Private Eyelashes: Radio's Lady Detectives

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  • 237 Pages
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  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Publisher: BearManor Media

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Question: What did performers Marlene Dietrich, Arlene Francis, Mercedes McCambridge, and Joan Blondell have in common?

Answer: They all starred in their own network radio series in the role of a crime-solver in the Golden Age of Broadcasting. Francis and Blondell portrayed private investigators, respectively, in Affairs of Ann Scotland and Miss Pinkerton, Inc. McCambridge was a lawyer who unraveled criminal mysteries in Defense Attorney and Dietrich played an international crime fighter in her series, Time For Love.

In this book, Jack French relates fascinating facts about the famous lady crime-solvers (Nora Charles, Candy Matson, Jane Sherlock) but he also tracks down the obscure ones (Susan Bright, Helen Holden, and The Lady in Blue, etc.) He traces the origin of these radio series, whether in pulp fiction, film, mystery novels, or comic books.

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This book examines radio and mystery drama from about 1932 to the genre's final appearance in the late 1950's. While its focus is on women detectives, French provides minute and fascinating details about dozens of mystery programs and includes a comprehensive listing of source material ranging from magazine articles, to dime detective novels, to film noir. Each lady detective appearing under one of eight cleverly conceived categories gets handsome, multi-page treatment. The author traces the chronological appearance of the subject's show, examines the program's history and origins, and details with substantial documentation the manner of the show's presentation and production. He intersperses the text with actual dialogue taken directly from the program scripts.
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Rating 5.0 Private Eyelashes Customer: from Foothills of the Rocky Mountains -- July, 13, 2005

One of the most popular genres of Old-Time Radio was the private investigator. While much has been written about male radio private investigators, comparatively little has appeared in print about their female counterparts. Well-respected Old-Time Radio writer and researcher Jack French fills this major void in OTR literature with his well-researched and well-written book, "Private Eyelashes." In his book, Jack tells the story of the lady detectives and crime-fighters of the American Golden Age of Radio.

Jack has given his topic comprehensive and insightful coverage and as a retired F.B.I. agent, he is well-qualified to write about investigative matters. In his extensive research, Jack has uncovered much previously undocumented information about many of these fictional feminine crime fighters and their series.

While Old-Time Radio fans are probably familiar with Della Street of Perry Mason, Pam North of Mr. and Mrs. North, and Candy Matson of Candy Matson YU 2-8209; readers of "Private Eyelashes" will also learn about less well-known characters such Sara Berner of Sara?s Private Caper, Irene Delroy of Transcontinental Murder Mystery, Barbara Sutton of The Black Hood and many others. Forty-four female private eyes, policewomen, amateur and comedic investigators, investigative journalists and lawyers, investigative assistants, wife and husband investigative teams, and female and male crime fighting partners are discussed in his book. Every female radio character known to rendered significant assistance in mystery-solving or crime-fighting is covered in the pages of "Private Eyelashes."

The author not only gives extensive series background, plot line, cast and crew information, he also provides lively discussions of the female investigative characters and the other major characters in each series. Historical background is provided on characters that got their starts or later appeared in print, motion pictures, and television. Additionally, Jack presents biographical sketches of the actors who played them. Numerous script dialog samples are offered that help make these fictional characters come alive. He has even determined the number of episodes in circulation for each series.

Jack French has provided Old-Time Radio fans with an incredibly entertaining and informative volume that definitively covers a previously little-known portion of radio; that of the female radio detective. Thank you, Jack for adding such a fine book to the body of Old-Time Radio literature. "Private Eyelashes" is a book that should be in the library of every serious OTR fan.


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  • Sales Rank: 37,037
  • ISBN: 1593934505
  • EAN: 9781593934507
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