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Hannay/ Thin Man Hybrid Hits the Heights.,
This review is from: Paul Temple and Steve (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
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If you've never heard Paul Temple mysteries before, but have some familiarity with the general derring-do and detective genres, then imagine: Imagine, a hybrid of John Buchan's Richard Hannay (39 Steps) and The Thin Man films of William Powell and Myrna Loy from the 1930s and 1940s. You've imagined the Paul Temple series.
Urbane couple Paul Temple (Crawford Logan) and his wife Steve (Gerda Stevenson) are asked by the police to unofficially look into the web of crime being woven in London by a newly arrived criminal master mind, Doctor Belasco. The Doctor's identity is unknown and no known photos of him exist. Every time the Temples find someone that may get them closer to their prey, that someone is killed. Temple himself is targeted in a roadside ambush, and narrowly escapes death.
Through 8 x 30 minute episodes (beware the 3-4 minutes of tedious recapitulation at the start of each one, if you listen to them continuously) the mystery is played out over four hours.
As a recreation of the original (lost) radio series from the 1940s and 1950s it's incredibly well done and well played. Whether it would hold modern younger audiences I don't know. But, if you have sympathy with the period style and the genre in general, then go for it, you will have great time!