Johnny Madero, Pier 23

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Johnny Madero, Pier 23
Genre Detective adventure
Running time 30 minutes
Country United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates Mutual
Starring Jack Webb
Announcer Tony LaFrano
Written by Richard Breen
Herb Margolis
Lou Markheim
Directed by Nat Wolff
Air dates April 24, 1947 to September 4, 1947
Opening theme I Cover the Waterfront[1]

Johnny Madero, Pier 23 (sometimes listed as Johnny Modero, Pier 23 or Johnny Madero-Pier 23) was a 30-minute radio detective drama series which was broadcast on Mutual Thursday at 8 p.m. from April 24, 1947 to September 4, 1947.[2][3] It was the first nationwide program for star Jack Webb.[4]

Plots and cast[edit]

The storylines follow the footsteps of fast-talking, wisecracking Johnny Madero (Webb), who runs a boat shop on the San Francisco waterfront, rents boats and usually drops in for a weekly chat with Father Leahy (Gale Gordon). When investigating a crime, Madero manages to solve the mystery before tough cop Warchek (William Conrad). The supporting cast sometimes included Betty Lou Gerson,[5] Elaine Burke, Bob Holden, Herb Butterfield, Irvin Lee and Herb Rawlinson.

Other personnel[edit]

Harry Zimmerman provided the background music. Nat Wolff directed the scripts by Richard Breen, Herb Margolis and Lou Markheim. The program's announcer was Tony LaFranco.

See also[edit]

Pat Novak, for Hire


Winn, Dilys. Murder Ink: The Mystery Reader's Companion. Workman, 1977.

  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2003). Radio Program Openings and Closings, 1931-1972. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-7864-4925-5. 
  2. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 374.
  3. ^ "'Dragnet' actor Jack Webb dead at 62". Associated Press. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Hayde, Michael J. (2001). My Name's Friday: The Unauthorized But True Story of Dragnet and the Films of Jack Webb. Nashville, TN: Cumberland House Publishing, Inc. p. 14. ISBN 1-58182-190-5. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Johnny in Jack" (PDF). Radio Life. June 8, 1947. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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