OTRR Certified Sam Spade Singles

(4.5 stars; 10 reviews)

Individual files from the OTRR Certified set: The Adventures of Sam Spade

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


The Adventures Of Sam Spade Intro 7:21
Samuel Dashiell Hammett Biography 5:17
Howard Duff Biography 2:16
Lurene Tuttle Biography 2:29
A & C Sam Shovel 48-10-28 (240) Case Of A Boy Named Tony 29:55
A & C Sam Shovel 48-11-11 (242) Sorry Wrong Rhumba 29:50
A & C Sam Shovel 48-11-18 (243) Case Of The Russian Diplomat 28:52
A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-02 (245) Case Of The Curbstone Murder 28:44
A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-09 (246) Case Of Two Gun Gertie 29:52
A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-16 (247) It Was Time For A Change 29:50
A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-23 (248) I'm All Yours In Buttons & Bows 29:18
A & C Sam Shovel 48-12-30 (249) The Murder At The Radio Quiz Show 29:58
A & C Sam Shovel 49-01-27 (253) General Custer's Last Hamburger 30:07
A & C Sam Shovel 49-03-03 (258) Caught With His Prints Down 30:00
A & C Sam Shovel 49-04-28 (266) Tony's Home Permanent 28:40
A & C Sam Shovel 49-05-19 (265) Dust Be My Destiny 29:02
Academy Award Theater (1946-07-03) The Maltese Falcon 1:24
BBC - The Maltese Falcon Parts 1 - 4 1:56:25
BBC Sam Spade - ( The Original Private Eye) 28:19
BBC Saturday Night Theater- D. Hammett's Maltese Falcon 1-4 30:58
BBC Saturday Night Theater- D. Hammett's Maltese Falcon 2-4 30:57
BBC Saturday Night Theater- D. Hammett's Maltese Falcon 3-4 30:46
BBC Saturday Night Theater- D. Hammett's Maltese Falcon 4-4 24:11
Burns& Allen (1949-02-10) Sam Spade 28:36
Fred Allen 1948-11-07 Sam Shovel, Private Eye 28:24
Lux Radio Theater (1943-02-08) The Maltese Falcon 57:39
Sam and Psyche aka The Death of Dr Denoff 29:31
The Dead Duck Caper 25:05
The Calcutta Trunk Caper 24:39
The Convertible Caper 23:19
The Adam Figg Caper 24:29
The Bow Window Caper 29:12
The One Hour Caper 22:45
The Gold Key Caper 23:26
The Death Bed Caper 29:28
The Bail Bond Caper 29:35
The Rushlight Diamond Caper 29:54
The Wheel of Life Caper 29:36
The Missing Newshawk Caper 29:33
The Mad Scientist Caper 29:20
The Dry Martini Caper 28:52
The Bluebeard Caper 29:34
The Critical Author Caper 29:49
The Vaphio Cup Caper 29:44
Sam Spade 1948-08-29 Lawless Caper 29:39
Sam Spade 1948-09-05 Stella Starr Caper (4min in middle missing) 24:39
Sam Spade 1948-09-12 Lazarus Caper 29:21
Sam Spade 1948-09-19 Hot Hundred Grand Caper 29:31
Sam Spade 1948-09-26 Dick Foley Caper 29:28
Sam Spade 1948-10-03 Sugar Kane Caper 29:03
Sam Spade 1948-10-24 Insomnia Caper AFRS 25:07
Sam Spade 1948-10-31 Fairley-Bright Caper 29:43
Sam Spade 1948-11-07 SQP Caper AFRS 24:22
Sam Spade 1948-11-28 Quarter Eagle Caper AFRS 25:23
Sam Spade 1948-12-12 Bouncing Betty Caper AFRS 24:54
Sam Spade 1949-01-16 Betrayal In Bumpus Hell Caper AFRS 24:33
Sam Spade 1949-03-27 Love Letter Caper AFRS 26:01
Sam Spade 1949-04-10 Stopped Watch Caper 29:30
Sam Spade 1949-04-17 Subject - Edith Hamilton AFRS 25:35
Sam Spade 1949-05-14 Battles of Belvedere AFRS 23:51
Sam Spade 1949-06-05 Overjord Caper 29:43
Sam Spade 1949-06-19 Apple of Eve Caper 28:23
Sam Spade 1949-07-10 Queen Bee Caper 27:17
Sam Spade 1949-07-17 Cuttyhunk Caper (1st 15 min only) 14:12
Sam Spade 1949-07-24 Tears of Night Matter 27:57
Sam Spade 1949-08-07 Champion Caper 29:34
Sam Spade 1949-08-28 Prodigal Daughter Caper 28:31
Sam Spade 1949-09-25 Indian Caper 27:26
Sam Spade 1949-11-06 Cheesecake Caper 25:07
Sam Spade 1949-12-04 Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail Caper 27:23
Sam Spade 1950-05-13 Honest Thief Caper (Rehearsal or unfinished) 24:05
Sam Spade 1950-05-21 Red Amapola Caper (Rehearsal or unfinished) 22:25
Sam Spade 1950-09-03 Farmer's Daughter Caper 29:24
Sam Spade 1950-11-17 Caper Over My Dead Body 29:21
Sam Spade 1950-11-24 Terrified Turkey Caper 29:48
Sam Spade 1950-12-01 Dog Bed Caper 29:51
Sam Spade 1950-12-08 Dry Gulch Caper 29:03
Sam Spade 1950-12-15 The 25-12345679 Caper 29:27
Sam Spade 1950-12-29 Prodigal Panda Caper 29:48
Sam Spade 1951-01-05 Biddle Riddle Caper 29:32
Sam Spade 1951-01-12 Red Star Caper 29:27
Sam Spade 1951-01-19 Cloak and Dagger Caper 28:51
Sam Spade 1951-01-26 Chateau McCloud Caper 29:43
Sam Spade 1951-02-02 String of Death Caper 29:42
Sam Spade 1951-02-09 Sure Thing Caper 29:31
Sam Spade 1951-02-16 Soap Opera Caper 29:37
Sam Spade 1951-02-23 Shot in the Dark Caper 29:16
Sam Spade 1951-03-02 Crab Louie Caper 29:22
Sam Spade 1951-03-09 Spanish Prisoner Caper 29:31
Sam Spade 1951-03-16 Sinister Siren Caper 29:00
Sam Spade 1951-03-23 Kimberly Cross Caper 29:43
Sam Spade 1951-03-30 Vendetta Caper 29:56
Sam Spade 1951-04-06 Denny Shane Caper 29:35
Sam Spade 1951-04-13 Civic Pride Caper 29:42
Sam Spade 1951-04-20 Rowdy Dowser Caper 29:57
Sam Spade 1951-04-27 Hail & Farewell Caper 29:48
Suspense 46-12-05 The House In Cypress Canyon 26:40
Suspense 48-01-10 ( Sam Spade) The Kandi Tooth 1:01:03
The First Nighter Program - Sam Spade Spoof 19:32


Several different Spades

(4 stars)

A mostly fun, and varied series. It starts off playing things semi-serious, but Duff and Tuttle's playful banter soon gets nuttier and nuttier, and the series, at its peak, features constant wordplay, self-parody, and self-awareness. Really fun stuff. Maybe halfway through Duff's run, however, the smartness goes out of the writing, the wordplay becomes mediocre, and listening a bit of a slog. Dunne's voice is nothing like Duff's, and it's a tough adjustment to make. Under Dunne, the series moves away from light humor to a bit more of a hard-boiled thing; I wasn't digging it at first but it grew on me, and all in all is competently pulled off. The Spade-Effie relationship hasn't aged well: she's his secretary, but it gradually emerges that they're also vaguely romantically involved--he orders her around, she sometimes harps at him about other women, but inevitably melts in his arms...and then goes home. Did this make sense in the 40s?


(4 stars)

These shows shouldn't be confused with the Bogart film version. Both Duff and Dunne play the role more with style than seriousness, a la Dick Powell's RICHARD DIAMOND, the breezy plots have danger in every dark alley, but never fear, all will come out fine. The demeaning of Steven Dunne's voice has truth, but some guys do have higher voices, and the plots of the later shows keep the quality of the series well. I enjoy the tales' twists. The Effie bits that close episodes I once enjoyed in the 1970s seem overdone, and make me wince in embarrassment for the way "good" women were too often portrayed back then.