Danger, Dr. Danfield - Single Episodes


(4.1 stars; 12 reviews)

DANGER, DR DANFIELD

Danger, Dr Danfield was first broadcast on August 18, 1946 and consisted of 26 episodes with the last one being April 13, 1947. All episodes are available. It starred Michael Dunn as Dr. Danfield, with JoAnne Johnson as Rusty Fairfax, his secretary. The series was written by Ralph Wilkinson and produced by Wally Ramsey. This series consistently featured some of the worst acting and writing of any detective show to reach the airwaves. The show had a formula with the crime usually being committed in the first third of the program, the good doctor solving it in the second third, and then pedantically explaining the solution to someone (usually his "pretty, young" secretary, Rusty) in the conclusion. Dr. Daniel Danfield was an obnoxious unlicensed private investigator/criminal psychologist with an ego complex. Why Rusty would put up with this guy is beyond understanding. In this case, love is not only blind, but also deaf and dumb. But then, Rusty was no prize package either. In fact, the most complex person on the show is Dr. Dan Danfield's pretty young secretary, Miss Rusty Fairfax. Why does Dr. Dan always call her Miss Fairfax? Dr. Dan goes to extremes to keep her at arm's length, but it's obvious he's just taunting her. After all, he's a criminal psychologist, and the way he treats Rusty is criminal! She can flare up, but usually just slow simmers in her professionally feminine way. Too bad one of the bad guys wasn't able to rub both of them out but these crooks were incredibly inept. Unfortunately, the toughs, society-types in trouble and the necessary law enforcement officers in this series, are nearly as individual as furniture in a model home. Still, if mindless detective drama is what you're looking for and you've tried the rest, then let Dr. Dan Danfield give you a little of a criminal psychologist's caseload. The show makes good drive-time or casual listening, since it doesn't make great demands on the emotions or intellect. 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.

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not bad. who wrote that terrible series synopsis?

(4 stars)

Other reviewers have gone on about the bad sound, I boosted it thru an extra speaker so I am not going into that. My beef is with whoever wrote that description of the show. It was very untrue and negative. I am disappointed in librivox for letting someone who very obviously simply hated the program write a diatribe about it. I have been listening to all of these librivox old time radio selections. In fact this might be the last crime series I had left to listen too. It isn't the best out of the lot, particularly the audio. Still, it wasn't as badly written, produced and acted as I expected after reading that idiots paragraph at the beginning. Shame on you librivox. Perhaps you should have someone write that shit that values these great old programs. My father remembers all of these old shows. They were very important to a lot of people back in the day. Anyone who sort of likes this stuff could have wrote a more descriptive and useful paragraph then that mean spirited untrue crap.

"I'm ready anytime" says Miss Fairfax.

(4 stars)

I like a ‘pretty young miss’ in my old time radio, but if you’re terribly politically correct and miserable as sin then you’re going to hate it. Otherwise, it’s an enjoyable diversion - and contrary to OTRR crass opinion (parroted everywhere else), it’s actually VERY good. On the 'burst of noise' that regularly pops up to shake you out of your skin and ruins a lot of the Danfield episodes - Really, OTRR, if you can't deliver descent audio then just pack up, go home and leave audio transfers to the professionals.

Not THAT bad

(2 stars)

Not every program is The Whistler or Sam Spade, Okay.. But This program IS an Okay way to blow off time otherwise spent in front of the idiot box. Even taken as camp value, Danger Dr. Danfield is a worthy addition to your OTR collection! In fact a good crime story would be: I Just shot my TV!

Good shows, bad audio

(0 stars)

"Noise artifacts" (on most recordings here)... not from the original recording quality, but from the transference to MP3, resulting in bursts of noise every 10-20 sec which make it impossible to listen on phones. If you're going to do it, DO IT PROPERLY!

Scripts were reused later for other shows

(4 stars)

In particular, "The Professor" (aka "Trixie's and the Bank Job") was slightly modified and used again in the series "Stand By For Crime" with the title "Trixie's Bank Heist."