In the March 1934 issue of the legendary pulp magazine Black Mask, Jack “Flashgun” Casey, crime
photographer, made his debut. His creator was former newspaper and advertising
executive George Harmon Coxe Jr., who wrote more than sixty crime fiction
novels in his lifetime. Casey’s keen eye for detail served him well on the job,
helping him to solve the crimes he was assigned to photograph for the
newspapers. These “Flashgun Casey” stories were an instant success with Black Mask readers and soon made the
leap to both radio and the silver screen.
Voiced by Staats Cotsworth for more than a decade, Casey was
aided in his amateur detecting by fellow reporter Ann Williams, who, like
Casey, worked for the Morning Express.
When not at work, they frequented the Blue Note Café, a late night lounge where
the bartender, Ethelbert, provided both a sounding board and levity for Casey
and Ann as they awaited their next job. Casey,
Crime Photographer aired on radio from 1943 until 1955 and made the
transition to television in 1951.
Episodes include “The Grey Kitten,” “The Twenty-Minute
Alibi,” “The Mysterious Lodger,” “The Demon Miner,” “Box of Death,” “The
Gentle Strangler,” “The Laughing Killer,” “Pickup,” “Self-Made Hero,” “Photo
of the Dead,” “Bright New Star,” and “The Chivalrous Gunman.” Download and start listening now!