+ Inspector Thorne, as short-lived as it was, was something of an anomaly for the Hummerts, but judging from the longer run of Hearthstone of The Death Squad, they seem to have managed to salvage that particular formula somewhat. The comparisons are quite obvious between Inspectors Thorne and Hearthstone. Inspector Thorne is the Chief Detective Inspector of The Homicide Squad of New York City. Inspector Hearthstone is the Chief Inspector of The Death Squad of 'The Metropolitan Police' . Inspector Thorne has his Sergeant Muggins and Inspector Hearthstone has his assistant, Detective Sam Cook. Both productions were more murder-oriented than mystery-oriented, both productions were predictably very melodramatic, and both productions characterized their protagonists as forceful, demanding, and overbearing police officials. In one of the more interesting character developments of Inspector Thorne, however, Thorne was cast--and characterized himself--as a bumbling, error-prone, and inattentive detective, much in the mold of Peter Falk's brilliant Detective Columbo character of 1970s Television. Indeed one wonders if this short-lived concept didn't inform the creators of Columbo. It certainly wouldn't be the first time a concept or character from The Golden Age of Radio was borrowed for a Television series. But of course, as with Columbo, Inspector Thorne's self-described slow-wittedness was simply a clever ruse to distract or create a false sense of security in the criminal suspects he was investigating. Indeed, this very approach to character development was tested in CBS Forecast's Deductions Deluxe presentation of its second season in which Adolph Menjou is cast as a befuddled, clueless society detective that somehow manages to brilliantly connect all the dots just in time for the denouement.Staats Cotsworth Inspector Thorne was portrayed by Karl Weber for the first nine installments, replaced by Staats Cotsworth of Casey Crime Photographer for the last two episodes. Karl Weber had been a mainstay for The Hummerts, having appeared in at least twenty of their productions over the years. Cotsworth maintained Weber's delivery and pace for the two episodes in which he filled in for Weber. Dan Ocko portrayed Sergeant Muggin throughout the production. Inspector Thorne was both well recorded and produced. The surviving exemplars are well engineered and transferred. The scripts were fast-paced and generally proceeded under the assumption that Inspector Thorne had some predisposition towards the ultimate outcome, but the scripts never cheated the listener. All the pertinent facts were, for the most part, laid out for the listener to try his or her hand at solving them before the denouement. As a well produced and well-transferred example of The Hummerts' take on crime dramas, Inspector Thorne acquits itself well.
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 11 old time radio episodes:
|07.20.1951||the fabulous divorce payoff||
+ "The Fabulous Divorce Payoff Murder Case". The first show of the series.
|07.27.1951||inspector thorne (02) the vacant lot murder case||
+ "The Vacant Lot Murder Case". Sustaining.
|08.03.1951||the golden girl murder case||
+ "The Golden Girl Murder Case". Sustaining.
|08.10.1951||the defrosted refrigerator murder case||
+ The Defrosted Refrigerator Murder Clue". Sustaining.
|08.17.1951||the high style murder case||
+ "The High Style Murder Case". Sustaining.
|08.24.1951||the mastermind murder case||
+ "The Mastermind Murder Case". The local bank has been robbed, the leading suspect is Bridgewater...
|08.31.1951||the dark cigarette murder case||
+ "The Dark Cigarette Murder Case". The program concludes with an announcement that the next progr...
|09.06.1951||the nickles and dimes murder case||
+ "The Nickels and Dimes Murder Case". Sustaining.
|09.13.1951||the two fiancees murder case||
+ "The Two Fiancees Murder Case". Sustaining.
|09.20.1951||empty ashtray murder case||
+ "The Empty Ashtray Murder Case". The body of Hortense Tremont has been found. Her safe has been ...
|09.27.1951||society writer murder case||
+ "The Society Writer Murder Case". Christopher Hudson has been shot and killed. Why cannot his bi...