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Danger Dr Danfield

Danger, Dr. Danfield was broadcast on ABC from August 18, 1946, to April 13, 1947, and was later syndicated; these recordings are from the syndicated version. Beware: this is considered one of the poorest productions of the golden age of radio. Dr. Daniel Danfield was a criminal psychologist, a topic and profession that was very new in the 1940s. He dictated each case to his secretary, Rusty Fairfax. The lead role was played by Michael Dunne, who would later be billed in his appearances as Steve Dunne. He is unfortunately remembered for this series and for replacing Howard Duff on The Adventures of Sam Spade . He was a good actor, but these roles did not help his reputation, especially in replacing the very popular Duff. The program had some superb radio veterans in supporting roles. They did the best they could; the scripts were awful. The program had an intriguing opening with Dunne, in character, saying "The human mind is like a cave. Beyond the light are dark passage ways and mysterious recesses. I, Doctor Daniel Danfield, have explored those unknown retreats and know their secrets." It was basically downhill from there.   * * * Joe Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection is comprised of many recordings and documents. The latter include scripts, program documentation, catalogs of fellow collectors, and old time radio fanzines of the period. These documents are being scanned into Adobe Acrobat PDF files. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors. The groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology and skills are the Old Time Radio Researchers and a small group of transcription disc preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of the Turning Table."

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


Danger Dr Danfield 460818 #01 The Professor


Danger Dr Danfield 460825 #02 Manuel Abello


Danger Dr Danfield 460901 #03 Murder of Cora Rogers


Danger Dr Danfield 460908 #04 Norman Miles


Danger Dr Danfield 460915 #05 Nola Jerrolds Wants to Kill Her Husband


Danger Dr Danfield 460922 #06 The Case of the Darkened Face


Danger Dr Danfield 460929 #07 Harriet Miller


Danger Dr Danfield 461006 #08 Red Jacoby


Danger Dr Danfield 461013 #09 Henry Comes Home


Danger Dr Danfield 461020 #10 Death Paints a Picture


Danger Dr Danfield 461027 #11 Edgar Allen Poe Manuscript


Danger Dr Danfield 461103 #12 Legend of Windigo


Danger Dr Danfield 461110 #13 A Diamond Pendant Stolen


Danger Dr Danfield 461117 #14 Who Killed Eve Shelton


Danger Dr Danfield 461125 #15 The Case of the Whirling Mirrors


Danger Dr Danfield 461201 #16 Snowbound


Danger Dr Danfield 461208 #17 $100,000 Life Insurance Claim


Danger Dr Danfield 461215 #18 Sam Hardy Makes a Bet With Death


Danger Dr Danfield 461222 #19 The Case of the Counterfeit Ten Dollar Bills


Danger Dr Danfield 461229 #20 Money in a Basket


Danger Dr Danfield 470105 #21 Mad Men Strike Swiftly


Danger Dr Danfield 470112 #22 Death Tunes in at 790 Kilocycles


Danger Dr Danfield 470119 #23 Mental Hospital


Danger Dr Danfield 470126 #24 Tunnel Smelled of Death