Crime Classics

December 3, 1952 to June 30, 1954
52 episodes known to exist
Crime Classics was a United States radio docudrama which aired as a sustaining series over CBS from June 15, 1953, to June 30, 1954. Created, produced, and directed by radio actor/director Elliott Lewis, the program was a historical true crime series, examining crimes and murders from the past. It grew out of Lewis' personal interest in famous murder cases and took a documentary-like approach to the subject, carefully recreating the facts, personages and feel of the time period. More on Wikipedia
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December 3, 1952 - June 30, 1954
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Crime Classics
December 3, 1952 - June 30, 1954
52 episodes known to exist
Music: Bernard Herrmann. Directors
Producer: Elliott Lewis Stories
Announcers: Bob Lemond, Roy Rowen, Larry Thor
Mondays At 8: 00pm till 9-30-53 then Wednesdays at 9
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December 3, 1952 
"the Crime of Bathsheba Spooner, the First Woman to Be Tried For Murder in the U.S 
Mary Jane Croft, Herb Butterfield, Sam Edwards, Tudor Owen, Ben Wright, Bill Johnstone, Georgia Ellis. 
28:10 

 
June 15, 1953 
"the Crime of Bathsheba Spooner, the First Woman to Be Tried For Murder in the U.S 
Mary Jane Croft, Herb Butterfield, Sam Edwards, Tudor Owen, Ben Wright, Bill Johnstone, Georgia Ellis. 
29:30 

 
June 22, 1953 
The Shockingly Peaceful Passing of Thomas Edwin Bartlett, Greengrocer 
Herb Butterfield, Betty Harford, Terry Kilburn. 
29:50 

 
June 29, 1953 
The Checkered Life and Sudden Death of Colonel James Fisk, Junior 
Mary Jane Croft, Martha Wentworth, Bill Johnstone, Betty Harford, Irene Tedrow, Tony Ellis 
29:50 

 
July 6, 1953 
The Shrapnelled Body of Charles Drew, Senior 
Terry Kilburn, Paul Frees, Ben Wright, Bill Johnstone, Betty Harford, Irene Tedrow, Tony Ellis 
29:50 

 
July 13, 1953 
The Terrible Deed of John White Webster, and His Crime That Shocked the Nation. 
Herb Butterfield, Jay Novello, Jean Howell, Junius Matthews, Paula Winslowe, Larry Thor, Martha Wentworth 
29:50 

 
July 20, 1953 
The Death of a Picture Hanger 
Joe Granby, Joe Kearns, Charlotte Lawrence, Paul Frees, Clayton Post, Sam Edwards, Paula Winslowe 
29:50 

 
July 27, 1953 
The Final Day of General Ketchum and How He Died 
Paula Winslowe, Russell Simpson, Sarah Selby, Herb Butterfield, Bill Bissell, Dave Young, Hy Averback. 
29:30 

 
August 3, 1953 
Mr. Thrower's Hammer 
Bill Johnstone, Joseph Kearns, Jay Novello, Tudor Owen, Eric Snowden, Alastair Duncan, Paula Winslowe 
29:50 

 
August 10, 1953 
The Axe and the Droot Family: How They Fared 
Herb Butterfield, Mary Jane Croft, Clayton Post, Sam Edwards, Paul Frees, Charles Davids 
29:50 

 
10 
August 17, 1953 
The Incredible Trial Or Laura D. Fair 
Mary Jane Croft, Florence Walcott, Bill Johnstone, Paula Winslowe, Joe Granby, Jean Wood, Herb Butterfield 
29:50 

 
11 
August 24, 1953 
The Alsop Family: How It Diminished and Grew Again. 
Ellen Morgan, Herb Butterfield, Terry Kilburn, Ben Wright, Betty Harford, Richard Peel, Ray Lawrence 
29:10 

 
12 
August 31, 1953 
Your Loving Son, Nero 
Bill Conrad, Betty Lou Gerson, Sammie Hill, Edgar Barrier, Hy Averback, Martha Wentworth 
29:50 

 
13 
September 7, 1953 
The Torment of Henrietta Robinson, and Why She Killed. 
Sammie Hill, Betty Harford, Joseph Kearns, Sam Edwards, Lamont Johnson, Paula Winslowe, Ben Wright 
29:50 

 
14 
September 30, 1953 
The Bloody, Bloody Banks of Fall River 
FIRST SHOW OF NEW SEASON Irene Tedrow, Herb Butterfield, Jeanette Nolan, Bill Johnstone, Betty Harford, Sarah Selby, Paul Frees. The Story of Lizzie Borden Show moves to Wednesday 9:30pm 
29:10 

 
15 
October 7, 1953 
The Hangman and William Palmer: Who Won 
Jay Novello, Betty Harford, Ellen Morgan, Alastair Duncan, Joe Kearns, Ben Wright 
29:10 

 
16 
October 14, 1953 
The Seven Layered Arsenic Cake of Madame Lafarge 
Edgar Barrier, Irene Tedrow, Bill Conrad, Eve McVeigh, Joe Kerns. Sponsored by 54' Plymouth. 
29:30 

 
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October 21, 1953 
Billy Bonny Bloodletter: Also Known As "the Kid" 
Dick Beals, Sam Edwards, Clayton Post, Harry Bartell, Barney Phillips, Lillian Buyeff, Fred Shields, Tony Barrett, Bill Conrad 
29:50 

 
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October 28, 1953 
John Hayes--His Head--And How They Were Parted 
Betty Harford, Ben Wright, Alastair Duncan, Richard Peel, Bill Johnston, Charles Davis, Jeanette Nolan 
28:50 

 
19 
November 4, 1953 
Raschi Among the Crocodiles, and the Prank He Played 
Edgar Barrier, Jack Edwards, Jane Webb, Jack Kruschen, Ben Wright, Bill Conrad, Eric Snowden 
30:20 

 
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November 11, 1953 
Blackbeard's Fourteenth Wife: Why She Was No Good For Him 
Bill Conrad, Ben Wright, Jack Kruschen, Alastair Duncan, Joe Kearns, Richard Peel, Betty Harford 
29:50 

 
21 
November 18, 1953 
The Triangle On the Round Table 
Bill Conrad, Bill Johnstone, Ben Wright, Lamont Johnson, Edgar Barrier, Ellen Morgan, Bob Cole. The story of "King Arthur" 
29:10 

 
22 
November 25, 1953 
The Killing Story of William Corder and the Farmer's Daughter 
Betty Harford, Richard Peel, Joe Kearns, Jeanette Nolan, Alma Lawton, Donald Lawton 
27:50 

 
23 
December 2, 1953 
If a Body Need a Body, Just Call Burke & Hare 
Jack Kruschen, Jay Novello, William Johnstone, Jeanette Nolan, Charles Davis, Betty Harford, Richard Peel 
29:00 

 
24 
December 9, 1953 
The Assasination of Abraham Lincoln 
Irene Tedrow, Herb Butterfield, Barney Phillips, Clayton Post, Mary Jane Croft, Betty Lou Gerson, Bill Conrad, Roy Glenn, Jack Edwards, Junius Matthews, Sammie Hill 
28:50 

 
25 
December 16, 1953 
John and Judith, Their Crime, and Why They Didn't Get to Enjoy It. 
Ben Wright , Betty Harford, Jeanette Nolan, Irene Tedrow, Norma Vardon, Alec Harford 
29:00 

 
26 
December 30, 1953 
Coyle & Richardson -- Why They Hung in a Swinging Breeze. 
Clayton Post, Walter Tetley, Georgia Ellis, Herb Butterfield, Gladys Holland, Charles Calvert Show of 12-23 Pre-empted for Christmas special. 
29:00 

 
27 
January 6, 1954 
The Younger Brothers: Why Some of Them Grew No Older 
Barney Phillips, Sam Edwards, Clayton Post, Jimmy Eagles, Bill Bissell, Sam Edwards, Walter Tetley 
29:30 

 
28 
January 13, 1954 
How Supan Got the Hook Outside Bombey 
Bill Conrad, Byron Kayne, Lillian Buyeff, Julie Bennett, Jack Kruschen, Alastair Duncan 
29:50 

 
29 
January 20, 1954 
Madeline Smith, Maid Or Murderess: Which? 
Florence Walcott, John Dehner, Betty Harford, Bill Johnstone 
29:40 

 
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January 27, 1954 
The Boorn Brothers & the Hangman: a Study in Nip and Tuck. 
Virginia Gregg, Lamont Johnson, Bill Conrad, Jack Kruschen, Irene Tedrow, Joe Kearns, Herb Butterfield 
29:50 

 
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February 3, 1954 
The Incredible History of John Shepard 
Jerry Deamond, Ellen Morgan, Alastair Duncan, D.J. Thompson, Richard Peel, Ben Wright, Betty Harford 
29:50 

 
32 
February 10, 1954 
Twenty-Three Knives Against Caesar 
Edgar Barrier, Betty Harford, Hy Averback, Lou Krugman, Harry Bartell, Marvin Miller, Irene Tedrow 
29:30 

 
33 
February 17, 1954 
Jean Baptiste Troppmann: Killer of Many 
Larry Dobkin, Jack Edwards, Kurt Martell, Joe Kearns, Irene Tedrow, Junius Matthews, Dix Davis 
28:40 

 
34 
February 24, 1954 
The Good Ship Jane: Why She Became Floatsam 
Ben Wright, Gary Montgomery, Herb Butterfield, Paul Frees, Steve Roberts, Bill Johnstone 
29:50 

 
35 
March 3, 1954 
Roger Nems: How He, Though Dead, Won the Game 
Ben Wright, Alastair Duncan, Richard Peel, Betty Harford, Ellen Morgan, Gary Montgomery 
29:00 

 
36 
March 10, 1954 
New Hampshire, the Tiger and Brad Ferguson What Happened Then 
Lamont Johnson, Jeanne Bates, Jack Kruschen, Mary Jane Croft, Parley Baer, Paula Winslowe, John Dehner 
29:50 

 
37 
March 17, 1954 
Old Sixtoes: How He Stopped Construction On the B.B.C. and I 
Herb Butterfield, Jane Webb, Jack Edwards, Jack Kruschen, Ben Wright 
30:00 

 
38 
March 24, 1954 
Francisco Pizarro: His Heart On a Golden Knife 
Edgar Barrier, Bill Conrad, John Dehner, Harry Bartell, Jack Kruschen, Hy Averback 
29:50 

 
39 
March 31, 1954 
Robby-Boy Balfour: How He Wrecked a Big Prison's Reputation 
Ben Wright, Bill Johnstone, Betty Harford, Virginia Gregg, Steve Roberts, Norman Field 
29:50 

 
40 
April 7, 1954 
A General's Daughter, Czar's Lieutenant and the Linen Closet: a Russian Tragedy 
Hy Averback, John Dehner, Lillian Buyeff, Barney Phillips, Vic Perrin, Irene Tedrow 
29:50 

 
41 
April 14, 1954 
James Evans, Fireman: How He Extinguished a Human Torch 
Ben Wright, Florence Walcott, Betty Harford, Richard Peel, Paula Winslowe, Alastair Duncan 
29:40 

 
42 
April 21, 1954 
Cesare Borgia: His Most Difficult Murder 
Whitfield Connor, Bill Conrad, Betty Lou Gerson, Lamont Johnson, Edgar Barrier, Hy Averback, Larry Thor 
28:40 

 
43 
April 28, 1954 
Widow Magee and the Three Gypsies - - a Vermont Fandango 
Hy Averback, Shep Menkin, Bill Conrad, Sammie Hill 
29:30 

 
44 
May 5, 1954 
Bunny Baumler: His Close Brush with Fame 
Howard McNear, Irene Tedrow, Jack Kruschen, Paula Winslowe, Edgar Barrier, Benny Rubin, Martha Wentworth 
29:30 

 
45 
May 12, 1954 
Mr. Clarke's Skeleton in Mr. Aram's Closet: the Noise It Made 
Ben Wright, Richard Peel, Betty Harford, Ellen Morgan, Herb Butterfield, Charles Davis, Bill Johnstone 
29:50 

 
46 
May 26, 1954 
The Lethal Habit of Marquise De Brinvilliers 
Mary Jane Croft, Herb Butterfield, Lamont Johnson, Joe Kearns, Shep Menkin, Truda Marson, Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips 
29:30 

 
47 
June 2, 1954 
Mr. Jonathon Jewett: How, Most Peculiarly, He Cheated the Hangman 
Lee Miller, Elliott Lewis, John Dehner, Vic Perrin, Junius Matthews, Byron Kane 
29:50 

 
48 
June 9, 1954 
The Assassination of Leon Trotsky 
Herb Butterfield, Irene Tedrow, Jack Kruschen, Miliza Kahlke, Barney Phillips, Edgar Barrier, Charles Calvert 
29:50 

 
49 
June 16, 1954 
The Death of a Baltimore Birdie and Friend 
Ted deCorsia, Jerry Hausner, Paula Winslowe, Mary Jane Croft, Charles Calvert 
29:50 

 
50 
June 23, 1954 
Ali Pasha; a Turkish Delight 
Hans Conreid, Jack Kruschen, Paula Winslowe, Lillian Buyeff, Kurt Martell, Vic Perrin, Edgar Barrier 
29:00 

 
51 
June 30, 1954 
Good Evening, My Name Is Jack the Ripper 
Betty Harford, D.J. Thompson, Ben Wright, Paula Winslowe, James McCallion, Irene Tedrow, Richard Peel. Final Broadcast of the Series. 
29:50 

 
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