Inspector Thorne, as short-lived as it was, was something of an anomaly for the Hummerts, but judging from the longer run of Hearthstone of The Death Squad, they seem to have managed to salvage that particular formula somewhat. The comparisons are quite obvious between Inspectors Thorne and Hearthstone. Inspector Thorne is the Chief Detective Inspector of The Homicide Squad of New York City. Inspector Hearthstone is the Chief Inspector of The Death Squad of 'The Metropolitan Police' . Inspector Thorne has his Sergeant Muggins and Inspector Hearthstone has his assistant, Detective Sam Cook. Both productions were more murder-oriented than mystery-oriented, both productions were predictably very melodramatic, and both productions characterized their protagonists as forceful, demanding, and overbearing police officials. In one of the more interesting character developments of Inspector Thorne, however, Thorne was cast--and characterized himself--as a bumbling, error-prone, and inattentive detective, much in the mold of Peter Falk's brilliant Detective Columbo character of 1970s Television. Indeed one wonders if this short-lived concept didn't inform the creators of Columbo. It certainly wouldn't be the first time a concept or character from The Golden Age of Radio was borrowed for a Television series. But of course, as with Columbo, Inspector Thorne's self-described slow-wittedness was simply a clever ruse to distract or create a false sense of security in the criminal suspects he was investigating. Indeed, this very approach to character development was tested in CBS Forecast's Deductions Deluxe presentation of its second season in which Adolph Menjou is cast as a befuddled, clueless society detective that somehow manages to brilliantly connect all the dots just in time for the denouement.
Includes 11 Episodes On 1 MP3 CD-R!
Inspector Thorne 510720 -  The Fabulous Divorce Payoff.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510727 -  The Vacant Lot Murder Case.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510803 -  The Golden Girl Murder Case.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510810 -  The Defrosted Refrigerator Murder Case.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510817 -  The High Style Murder Case.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510824 -  The Mastermind Murder Case.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510831 -  The Dark Cigarette Murder Case.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510906 -  The Nickles And Dimes Murder Case.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510913 -  The Two Fiancees Murder Case.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510920 -  Empty Ashtray Murder Case.mp3
Inspector Thorne 510927 -  Society Writer Murder Case.mp3