YTJD is arguably the best detective series on old-time radio. It featured seven lead actors over its 13-year run. Three of them made more of a mark as film stars: Dick Powell, Edmond O’Brien, and John Lund. But here’s how they sounded when they played “the man with the action-packed expense account.
Dick Powell began his film career as a juvenile leading man and crooner in musical comedies of the early 1930s. Bored by musicals, Powell remade his image in the 1940s as a hard-boiled film noir hero. His first major noir role was as Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film, Murder, My Sweet. In 1945, Powell began his first radio series, Rogue’s Gallery, playing private eye Richard Rogue. The culmination of Powell’s radio career came in 1949 when he starred as Richard Diamond, Private Detective, in the Blake Edwards-penned series. On today’s show, we hear an episode of each series.