Jul 29, 2014
Husband and wife writing team Frank and Anne Hummert (pictured here) were known as the parents of the radio soap opera. Among their many creations are Ma Perkins, Just Plain Bill, Mary Noble Backstage Wife, Stella Dallas, Young Widder Brown, Lorenzo Jones, Our Gal Sunday, and the Romance of Helen Trent.
But they also created some nighttime shows, too, like Front Page Farrell, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, and Mr. Chameleon. And Inspector Thorne, a murder mystery summer replacement series. It ran on NBC from July to September of 1951.
Inspector Thorne was played by Karl Webber for the first half of the run, and then Staats Cotsworth took over for the rest of the run.
This episode, The Defrosted Refrigerator Murder Case, first ran on August 10, 1951.