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Video Theater – The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio

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Video Theater 147: Boston Blackie: False Face

A friend of Blackie has an exact double who robs the bank he's president of and frames Blackie's friend for the crime. Season 2, Episode 27 Original Air Date: April 27, 1953

30mins

13 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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Video Theater 158: Sherlock Holmes: The Cunningham Heritage

Holmes and Watson meet and then Holmes has to solve the death of a wealthy where the evidence points to the man's ex-convict fiancée. Season 1, Episode 1 Original Air Date: October 18, 1954

35mins

16 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Video Theater 154: Ellery Queen: Buck Fever

While on a hunting vacation, Ellery comes under suspicion when a Sheriff's Deputy is apparently shot by a hunter. Season 4, Episode 5 Original Air Date: 1954

28mins

20 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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Video Theater 156: Philip Marlowe: The Ugly Duckling

Philip Marlowe is hired to pay off a woman's husband's mistress and finds himself the prime suspect when the mistress is murdered. Episode 1 Original Air Date: October 6, 1959

30mins

19 May 2019

Rank #4

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Video Theater 114: Richard Diamond: The Torch Carriers

Diamond is hired to find a man, but finds out the client isn’t telling him the truth. Original Air Date: August 26, 1957 Read more ...

29mins

6 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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Video Theater 160: The Fat Man

Brad Runyon (J Scott Smart) heads to the West Coast to find out why a Dentist was murdered. Theatrical Release Date: May 19, 1951

1hr 23mins

21 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Video Theater 148: Dragnet: The Big Threat

Friday and Smith investigate a robbery where the victim is unwilling to testify due to threats from the robbers. Season 3, Episode 37 Original Air Date: May 13, 1954

30mins

27 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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Video Theater 0130: Boston Blackie: Inside Crime

A robbery has occurred and a security guard is suspected of being the inside man. Original Air Date: December 19, 1952 Season 2, Episode 10

30mins

22 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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Video Theater 150: Dragnet: The Big False Make

A man confesses to a robbery and is positively identified by the victim, but Friday and Smith have serious doubts about his story. Season 3, Episode 39 Original Air Date: May 27, 1954

30mins

24 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Video Theater 170: Sherlock Holmes: The Christmas Pudding

A serial killer threatens to get Holmes before he’s executed. Episode 23 of the 1954-55 Sherlock Holmes series. Original Air Date: April 4, 1955 

29mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Video Theater 168: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Lady Beryl

Lady Beryl (Claudette Colbert) confesses to a murder, but Holmes insists she didn't do it.   Season 1, Episode 2   Original Air Date: October 25, 1954

31mins

10 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Video Theater 0126: Your Show Time: Adventure of the Speckled Band

Sherlock Holmes is called in by a young woman who fears she for her life because of her strange stepfather and his decision to have her sleep in the same room her sister died in. Original Air Date: March 25, 1949

30mins

25 Feb 2018

Rank #12

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Video Theater 124: Richard Diamond: The Merry Go Round Case

The sister of an old Army buddy of Diamond's ask him to bring her brother in after he killed a service state attendant. Original Air Date: September 23, 1957 Season 1, Episode 12

29mins

28 Jan 2018

Rank #13

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Video Theater 169: Racket Squad: Kite High

A funeral home director goes to Vegas to get away from his mother-in-law and finds himself the target of conmen running a private game. ' Original Air Date: September 6, 1951 Season 2, Episode 1

29mins

24 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Video Theater 120: Boston Blackie: The Queen of Thieves

A pickpocket runs afoul of his boss who appears to be a harmless old lady. When the pickpocket nearly gets killed, Blackie steps in to stop her ultimate scheme. Season 2, Episode 8 Original Air Date: December 5, 1952

31mins

26 Nov 2017

Rank #15

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Video Theater 172: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Pennsylvania Gun

Holmes sets out to solve the murder of a wealthy man killed in a castle.    Season 1, Episode 3   Original Air Date: November 1, 1954

31mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #16