Hannibal Cobb is an American old-time radio detective drama. It was broadcast on ABC from January 9, 1950 until May 11, 1951.[1]

Hannibal Cobb
GenreDetective drama
Country of originUnited States
StarringSantos Ortega
AnnouncerLes Griffith
Written byBernard Dougall
Louis Heyward
Ira Marion
Lillian Schoen
Directed byMartin Andrews
William D. Hamilton
Roy LaPlante
Charles Powers
Produced byMartin Andrews
William D. Hamilton
Roy LaPlante
Charles Powers
Original releaseJanuary 9, 1950 (1950-01-09) –
May 11, 1951 (1951-05-11)

Format edit

Hannibal Cobb was a detective who "took an intense personal interest in those for whom he worked."[2] Described at the beginning of each episode as "... a dramatic story of human conflict vividly told ...",[3] Cobb's adventures were reported from the client's viewpoint.

In a radio version of counterprogramming, the program was unique in that it was broadcast in the daytime, when competing networks aired soap operas.[2] In a January 6, 1950, article in The Cincinnati Enquirer, Lane Adams called the scheduling "almost a revolutionary break with hallowed radio precedent."[4]

Hannibal Cobb was based on the Photocrime feature that ran in Look magazine.[5]

Personnel edit

Santos Ortega portrayed Hannibal Cobb, and Les Griffith was the announcer. Producer/directors were Martin Andrews, William D. Hamilton, Roy LaPlante, and Charles Powers. Writers were Bernard Dougall, Louis Heyward, Ira Marion, and Lillian Schoen.[2]

Television edit

In 1960, Filmmaster produced a series of 5-minute episodes of a Hannibal Cobb series that starred James Craig.[6] The Video International Productions series was expected to have at least 189 episodes.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 309. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ a b c Cox, Jim (2010). Radio Crime Fighters: More Than 300 Programs from the Golden Age. McFarland. p. 126. ISBN 9781476612270. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  3. ^ Cox, Jim (2009). The A to Z of American Radio Soap Operas. Scarecrow Press. p. 95. ISBN 9780810863491. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  4. ^ Adams, Magee (January 6, 1950). "ABC Breaks Pattern With Daytime Show Of 'Whodunit' Type". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio, Cincinnati. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com.  
  5. ^ "Magazines on the air". Sponsor. 5 (4): 70. February 12, 1951. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Hollywood Roundup" (PDF). Television Digest. 16 (3): 11. January 18, 1960. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  7. ^ "(no headline)" (PDF). Television Age. January 25, 1960. p. 41. Retrieved 21 March 2018.

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