Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator

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Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
William Gargan as Barrie Craig
GenreDetective drama
Running time30 minutes
Country of originUnited States
StarringWilliam Gargan
AnnouncerDon Pardo
Written byRichard Leonard
Peggy Blake
Directed byHiman Brown
Arthur Jacobson
Andrew C. Love

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator was a detective drama heard on NBC Radio from October 3, 1951 to June 30, 1955.[1]

Detective Barrie Craig (William Gargan[2]) worked alone from his Madison Avenue office.[1] Unlike his contemporaries Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Craig had a laid-back personality, somewhat cutting against the popular hard-boiled detective stereotype. Others in the cast included Ralph Bell, Elspeth Eric, Parker Fennelly, Santos Ortega, Arnold Moss, Parley Baer, Virginia Gregg and Betty Lou Gerson.[1]

Don Pardo was the announcer.[3]

Gargan also starred in the role in an unsuccessful 1952 TV pilot[4] written and directed by Blake Edwards. It was presented on ABC's Pepsi-Cola Playhouse as "Death the Hard Way" (October 17, 1954).

John Roeburt was the head writer for the series.[5]

A few years earlier Gargan had played a similar character in Martin Kane, Private Eye.


  1. ^ a b c Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  2. ^ Alicoate, Jack, Ed. (1952). The 1952 Radio Annual. Radio Daily Corp. p. 842.
  3. ^ III, Harris M. Lentz (2015). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2014. McFarland. p. 267. ISBN 978-1476619613. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Air-casters" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 24, 1952. Retrieved 24 August 2014.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Roeburt: Man of Action". Variety. March 16, 1955. p. 26. Retrieved April 16, 2023.

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