In the Name of the Law - Single Episodes

(4.5 stars; 50 reviews)


A True Crime radio show from 1936. "In the name of the law, we bring you another of the thrilling stories in this exciting series, taken from actual police case files." This collection contains all the episodes of this entertaining short-run series. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



Decent crminal (murder) mystery show

(3 stars)

Great audio, first of all. Pretty much like Law & Order without the court cases. It's just this Detective, who works special for the governor(?), and solves cases. Usually it's a murder and people assume it's the simplest explanation but the detective picks up clues and busts the killer in the end. Maybe it's kinda like Sherlock Holmes, without the circular explanations and the ridiculously-tiny cues that he finds. This is much more simple. It got repetitive after 2 eps. so I got bored. Use at your own discretion. 3/5 stars - strictly average

A VERY pleasant surprise!

(5 stars)

I clicked on the first episode figuring that I'd stay there about 10 seconds and then continue my search from some new and interesting OTR programs I hadn't listened to before. Well, I ended up never leaving until I had listened to all twelve episodes. Exceedingly well done considering when it was done! Radio was still in its infancy. Each episode drew you right in. Tight, tense pacing with good scripts and voice characterizations. No pretense. No political correctness. No bull. Good old straight shootin'....tell it like it is....just the facts ma'am, just the facts!

Does anybody have any more info on this one???

(5 stars)

This is one of the strangest OTR shows I've ever heard... At times I suspect its a hoax... What network on it on? Was it a summer replacement show? At times the writing and acting border on bizarre, but it is always engaging. The episode "Nothing Ever Happens in Chinatown" is my favorite... They sure knew how to get the truth outta poor honorable chinaman... Wouldn't he be able to sue for that these days?

Loved it

(5 stars)

These are apparently taken from real police cases and are good to listen to. Amazing how they solve some things without the forensics we now have! The only problem was in 'I didn't do nothing' it kept slipping but still listenable!

A spoiler

(5 stars)

I was very pleasantly surprised by the first episode considering race relations in the 1930s. Maybe the show had no sponsors so they could put on this true story. According to Rod Serling on 1950s TV this wouldn't have been aired.

True Detective crossover

(0 stars)

The episode here entitled "She was murdered" is the same as "The Rattlesnake and the Barefoot Bride," an episode of True Detective Mysteries from 1937.

In The Name Of The Law

(4 stars)

KlaatuBarada, I do the same, always searching for some new otr shows. Will try this one

(5 stars)

Radio drama: Love it. This was great. You can see where today's "True Police" genre got its start.