The Secrets of Scotland Yardwas a successful crime drama series, initially airing internationally between 1949 and 1951. Selected episodes finally came to a US radio network for a brief run much later in 1957 over the Mutual Broadcasting System.
The series boasted well over 100 episodes, one of which, "The Bone From A Voice Box", apparently served as the prototype for another well remembered Towers Of London dramatic series, The Black Museum. In both series, well known actors were employed as host / narrator, Orson Welles in The Black Museum and Clive Brook here. In fact, the shows were so similar that some of the same actual Scotland Yard cases were dramatized for both series (with totally different scripts, and casts).
The Secrets of Scotland Yard was an independent production of the Towers of London syndicate in England for world wide distribution. Each week, an audience of anxious radio-listeners tuned in to hear these true crime stories of the London Metropolitan Police unfold, as the detectives at the Yard investigated some of Englands most famous criminals. Their trials have become legendary.
Stories presented in the series include the theft of the British crown jewels by Colonel Thomas Blood; the story of a man who finds an armless and legless body wrapped in ribbons and lace; or the strange story of two close brothers who love one another enough to contemplate the murder of a brothers affluent, yet unsightly and ignorant, wife.
Murders, forgery, and robberies all get a through review on the program. Each time, Scotland Yard detectives are afoot to solve the crime mystery!
The Secrets of Scotland Yard was initially hosted by Clive Brook, probably for the first year or so. To add to the air of authenticity, Brook sometimes discusses matters with Percy Hoskins, a 1950s crime expert and reporter for the London Daily Express. Hoskins knew every nook and cranny in Londons seedier districts and personally reported on many of the major crimes of the day. A student of crime, Hoskins was also one of the founders of the Saints and Sinners Club of London, an educational organization dedicated to true crime investigation methods and results.
Brook had his own Scotland Yard experience previously when he played retired naval commander Stevenson in the 1936 film, "Scotland Yard Commands". American audiences will however probably more familiar with Brooks portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyles Sherlock Holmes in the 1932 film of the same name. Brook was eventually replaced by an actor portraying the character Superintendent X of Scotland Yard.
Includes 57 Episodes!
Episodes On This CD:
00.00.00 Absent Minded Professor.mp3
00.00.00 Bank Of England Robbery.mp3
00.00.00 Black Market Murder.mp3
00.00.00 Blodie Belgium.mp3
00.00.00 Bone From A Voice Box.mp3
00.00.00 Brothers Staunton.mp3
00.00.00 Buckets Of Blood.mp3
00.00.00 Burke And Hare.mp3
00.00.00 Captain X.mp3
00.00.00 Charles Piece.mp3
00.00.00 Dr Ruxton Ax Killer.mp3
00.00.00 Family Soliciter W Drop Out.mp3
00.00.00 Florence Maybrick.mp3
00.00.00 Frederick Stewart.mp3
00.00.00 General Charles Leward.mp3
00.00.00 George Smith W Humourous Opening.mp3
00.00.00 Great Gold Robbery.mp3
00.00.00 Greeneyed Monster.mp3
00.00.00 Henri Perot.mp3
00.00.00 Henry Fauntleroy.mp3
00.00.00 Hunted Hunter.mp3
00.00.00 Jack The Ripper.mp3
00.00.00 Jim The Penman.mp3
00.00.00 Just A Matchstick And A Duster.mp3
00.00.00 Kindly Doctor.mp3
00.00.00 Lady In Distress.mp3
00.00.00 Lady Is A Crook.mp3
00.00.00 Lesson In Love.mp3
00.00.00 Liverpool Bank Fraud.mp3
00.00.00 Lucky Murderer.mp3
00.00.00 Mrs Voisson.mp3
00.00.00 Murder Without Motive.mp3
00.00.00 Murderers Letter.mp3
00.00.00 Music Murder And A Mackintosh.mp3
00.00.00 Neville Heath.mp3
00.00.00 Nurse Waddington.mp3
00.00.00 One Man Too Many.mp3
00.00.00 Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword.mp3
00.00.00 Perfect Detective.mp3
00.00.00 Reginald Sidney Buckfield.mp3
00.00.00 Robbery On The Railways.mp3
00.00.00 Robert Wood.mp3
00.00.00 Romantic Murderer.mp3
00.00.00 Ronald Vivian Light.mp3
00.00.00 Root Of All Evil Money.mp3
00.00.00 Scales Of Justice.mp3
00.00.00 Servant Problem.mp3
00.00.00 Smoke Clings To The Hair.mp3
00.00.00 Story Of Walter Miller.mp3
00.00.00 Theft Of The British Crown Jewels.mp3
00.00.00 Witchcraft Law Volume Flux.mp3