The Wheel of Life Caper

  • by The Adventures of Sam Spade
  • 0 hrs and 29 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

This episode of The Adventures of Sam Spade first aired on July 11, 1948. Dashiell Hammett's classic detective burst out of the pages of The Maltese Falcon and into his own radio series on July 12, 1946. Featuring Howard Duff as Spade and Lureen Tuttle as his faithful secretary, Effie, the series appeared on three different radio networks: ABC (1946), CBS (1946-49), and NBC (1949-51). Toward the end of the series' run, Steve Dunne replaced Howard Duff in the title role. The program won a 1947 Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama.

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What the Critics Say

"A show that still seems fresh and alive." (Jim Harmon, The Great Radio Heroes)

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Where does The Wheel of Life Caper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is right up at the top.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wheel of Life Caper?

The banter between Sam Spade and his secretary


What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

This is real radio and real theater of the mind at it's best


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sam Spade is at it again


Any additional comments?

I am a huge fan of old(e) time radio. This makes me feel like I am there, was there, and enjoying the old(e) ways.

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- Jerry "Avid reader, love philosophy, fiction, everything!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2007
  • Publisher: Radio Spirits, Inc.