Barry Craig Confidential Investigator
Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that
had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling
changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig".
NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood
where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so
it was usually a sustainer.
William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye BARRY CRAIG while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a speciality."
Like Sam Spade, Craig narrated his stories, in addition to being the leading character in this 30 minute show. Nearly sixty episodes are in trading circulation today.
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