Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator - Single Episodes

(4.7 stars; 47 reviews)


William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty." This series has been produced with various spellings of the primary character name. Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so it was usually a sustainer.

Updated with Version 3 Files on 16-Feb-2009

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.



The MUTEL Cues in Barrie Craig

(4 stars)

This series is the only one I know of that makes full use of the MUTEL production library, which is a favorite of mine. There are some real gems of cues. I put the show on a bedtime and it gives me the most amazing dreams. The audio levels are quite consistent compared to other Archive shows. The only objection I have is in the original mix where the micing is muffled. Why were the highs attenuated. I thought it was in the transfer. But that can't be the case because the music cues come through very bright. Thanks for a wonderful show.

William Gargan Great as "Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator"

(5 stars)

This is an excellent program with William Gargan in great form as detective "Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator." The plots are similar to other detective programs of the time. William Gargan's delivery is low-key and pleasant.

(5 stars)

I absolutely love this radio "noir" drama! I have to smile/laugh at some of the venicular being used for this type of genre. The voice acting is spot on. I would definitely recommend this to others.

Fifties private detective series

(3.5 stars)

Classic noir text. Dated but tight scripts. Womanizing protagonist. Cinematic orchestration. Deadpan wit. Don Pardo announcing. I listened to every episode. Only one track had audio issues. I forget which one.

the best noir detective

(5 stars)

"I've played a sucker before but I prefer it to being a wise guy." Great wisecracks and zingers here. the perfect noir detective show.

Excellent show

(5 stars)

One of the best radio detective shoes, well written, well acted, well directed. Highly recommended.

(5 stars)

I love this radio noir, sad when I came to the end, eager to hear more!

great voice

(5 stars)

William Gargan’s perfect voice makes these a pleasure to listen to