harrigan Hop Harrigan (1946) w/ William Bakewell
Hopalong Cassidy complete list coming soon... Bill Boyd
Inner Sanctum

Inner Sanctum Mysteries

complete movie list coming soon...

I Love a Mystery
  • The Devil's Mask
  • I Love a Mystery
  • The Unknown
Jack Armstrong Jack Armstron (Columbia, 1946) w/ John Hart
Jack Benny
  • Buck Benny Rides Again
  • The Horn Blows at Midnight
Jack Benny & Fred Allen Love Thy Neighbor
Jungle Jim Jungle Jim (Universal, 1937) w/ Grant Withers
Lum and Abner
  • Dreaming Out Loud
  • Goin' To Town
  • Lum & Abner Abroad
  • Partners in Time
  • So This Is Washington
  • The Bashful Bachelor
  • Two Weeks To Live
That Hammer Guy
Mickey Spillane Mysteries



Martin Kane

Martin Kane Private Eye :

Michael Shayne

Michael Shayne Detective

Mr Moto Mr Moto (1937)
Mandrake the Magician Mandrake the Magician
My Friend Irma My Friend Irma
My Little Margie
Nero Wolfe

Nero Wolfe Television Series (2001)

Our Miss Brooks Our Miss Brooks
Ozzie and Harriet Here Come the Nelsons
Perry Mason

TV Show:

Philip Marlowe

Marlowe Private Eye (1984)

Marlowe Private Eye (1986)

Red Ryder
  • Adventures of Red Ryder (1940) w/ Don "Red" Barry
  • Red Ryder series (1944-1947) starring Bill Elliott and Allan "Rocky" Lane.
Richard Diamond
Rin Tin Tin complete movie list coming soon...
Saint, The complete movie list coming soon...
Sea Hound, The The Sea Hound (1947) starring Buster Crabbe
Sam Spade The Maltese Falcon movies (1930, 1941) predated the old time radio show (1946).
Smilin' Jack Adventures of Smilin' Jack (Universal, 1943) w/ Tom Brown
Story of Dr Kildare Dr Kildare (MGM,1938-47)
Roy Rogers complete movie list coming soon...
  • Superman (Columbia, 1948) w/ Kirk AlynAtom
  • Man vs Superman (Columbia, 1950) w/ Kirk Alyn
  • Tarzan, the Fearless (Principal, 1933) w/ Buster Crabbe
  • New Adventures of Tarzan (Dearholt, 1935) w/ Herman Brix (Bruce Bennett)
  • Tarzan series with Johnny Weismuller (MGM & RKO)

The Thin Man

Feature Films :

Terry and the Pirates

Terry and the Pirates (1940)
starring William Tracy




Here is a partial list of fictional detectives that appeared in both OTR and old time movies:

  • Boston Blackie
  • Ellery Queen
  • Falcon, The
  • John J. Malone
  • Philip Marlowe
  • Philo Vance
  • Sherlock Holmes

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I think you left out Gunsmoke with William Conrad as Matt, which did ok on tv as well

David Bolton

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