Candy Matson, Yukon 2-8209 - Single Episodes

(4.5 stars; 50 reviews)


Candy Matson was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209, an NBC West Coast show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy PI. Her understated love interest, Lt. Ray Mallard, was played by Henry Leff while her assistant and best pal, aptly named Rembrandt Watson, was the voice of Jack Thomas. Every show opened with a ringing telephone and our lady PI answering it with "Candy Matson, YU 2-8209" and then the organ swung into the theme song, "Candy". Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. The writers, overseen by Monty, worked plenty of real Bay Area locations into every plot. Candy was bright, tough, and fearless. She used her pistol infrequently, but was unintimidated by bad guys, regardless of circumstances. Threats, assaults, and even bullets would usually produce a caustic, but clever, response for this blonde sleuth. She and Mallard were frequently working the same case, but she usually solved it first. OTR experts generally agree that this show was the finest of all the female PIs. Although the show ran until May 1951, it never attracted a sponsor (although the first season's final episode ended with the announcement that "Candy Matson Is San Francisco's Most Popular Program").

NOTE: Updated Release! Version 1.1 includes date changes plus other miscellaneous changes (16-Mar-2011).

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.



A Rare Kick

(4 stars)

This is a great show in plenty of ways, though like many good OTR shows, Candy Matson is more relaxing than exciting. Natalie Masters is especially distinguished. But god, it's EXACTLY like Pat Novak, except a little less sharp and with a female PI. Similar plotting, similar dialogue, the same San Francisco setting. They even redo Jocko Madigan as Rembrandt. The Lieutenant Hellman quasi-sidekick is friendlier -- he's Candy's boyfriend -- but despite the romantic angle he occupies essentially the same role, pursuing Candy as she tries to hide the facts of the case from him. Episodes tend not to have multiple suspects but rather an accumulating body count. Generally Candy will be a woman in peril at the end of the episode and some cops will kill the villain. Rembrandt is often regarded by those who regard such things as one of the first gay characters on the radio. He's likable, nonthreatening, and effete. In the early episodes he is a total boozer but the writers sobered him up and made him ten times as gay partway through. However, despite the constant use of gay signifiers, Rembrandt is squarely in the tradition of the celibate and nonthreatening. Those mostly interested in the queer aspects will probably tune out quickly.

Classic tough-babe PI soap

(4 stars)

The organ music says "soap opera". The tantalizing descriptions of Candy's looks, clothes, jewelry, and apartment say "home-alone housewife's fantasy". (That's my guess, anyway.) Soap operas are not exactly my passion ... and yet I'm enjoying Candy Matson more with each episode. The dialog, though it seems a bit drawn-out at moments and is not always completely convincing, is still pretty good in its emulation of the classic hard-boiled detectives. The actors, even when they don't quite hit the mark, have enough charm to make it a campy entertainment. And now, six decades on, the post-war Bay Area locations are something special.

Loving "Candy Matson, Girl Detective" !

(5 stars)

It was Natalie Masters on the screen, and although the voice was still extremely appealing, she didn't quite look like Candy did. Nevertheless, it was just GREAT to see the "woman behind the voice" of one of Radiodoms only female detectives: "Candy Matson, Private Eye" ! Listen to these and enjoy a trip to the Golden Age Of Radio when, though it was on its downward spin due to TV,it still had some life left in it during this very cool Series' short but important run.

Candy Matson Is Great

(5 stars)

I have listened to all of the "Candy Matson" radio shows. To listen to a female detective who is on par with the best male radio detecives of the time (late 1940's to very early 1950's) is a real treat. Unfortunately, "Candy Matson" arrived on the radio scene as radio was beginning to rapidly lose its dominance as America's main entertainment, thus having a limited run on radio. Thank you for making these gems available.

Lots of fun

(4 stars)

Yep, it isn't the plot, the dialog is great. I think these shows are lots of fun. If you take your OTR listening REAL seriously, then you'll be passing this and other OTR detective series over. Sometimes the old Boston Blackie, Phil Marlow and Richard Diamond shows got a little beyond belief, but that was half the fun. Now if you want REALLY corny shows in the film noir setting Frank Race takes the cake.

Dudley Manlove

(5 stars)

ilm' with many of his lines and how he delivered them classics still used today in smart phones and computers---find the wav files and the movie for an enjoyable hoot. But he had a long successful career and should be honored for that...and is of course fine here as announcer. Just thought some of you might like another reason to listen and enjoy these shows!

'If you like that view, wait 'til I turn around'

(5 stars)

Candy Matson vs. Sam Spade or Philip would be a battle of wits to the very end. And even then, would probably need a 'sudden death' round.

Excellent Show!

(5 stars)

I enjoyed this show a lot. It's light hearted and funny. Well worth a listen. It's too bad more episodes didn't survive. I recommend!