JACK WEBB’S RADIO SHOWS
Jack Webb started his career in radio. Here’s a list of his shows…
(Most of this information was graciously provided by Bob Siler.)
- A Project U.F.O. home page features some audio files of complete radio episodes that you can listen to. They include Dragnet, Pat Novak for Hire, Johnny Modero – Pier 23, Jeff Regan – Investigator, Pete Kelly’s Blues, and the Jack Webb Show.
JOHNNY MODERO-PIER 23
CRIME DRAMA, MUTUAL RADIO, THURS. NIGHTS. APRIL 24, 1947-SEPT.4, 1947
Webb is private detective, Johnny Modero, who works the San Francisco Waterfront area.
Fan Mark Spieller writes: [Webb] was a radio DJ on KGO radio, where a number of his radio dramas also originated. Johnny Modero was a real person. His father was a noted rum-runner during Prohibition. The story was that he had the fastest boat on the bay—the second fastest belonged to the Coast Guard, and at the end of the day they would be side by side at the dock. “Dragnet” was going to feature the San Francisco PD—in fact some of its earliest stories were based on SFPD files—but the Mayor and Chief of Police thought a crime show wouldn’t reflect on San Francisco’s image as a tourist site.
CRIME DRAMA-CBS-SATURDAY NIGHTS
JULY 10, 1948-DEC.18, 1948
Was known as “THE LION’S EYE” on the West Coast.
PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE
CRIME DRAMA-ABC – FEB.13, 1949-
Webb was only in 18 episodes.
Jerry Haendiges has done a partial log for this show.
JUNE 1949-FEBRUARY 1957
Was sponsored by FATIMA CIGARETTES
until September 14, 1952 when CHESTERFIELD CIGARETTES took over.
For a list of the Dragnet radio show episodes, see the Vintage Radio Place.
Dragnet fan Raul Moreno writes: “It should be noted that Martin Milner, later of ADAM 12, played ‘Frank Smith’ on radio for six episodes before Jack settled on Ben Alexander. Martin was only 19 at the time.”
Complete script for The Big No-Tooth, as broadcast on 4/5/55.
Here are some Dragnet radio show clips.
Here’s a review of a collection of Dragnet radio broadcasts by Rochelle Caviness.
OTR Plot Summaries lists some episode summaries.
KNX in Los Angeles airs Dragnet radio episodes every Thursday at 9pm.
PETE KELLY’S BLUES
JULY.4, 1951-SEPT.19, 1951
Was the summer replacement for ‘HALLS OF IVY”, which starred Ronald Colman and wife Benita Hume.
MURDER AND MR. MALONE
JAN.11, 1947-JULY 13, 1951,SATURDAY 9:30
Sponsored by Guild Wines until April 17,1948 Frank Lovejoy(one of my forgotten favorites) was Chicago criminal attorney, John J. Malone. Webb was also on the show.
ONE OUT OF SEVEN
DRAMA – ABC-
1946- This fifteen minute program about racial injustice was heard on the West Coast on Wednesday nights.
GREAT CAESAR’S GHOST
This Jack Webb-produced show never made it.
THREE FOR ADVENTURE
Grant Park reports that there was also a pilot show done called “Three for Adventure.” It was never made into a series, though.
The show was “Three for Adventure,” produced sometime in the 1940’s and starring Jack Webb, Elliot Lewis and Barton Yarborough. The episode was titled “The story of Roundhouse Rosie and the siamese cats.” According to rumor there was a second episode produced, “The New Orleans Parrot,” but for now it’s just a rumor. At the end of the episode they say that the next episode would be “The Egyptian Vase.” The parts the three play are: Duke (Webb), Jex (Yarboro), and Mack (Lewis). Roundhouse Rosie was played by Jeanette Nolan!
They play soldiers of fortune travelling the world recovering stolen goods and getting … adventure. Secretly (of course) they are working for the U.S. Government to work outside the law. Listening to the show you can tell what Jack Webb is working towards, the tough-guy loner you’d hear later in Pete Kelly and Johnny Madero.