John Francis O'Connell
Created by Ken Krippene
Warren William starred as JOHN FRANCIS O'CONNELL, probate attorney and investigator who specialized in tracking down the missing heirs and benefactors of some rather bizarre bequests, in Strange Wills, a short-lived 1946 radio series from Hollywood's Teleways/Michelson Syndication.
The stories, all allegedly based in fact, were all over the place, from relatively dry legal matters involving eccentric bequests to all-out tales of insanity, horror and buried treasure, were scripted by writer/lawyer Ken Krippene, who had apparently compiled a series of script ideas from last will and testament cases he'd worked on over a ten-year period.
Warren William, of course, had a long career playing various detectives for film (Perry Mason, Philo Vance, The Lone Wolf and even a version of Sam Spade in the 1936 trainwreck Satan Met a Lady) before moving to radio.
Strange Wills was noted for its unusually high production values, and the cast included not only Williams as its star (and first person narrator) but also Howard Culver, Carleton G. Young and Lurene Tuttle, and guest stars included many of the West Coast's finest voice talent of the time.
Great title, by the way.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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