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The Adventures of Detectives Black and Blue (Scripts)
Earnshaw-Young Radio Department 1931 - The First 20 Scripts of One of the First-Broadcast Detective Series, 1931 Binding: stiff paper boards. Size & Pages: 1st edition. 11 x 8 inches. 207 leaves (printed on one side only). Covers the period 5 January 1931 to 30 January 1931, the first 20 episodes of the serial. (These were 15-minute radio-plays, beginning 5 January 1931 and ending 30 January, broadcast every weekday at 5:30 pm.) This is the one of the world's first broadcast detective series (from WKHJ, Los Angeles): Detectives Black and Blue; published in Los Angeles, by the in 1931. (The radio series featuring Sax Romer's Fu Manchu aired in 1927--this is probably the very first detective series, though the central character in it all is the hyperbolic template for evil-genius criminality.) **These seem to be in-house sheets--they are very similar-looking to mimeographed sheets, printed in light-purple ink. The text is printed on a template “Radio Department, Earnshaw-Young, Inc. Advertising” stationery, on every page, with standard information for sponsor/.station/day/time/date in the banner of every sheet. (The word "Continuity" is also printed across the top of every sheet in 30-point type). **Provenance: the scripts were received March 19, 1931 by the Copyright Office and transferred to the the Library of Congress collections January 18, 1932; they were released/exchanged by the Library of Congress to this store in 1998. Rare. **"From the website Scoop: “Ever wonder where the buddy-cop-comedy genre came from? It didn't begin with shows like Car 54, Where Are You? It dates all the way back to 1932, when Los Angeles radio station KHJ first aired Adventures of Detectives Black and Blue." “The syndicated show followed the exploits of Jim Black and his partner, Frank Blue. Black and Blue began as shipping clerks from Duluth with daydreams of bringing down bad guys. Of course, neither had any law enforcement knowledge. But all that was remedied when they decided to take a correspondence course to earn their "Detectives degree." As you may imagine, hilarity ensued. Even with their official degrees, bor sleuths these two weren't. The radio schtick focused on their bumbling and botching, but each episode ended happily, as they captured criminals in comical capers.” “The show lasted for two years, thanks to sponsors Iodent toothpaste and Folger's coffee. Each sponsor released brass Detectives Black and Blue badges in the show's inaugural year. Iodent also released a fabric double-billed detective's cap (checkered and printed with Iodent and the radio show title on the front bill).”--(From the website "Scoop")**Conservative condition grade: a sold, and retrospective, VERY GOOD+ (say, a conservative 7 on a 1-10 scale (ten being "mint")). There is a small amount of cover dust and grime, but generally the pamphlet is in very fresh and clean condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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