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Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator was a detective drama heard on NBC Radio from October 3, 1951 to June 30, 1955.[1]

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
William Gargan circa 1950s.JPG
William Gargan as Barrie Craig
Genre Detective drama
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates NBC
Starring William Gargan
Announcer Don Pardo
Written by Richard Leonard
Peggy Blake
Directed by Himan Brown
Arthur Jacobson
Andrew C. Love

Detective Barrie Craig (William Gargan[2]) worked alone from his Madison Avenue office.[1] Unlike his contemporaries Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Craig had a laid-back personality, somewhat cutting against the popular hard-boiled detective stereotype. Others in the cast included Ralph Bell, Elspeth Eric, Parker Fennelly, Santos Ortega, Arnold Moss, Parley Baer, Virginia Gregg and Betty Lou Gerson.[1]

Don Pardo was the announcer.[3]

Gargan also starred in the role in an unsuccessful 1952 TV pilot[4] written and directed by Blake Edwards. It was presented on ABC's Pepsi-Cola Playhouse as "Death the Hard Way" (October 17, 1954).

A few years earlier Gargan had played a similar character in Martin Kane, Private Eye.



  1. ^ a b c Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 74.
  2. ^ Alicoate, Jack, Ed. (1952). The 1952 Radio Annual. Radio Daily Corp. P. 842.
  3. ^ III, Harris M. Lentz (2015). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2014. McFarland. p. 267. ISBN 9781476619613. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Air-casters" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 24, 1952. Retrieved 24 August 2014. [permanent dead link]

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