Box 13 - Single Episodes

(4.7 stars; 65 reviews)


"Adventure wanted -- will go anywhere, do anything -- Box 13." The premise of the program was that Dan Holiday was an author who wrote mystery novels. To get ideas for his novels he placed an advertisement in a newspaper saying "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything, Box 13." The ads always brought fun adventures of all kinds: from racketeer's victim to psychotic killer looking for fun. Most of the episodes were based on Dan Holiday replying to a letter he received at Box 13. He would generally solve a mystery in the process, and return to his office in time to enjoy a hearty laugh at the expense of Suzy, his amusingly stupid secretary. He would certainly not meet the strictest requirements for private eyes (not licensed, collected no fees from clients), but the definition should stretch to sneak him in under the rope. In total there were 52 episodes of this radio program created. It was heard over the Mutual Broadcasting System as well as being syndicated. The series was produced by Mayfair Productions. Box 13, starring Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday. Sylvia Picker played Suzy, Dan Holiday's secretary and Edmond MacDonald as Lt. Kling. Other stars in the series were Betty Lou Gerson, Lurene Tuttle, Alan Reed, Luis Van Rooten, John Beal and Frank Lovejoy. Music was by Rudy Schrager and the writer was Russell Hughes. Announcer/Director was Vern Carstensen. The series was produced by Richard Sanville with Alan Ladd as co-producer. 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.



What's in Box 13?

(5 stars)

Easily my favorite radio show of all time. Alan Ladd and his Mayfair Productions company really made this show pop in a radio detective drama I had previously been unaware of: the classifieds detective. I don't have another title for it, but it fits in with "Let George Do It" and (somewhat)"Rocky Fortune" as an altruistic investigator who happens upon adventure through relative unintentional means. 52 episodes were not enough, but if you listen to this and are eager for more, check out both of the previously mentioned. "Let George Do It" is especially similar, started earlier and even has a much more independant female lead. There's something really fantastic about "Box 13", regardless. A brief summary is Dan Holiday (even sharing a similar name to "George"'s George Valentine), a bored and uninspired fiction writer, takes out an add in the paper, offering his help in, well, anything, as long as it results in an interesting adventure. Being a classic radio hero, he often gripes about the situations he gets himself in, but always comes out the hero, regardless. His sounding board is Suzy, a flaky secretary who constantly misinterprets things. She can be seen as offensive to women, but I see her more as her own woman who is just silly for the sake of silliness. There are plenty of stong women in the show, otherwise. Dan also has his very own policeman foil who becomes a great character in his own right and really comes through as helpful, as the series goes on, rather than an obstacle, like many other shows (Boston Blackie, being an example). His role teeters off towards the end, which is really a shame, but I'm guessing the writers may've seen him as an ex machina, Dan's "get out of trouble" card, and in some ways, the episodes without him are the stronger for it. All in all, a great show for fans of the genre.

OTR Genius

(5 stars)

Box 13 has become a favourite in my house - great listening for all ages. The plots are simple & effective and the characters are brilliantly archetypal! Keeps me entertained for hours! oh, and anyone whinging about Suzie, sexism & all the rest has missed the whole point - suzie is dumb because suzie is dumb, not because she's a woman! There are a great many smart, beautiful women and girls in these stories & some dim-witted fellas - its NOT about that! & it wasn't produced in 2019 where PC has gone bonkers!

Second Time Around

(5 stars)

At least, but this otrs is so good that it is worth listening to time after time, Alan Ladd is such a fine actor and a very good narrator, he brings Dan Holiday alive and the plots and storyline is superb. I do wish that there were many more episodes, if anyone has any please offer them up to Librovox so we can all benefit from listening although saying that I assume this is all the episodes. But thank you for sharing this wonderful show, as you can tell I loved them. πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜†πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜†πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜†πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜†πŸ˜„πŸ˜…β˜ΊοΈπŸ™‚πŸ˜„πŸ˜…β˜ΊοΈπŸ™‚πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜„πŸ˜…β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Inoffensive fun.

(5 stars)

Anyone who finds Suzy ‘offensive to women’ (last reviewer suggests some may) really wouldn’t be listening to OTR. As it happens, I find it quite offensive to common sense that people would criticise feminine-interest or ‘fluff’ roles merely because the female character is not kick-boxing, gun-toting or sword-wielding her way through a story. Why people feel the need to apologise for it is beyond me.

Theatre for my mind

(5 stars)

I’m with Dangerman 44. I totally adore this show. It’s jam-packed with all the clichés of the pulp detective thrills of the 30s and 40s. They don’t make ‘em like they used to, THAT’s for sure!!! To me, Box 13 is like a warm cozy old blanket.

The number 13

(3 stars)

I enjoy listening to Box 13 while relaxing after work.The stories take my mind off of the days hassle. If you like adventure and the willingness of your mind to just go away and be elsewhere , then listen here to Box 13.


(5 stars)

Looking for adventure, will go anywhere, will do anything... and oh brother, does Dan Holiday ever! From frame-ups, to murders, hold-ups and more, Box 13 and the tale of a writer looking for adventure will bring you on a journey worth repeating.

BOX 13

(5 stars)

BOX 13, way before my time, of course I sometimes feel like I was born in the wrong time. Mystery / Comedy Fun to listen to this gem. I also like Dark Fantasy.