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Richard Du Page, Jr. served as the composer for Murder By Experts
Richard Du Page, Jr. served as the composer for Murder By Experts

Background

From the April 24th 1950 edition of the Janesville Gazette:

 murder by Experts Gets Award fom Poe Group head
     The "Edgar Allan Poe Award" for the "best radio program of a mystery nature," awarded annyally by the Mystery Writers of America, has been earned this year by Mutual's "Murder By Experts" program heard Mondays at 8 p.m. on WCLO-WCLO-FM.  The presentation was awarded last Thursday.
     The awards, known as "Edgars," are made annually in six different fields, all dealing with mystery or detective-adventure writing.  The organization is composed of 300 of the nation's foremost mystery writers.
     The MBS "Murder By Experts" program, produced and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan whose "Mysterious Traveler" has been a radio favorite for the past several years, debuted as a network feature on June 13 last year with John Dickson Carr as the narrator-host.
     Mystery writer Bret Halliday, the "Michael Shayne" creator, is the current host for the series.  Official presentation of the award by Lawrence G. Blochman, executive vice-president of the MWA, will take place during tonight's "Murder By Experts" program when the unusual story of a "Conspiracy" will be dramatized.

From the April 30th 1951 edition of the Janesville Gazette:

Two MBS Mysteries to Get 'Writers' Citation tonight head 
     Two Mutual network mystery dramas and their producers-directors have been cited by the Mystery Writers of America for "outstanding achievement in producing, directing and writing radio mystery shows."  The award-winning shows are "Murder by Experts," Mondays at 8 p.m., and "Mysterious Traveler," aired also on WCLO at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.  Both programs are produced and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan.
     Official presentation of the award, made annually by the MWA, will be made during tonight's "Murder by Experts" broadcast.
     The dramatization will present a master criminal who thought he could outwit the government for a cool lmillion dollars in cash.  The title is "The Dead Can't Testify."

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Mystery Dramas
Network(s): MBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 49-06-13 01 Summer Heat
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 49-06-13 to 51-12-24; MBS ; One hundred thirty-three, 30-minute programs; Monday evenings
Syndication: MBS
Sponsors:
Director(s): David Kogan, Robert A. Arthur [Directors, Producers]
Principal Actors: Lawson Zerbe, Bryna Raeburn. Ian Martin, Karen Andrews, Bill Zuckert, Frank Barron, Karl Webber, Eleanor Phelps, Jimmy Stevens, Miriam Wolfe, Maurice Tarplin, Ken Lynch, Cathy MacGregor, Roger deKoven, Jack Curtis, Marilyn Erskine, Ronald Dawson,
Guest Expert(s): Hugh Pentecost, Kelley Roos, Bruno Fisher,
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): Andrew Fell, Robert Foster, Andrew Evans, Andrew Phillips, Maurice Zimm, Paul Monash, Hank Warner, Sidney Morris
Writer(s) Joseph Ruscoll, George Fass, Gertrude Fass, Milton Lewis, Harold Swanton
David Kogan, Robert A. Arthur [Adapters]
Music Direction: Richard Dupage, Jr., Emerson Buckley, Sylvan Levin [Composer, Conductors]
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): John Dickson Carr, Brett Halliday, Alfred Hitchcock [Host/Narrators]
Phil Tonkin, Jack Faron, Russ Dunbar [Announcers]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
133
Episodes in Circulation: 15
Total Episodes in Collection: 15
Provenances:
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Notes on Provenances:

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Murder By Experts Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
49-06-06
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49-06-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 8:00 Affairs of Peter Salem

49-06-13
1
Summer Heat
Y
49-06-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW): new series starring
John Dickson Carr; first expert, Hugh Pentecost.

49-06-13 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-W-G-N-Murder by Experts: Hugh Pentecost in "
Summer Heat."

49-06-13 San Diego Union
AUTHOR ON PROGRAM
Author John Dickson Carr will be narrator-host on "Murder By Experts" replacing "Sherlock Holmes' on KGB at 8:30 p.m. Each week a story of crime and terror, selected by one of the leading detective writers, will be dramatized.
"
Summer Heat," a psychological drama penned by Andrew Fell, will be the debut offering. The story takes place at a reunion at a large midwestern university wherein Paul Baxter tells his more prosperous classmates of a college prank that changed his life from one of promise to one of utter terror.

Teases
the story of a woman who teases death as next.

49-06-20
2
Triangle of Death
N
49-06-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW):
two men warn host that the other plots his murder.

49-06-20 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-W-G-N-Murder by Experts: "
Triangle of Death."

49-06-20 San Diego union
"
Triangle of Death," by Joseph Ruscoll, has been chosen as tonight's "Murder By Experts," KGB at 8:30.

49-06-27
3
Night Ride
N
49-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW): "
Night Ride," by Robert Foster.

49-07-04
4
Star-Crossed Murder
N
49-07-04 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-W-G-N-Murder by Experts: "
Star Crossed Murder."

49-07-04 San Diego Union
A grizzly insight into filmdom, replete with stars, glamour and press agents, backdrops tonight's "Murder By Experts," KGB at 8:30 . . .

49-07-11
5
Prescription for Murder
Y
49-07-11 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-W-G-N-Murder by Experts: "
Prescription for Murder."

49-07-18
6
The Creeper
Y
49-07-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW):
woman, slated for death, escapes strangler.
49-07-24 The Creeper
Y
49-06-24 San Diego Union
Murder By Experts -- How a woman eludes a mad killer is the theme of "
The Creeper," to be narrated tonight at 7 over KGB by author John Dickson Carr.

49-07-25
7
The Big Money
N
49-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW): Andrew Phillips' "
The Big Money," tale of convicts' plot to inherit millionaire's estate.

49-08-01
8
Five Bullets For Baldwin
N
49-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW): "
Five Bullets for Baldwin," tale of meek office employee and ungrateful boss.
49-08-08
9
Isle of Death
N
49-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW): Man and woman marooned on "
Isle of Death"--and one of them is a killer.
49-08-15
10
Dig Your Own Grave
N
49-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW): "
Dig You Own Grave."
49-08-22
11
Heavy Hangs the Head
N

49-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW):
state executioner begins traffic in murder while off duty.

49-08-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-W-G-N-Murder by Experts: "
Heavy Hangs the Head."

49-08-29
12
It's Luck That Counts
N
49-08-29 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-W-G-N-Murder by Experts: "
It's Luck that Counts."
49-09-05
13
Return Trip
N
49-09-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW): Maurice Zimm's "
Return Trip."
49-09-12
14
I Dreamed I Died
N
49-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WKOW): "
I Dreamed I Died."
49-09-19
15
Double Cross
N
49-09-19 Rhinelander Daily News
WOBT 8:00--Murder by Experts

49-09-19 The Repository
"
Double Cross," the story of a man who decides to kill a subsitute for his wife to collect her insurance and then falls in love with the substitute, will be presented on "Murder By Experts" at 9 over MBS-WHK.

49-09-26
16
Unseeing Witness
N
49-09-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 9:00 Murder by Experts

49-09-26 Anniston Star
Two men are locked in a room overnight. No one can enter and neither can leave. One is murdered. Logical conclusion: his companion killed him. But this theory is wrong, and there's an "
Unseeing Witness" to prove it tonight on the dramatization of "Murder by Experts" heard at 8:00.

49-10-03
17
The Last Detail
N
49-10-03 Janesville Daily Gazette
Imagine visiting a Hollywood film set and seeing an exact replica of your own home restng comfortably among the kleig lights. But that is what happened to a well known professor, visiting in Hollywood, during the dramatization of "
The Last Detail," at 8 tonight, during "Murder by Experts."

49-10-10
18
The First Act of Murder
N
49-10-10 Wisconsin State Journal - WGN 9:00 Murder by Experts

49-10-10 The Plain Dealer
RADIO TONIGHT
MURDER BY EXPERTS--The cousin of a famous young actyor sets the state for "
The First Act of Murder," WHK at 9.

49-10-10 The Repository
The cousin of a famous actor, whose striking resemblance to his famous relative prevents him from furthering his own career, plots a murder in "
First Act of Murder" on "Murder By Experts" at 9 over MBS-WHK.

49-10-17
19
Brain Guy
N
49-10-17 Janesville Daily Gazette
Some guys are smart. This guy was so smart he allowed a beautiful woman virtually to use him as a murder weapon. This macabre twist to the age-old story will be dramatized when WCLO-WCLO-FM-MBS' "Murder by Experts" presents a tale titled "
Brain Guy" during tonight's 8 p.m. airing.

49-10-24
20
Zero Hour
N
49-10-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN):
rocket ships from Mars.

49-10-24 Anniston Star
At 8:00, Murder by Experts presents an invasion from Mars. For the past 40 years rocket ships from Mars have been landing secret agents throughout the world. This amazing and terrifying situation is revealed to a distinguished scientist and writer when they learn the "
Zero Hour" for the planet Earth tonight on Murder By Experts at 8:00.

49-10-31
21
Three Of A Kind
N
49-10-31 Janesville Daily Gazette
A politician's campaign manager should look after his interests . . . And this one does, to the extent of blackmailing his politico-employer for a small thing called murder. Tentacles of this plot will be untangled during tonight's Halloween presentation of Mutual's "Murder by Experts" dramatization titled "
Three of a Kind," to be heard at 8 on WCLO-WCLO-FM. The nationally known mystery writer, John Dickson Carr, is host.
49-11-07
22
The Great Melligo
N
49-11-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00 P.M. W-G-N, WGNB--Murder by Experts.

49-11-07 Anniston Star
He's a famous magician but what "
The Great Melligo" can't see is the love affair between his apparently devoted wife and her lover, an affir backgrounding "Murder by Experts" on tonight's broadcast at 8 o'clock.
49-11-14
23
The Elephant's Tail
N
49-11-14 Janesville Daily Gazette
When a detective story writer visits the local newspaper officers to do some research he discovers the clippings missing from the reference rooms. This unusual twist backgrounds "
The Elephant's Tail" broadcast by Mutual's "Murder by Experts" at 8 on WCLO-WCLO-FM. John Dickson Carr is the narrator host and mystery author Patrick Quentin is guest expert.
49-11-21
24
The Betrayer
N
49-11-21 Janesville Daily Gazette
Marrying for money has become quite fashionable these days. But when a money-hungry youth marries an heiress and then attempts to acquire his wife's wealth too fast, it then becomes a case of murder and the theme for Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast at 8 tonight on WCLO-WCLO-FM. The story is titled "
The Betrayer," and was authored by Robert Mitchell and Gene Levitt. Mystery author John Dickson Carr is the narrator-host.
49-11-28
25
The Four Time Loser
N
49-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN): "
The Four Time Loser," story of reformed criminal who becomes mayor.
49-12-05
26
Beautiful Silence
N
49-12-05 Janesville Daily Gazette
Removing the fuses from German bombs dropped in London during the last war is a hazardous occupation. It becomes more dangerous when the bomb disposal operator's wife and her lover plan to fix a bomb so that it blows up in the operator's face during the drama for "Murder by Experts" on WCLO-WCLO-FM-Mutual at 8 tonight. The story is called "
Beautiful Silence," and was authored by Harold Swanton.

49-12-12
27
The Big Payoff
N
49-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN):
unnecessary murder spoils "perfect crime."

49-12-12 Times-Picayune
"
The Big Payoff" drama on Murder By Experts (WNOE 8 p.m.)

49-12-19
28
The Sound of Fish
N
49-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 9:00 Murder by Experts

49-12-19 Janesville Daily Gazette
Listening Post
A beach party with murder as uninvited guest backgrounds WCLO-WCLO-FM-Mutual's "Murder By Experts" broadcast at 8 tonight. It's a strange tale titled: "The Sound of Fish"

49-12-26
29
The Case of the Missing Mind
N
49-12-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN):
Broadway character goes on $50,000 spending spree.

49-12-26 San Diego Union
When a Broadway character is handed $50,000 in one dollar bills and goes on a wild spending spree, it becomes the "
Case of the Missing Mind" on "Murder By Experts," KGB tonight at 7.

50-01-02
30
Title Unknown
N
50-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 9:00 Murder by Experts

50-01-03
30
Death Wears A Mask
N
50-01-03 Morning Star
"
Death Wears a Mask," is the title of the Murder By Experts drama on WGN-MBS at 9 o'clock tonight.

50-01-09
31
Hunting Trip
N
50-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN): bullets whiz through woods on unusual "Hunting Trip."
50-01-16
32
Success Story
N
50-01-16 Janesville Daily Gazette
A "
Success Story" that does not develop according to plan is the theme for "Murder by Experts" on WCLO-WCLO-FM and Mutual at 8 tonight. John Dickson Carr is the narrator-host for this series.

50-01-23
33
Title Unknown
N
50-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 9:00 Murder by Experts

50-01-30
34
Nemesis
N
50-01-30 Janesville Daily Gazette
A nondescript character proves to be the "
Nemesis" of a homicidal newspaperman for the unusual mystery-adventure tale scheduled for Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast at 8 tonight. This story was authored by Paul Monash. John Dickson Carr, prize-winning mystery novelist, is the narrator host.

50-02-06
35
Title Unknown
N
50-02-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 9:00 Murder by Experts
50-02-13
36
Jack the Ripper
N
50-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN): "
Jack the Ripper."
50-02-20
37
A Letter of Condolence
N
50-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN):
"dead" man haunts wife and her sweetheart.

50-02-20 San Diego Union
A "dead" man apparently returns to life to haunt his wife and her love in "
A Letter of Condolence" tonight on "Murder By Experts," KGB at 7. . . .

50-02-27
38
The Last Laugh
N
50-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN):
young man falls in love with older partner's wife.

50-02-27 Janesville Daily Gazette
Listening Post
When a young man falls in love with his older partner's wife, it provides an unusual twist to the proverbial eternal triangle for Mutual's "Murder By Experts" broadcast on WCLO-WCLO-FM tonight at 8. With the chips down, the oldster has "The Last Laugh" when he teaches the youngster a trick or two about business, and love. John Dickson Carr, prize-winning mystery novelist, is the narrator-host.

50-03-06
39
They Struck It Rich
N
50-03-06 Janesville Daily Gazette
Looking for the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, two ex-convicts start tunneling their way to a bank vault. Disregarding the possibility of spending the ramainder of their lives behind prison bars, they decide to risk all iln this attempt for their biggest haul. What they find at the end of the tunnel provides a most exciting climax for Mutual's "Murder by Experts" on WCLO-WCLO-FM at 8 tonight. "
They Struck it Rich" is the title.
50-03-13
40
The Four Fatal Jugglers
N
50-03-13 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER
High Drama Offered in Two Mysteries on WCLO Tonight
By JOE URBAN
The hour from 8 to 9 tonight on WCLO-WCLO-FM and Mutual will include two top mystery programs. "Murder by Experts" and "Crime Fighters" will be heard in that order. Dramatist Paul Monash some time ago wrote an eerie radio script which he titled "
The Four Fatal Jugglers." Mystery writers polled by author John Dickson Carr have selected this drama as one of the outstanding of its particular type. And Carr will present the Monash story as narrator-host during "Murder by Experts" at 8.

50-03-20
41
Bird Of Prey
N
50-03-20 Janesville Daily Gazette
A novelist who failed to make his mark in the world of literature finally sees the light of day when he learns of an agent working for a successful anonymous author. The frustrated writer attempts to sell himself as the prolific novelist during WCLO-WCLO-FM-Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast at 8 tonight. The imposter is unmasked and exposed as a "
Bird of Prey" when his words don't ring true.

50-03-27
42
Make No Mistake
N
[ Bret Halliday as Host-Narrator]

50-03-27 Janesville Daily Gazette
"
Make No Mistake" is tonight's "Murder by Experts" drama on WCLO-WCLO-FM at 8. This mystery-adventure stars Bret Halliday as the narrator-host.

50-04-03
43
April Fool
N
50-04-03 Janesville Daily Gazette
A message from the police to a woman advising her of the death of her husband is delivered while said husband sits beside her. When the wife gets the message she thinks it's an "
April Fool" joke but the picture changes when $20,000 and murder crops up. That's the plot for tonight's "Murder by Experts" at 8 on WCLO-WCLO-FM. Bret Halliday, creator of hte famed "Michael Shayne" character, is narrator host.

50-04-10
44
A Lucky Guy
N
50-04-10 Janesville Daily Gazette
Art Crane became a free man when the jury foreman intoned the "not guilty" verdict. But when his friends shun him, he sets out to prove he is more than just
"A Lucky Guy" during the "Murder by Experts" mystery show on WCLO at 8 tonight. The police agree Crane is more than lucky when they finally prove his guilt but can't try him a second time--until the murderer himself supplies the second corpse.

50-04-17
45
Two Can Die As Cheaply As One
N
50-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN): "
Two Can Die As Cheaply As One."

50-04-24
46
Conspiracy
N
50-04-24 Janesville Daily Gazette
See article.

50-05-01
47
Murder Is My Business
N
50-05-01 Janesville Daily Gazette
His business was murder. When the radio mystery program producer asked for stark realism, the leading man supplied it with an actual death-dealing shot. This unusual story of "
Murder Is My Business" will be unfolded during Mutual's award-winning "Murder by Experts" broadcast at 8 tonight. Brett Halliday is the narrator-host.

50-05-08
48
The Champ
N
50-05-08 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:00--KHJ--The story of "
The Champ" who committed what he thought to be a perfect crime, will be told during the broadcast of "Murder by Experts."
50-05-15
49
Title Unknown
N
50-05-15 San Antonio Express
KMAC 8:00 Murder by Experts

50-05-15 San Diego Union
A butler turned blackmailer is the central figure tonight in "Murder By Experts," KGB at 7.

50-05-22
50
Three's A Crowd
N
50-05-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN):
triangle consists of night club owner, his wife, and piano player.

50-05-29
51
Title Unknown
N
50-05-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 7:00 Murder by Experts

50-06-05
52
Bury Her Deep
N
50-06-05 Madison Capital Times
7 p.m.--Murder by Experts: "
Bury Her Deep"--WGN.

50-06-12
53
The Question Of Survival
N
50-06-12 Madison Capital Times
7 p.m.--Murder by Experts: "
The Question of Survival;" Bret Halladay, narrator--WGN.

50-06-19
54
Four Hours To Kill
N
50-06-19 Madison Capital Times
7 p.m.--Murder by Experts: "Four Hours to Kill"--WGN.

50-06-26
55
Death Rakes In the Chips
N
50-06-26 Madison Capital Times
7 p.m.--Murder by Experts:
"friendly" card game leads to killing--WGN.

50-07-03
56
Title Unknown
N
50-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 7:00 Murder by Experts

50-07-10
57
Long Distance
N
50-07-10 Madison Capital Times
7 p.m.--Murder by Experts: "Long Distance"--WGN.
50-07-17
58
Murders By Proxy
N
50-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 7:00 Murder by Experts

50-07-17 Register-Republic
A supposedly honest politician sees the handwriting on the wall when a newspaper reporter starts to expose the shady city administration in tonight's Murder By Experts drama on WGN at 8 o'clock' Story is titled "
Murders By Proxy."

50-07-24
59
The Third Witness
N
50-07-24 Madison Capital Times
7 p.m.--Murder by Experts: "
The Third Witness"--WGN.

50-07-31
60
The Squealer
N
50-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): new to this station: "
The Squealer," by Paul Monash.

50-08-07
61
With Malice Toward One
N
50-08-07 Janesville Daily Gazette
Acquitted of his father-in-law's murder . . . then accused of murdering his wife. That's the unusual dilemma facing a young man in the "
With Malice Toward One" story which Mutual's "Murder By Experts" dramatists will air at 8 tonight. Brett Halliday is the narrator-host on this WCLO-WCLO-FM-MBS show.

50-08-14
62
Stolen Murder
N
50-08-14 Madison Capital Times
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts: "
Stolen Murder," tale of a writer's fraud--WISC.

50-08-21
63
Title Unknown
N
50-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 7:00 Murder by Experts

50-08-24
63
The Weight of Evidence 50-08-24 Oregonian
The search for the only man who could provide at all-important alibi for a bank messenger accused of murder themes the "Murder By Experts" broadcast via KOIN at 7 p. m. Already strapped in the electric chair, the victim is saved from death by "
The Weight of Evidence." Mystery writer Brett Halliday is the narrator.

50-08-28
64
Title Unknown
N
50-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 7:00 Murder by Experts

50-08-31
64
Title Unknown
N
50-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal - WGN 7:00 Murder by Experts

50-08-31 San Diego Union
An ailing husband supplies his scheming wife with the poison for his own death tonight on "Murder By Experts" KGB at 7.

50-09-04
65
Title Unknown
N
50-09-04 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00 P.M.--W-G-N--Murder by Experts.
50-09-11
66
The Phobia
N
50-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): a wealthy old woman and her kleptomaniacal sister in "
The Phobia."

50-09-18
67
Title Unknown
N
50-09-18 Danville Bee
WDVA 9:00 Murder By Experts

50-09-25
68
Alibi For Murder
N
50-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Alibi for Murder."

50-09-28
68
Margin of Error
N
50-08-31 San Diego Union
The killer had a perfect alibi for his wife's slaying, but he didn't allow for the "
Margin of Error" tonight on "Murder By Experts" KGB at 7.

50-10-02
69
Rawhide Coffin
N
50-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Rawhide Coffin," story of plot to cash in on inheritance.

50-10-09
70
Goodbye, Darling
N
50-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): Hank Warner's "
Goodbye, Darling."

50-10-16
71
Agreement To Die
N
50-10-16 Janesville Daily Gazette
Cheating insurance companies seems to be a popular pastime with underworld characters. And when a couple of hoodlums draw up an "
Agreement to Die," it provides the background for a suspense-packed drama during Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast at 8 tonight on WCLO. The plan backfires when the "dead" man, who sought to collect the insurance money, was found very much alive.
50-10-23
72
A Hard Bargain
N
50-10-23 Janesville Daily Gazette
The story of a wealthy spinster who finally succumbed to romance and married a young teacher only to kill him after four months of wedded bliss will be dramatically related during "Murder by Experts," on WCLO-MBS at 8 tonight. When the newly married woman became ill, she immediately suspected her husband of trying to kill her for her money. She took care of that threat via the murder route only to discover that she drove "
A Hard Bargain" a bit too far.

50-10-30
73
Summer Storm
N
50-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Summer storm."
50-11-06
74
You Will Die At Midnight
N
50-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
You Will Die at Midnight."
50-11-13
75
Bright Horizon
N
50-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Bright Horizon."
50-11-20
76
The Specter Of the Dead
N
50-11-20 Janesville Daily Gazette
The switch was completed and everything was set for the coup de grace. The imposter had killed the wealthy industrialist, assumed his characteristics and was safely esconced in the business. But when an almost forgotten incident in the dead man's life was uncovered, "
The Specter of the Dead" raised its ugly head to provide an unusual and macabre twist to Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast that will be heard on WCLO tonight at 8.

50-11-27
77
The New Mrs Devlin
N
50-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
The New Mrs. Devlin."

50-12-04
78
Long Shot
N
50-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Long Shot" backfires.
50-12-11
79
Brain Guy
N
50-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Brain Guy" outwits three criminals but not the law.
50-12-18
80
Death In 16 Millimeter
N
50-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WGN): "
Death in 16 Millimeter."
50-12-25
81
Title Unknown
N
50-12-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 8:00 Murder by Experts
51-01-01
82
Title Unknown
N
51-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WGN 8:00 Murder by Experts
51-01-08
83
The Wax Work
N
51-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
The Wax Work."
51-01-15
84
All Damages Covered
N
51-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
All Damages Covered."
51-01-22
85
Solo Performance
N
51-01-22 Janesville Daily Gazette
An intriguing study of an actor whose performance becomes a matter of life or death is the dramatization scheduled for Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast at 8 tonight on WCLO. The "
Solo Performance" is successful but the actor's penchant for doodling and drawing kittens betrays his histrionic ability. Mystery-author Brett Halliday narrates.
51-01-29
86
The Affair At Stony Ridge
N
51-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
The Affair at Stony Ridge."
51-02-05
87
The Tree Of Life
N
51-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
The Tree of Life."
51-02-12
88
Deadly Nuisance
N
51-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Deadly Nuisance."
51-02-19
89
Nightmare
N
51-02-19 Janesville Daily Gazette
Daniel Papish's eerie tale of a "Nightmare", with a pretty young woman seeking to escape from her past, will be presented by Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast at 8 tonight on WCLO. The wife, suffering from amnesia, is driven to the point of committing suicide by her fortune-hunting husband. She's saved by a private detective who arrives in time to spoil the plan. Brett Halliday, mystery author, is the narrator.

51-02-26
90
Lady With the Key
N
51-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Lady With the Key."
51-03-05
91
Package For Emily
N
51-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Package for Emily."
51-03-12
92
Drop Dead
N
51-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): Story of a man who thought he caused death by saying "Drop Dead."
51-03-19
93
Death Rings Down the Curtain
N
51-03-19 Janesville Daily Gazette
A taut and intriguing drama of a famous Broadway actress playing the greatest role of her career will be presented by Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast at 8 tonight on WCLO. The actress was playing for high stakes, a $4,000,000 fortune, when she made the mistake of overplayling her role. The fortune slipped from her grasp as "
Death Rings down the Curtain." Mystery author Brett Halliday is the narrator-host.

51-03-26
94
The Amazing Gabel
N
51-03-26 Janesville Daily Gazette
The dramatic study of a woman who could not conceal her thoughts from the one man she feared will be unfolded tonight during Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast at 8 on WCLO. The man she feared, her husband, "
The Amazing Gabel," had the power to read inds. And he knew about his own murder when he read the mind of his wife. Brett Halliday is the narrator-host.
51-04-02
95
Blindman's Bluff
N
51-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "Blindman's Bluff," tale of blackmailer caught in own net.
51-04-09
96
A Brief Pause For Murder
N
51-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "A Brief Pause for Murder."
51-04-16
97
The Silent City
N
51-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "The Silent City."
51-04-23
98
Your Devoted Wife
N
51-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "Your Devoted Wife."
51-04-30
99
The Dead Can't Testify
N
51-04-30 Janesville Daily Gazette - See article.
51-05-07
100
Green Is For Danger
N
51-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "Green Is for Danger."
51-05-14
101
Title Unknown
N
51-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 8:00 Murder by Experts
51-05-21
102
Title Unknown
N
51-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal - WISC 8:00 Murder by Experts
51-05-28
103
Appointment For Murder
N
51-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "Appointment for Murder."
51-06-04
104
Dark Moon
N
51-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "Dark Moon."
51-06-11
105
Star Crossed Murder
N
51-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "Star Crossed Murder," with Alfred Hitchcock as narrator.

51-06-18
106
Short Cut To Death
N
51-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "Short Cut to Death."
51-06-25
107
Title Unknown
N
51-06-25 Mason City Globe-Gazette
MBS--8:00 Murder by Experts
51-07-02
108
With Mine Own Eyes
N
51-07-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "With Mine Own Eyes."
51-07-09
109
Title Unknown
N
51-07-09 Indiana Gazette
MBS--9 Murder by Experts
51-07-16
110
To Ease Her Aching Heart
N
51-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "To Ease Her Aching Heart."
51-07-23
111
Two Birds With One Stone
N
51-07-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "Two Birds With One Stone."
51-07-30
112
A Dead Man's Story
N
51-07-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "A Dead Man's Story."
51-08-06
113
The Witness At the Fountain
N
51-08-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "The Witness at the Fountain," murdered blackmailer and clever columnist.
51-08-13
114
Dream Job
N
51-08-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "A "Dream Job," as a writer's secretary endangers life.
51-08-20
115
Title Unknown
N
51-08-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 8:00 Murder by Experts
51-08-27
116
Death Takes A Honeymoon
N
51-08-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "Death Takes a Honeymoon."
51-09-03
117
Title Unknown
N
1-09-03 Wisconsin State Journa
WISC 8:00 Murder by Experts
51-09-10
118
My Silent Companions
N
51-09-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "My Silent Companions."
51-09-17
119
Title Unknown
N
51-09-17 Janesville Daily Gazette
a gripping duel between two brothers, each out to kill the other, backgrounds Murder by Experts drama for tonight's broadcast at 8 p.m. The fight began when one of the brothers ran off with the other's wife. The runaways were reported killed but the "dead" man eventually returned. This time he was after money and a new life, but he soon discovered that his plan led to a blind alley. Brett Halliday is the narrator of these exciting mystery shows heard every Monday at 8 p.m. over WCLO AM-FM.

51-09-24
120
Title Unknown
N
51-09-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): Broadway star stoops to murder.

51-10-01
121
The Lonely Road
N
51-10-01 Janesville Daily Gazette
He was a hunted criminal trying to escape a police dragnet and thought he was outsmarting the law when he was offered a lift by a passing traveler. But when the police flagged down the car, he discovered his mistake--a fatal one. Mutual's Murder by Experts presents this study of a fugitive in flight during its broadcast tonight at 8 o'clock. It's called "
The Lonely Road."

51-10-08
122
The Survivors
N
51-10-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "The Survivors."

51-10-11 Long Beach Press-Telegram
A prediction of the destruction of civilization in one year,
51-10-15
123
Title Unknown
N
51-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 8:00 Murder by Experts
51-10-22
124
Killer At Large
N
51-10-22 Janesville Daily Gazette
The suspense packed tale of a man bent upon committing murder and going scot-free will be unfolded during Mutual's "Murder by Experts" tonight at 8 p.m. He was a successful executive who thought his wife and best were plotting to get rid of him. When they had him committed to an institution, he thought he had the ideal set-up for a perfect crime. The denoument provides an exciting climax in this story of a "
Killer at Large."

51-10-29
125
The Intruder
N
51-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
The Intruder."

51-11-05
126
Title Unknown
N
51-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 8:00 Murder by Experts

51-11-12
127
Title Unknown
N
51-11-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 8:00 Murder by Experts

51-11-19
128
The Front Man
N
51-11-19 Janesville Daily Gazette
A tense, dramatic story of two brothers, each striving to reach his own goal, spotlights Mutual's "Murder by Experts" broadcast tonight at 8. A woman and a flourishing market are the brothers' objects, but a doublecross takes the prizes beyond reach. It's called "
The Front Man."

51-11-26
129
What's In It For Me?
N
51-11-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
What's In It for Me?"

51-12-03
130
The Golden Penny
N
51-12-03 Janesville Daily Gazette
It was a most unusual chess game. The prize was $100,000, a custom built yacht and a pretty girl. The schemer who planned this unique deal won, as he anticipted, but it all went for naught simply because he taught the loser about marine engines. Mutual's Murder By Experts program dramatizes this tale tonight at 8.

51-12-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
The Golden Penny."

51-12-10
131
Death Comes At Night
N
51-12-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Murder by Experts (WISC): "
Death Comes at Night."

51-12-17
132
Title Unknown
N
51-12-17 Cumberland Evening Times
WBYK 11:00 Murder by Exp'ts (MBS)

51-12-24
133
Title Unknown
N
51-12-24 Corpus Christie Caller
KUNO 8:00 Murder by Experts

51-12-31
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51-12-31 Janesville Daily Gazette
New Year's eve on MBS (WCLO, Janesville) also will introduce the first two of the ten M.G.M. movie produced radio programs that network is inserting in its schedule Monday through Saturday nights. Tonight's new items are: 8, Woman of the Year with Bette Davis, drama series in which she portrays a woman columnist on international affairs; 7:30, Crime Does Not Pay, mystery drama opening with "The Bagman." To make way for the new shows, Bill Henry's newscast five times a week has been shifted 5 minutes later to 9, Crime Fighters gets a new time at 9:05 and two programs, Hashknife Hartley and Murder by Experts have been dropped.







Murder By Experts Radio Program Biographies




Robert Jay Arthur, Jr.
(Author)
Author, Adapter, Director, Producer, Magazine Editor, Screenwriter, Activist

(1909-1969)

Birthplace: Fort Mills, Corregidor Island, The Philippines

Education:
William and Mary College
B.A., English
M.A. in Journalism,
The University of Michigan
Columbia University

Radiography:
1942
Dark Destiny
1943
The Mysterious Traveler
1945
Adventure into Fear
1945
The Sealed Book
1949
Murder By Experts
1950
The Teller of Tales
1952
Mystery Time

Awards:

1950
'Edgar' for Best Radio Drama for Murder by Experts
1953
'Edgar' for Best Radio Mystery Drama for The Mysterious Traveler.


Robert Arthur, Jr. at 'work' at his typewriter, c. 1940
Robert Arthur, Jr. at 'work' at his typewriter, c. 1940

Early Photo of Robert Arthur, Jr. at Ann Arbor, Michigan, ca. 1929
Early Photo of Robert Arthur, Jr. at Ann Arbor, Michigan, ca. 1929

Robert Arthur, Jr. at 'play' at his radio, c. 1942
Robert Arthur, Jr. at 'play' at his radio, c. 1942

The Mysterious Traveler Magazine, from November 1951
The Mysterious Traveler Magazine, from November 1951


The Writers Guild of America--East, sucessor to the Radio Writers Guild of 1942.

Robert Jay Arthur, Jr. was born November 10, 1909, on Corregidor Island, The Philippines. His father, Lieutenant Robert Arthur, Sr. was stationed in the United States Army Expeditionary Forces with his wife, Sarah Fee Abbey. As an Army brat, Robert, Jr. spent much of his childhood moving from Army base to Army base. He was educated in the public schools of Massachusetts, Michigan, Kansas, and Virginia.

The Valedictorian for his high school graduating class, Arthur had won appointments to both Annapolis and West Point, but declined the appointments, enrolling instead at William and Mary College in 1926. Two years later, he transferred to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English.

After a brief stint as editor of one of the Munsey Publications, he returned to the University of Michigan, receiving an M.A. in Journalism in 1932. During 1938 he met and married Susan Smith Cleaveland, a Radio soap opera actress, but by 1940 the couple divorced. He moved Greenwich Village and began writing for pulp magazines. By 1940, he'd published stories in:

  • Wonder Stories
  • Detective Fiction Weekly
  • Mystery
  • Illustrated Detective Magazine
  • Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine
  • Amazing Stories
  • The Shadow
  • Street & Smith Mystery Reader
  • Detective Tales
  • Thrilling Detective
  • Double Detective
  • Startling Stories
  • Collier's
  • The Phantom Detective
  • Argosy Weekly
  • Black Mask

In addition, Arthur worked as a writer and editor for pulp western, fact detective, and screen magazines for Dell Publishing, becoming associate editor of Photo-Story, a ground-breaking picture magazine published by Fawcett Publications. He then conceived and edited Pocket Detective Magazine for Street & Smith, the first pocket-sized, all-fiction magazine, which published several of his stories. .

The Mysterious Traveler also aired as Adventure Into Fear and 26 of its scripts aired as The Sealed Book. From 1948 to 1951 Arthur and Kogan produced Dark Destiny, an early, well-received, television thriller series.

In 1940 he met the woman who would become his second wife, Joan Vaczek, in a class on The Short Story while attending Columbia University. Joan Vaczek was the daughter of a Hungarian diplomat and a budding science-fiction writer in her own right. During the same year that he met his future writing partner, David Kogan, with whom he eventually wrote and produced his first radio show, Dark Destiny (1942). Soon after that the team wrote and produced The Mysterious Traveler (1943), which aired over the Mutual Broadcasting System and eventually won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Radio Show of the Year for 1952 by The Mystery Writers of America. He'd also won the 'Edgar' for Best Radio Drama for 1950 for Murder By Experts.

Robert Arthur and Joan Vaczek eventually married in December 1946, moved to Connecticut and then New York, where they had two children, Robert Andrew Arthur and Elizabeth Ann Arthur.

1953 brought the end of his relationship with The Mutual Broadcasting System. He and his partner, David Kogan were both active members of The Radio Writers' Guild. The House Commitee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) had 'determined' that The Radio Writers' Guild was a 'Communist front group'.

History has shown that this was simply another of the numerous, shameful union-busting attempts by the HUAC. Their basic aim was to link a growing collective bargaining movement with Communism, so as to benefit the Radio, Television and Film industries by keeping their employees from forming collective-bargaining units--or unions. The Supreme Court of the United States, in 1937, had ruled the 1935 National Labor Relations Act to be constitutional, but when ultra-conservatives came to power during the Cold War years, they determined to find other ways to undermine the collective bargaining provisions of the Act.

The HUAC's naked fear-mongering tactics succeeded for several of the most shameful years in American history. The Committee's sham hearings were eventually brought down by the very industries they were attempting to benefit--Radio and Television.

To its shame, The Mutual Broadcasting System and its radio station WOR, caving under pressure from their affiliates and corporate sponsors, abruptly canceled The Mysterious Traveler and Robert Arthur's career as a Radio Writer effectively ended. The Mysterious Traveler had consistently been rated among the top sixteen most popular Radio programs of the era. Robert Arthur, Jr. had written and produced over five hundred radio scripts for his two shows as well as for Dark Destiny, The Sealed Book, The Shadow, and Nick Carter, Master Detective.

After 1952, Arthur worked as a co-producer for ABC's radio show Mystery Time as well as continuing to write and publish pulp fiction. In 1959, he moved to Hollywood where he worked in television, writing scripts for The Twilight Zone. He also worked as a story editor and script writer for Alfred Hitchcock's long-running Alfred Hitchcock Presents for television. Robert Arthur, Jr. is also credited with writing most of Hitchcock's droll prologues for the Alfred Hitchcock Presents programs.

He moved back to New Jersey in 1962, where he lived with his father's aunt, Margaret Fisher Arthur, until his death in 1969 at the age of 59.

Among pulp fiction fans and Golden Age Radio fans alike, Robert Arthur's stories and scripts remain some of the most rivetting, compelling fiction from the Golden Age. He and his partner, David Kogan, continue to acquire new fans with every passing generation through the enduring magic of Golden Age Radio.




David P. Kogan
(Author)

Author, Adapter, Director, Producer, Magazine Publisher
Radio, Television, Film and Stage Actor
(1905-1964)

Birthplace: New York City

Awards:

1950
'Edgar' for Best Radio Drama for Murder by Experts
1953
'Edgar' for Best Radio Mystery Drama for The Mysterious Traveler.

Radiography:
1943
The Mysterious Traveler
1945
Adventure into Fear
1945
The Sealed Book
1949
Murder By Experts
1950
Suspense
1950
The Teller of Tales

David P. Kogan, c. 1960
David P. Kogan, c. 1960


With his writing partner of twenty years, Robert Arthur, David Kogan wrote and produced some of the finest fiction drama of the Golden Age of Radio.



Davis Dresser
[Brett Halliday]
(Author)
Novelist
(1904-1977)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Education: Tri-State College of Engineering, Angola, Indiana, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1946 Michael Shayne, Private Detective
1947 The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne
1948 Suspense
1949 Murder By Experts

David Dresser as Brett Halliday circa 1944
David Dresser as Brett Halliday circa 1944

Two-fisted Mike Shayne, Davis Dresser's most famous detective protagonist, downed a bottle of Martell cognac a day, according to his author. Shayne was reportedly simply emulating his successful author's real-life drinking habits
Two-fisted Mike Shayne, Davis Dresser's most famous detective protagonist, downed a bottle of Martell cognac a day, according to his author. Shayne was reportedly simply emulating his successful author's real-life drinking habits.

Mike Shayne paperback illustration
Mike Shayne paperback illustration


Illustrators of the caliber of Joe McGinnis graced the covers of many of the Michael Shayne paperbacks of the 50s and 60s
Illustrators of the caliber of Joe McGinnis graced the covers of many of the Michael Shayne paperbacks of the 40s, 50s and 60s


Brett Halliday's Mike Shayne novella, In A Deadly Vein for Dell, circa 1943
Brett Halliday's Mike Shayne novella, In A Deadly Vein for Dell, circa 1943


Dresser's publishing house was named after his pet terrier
Dresser's publishing house was named after his pet terrier Torquil.

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine from 1984
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine from 1984


From the June 17th 1951 edition of the Springfield Sunday Republican:

Noted Author Couple Take Up Residence in Conway head

     Conway, June 16--This town, and particularly the vicinity of Reed's Bridge, should enjoy complete immunity from crime, for the areasis now under the capable protection of Michael Shayne, red-headed, two-fisted, cognac-drinking private detective, who has solved hundreds of criminal dilemmas since he was first introduced to an enthusiastic detective mystery reading public by the distinguished crime author, Brett Halliday, some 10 years ago.

               Will Live in Town
     Michael Shayne took up permanent residence in the quiet suburbs of Conway on May 17 when the Davis Dressers--better known to some 10,000,000 detective thriller fans as Brett Halliday and Helen McCloy--brought him along when they established residence in a 200-year-old former mill-house which overlooks a tumbling mountain stream on the outskirts of the sleepy little town.
     The Dressers are convinced that they have found a perfect permanent home.  Its seclusion will give them the opportunity to work out the intricate counterpoint of mystery plots with little interruption by an inquisitive outside world.  It will give them the first home they have really been able to call their own since they were married at Islip, Long Island, in 1946.
     The Dressers' new home will also provide a permanent hearthstone for their three-year-old daughter Chloe who is as delighted as any small fairy with her new romping grounds.  So much so that she never fails to say "good morning, Mr. River" to the merry mountain stream which capers along beside the house before she does anything else when she awakes in the morning.
               Prolific Writers
     Diminutive Chloe certainly has a distinguished mother and father.  Her daddy has authored some 75 novels under a dozen different pseudonyms.  Her mother is considered one of the outstanding mystery writers in her field and has penned a dozen highly successful novels since she wrote her first best-seller "Dawns of Death," published in 1938.  Mrs. Dresser--Helen McCloy--produces one book and one novelette each year.  Mr. Dresser--Brett Halliday--turns out a much heavier volume of work in order to keep up with the demands of millions of fans all virtually interested in the adventures and future of red-headed Shayne, the enduring hero of his mystery tales.
     Shayne enthusiasts will be interested to know that the fast-moving provate eye is not entirely a figment of Mr. Dresser's imagination.  The author actually met the original Michael Shayne several years ago in a Tampico bar where he and a group of sailor companions became embroiled in a waterfront brawl.  The then as yet unrecognized budding author was slugged on the head with a gun butt and lay helpless under a table when a very real Michael Shayne came to his rescue.  As Dresser tells it:
     "Suddenly there was a crash; a big red-headed Irishman who had been sitting alone watching the battle between frequent drinks of tequila chased down with ice-water, unexpectedly leaped from his chair and joined in the battle.  Half a dozen men fell before his accurate fists before he reached me and heaved me bodily through the door.  He remained inside, fighting alone."
               Second Meeting
     It was many years later before Mr. Dresser saw the competent fighting man again.  On this second occasion, broke and jobless, he had wandered into a New Orleans Rampart St. bar to seek shelter from the cold.  The first person he laid yes on in the room was the same burly character who had probably saved his life in hte Tampico brawl of many years before.  The setting was almost exactly the same.  The only difference being that the rangy Irishman was drinking cognac instead of tequila.
     Dresser introduced himself to his former benefactor who immediately recalled the T ampico incident and insisted on staking the youth to a good meal and a night's lodging.  It was then that Dresser discover that Connor Michael Shawn was the Irishmen's proper name.
     It was a name he never forgot.  Shortened to "Michael Shayne" it became the symbol of diamond-in-the-rough gallantry and efficiency to millions of Mr. Dresser's readers.  It is also a familiar name to followers of the Michael Shayne movie series and plans are afoot for its presentation to television audiences.
               Choice of Pen Name
     Dresser selected the pen name of Brett Halliday as the result of his first mystery novel published by Stokes in 1936.  The hero of that first novel was called "Matt Halliday", a name which the publisher considered to be too mundane.  But it had particular appeal for Mr. Dresser and he chose it as a pseudonym when the first Michael Shayne mystery appeared on the mystery market.  He substituted the name "Brett" for "Mark", however, in tribute to Brett Stokes, son of the publishing executive, wom he considered to be his best friend.  Brett Stokes has since passed away but Mr. Dresser says he will never forget the comradship and encouragement proffered by the personable young man.
     Writing is hard work.  A glance at the struggles of Dresser will prove the point.  Born in Chicago, he moved to Texas when he was six where he led a comparatively uneventful youth until he falsified his age to join the Rrmy at the age of 14.  He was accepted and assigned to the 5th U.S. Cavalry, where he became an expert horseman--an interest which he carries on to this day--until his military career was cut short when the War Department became aware of his tender years.
     But he had managed to put in 15 months of service and considered the knowledge of horsemanship he had acquired well worth the fabricating of what he terms "a white lie" concerning his age.
               Studied Engineering
     Upon his discharge from the Army, Mr. Dresser knocked around for a bit before resuming his schooling.  He finally decided that civil engineerng offered the most potentialities to a young man with ambition and entered the Tri-State College of Engineering in Angola, Indiana.
     The field had definite appeal to him and he eventually turned his formal education into practical advantage on engineering jobs in various sections of the country.  In fact, he owned his own engineerng firm at the ripe old age of 22, but shortly thereafter was wiped out of business by the complicated problems of overhead and the circumstance that job assignments were exceedingly hard to come by during depression days.
     Mr. Dresser wrote his first novel under rather strange circumstances in California in 1927.  Lack of job opportunities forced him to take anything that came along and he was then employed as a part-time dishwasher in a restaurant.  Often on the verge of starvation, things were at their very blackest when he came across the announcement of a first novel contest calling for entries by unpublished authors.  Contest rules called for manuscripts of 60,000 words or more and the deadline was less than 30 days away.
     "That's for me", Mr. Dresser thought.  So he chucked his job and settled down to work in a furnished room.  He completed the novel in time to enter it but it didn't win a prize.
               Decided to Be Author
     "The experience taught me that I could actually put words together," Mr. Dresser said.  "Right then and there I decided that I wanted to be an author."
     Since that time Mr. Dresser has turned out 75 novels, writing as many as eight complete books in one year.  Twenty of these were westerns and the others with the exception of the Michael Shayne series, were written mostly for the drugstore bookshelf trade.  Some of the pseudonyms he used include Anthony Scott, Elliot Storm, Peter Shelley, Jerome Shard, Kathryn Culver and Sylvia Carson.
     Mr. Dresser is living proof that the old saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" is pretty good advise.  The first Michael Shayne novel went to 22 different publishers before it was finally accepted.  It was faborably reviewed but its immediate successor, "The Private Practice of Michael Shayne", was the one that really rang the bell.  It established both its hero and its author as top-notchers in the highly competitive field of detective fiction.
     Mrs. Dresser is as well known as her famous husband.  She has 12 popular mystery novels to her credit and as many novelettes published in leading periodicals.  And small wonder?  Her father, William Conrad McCloy, was managing editor of the New York Evening Sun in the days when its columns were avidly ready by an appreciative public during a golden age of journalism.  The first reporter Mr. McCloy ever hired was a man named Richard Harding Davis.
     Mrs. Dresser inherits literary talent from her mother's side of the family, too.  Her mother was Helen Worrell Clarkson, who wrote a daily column for the Sun for over 20 years, in a time when women journalists were rare.
               Was Art Critic
     When Mrs. Dresser was attending lectures at the Sorbonne, Paris, she was art critic for "International Studio", a fabulous slick publication which was an art oracle of its day.  She served, at the same time, as art correspondent for the New York Times.
     The Dressers write independently.  They never interfere with each other's style of ideas, beyond a detached discussion stage with the result that neither's ideas influence the writings of the other.  The system has resulted in individual recognition of their talent for fresh, independent style.
     Mr. Dresser likes to pound out copy in the early hours of morning but, like Mrs. Dresser, he usually writes when and if he feels in the mood.  Interruptions and noise bother Mr. Dresser not a whit, but Mrs. Dresser is the exact opposite.  She must have complete quiet to be at her literary best.  Writing comes fairly easily to her.  She sold her first literary venture to the Boston Transcript at the age of 14 and vividly remembers the thrill she received when she was paid the sum of $5 for the article which was entitled "The New Literary Form."
               Many Other Interests
     Outside of hatching a maze of mystery and detective plots for Michael Shayne and Mrs. Dresser's variety of key characters, the Dressers maintain a host of other outside interests.  They are both members of hte board of directors of "The Mystery Writers of America", and Mrs. Dresser last year completed a term as the only woman president the organization has ever elected.
     In addition, the two authors are currently editing an anthology entitled "Great Tales of Murder" which will be published by Random House this fall.  The task is a volunteer one, inasmuch as all proceeds will go to "The Mystery Writers of America" fund which offers valuable services to struggling authors.  All story material has been contributed, too, and will include tales by such masters of suspense as John Dickson Carr and Hugh Pentecost.
     The Dressers are happily settled in their Conway home.  It is a charming old residence which contains many rare antiques which have been in Mrs. Dresser's family since pre-Revolutionary War days.  The beauty of the old mill-house is further enhanced by outstanding examples of art which adorn the walls of the spacious living rooms.  Original illustrations by Howard Pyle, John Bennett, Stephen Ferris and other notables lend an aura of natural good taste to the well-appointed homestead.
               "Good Neighbor Policy"
     Residents of Conway have already established a "good neighbor policy" in their attitude toward the Dresser family.  They understand that the hard-working author couple has settled there to enjoy the peace and seclusion that only a New England town can offer.  They have warmly welcomed the Dressers as permanent guests of the community who can be sure that they may work and live without undue interference from a curious outside world.
     As small Chloe Dresser says, "daddy has Mike Shayne, Mother has her books and I've got Mr. River."  Which all adds up to good writing and happy living.
 
BRIAN F. KING

From the Long Beach Independent-Telegram of September 29, 1960:

Author Too Busy to Write Mike Shayne TV Episodes

By JACK GAVER

     NEW YORK (UPI)--You may wonder why many a big-name author sells an outstanding property to television but doesn't do what seems logical by going along to write the scripts from material that he knows better than anyone else.
     In the case of Brett Halliday, the reason is simple.
     "They didn't ask me." he explained.
     Halliday is the creator of a tough-fibred private eye named Michael Shayne who has been a best-selling hero of 38 full-length mystery novels since 1939.  A one-hour weekly filmed series with his name for title makes its bow at 10 p.m. Friday on the NBC
network.

     "ACTUALLY, of course," Halliday pointed out, "it would be impossible for one person to turn out a 60-minute script each week.  You simply have to bring in outside writers. 
     "I did write the pilot film used to sell the series to sponsors, and I have been working closely with Four Star Productions in Hollywood most of this year getting the series ready."
     Although Halliday's episode will be used in the series, it will not be the first one on the air. 

     "Of course," Halliday "I own part of the program, and I am the story supervisor.  That means that stories screened by Four Star and deemed by them to be usable are sent along to me in my Connecticut home for approval.
     "I would like to write an occasional script for the show, and maybe I will, but I'm committed to turning out three Shayne novels a year, I run a book-publishing company, and I put out the Michael Shayne mystery magazine once a month.  That doesn't leave much lime for television writing."

     THE AUTHOR pointed out, however, that the first season's product of some 30 episodes will be almost pure Halliday in that the great majority of them will be adaptations of his books and various shorter pieces about Shayne.  Often TV will buy a property or name and proceed to pay little attention to source material beyond using the title.
     "I gather that there will be more violence in the TV shows than in the books." the author continued.  "I don't particularly care for that, especially a lot of gun play.  But I suppose it is necessary to meet the competition.
     "In the books Shayne doesn't carry a gun at all.  He's a hard-fisted mixer when necessary, but there have been two or three books in a row at times in which he didn't kill anyone.  Richard Denning has the role of Shayne, and those whose TV viewing goes way back will find him familiar in the role of sleuth.  He was the husband half of the "Mr. and Mrs. North" mystery series, which lasted for several semesters.

     "I'M NOT much of a TV fan," Halliday said, "but I guess I'll have to go down to the basement recreation room where my daughter does her viewing and watch this show every Friday night.  I saw some of the six completed episodes when I was in Hollywood, but they were not in finished form except for the pilot."
     Halliday isn't the only prominent mystery writer in his family.  His wife is Helen McCloy whose series of books features a hero named Dr. Willing.  The author's real name, by the way, is Davis Dresser.

Davis Dresser was born Chicago, but raised for the most part in West Texas. An accident with a length of barbed wire took the sight of his left eye when he was just a boy. Dresser reportedly ran away from home at the age of 14, enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry [the 5th Cavalry Regiment] at Fort Bliss, and was subsequently stationed on the U.S.-Mexico border following the Rio Grande river for the following year. Upon completing his military service, he reportedly returned to Texas to finish high school.

Davis subsequently toured the Southwest taking adventurous odd-jobs whereever he found them, ranging from muleskinner to short-order cook and everything in between. He apparently attended the Tri-State College of Engineering, gaining a Civil Engineering degree, after which he worked as a surveyor for several years.

Davis Dresser was certainly a colorful character in any case--perhaps not quite the equal of his various western and detective noir genre protagonists, but certainly a character in his own right.

Dresser reportedly began writing in earnest in 1927, learning his craft, accepting the rejection slips as they came, and starting a young family with his first wife, Kathleen Rollins and her two daughters by a previous marriage. Those first eight years of attempting to be a successful writer ultimately paid off in 1935, with the printing of Dresser's first Michael Shayne novel.

Written under the nom de plume, Brett Halliday, Dresser's dashing dark looks, and eye patch in place on the back cover of many of his novels clearly created the aura of mystery that Dresser hoped might be associated with all of his Michael Shayne mysteries.

Dresser's Mike Shayne character was soon translated to the big screen with an initial seven Michael Shayne films starring Lloyd Nolan. Thereafter, followed a Radio version of Michael Shayne over the Don Lee-Mutual West Coast network, starring Wally Maher as Shayne and Cathy Lewis as Phyllis Knight, the Radio version of Brett Halliday's own Phyllis Shayne (Michael Shayne's wife in the earliest paperback novellas).

The Radio arm of the Michael Shayne franchise ran from 1944 through 1953, over a total of four distinct and separate incarnations and five separate actors in the lead role. In between the inauguration and end of the Radio runs, PRC rolled out another five Michael Shayne feature films starring Hugh Beaumont in the lead.

Dresser continued to actually pen some of the Michael Shayne stories and novellas until about 1958, by which time Dresser stopped writing as Brett Halliday altogether, leaving that end of the franchise to a long line of ghost-writers. Indeed, when the 1960 Television series became a viable project, as indicated in the article above, Davis Dresser was happy to invest in the productoin and maintain story supervision, but that's where his interest in the Television incarnation began and ended.

Dresser married the equally successful fiction writer, Helen McCloy [Dresser's second marriage] in 1946. McCloy eventually served as the President of the Mystery Writers of America for two years. By the mid-1960s Davis Dresser became a successful publisher in his own right, semi-retired, first to The Berkshires on the east coast, then to Montecito on the west coast.

Also a highly successful Western author, it's estimated that Davis Dresser was responsible for over 130 originally published works over his fifty-year writing and publishing career.

From the February 7, 1977 Berkshire Eagle:

Brett Halliday, author of
Shayne novels, dies

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.
(UPI) — Davis Dresser, who wrote the Michael Shayne detective novels under the name Brett Halliday, has died of cancer at his Montecito home. He was 72. His family announced the death Saturday and said no funeral services would be planned.
Born in Chicago in 1904, Dresser worked as a farmhand, mule skinner, gravedigger, oil tanker deckhand and shortorder cook throughout the South before beginning his writing career in 1930.
His first Shayne novel, there were 50, was written in 1935 and rejected by 22 publishers before it finally was printed. Each novel sold more than a million copies and was translated into eight to 12 languages for distribution abroad.
Dresser also wrote about 60 other novels using 12 different pen names. He later became a publisher.
Dresser leaves his widow, Mary Savage, also a novelist; a son, Halliday, and a daughter, Chloe Johnson.




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