Dr. Daniel Danfield

Dr. DANIEL DANFIELD was an obnoxious unlicensed private investigator/criminal psychologist with an ego complex, and also the protagonist of perhaps the worst radio detective series ever: Danger, Dr. Danfield. He gave the entire genre of the radio detective a bad name. If there's a worst one, I haven't heard it.

In what is probably the first episode (show dates of this series are unknown), "Hazel and the Count," Danfield manages to be insulting, obnoxious, conceited, and condescending to his host. All of this in a conversation of less than two minutes. This particular episode has my vote for the worst single episode of any radio detective series. The acting is bad, the writing worst, and the announcer manages to blow the show's title and starts laughing. Try saying it rapidly three times, and see how far you get!

This series consistently featured some of the worst acting and writing of any detective show to reach the airwaves. The show had a formula with the crime usually being committed in the first third of the program, the good doctor solving it in the second third, and then pedantically explaining the solution to someone (usually his "pretty, young" secretary, Rusty) in the conclusion. Why Rusty would put up with this guy is beyond me. In this case, love is not only blind, but also deaf and dumb. But then, Rusty was no prize package either. Too bad one of the bad guys wasn't able to rub both of them out; unfortunately these crooks were incredibly inept.


    (1946-47 ABC; syndicated into the early 1950's)
    First Broadcast: August 18, 1946
    Last Broadcast: April 13, 1947
    Writers: Ralph Wilkinson
    Produced by Wally Ramsey
    Starring Michael (aka "Steve") Dunne as DR. DAN DANFIELD
    with JoAnne Johnson as Rusty Fairfax, his secretary.
    Guest Stars: None mentioned on the tapes I have. They'd probably would prefer to remain unknown.

  • "The Professor" (August 18, 1946)
  • "Manuel Abello" (August 25, 1946)
  • "Murder Of Cora Rogers" (September 1, 1946)
  • "Norman Miles" (September 9, 1946)
  • "Nola Jerrolds Wants To Kill Her Husband" (September 15, 1946)
  • "The Case Of The Darkened Face" (September 22, 1946)
  • "Harriet Miller" (September 29, 1946)
  • "Red Jacoby" (October 6, 1946)
  • "Henry Comes Home" (October 13, 1946)
  • "Edgar Allen Poe Manuscript" (October 27, 1946)
  • "Legend Of Windigo" (November 3, 1946)
  • "A Diamond Pendant Stolen" (November 10, 1946)
  • "Who Killed Eve Shelton" (November 17, 1946)
  • "One Hundred Thousand Dollar Life Insurance Claim" (December 8, 1946)
  • "Sam Hardy Makes A Bet With Death" (December 15, 1946)
  • "Who Will Live Longer" (December 15, 1946)
  • "The Case Of The Counterfeit Ten Dollar Bills" (December 22, 1946)
  • "Mad Men Strike Swiftly" (January 5, 1946)
  • "Death Tunes In At 790 Kilocycles" (January 12, 1946)
  • "Mental Hospital" (January 19, 1946)
  • "Tunnel Smelled Of Death" (January 26, 1946)
  • "Little Meteorite Who Wanted To Be A Star" (February 2, 1946)
  • "Ghost Of Murdock Swamp" (February 9, 1946)

  • Date Unknown
  • "Death Paints A Picture"
  • "Money In A Basket"
  • "Snowbound"
  • "The Whirling Mirror"
  • "Hazel and the Count"
  • "The Case of the Bird in the Gilded Cage"
  • "The Case of the Whirling Mirrors" (aka "The Whirling Mirrors")
  • "Deadly Bet"
  • "Money in the Casket"

Respectfully submitted by Stewart Wright (June 1999). And a big thanks from the editor to Alan for tracking down several of the episodes and dates.

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