Spy Catcher

(4.6 stars; 24 reviews)

Old Time Radio Program Spy Catcher Enjoy!

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


Top Drawer and REAL.

(5 stars)

Col. Oresto Pinto was an intel hero of the first class. After I first heard this programme, I bought used copies of his books and had a great read. Col. Pinto shows that a competent security officer requires much personal education, encyclopedic geographic knowledge; —Col Pinto was a Human Baedeker Guide. Intimate knowledge of the areas from where the suspects claim to have come is essential. Col. Pinto lays out the requirements for a qualified counter-intel officer. This is The Real Thing. Non-Fiction. In most spy dramas, the hero wins via mysterious hunches or absurd "Logical Deduction". True Story: Shortly after the first few Sherlock Holmes novels became popular, a South African DCI decided to adopt Sherlock Holmes' "methods". He ordered his officers to read all of the Conan Doyle novels and carefully note Holmes' methods and philosophy. The Chief truly believed that Sherlock Holmes novels illustrated a new, modern, more effective crime detection method. The result? Utter failure for the Police Force and great success for the local criminals. It's not magic. Col. Pinto was fluent in three languages and had excellent knowledge of at least a dozen local dialects. He knew European hotels better than I know my record collection. The one thing that continues to amaze me is how poor was the nazi spy trade-craft. Even when a method had been discovered by the Allies, the nazi were slow to discontinue its use. Col Pinto had the ability to use conversation to reveal exactly who a suspect was and what he knew. Col. Pinto focuses on simplicity; —E.g., Is he a spy or other? Most of England's WW II security revolved around Spies trying to enter The U.K. and Allied recaptured territories as Line Runners, Stay Behinds, spies trying to infiltrate as ordinary military recruits, factory and government saboteurs, and an assortment of scenarios constructed by nazis spy-masters who were drinking their own Kool-Aide. PS: Too much noise reduction. A little is a lot. I have the raw transfer of these transcriptions and I find them easier on the ear.

Intelligent intelligence procedural

(5 stars)

Intelligent, generally low-drama stories. No guns, no suave agents, no quirky plots or characters. Just clever, and not so clever, people trying to convince Lt. Col. Pinto that they are who they say they are. He must distinguish subterfuge and human weakness from heroism and banality. So far my favorite episode is Friend or Foe. If you're a Carleton Hobbs fan, I think he makes an appearance in The Infernal Triangle. If you like Spy Catcher's realism you might like the espionage drama The Sandbaggers.

First Class

(5 stars)

I was so glad to have found this series and I can't recommend it highly enough. Because it is based on real characters and events made it all the more absorbing and it didn't seem dated at all. Catching traitors and spies and how they went about discovering their true identities was a real eye opener. Many thanks for making it available.

Exciting Espionage Stories

(4 stars)

A BBC radio series, true stories from the memoirs of Oreste Pinto, Dutch counterintelligence officer. Set during and after WWII, most episodes centre around the interrogation by Pinto of one or more refugees who have escaped to England. Sound quality is good. Recommended!

Old time radio

(4 stars)

I used to love radio dramas. Have really enjoyed hearing them again on this set. Tried to give 5 stars, but the fifth one wouldn’t load. This was great. Thanks