The FBI in Peace and War

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The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War.

The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. It aired on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, and was produced and directed by Max Marcin and Betty Mandeville. The show had a variety of sponsors over the years, including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream-Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's.[1] In 1955 it was the eighth most popular show on radio, as noted in Time:

The Nielsen ratings of the top ten radio shows seemed to indicate that not much has changed in radio: 1) Jack Benny Show (CBA), 2) Amos 'n' Andy (CBS), 3) People are Funny (NBC), 4) Our Miss Brooks (CBS) 5) Lux Radio Theater (NBC), 6) My Little Margie (CBS), 7) Dragnet (NBC), 8) FBI in Peace and War (CBS), 9) Bergen and McCarthy (CBS), 10) Groucho Marx (NBC).[2]

Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. The theme was the March from Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, arranged for small symphony orchestra by Amedeo De Filippi, with Vladimir Selinksy conducting. The music was accompanied by a chant of "L-A-V-A," in reference to the show's sponsor being Lava soap.[3]

Actress Lisa Loughlin also voiced for the show beginning in 1952.


  1. ^ Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press, 1998, p. 245.
  2. ^ "The Busy Air". Time. February 7, 1955. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  3. ^ Bergman, Elizabeth. ""The FBI March" by Sergei Prokofiev". The Serge Prokofiev Foundation. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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