Adventures of Sam Spade

Adventures of Sam Spade

Howard Duff

Born on November 24, 1913 in Bremerton, Washington

Died on July 8, 1990 in Santa Barbara, California of a heart attack


ABC, CBS, NBC, 1946-1951

First heard on ABC in 1946 as a summer series, this 30-minute detective adventure program became a regular on CBS that same fall. Starring Howard Duff, the appeared on CBS until 1950, when it changed to NBC and Stephen Dunne took over the title role. Spade was a radio version of the tough private investigator introduced by Dashiell Hammett in "The Maltese Falcon." The shows revolved around Spade's dictation of reports to his secretary, Effie, played by Lurene Tuttle. He referred to each case as a "caper" and always included his license number, 137596, in each report. William Spier both produced and directed the show and Dick Joy was the long time announcer. Music was by Lud Gluskin.