Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 4, 1940: CBS Radio's Top Crime Thriller 'Crime Doctor'

August 4, 1940: The CBS program ‘Crime Doctor’ presented Dr. Benjamin Ordway as a patient with amnesia. As the title character, Ordway portrayed both a criminal and a crime fighter.

A smartly performed show, Crime Doctor was never missing interest or drama. In this radio program, Ray Collins performs as Dr. Ben Ordway, a criminal with a dreadful situation of amnesia after a serious strike to his head. After developing a new lifestyle and new identification (and recuperating his memory with the help of a doctor), Dr. Benjamin Ordway becomes a participant of the parole panel. In early shows, twelve lucky jurors are chosen from the studio audience to determine the destiny of the criminal in each episode. The show later changed its format.

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