Mystery Playhouse

Radio Anthology Series
(1944-46, AFRS)

MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE was a radio anthology series of reruns (and possibly a few original) crime dramas.

The show aired on the American Forces Network from July 1944 to June 1946, specifically for the purpose of entertaining the troops serving during the war.

Because it was mostly repeats, the producers had the pick of some of the very best shows available, stripped of their commercials, and with new introductions by the show’s host, Peter Lorre, who offered tongue-in-cheek intros that frequently began with a cheery “Hello… creeps.”

Among the shows it rebroadcast were episodes of Mollé Mystery TheatreThe Whistler, Mr. and Mrs. North, Sam SpadeInner Sanctum Mystery, and The Adventures of Nero Wolfe.


Preliminary report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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