Fighting Radio Detectives
It's a fight on MPIR, time for the battling radio detectives starting today and through the weekend for your listening enjoyment. Tune in to hear which of your favorite radio detectives win.
Mystery stream now playing:
Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator, Crime and Peter Chambers, The Adventures of Frank Race, Mr & Mrs North, The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe, Nick Carter Master Detective, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Richard Diamond Private Detective, The Adventures of Sam Spade, Sherlock Holmes, and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar.
MPIR's Old Time Radio Dial now playing: The radio works of Jeff Chandler.
Jeff Chandler (born Ira Grossel; December 15, 1918 – June 17, 1961) was an American actor, film producer and singer best remembered for playing Cochise in Broken Arrow (1950), for which he was Oscar nominated. He was one of Universals most popular male stars of the 1950s, his best known other credits including Sword in the Desert (1948), Female on the Beach (1955) and Away All Boats (1956). He was notable for being gray-haired at an early age, and for releasing a number of successful recording singles. After being discharged from the Army, Chandler moved to Los Angeles in December 1945 with $3,000 he had saved. Shortly after his arrival he was involved in a serious car accident on the way to a screen test, which resulted in a large scar on his forehead. Chandler initially struggled to find work in Hollywood and had spent all his savings when he got his first job as a radio actor in May 1946. He went on to appear in episodes of anthology drama series such as Escape and Academy Award Theater, The Whistler, Lux Radio Theatre, and became well known for playing the lead in Michael Shayne. Chandler was the first actor to portray Chad Remington in Frontier Town.
Chandler expressed his dissatisfaction with acting in film as opposed to radio:
[Radio actors] have to make their roles come alive, and they only have their voices with which to do it. But in pictures the technique is quite different. The actor is only a small part of the performance. He lends his intelligence and personality to the role, but the greatest part of the performance belongs to the producer, who puts him in a certain type of part; the director, who tells him how to play it; and the cutter, who edits what's done. That's why I find being a movie actor not particularly gratifying. I want to eventually branch off into writing and directing.
While struggling for acting parts and attention in early film roles. He received more attention playing Eve Arden's boyfriend on radio in Our Miss Brooks, which debuted in July 1948 and became a massive hit. Our Miss Brooks transferred to television but Chandler was not permitted to do TV under his contract; his part was taken by Bob Rockwell. On Peggy Lee's radio show he had demonstrated a talent for singing and he pursued this through the decade.
MPIR Comedy stream is still playing the radio works of Jack Benny
to keep a smile on your face!
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