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Mr. District Attorney - August 4, 1944

October 3rd, 2008

In this post, "Mr. District Attorney", originally broadcast on August 4, 1944, and heard as program 15 in the Armed Forces Radio Service series "Mystery Playhouse".  The DA investigates a case where a dishonest lawyer plots to murder two eccentric old ladies.

"Mystery Playhouse" was a kind of "catch-all" series for different mystery and detective shows, but primarily consisted of episodes of "Molle Mystery Theater".  Peter Lorre acts as host for the AFRS version of the show and it includes a preview of next week's program, which, to my ears, sounds like it might be an episode of "Inner Sanctum".

This episode, though listed in the Goldin index, doesn't appear to be circulating among otr enthusiasts.  It was transferred from an original AFRS vinyl transcription.


  • Jim

    Great stuff as always. Thanks Randy. Jim

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm
  • Cheryl

    Randy, thanks so much for posting this! I’m a long-time fan of Peter Lorre’s, and a long-time collector of his radio work. (I compiled a list of his radio performances for the Appendix of his authorized biography, “The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre”, by Stephen Youngkin.) I have some 30 episodes of his “Mystery Playhouse” series, but this is one I did not have. I look forward to catching any others you care to post. Thanks again — and by the way: the preview at the end of this show is indeed an episode from “Inner Sanctum”.

    Oct 5, 2008 at 8:45 pm