January 11, 1947: The crime drama series The Amazing Mr. Malone , with Frank Lovejoy in the lead role, aired on ABC for the first time. The show was also known as Murder and Mr. Malone . The Amazing Mr. Malone was a radio crime series starring Frank Lovejoy as the lead character. Based on Craig Rice's novel of the same name, the story revolved around the socialite lawyer John Joseph Malone, who never gave up until he solved the crime featured in each episode. The show, although not as popular as other radio detective/crime shows , lasted until 1951.