Video Theater – The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio

Presented as part of the Great Detectives of Old Time Radios, Video Theater adds one public domain mystery or detective movie or TV episode per month.

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Video Theater 168: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Lady Beryl

Lady Beryl (Claudette Colbert) confesses to a murder, but Holmes insists she didn't do it.   Season 1, Episode 2   Original Air Date: October 25, 1954        

Video Theater 167: Dragnet: The BIg Oskar

Friday and Smith investigate a petty theft. Original Air Date: October 14, 1958 Season 8, Episode 4

Video Theater 166: Philip Marlowe: Murder is a Grave Affair

Marlowe is hired to prove that a young lovesick actresses death was murder rather than suicide. The job is contemplated when the body disappears. Original Air Date: March 8, 1960 Season 1, Episode 23

Video Theater 165: Dragnet: The Big War

Friday and Smith try to prevent a juvenile gang war. Original Air Date; April 10, 1958 Season 7, Episode 28

Video Theater 164: Richard Diamond: Picture of Fear

A woman snaps a picture of two suspicious men in the woods and Diamond gets caught in the middle while on vacation. Season 1, Episode 5 Original Air Date: July 29, 1957

Video Theater 163: Dragnet: The Big New Year

Friday and Smith investigate the shooting of a police officer on New Year's eve. Season 4, Episode 12 Original Air Date: November 11, 1954

Video Theater 162: The Cowboy and the Blind Man Story

A singing cowboy asks Lieutenant George Kirby (George Raft) to help out a beautiful professional trick shooter, however she quickly becomes a murder suspect. Season 1, Episode 2  Original Air Date: February 20, 1953

Video Theater 161: Dragnet: The Big Present

Friday and Smith investigate a series of burglaries where they suspect a juvenile is the perpetrator. Season 4, Episode 9 Original Air Date: October 21, 1954

Video Theater 160: The Fat Man

Brad Runyon (J Scott Smart) heads to the West Coast to find out why a Dentist was murdered. Theatrical Release Date: May 19, 1951

Video Theater 159: Dragnet: The Big Bar

Friday and Smith a series of hold-ups where the victims are often shot and killed. Season 4, Episode 8 Original Air Date: October 14, 1954

Video Theater 158: Sherlock Holmes: The Cunningham Heritage

Holmes and Watson meet and then Holmes has to solve the death of a wealthy where the evidence points to the man's ex-convict fiancée. Season 1, Episode 1 Original Air Date: October 18, 1954

Video Theater 157: Dragnet: The Big Pair

A girl and her grandfather turn to Friday and Smith for help when someone steals everything in their home while they're on vacation. Season 4, Episode 4 Original Air Date: September 16, 1954

Video Theater 156: Philip Marlowe: The Ugly Duckling

Philip Marlowe is hired to pay off a woman's husband's mistress and finds himself the prime suspect when the mistress is murdered. Episode 1 Original Air Date: October 6, 1959

Video Theater 155: Dragnet: The Big Crime

Friday and Smith search for two missing twin little girls. Season 4, Episode 3 Original Air Date: September 9, 1954 Viewer discretion advised.

Video Theater 154: Ellery Queen: Buck Fever

While on a hunting vacation, Ellery comes under suspicion when a Sheriff's Deputy is apparently shot by a hunter. Season 4, Episode 5 Original Air Date: 1954

Video Theater 153: Dragnet: The Big Fraud

Friday and Smith search for men who extort visiting businessmen by pretending to be police officers. Season 4, Episode 2 Original Air Date: September 2, 1954

Video Theater 152: Dragnet: The Big Producer

Friday and Smith try to find out who's behind a group of teenagers selling smut in High School. Season 4, Episode 1 Original Air Date: August 26, 1954

Video Theater 151: Climax!: An Error in Chemistry

A carnival huckster (Edmond O'Brien) settles in a Mississippi town and marries the daughter of a wealthy recluse. Based on a story by William Faulkner.   Season 1, Episode 7   Original Air Date: December 2, 1954    

Video Theater 150: Dragnet: The Big False Make

A man confesses to a robbery and is positively identified by the victim, but Friday and Smith have serious doubts about his story. Season 3, Episode 39 Original Air Date: May 27, 1954

Video Theater 149: Boston Blackie: Revenge

A man Blackie sent to prison for ten years is out for revenge. Season 2, Episode 15 Original Air Date: January 23, 1953

Video Theater 148: Dragnet: The Big Threat

Friday and Smith investigate a robbery where the victim is unwilling to testify due to threats from the robbers. Season 3, Episode 37 Original Air Date: May 13, 1954

Video Theater 147: Boston Blackie: False Face

A friend of Blackie has an exact double who robs the bank he's president of and frames Blackie's friend for the crime. Season 2, Episode 27 Original Air Date: April 27, 1953

Video Theater 0146: Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus

Friday and Smith try to recover a stolen statue of the child Jesus for a church before the Christmas Mass. Original Air Date: December 24, 1953 Season 3, Episode 17

Video Theater 0145: Racket Squad: The Christmas Caper

A lovable old man is roped into working for a fraudulent charity Santa ring.   Original Air Date: December 25, 1952 Season 3, Episode 15

EP2685: Mister Keen: Tracer of Lost Persons: The Broken Window Murder Case

Original Air Date May 25, 1950

Video Theater 0144: Boston Blackie: Shoot the Works

A gambler friend of Blackie is murdered in Las Vegas while placing a big bet. Season 2, Episode 24 Original Air Date: March 27, 1953

Video Theater 0143: Dragnet: The Big Frame

Friday and Smith investigate an apparent hit and run that has signs of being a murder.   Original Air Date: April 22, 1954   Season 3, Episode 34

Video Theater 0142: Boston Blackie: The Heist Job

A cabbie ex-con who Blackie sent to prison is implicated in a robbery. Season 2, Episode 17   Original Air Date: February 6, 1953

Video Theater 0141: Dragnet: The Big GIrl

Friday and Smith investigate a series of robberies committed by a beautiful woman with an ever-changing description. Season 3, Episode 31 Original Air Date: April 1, 1954

Video Theater 0140: Boston Blackie: The Friendly Gesture

A bank teller tips Blackie off that an East Coast bank robber is waiting in the next line. The robber's friend murders the teller and threatens the teller's wife if she talks. Season 1, Episode 16 Original Air Date: January 30, 1953    

Video Theater 0139: Dragnet: The Big Hit and Run Killer

Friday and Smith search for the driver of a truck that hit and killed a woman and her grandson. Season 3, Episode 29 Original Air Date: March 18, 1954

Video Theater 0138: Checkmate: The Human TOuch

Alonzo Pace Graham (Peter Lorre) is released from prison and plots revenge on the man who sent him there, Doctor Carl Hyatt (Jonathan Cabot.) Season 1, Episode 16, Original Air Date: January 14, 1961

Video Theater 0137: Dragnet: The Big Shoplift

Friday and Smith investigate a series of shopliftings at upscale department stores.   Season 3, Episode 28   Original Air Date: March 11, 1954          

Mister Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: The Case of the Man Who Invented Death


Video Theater 0136: Boston Blackie: The Gunman

Boston Blackie tries to convince a friend of Mary's ex-husband of the risk of a life of crime.   Original Air Date: January 9, 1953   Season 2, Episode 13            

Video Theater 0135: Dragnet: The Big Winchester

What first appears to be a suicide by a wealthy elderly bachelor turns into a murder investigation. Original Air Date: March 4, 1954 Season 3, Episode 27

Video Theater 0134: Boston Blackie: Death Does a Rumba

Blackie investigates the murder of a waiter. Original Air Date: January 2, 1953 Season 2, Episode 12

Video Theater 0133: Dragnet: The Big Children

Friday and Smith investigate a case of child neglect in a well-to-do neighborhood. Original Air Date: February 11, 1954 Season 3, Episode 11

Video Theater 0132: Boston Blackie: So Was Goliath

Blackie tries to help out a boxer/law student who wants out of the fight game, but is held in place by a contract and a crooked fight boss. Season 2, Episode 11 Original Air Date: December 26, 1952

Video Theater 0131: Dragnet: The Big Ham

Friday and Smith investigate the apparent suicide of a young woman in the apartment of a budding young actor. Season 3, Episode 22 Original Air Date: January 28, 1954

Video Theater 0130: Boston Blackie: Inside Crime

  A robbery has occurred and a security guard is suspected of being the inside man. Original Air Date: December 19, 1952 Season 2, Episode 10  

Video Theater 0129: Dragnet: The Big Boys

Friday and Smith get a lead on four young robbers from San Francisco. Season 3, Episode 21 Original Air Date: January 21, 1954

Video Theater 0128: Boston Blackie: 101 Blonde

Blackie tries to help a lawyer clear a client accused of a hit and run. Original Air Date: December 12, 1952 Season 2, Episode 9

Video Theater 0127: Dragnet: The Big Trunk

Friday and Smith investigate the murder of a washed-up actress who lived in a theatrical rooming house. Original Air Date: January 17, 1954 Season 3, Episode 19

Video Theater 0126: Your Show Time: Adventure of the Speckled Band

Sherlock Holmes is called in by a young woman who fears she for her life because of her strange stepfather and his decision to have her sleep in the same room her sister died in. Original Air Date: March 25, 1949

Video Theater 125: Dragnet: The Big Thief

Friday and Smith look for a young couple who are calling doctors to their hotel room and beating them up and robbing them. Season 3, Episode 16 Original Air Date: December 17, 1953

Video Theater 124: Richard Diamond: The Merry Go Round Case

The sister of an old Army buddy of Diamond's ask him to bring her brother in after he killed a service state attendant. Original Air Date: September 23, 1957 Season 1, Episode 12

Video Theater 123: Dragnet: The Big Will

Friday and Smith investigate the death of a middle-aged man. Original Air Date: November 12, 1953 Season 3, Episode 11

Video Theater 122: Sherlock Holmes: Christmas Pudding

    A condemned and imprisoned serial killer threatens to get Holmes before he’s executed. Episode 23 of the 1954-55 Sherlock Holmes series. Original Air Date: April 4, 1955  

Video Theater 121: Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus

Friday and Smith try to recover a stolen statue of the child Jesus for a church before the Christmas Mass. Original Air Date: December 24, 1953 Season 3, Episode 17