Box 13

                                                      

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First show date: 22/08/1948

Last show date: 14/08/1949

Number of shows: 52

                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                             

     

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In Box 13 Dan Holiday, newspaper reporter turned fiction writer, puts an advert in his old paper The Star Times, in search of ideas for his story. The ad reads 'Adventure wanted, will go anyplace, do anything. Write to Box 13.' The replies therefore arrived at the Newspapers Box 13, and with them always brought troubles and adventures for Mr Holiday.  The part of Dan Holiday was played by Alan Ladd, with Slyvia Picker playing his scatterbrain secretary Suzy. There were also a host of other guest stars (Lurene Tuttle, Marsha Hunt to name but a couple) rotating throughout the programme, and whilst there were also many writers who co wrote the programme's, Ladd was the main writer.

This radio programme was a syndicated series, heard on Sunday evenings on the Mutual Network. It was the product of Alan Ladd and Richard Sandville, two owners of the famous Mayfare restaurants in Los Angeles during the second world war. Ladd's ambition to get on the radio in his own series was thwarted in part because he was under contract to Paramount, who did not allow him to appear on radio, except on occasions when he appeared as a guest on programme's such as Lucky Jordan. At the end of the war Ladd and Sandville sold the Mayfare restaurant and formed Mayfare productions, of which two mainstay shows were Box 13 and The Unexpected.

Sandville and Ladd eventually parted company but shows such as Box 13 remain as the legacy of Mayfare. Below is the shows log and you can listen to all 52 episodes....

 

 

episodes

 DATE

EPISODE

 TITLE

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22/08/1948

1

First Letter                                                         

            

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29/08/1948

2

Insurance Fraud Scheme                            

         

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05/09/1948

3

Suzi quits paper to work for Dan            

         

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12/09/1948

4

Actors alibi                                 

       

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19/09/1948

5

Extra Extra                    

          

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26/09/1948

6

Shangheid                        

         

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03/10/1948

7

Short assignment

         

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10/10/1948

8

Double mothers

          

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17/10/1948

9

The book of poems

        

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24/10/1948

10

The Great Torino

        

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31/10/1948

11

Suicide or murder

           

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07/11/1948

12

Triple cross

         

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14/11/1948

13

Damsel in distress

              

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21/11/1948

14

Diamond in the sky

                     

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28/11/1948

15

Double right cross

       

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05/12/1948

16

Look pleasant please

            

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12/12/1948

17

The haunted artist

                 

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19/12/1948

18

The sad night

                  

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26/12/1948

19

Hot box

                    

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02/01/1949

20

The better man

                 

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09/01/1949

21

The professor and the puzzle

                      

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16/01/1949

22

The dowager and Dan Holiday

                   

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23/01/1949

23

Three to die

                     

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30/01/1949

24

The philanthropist

                     

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06/02/1949

25

Last will and nursery rhyme

                     

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13/02/1949

26

Delinquents dilemma

                 

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20/02/1949

27

A flash of light

                 

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27/02/1949

28

Hare and Hounds

 

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06/03/1949

29

Hunt and peck

 

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13/03/1949

30

Death is a doll

 

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20/03/1949

31

113.5

 

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27/03/1949

32

Dan and the wonderful lamp

 

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03/04/1949

33

Tempest in a casserole

 

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10/04/1949

34

Mexican Maze

 

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17/04/1949

35

Sealed instructions

 

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24/04/1949

36

Find me, find death

 

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01/05/1949

37

Much too lucky

 

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08/05/1949

38

One of these four

 

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15/05/1949

39

Daytime nightmares

 

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22/05/1949

40

Death is no joke

 

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29/05/1949

41

Treasure of Hang Lee

 

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05/06/1949

42

Design for danger

 

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12/06/1949

43

The dead man walks

 

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19/06/1949

44

Killer at large

 

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26/06/1949

45

Speed to burn

 

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03/07/1949

46

House of darkness

 

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10/07/1949

47

Double trouble

 

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17/07/1949

48

Bitter bitten

 

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24/07/1949

49

The perfect crime

 

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31/07/1949

50

Archimedes and the Roman

 

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07/08/1949

51

The clay pigeon

 

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14/08/1949

52

Round Robin

 

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