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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Mar 26, 2015

What do Superman, Popeye, and the Falcon have in common?  The stars of all those shows were also stars in the detective radio drama, Philo Vance.

Philo is played by Jackson Beck, who was the voice of Popeye's Bluto.  His secretary was played by Joan Alexander, who was Superman's Lois Lane.  And the DA was played by George Petri, who was the Falcon. 

Philo may have been rather the dandy in his early books, but by the time he made it to radio, he was a hard-boiled private detective. 

This episode, The Cover Girl Mystery Case, first aired on October 12, 1948.