Broadway Is My Beat - Single Episodes

(4.6 stars; 49 reviews)


Broadway's My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With music by Robert Stringer, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air, with Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb. Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft.

NOTE: Updated Release! Upgraded episodes (23-Oct-2011). Fixed MP3 tags (26-Dec-2011).

From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



The Andrew Jenkins Case 28:28
A Fixed Prize Fight 28:15
The Mary Murdock Murder Case 29:31
The Julie Dixon Murder Case 29:55
The Jimmy Dorn Murder Case 28:58
The Otto Prokosh Murder Case 30:28
The Paul Thomas Murder Case 29:32
The Dr Robbie McClure Murder Case 29:34
The Jane Darwell Murder Case 29:40
The Silks Bergen Murder Case 29:48
The Val Dane Murder Case 29:30
The Mei Ling Murder Case 29:28
The Sgt Gordon Ellis Murder Case 29:23
The Eugene Bullock Murder Case 31:00
The Mary Gilbert Murder Case 29:34
The Sherman Gates Murder Case 29:34
The Tori Jones Murder Case 29:36
The Henry Baker Murder Case 29:32
Nick Norman and Santa Claus 29:30
The John Lomax Murder Case 29:25
The Mary Murdock Murder Case 30:03
The Joan Gale Murder Case 29:41
The Roberto Segura Murder Case 29:32
The Lt Jimmy Hunt Murder Case 29:30
The Julie Dixon Murder Case 29:32
The Dion Hartley Murder Case 29:30
The Ben Elliot Murder Case 29:55
The Joe Quito Murder Case 29:42
The Dr Robert Stafford Murder Case 29:48
The Charles and Jane Kimball Murder Case 29:30
The Francie Green Murder Case 30:15
The Hope Anderson Murder Case 29:33
The Ernie Cauldwell Murder Case 29:30
The Tommy Stafford Murder Case 30:22
The Elaine Hill Murder Case 29:28
The Max Wendell Murder Case 29:46
The Thelma Harper Murder Case 27:39
The Marcia Dean Murder Case 29:33
The Jane Arnold Murder Case 30:11
The Ann Cornell Murder Case 30:20
The Mario La Vecchia Murder Case 29:55
The Ted Forstek and Ruth Ballard Murder Case 29:45
The Morris Bernstein Murder Case 29:30
The Steve Courtney Murder Case 29:32
The Frank Conway Murder Case 29:45
The Frank Briscoe Murder Case 29:33
The Amelia Ramirez Murder Case 29:49
The Celia Jordan Murder Case 29:30
The Harry Brett Murder Case 29:35
The Jack Jorno Murder Case 29:15
The Mary Demming Murder Case 29:44
Tom and Alice Corey Suicide Pact 29:32
The Helen Carrol Murder Case 29:29
The John Webster Murder Case 28:21
The Harold Clark Murder Case 29:30
The Laura Burton Murder Case 29:32
The Johnny Hill Murder Case 29:30
The Joan Fuller Murder Case 29:32
The Shorty Dunne Murder Case 28:41
The Kenneth Mitchell Murder Case 28:54
The Ben Justin Murder Case 29:30
The Thomas Hart Murder Case 29:32
The Philip Hunt Murder Case 29:30
The Georgia Gray Murder Case 29:30
The Harry Foster Murder Case 29:31
The Charles Crandall Murder Case 29:38
The Eleanor Corbett Murder Case 29:23
The Francesca Brown Murder Case 29:43
The Earl Lawson Murder Case 29:34
The Frank Dunn Murder Case 29:31
The Ruth Larson Murder Case 29:28
The Pablo Molari Murder Case 29:37
The Joe Gruber Murder Case 29:27
The David Blaine Murder Case 29:39
The Howard Crawford Murder Case 29:41
The Elizabeth Price Murder Case 29:35
The Anna Compton Murder Case 29:45
The Tom Keeler Murder Case 29:30
The Lars Nielson Murder Case 29:05
The Lily Nelson Murder Case 29:40
The Ed Koster Murder Case 29:32
The Kurt Bower Murder Case 29:35
The Ricardo Miguel Murder Case 29:30
The Joe Blair Murder Case 29:32
The Joey Macklin - John Howard Murder Case 29:18
The Alex Raymond Murder Case 28:02
The Paul Clark Murder Case 28:57
The Mary Smith Murder Case 29:43
The Lucille Baker Murder Case 29:26
Buddy Malpaugh and the Jeweled Scimitar 30:11
The Ted Ebberly Murder Case 23:22
The John Dobson Murder Case 29:46
The Larry Moore Murder Case 29:40
The Lynn Halstead Murder Case 28:05
The Russ Warner Murder Case 28:55
The Raymond Grant Murder Case 29:42
The Eve Hunter Murder Case 30:19
The Gordon Merrick Murder Case 29:43
The John Mooney Murder Case 29:33
The John Elgin Murder Case 29:42
The Lois Conrad Murder Case 29:32
The Irene Hall Murder Case 29:21
The Alice Mayo Murder Case 27:46
The Harry Moore Murder Case 24:50
The Lila Hunter Murder Case 25:09
The Joey Croft Murder Case 26:42
The Georgie Beck Murder Case 24:44
The Tony Blair Murder Case 28:07
The Paul Tracy Murder Case 29:17
The Marty Connell Murder Case 28:58
The Ruth Nelson Murder Case 30:20
The Robert Turk Murder Case 29:50
The Mary Trevor Murder Case 30:36
The Amelia Lane Murder Case 30:46
The Bob Foster Murder Case 29:00
The Kenny Purdue Murder Case 29:46
The Grace Cullen Murder Case 28:00
The Johnny Clark Murder Case 28:11
The Blanche Dermit Murder Case 27:52
The Charles Ralston Murder Case 27:25
The Lona Hanson and the Fighter Murder Case 29:12
The Joseph Brady Case 29:38
The Joey Condon Murder Case 29:32
The Helen Selby Murder Case 29:29
The Peggy Warner Murder Case 29:19
The Artie Blanchard Case 29:17
The Joe Turner Murder Case 29:36
The John Perry Murder Case 28:23
Spring Death Is `Round the Corner 29:05
Laugh-A-Minute Tyler 29:25
Joan Ellen's Body 29:55
The John Stewart Murder Case 29:33
The Barton Russell Murder Case 24:49
The Frank Dayton Murder Case 29:05
Wanted for Murder 30:12
The Harry Gray Murder Case 29:44
The Margaret Royce Murder Case 29:27
The Sybil Crane Murder Case 29:30
The Barbara Hunt Murder Case 29:31
The Robin Forrest Murder Case 29:31
The Ruth Shay Murder Case 29:30
The John Nelson Murder Case 29:31
The George Lane Murder Case 29:26
The Joan Stanley Murder Case 29:24
The Sophie Brettin Murder Case 28:53
The John Rand Murder Case 29:40
The Harry Brian Murder Case 29:30
The Ted Lawrence Murder Case 29:47
The Stacy Parker Murder Case 29:32
The Joyce Tyler Murder Case 29:30
The Hilda Bruce Murder Case 29:17
The Mrs Webb Murder Case 29:31
The Joey Herbie and Beebe Murder Case 29:46


Serious Omission

(5 stars)

The cast of "Broad is My Beat" has a serious omission here of Anthony "Tony" Barrett. To illustrate his creative talent, Barrett was praised by Ayn Rand for his portrayal of the protagonist Equality 72521 in her novella "Anthem" which was broadcast on radio in September 1950. She wrote to Barrett to personally thank him. She wrote that despite the limited material of a radio script that he had to work with, he made the voice of Equality 72521 come alive for her like she never imagined possible. One of the best 'Broadway is My Beat" episodes is the "Georgia Gray Murder (April 28, 1951) which starred Barrett as Tommy Chandler. No human being could have played the Chandler character better than Barrett. If you want hear OTR at its best, listen to it: dialogue and music were the finest ever produced for radio or elsewhere. All the scenes with Danny Clover (Larry Thor) and Tommy Chandler (Barret) and particularly near the end is the best radio acting I have ever witnessed. A terrifying scene that follows is the best portrayal of horror from the voice of an actor ever (in this case Barrett's). The concluding line of Thor is sheer genuis in creative writing. For me, this episode of Barrett's work was stunning in its excellence. I tracked him down on various You Tube clips of the 1949 (?) Hollywood film "Impact" with Brian Donlevy, to see what Barrett looked like. Handsome, but his film acting doesn't compare to his brilliance as a radio voice and actor. I can and do listen to this series over and over and over and over and over.... I find myself laughing out loud with pleasure at the creativity brilliance of the writers and actors. This series is for me is honestly a true marvel. Barrett went on to TV and some films, but did quite a lot of TV script writing.

Very Good

(5 stars)

extremely enjoyable detective series with a mix of drama and light hearted humour also has great sound quality if like myself you love everything old time radio you will really enjoy this series

I just finished the series....

(5 stars)

When you hear the shimmering horns followed by the distinctive car horn "beeps" - you know you're in for a wonderful combination of great writing and acting grounded in a sense of place and time that makes it one of the top radio shows of all time. Today we think of Broadway in terms of theaters and shows - but there is hardly any of that in this program. Instead, this Broadway is a portrayed as it must have seemed to most of the people of the time - a place of saturating colors, exotic attractions, and broken dreams. Danny Clover is an unusual main character because he has genuine flaws. He has the impatience of a New Yorker. The program opens with Larry Thor reciting lyric observations about the season of the year, the feel of the city and what was becoming known as the "rat race". But, heaven forbid that Detective Muggavan should spend one extra adjective trying to find meaning in a seeming senseless active violence - Danny Clover is all over him to "get to the point". And while he has obvious affection for Gino Tartaglia, he can barely force himself to get through a truncated version of a workplace greeting before his patience wears thin. And Danny - would it kill you to once, JUST ONCE, actually make it over to Gino's house for some of Mrs. T's home cooking? Gino is one of the three great supporting characters in this show - Sgt. Muggavan and Doctor Czinski being the other two. The glimpses of Tartaglia family life, Gino's moods and ruminations, and his love of great works of fiction like the adventures of "The Twanger" are always amusing. But, in addition to the daily interactions between Danny and Gino, and Danny and Muggavan, there is the larger workplace relationships - Gino insisting that people knock on Danny's door, Gino and Muggavan bickering, Muggavan annoying Danny by answering his phone. There is some depth to the workplace that you don't find on other shows. The relationship between Detective Danny Clover and Doctor Czinski is also exceptionally well done. These are two men who are battered by what they experience, who search for meaning, and a sense of peace, in the face of violence and death. There are times when their personal communion runs deep - and then there are times when Danny is impatient and cuts the Doctor off, demanding he get to the point. There are two minor recurring characters worth mentioning - Doctor Gordon of the crime lab, and Detective Dennison, who played a roll similar to Muggavan, presumably when actor Jack Kruschen wasn't available. Doctor Gordon is a button pushing gas bag that Danny Clover cannot stand - their verbal battles a short but memorable. Sgt. Dennison is a bit of a smart ass - his needling of his superior, Lt. Danny Clover, after Danny loses a woman he is following in the subway is very well written and played. One of the things I love about old time radio shows is the way it opens a window into a world that existed before I was born. While the ubiquitous use of cigarettes is one element that jars a modern listener, what floored me was the change in the way we view first aid. Danny Clover and Muggavan will arrive on the scene of a stabbing, observe that the victim is hanging by a thread between life and death - and they will do nothing but stand around, questioning witnesses and waiting for someone with a stretcher to show up and carry the victim away to a hospital, where treatment can begin. (Almost always, unsuccessfully.) While the "whodunit" aspect of the show is there - you can find that in many detective shows. The mystery aspect of the show is well done, and usually depends as much on the character and psychology of the suspects as it does the traditional "clues". Where the show excels is in the excellent writing that deftly creates quirky characters reacting in ways that seem entirely authentic to strange situations like violent death and being questioned by police. The journey to finding the killer, and people you meet along the way, are better than the scene that finally reveals the killer. (Don't expect any concerns about any of the suspect's Miranda rights - another difference.) Still, the best thing about the show is that all this great dialog and detective work happens in a month that is vividly described in Larry Thor's poetic narratives, and in the exposition of the stories. The locations - the tenements, the luxury apartments, the hotels, the subway - are all brought to life (although if you binge-listen to the entire series, the number of times you hear a street address of "1212" will start to stand out.) And within those discrete places and times of the year, the rhythm of hustling and broken dreams and a search for connections comes through. And that's why Broadway Is My Beat is one of the best radio shows of them all.

Existential poetry

(5 stars)

I listen to a lot of OTRR stuff but “BIMB” is in a class of it's own, the dialogue is great but the narration is just something else – existential poetry, think Raymond Chandler meets Alan Ginsberg - “the blood sighed across his shirt front” - love that “sighed”, I must download the script files – I assume that's what the *.rtf files are, I have no internet connection, on that point what are the extras in the “The Certified Set” - I use the local Library connection and am limited to 2 hours a day and the Certified zips estimate 2hrs 11mins download time – give us single episode downloaders the extras PLEASE. Must agree with “Police Chief” about the Clover - Barret scenes, you can hear the depth of the relationship between the two of them in even the shortest exchanges. I'm 2 episodes into the Wrigley's sponsorship and even their crass commercialisation can't spoil it, but oh dear, the music – especially when the corpse is discovered!

A ballet of script and acting and believable SFX

(5 stars)

I have been a Professional Actor for nearly 40 years, I grew up listening to real "make-believe world: created by incredibly skilled actors and actresses who had talents to interpret the emotions the writers had put into every word. The skilled sound effects people who made my mind see the action. So why did so many of the great programs, actors, actresses and writes not succeed in the TV era? Here's why. Not 1TV actor looked anything to my eyes what my mind knew they looked like.

Great when you get to the "meat!"

(4 stars)

I love this show, EXCEPT for the soliloquies about Broadway attributed to Danny Clover by the writers Morton Fine and David Friedkin. None of Danny's normal conversation indicates that he would be the type to think such. To me, it's just the writers "showing off." BTW, judging by the voice, it is my opinion that both Detective Muggavin and Dr. Csinski were played by Jack Kruschen. .

Broadway Theater - Portland Oregon

(5 stars)

Hi! The Broadway Theater was on 7th Ave. in Portland, which is actually called Broadway Ave. And although the Broadway no longer stands, (Hilton Hotel now occupies that spot) this theater was directly across from the Paramount Theater which does still stand and is a Portland icon. Portland - yea that's MY beat!

Broadway Oregon?

(5 stars)

I just listened to all the shows (not at one sitting) and rate this one of my top 3 OTR shows. Frivolous Trivia: The cover shot used for the CD, and displayed for this program is for the Broadway Theatre in Portland, Oregon.