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The Adventures of Sam Spade

The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. The announcer was Dick Joy.


The series was largely overseen by producer/director William Spier. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America.


Before the series, Sam Spade had been played in radio adaptations of The Maltese Falcon by both Edward G. Robinson (in a 1943 Lux Radio Theater production) and by Humphrey Bogart (in a 1941 Academy Award Theater production), both on CBS.


Dashiell Hammett's name was removed from the series in the late 1940s because he was being investigated for involvement with the Communist Party. Later, when Howard Duff's name appeared in the Red Channels book, he was not invited to play the role when the series made the switch to NBC in 1950.

Episodes

The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-04-27_(245)_The Hail and Farewell Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-04-20_(244)_The Rowdy Dowser Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-04-13_(243)_The Civic Pride Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-04-06_(242)_The Denny Shane Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-03-30_(241)_The Vendetta Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-03-23_(240)_The Kimberley Cross Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-03-16_(239)_The Sinister Siren Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-03-09_(238)_The Spanish Prisoner Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-03-02_(237)_The Crab Louis Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-02-23_(236)_The Shot in the Dark Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-02-16_(235)_The Soap Opera Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-02-09_(234)_The Sure Thing Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-02-02_(233)_The String of Death Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-01-26_(232)_The Chateau McCloud Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-01-19_(231)_The Cloak and Dagger Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-01-12_(230)_The Red Star Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_51-01-05_(229)_The Biddle Riddle Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_50-12-29_(228)_The Prodigal Panda Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_50-12-15_(226)_The 25-12345679 Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_50-12-08_(225)_The Dry Gulch
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_50-12-01_(224)_The Dog Bed Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_50-11-24_(223)_The Terrified Turkey Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_50-11-17_(222)_The Death Of Sam Spade Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_50-09-03_(219)_The Farmer's Daughter Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_50-05-28_(205)_The Honest Thief Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_50-05-21_(204)_The Red Ampola Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-12-04_(180)_The Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-11-06_(176)_The Cheesecake Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-09-25_(170)_The Indian Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-08-28_(166)_The Prodigal Daughter Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-08-07_(163)_The Champion Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-07-24_(161)_The Tears of Night Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-07-10_(159)_The Queen Bee Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-06-19_(156)_The Apple of Eve Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-06-05_(154)_The Overjord Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-05-01_(149)_The Battles of Belvedere
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-04-17_(147)_Edith Hamilton
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-04-10_(146)_The Stopped Watch Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-03-27_(144)_The Love Letter Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_49-01-16_(134)_The Betrayal In Bumpus Hell Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-12-12_(129)_The Bouncing Betty Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-11-28_(127)_The Quarter-Eagle Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-11-07_(124)_The SQP Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-10-31_(123)_The Fairley-Bright Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-10-24_(122)_The Insomnia Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-10-03_(119)_The Sugar Kane Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-09-26_(118)_The Dick Foley Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-09-19_(117)_The Hot 100 Grand Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-09-12_(116)_The Lazarus Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-08-29_(114)_The Lawless Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-08-22_(113)_The Vaphio Cup Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-08-15_(112)_The Critical Author Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-08-08_(111)_The Bluebeard Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-08-01_(110)_The Dry Martini Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-07-25_(109)_The Mad Scientist Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-07-18_(108)_The Missing Newshawk Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-07-11_(107)_The Wheel of Life Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-07-04_(106)_The Rushlight Diamond Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-06-27_(105)_The Bail Bond Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-06-20_(104)_The Death Bed Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-06-13_(103)_The Honest Cop Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-01-25_(083)_The Gold Key Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_48-01-04_(080)_The One Hour Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_47-11-09_(072)_The Bow Window Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_47-10-05_(067)_The Adam Figg Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_47-06-15_(051)_The Convertible Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_47-06-08_(050)_The Calcutta Trunk Caper
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The Adventures Of Sam Spade_46-08-02_(004)_Sam and The Psycho Ward
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