was a comedy-mystery radio program adapted from the novels of Frances Crane
(1896-1981). Initially a summer replacement for Quick As a Flash
, the series was heard on Mutual
and NBC between the years 1945 and 1955.
The Mutual series, sponsored by Helbros Watches, debuted June 10, 1945, airing Sundays at 6pm. The scripts by Howard Merrill and Ed Adamson were in the lighthearted tradition of Mr. and Mrs. North
. Julie Stevens and Charles Webster starred as Jean and Pat Abbott, a San Francisco married couple who solved murder mysteries. In the supporting cast were Jean Ellyn, Sydney Slon and Luis van Rooten
Moving to 5:30pm in 1946, Les Tremayne
and Alice Reinheart took over the roles until the end of the series on August 31, 1947.
Seven years later, the characters returned October 3, 1954, on NBC in The Adventures of the Abbotts
, broadcast on NBC Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. In this series, the Abbotts were portrayed by Claudia Morgan
and Les Damon. The NBC series ran until June 12, 1955.
"The series was resurrected by NBC
in 1955 under the new title of The Adventures of the Abbotts
and this nudged Mutual into producing a copycat show under the title It's A Crime, Mr. Collins
." "Many programs in the Golden Age of Radio were flattered by their competitors. ... The Abbotts
on NBC were copied exactly in Mutual's It's A Crime, Mr. Collins
, including paraphrasing (the original author's) words."<ref... Read More