OTR Plot Summaries

Last Updated 8/29/05

The idea for this site came from OTR Plot Spot (there's a good chance that you got here from the link over there). In it, Mr. Dickson stated that he hoped his site would inspire others to create similar sites. Here, you will find plot summaries for shows in the genres of Detectives, Mystery, Vigilantes, and Westerns. The site is still a bit untidy, with many shows still lacking series descriptions and cast lists. Please be patient, as I should have them up soon.

A note on episode titles. The following shows have the titles announced at the beginning of the episode: The Black Museum (sort of), Box 13 (except for a few of the earlier episodes), Crime Classics, Gangbusters, The Green Hornet, I Was a Communist for the F.B.I., Inner Sanctum, Nick Carter, Master Detective, The Shadow, Suspense, Tales of the Texas Rangers, The Third Man, This is Your F.B.I., The Whistler, and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. All the other shows don't, at least not on a regular basis. For these shows, I use the titles provided on any Radio Spirits products on which they appear. For any episodes not available from them, I use the radio logs at Jerry Haendiges's OTR Site. So donít blame me if you think some of the titles sound stupid.

This site currently has 1508 plot summaries

The Adventures of Superman (13) The Black Museum (complete) Boston Blackie (35) Box 13 (43) Crime Classics (33) Dragnet A-BigE (67)
Dragnet BigF-BigN (81) Dragnet BigO-Z (96) Frontier Gentleman (complete) Gangbusters (32) The Green Hornet (43) Gunsmoke A-M (80)
Gunsmoke N-Z (45) Have Gun, Will Travel (63) I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (17) Inner Sanctum (37) The Lone Ranger (74) Nick Carter, Master Detective (43)
The Saint (18) Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (29) The Shadow A-L (91) The Shadow M-Z (43) The Six Shooter (37) Suspense (88)
Tales of the Texas Rangers (complete) The Third Man (50) This is Your F.B.I. (28) The Whistler (85) Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (59) Extras
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Plot summaries and episode reviews are welcome. Email them to me with the following guidelines: Summaries should be restricted to one to three sentences and avoid giving away the ending. Make note if an episode is a multi-parter (and how many parts it's in) and if the length is outside the norm (unless otherwise noted, all shows are half-hour length). For anthology shows, mention any notable actors in starring roles and the original author of episodes based on books or short stories. If the main character was played by more than one person during the series run, say which actor it was in that episode. Mention the person playing a major supporting character only if there was a cast change during the main actor's time on the show. (example: When Orson Welles was the Shadow, Margot Lane was portrayed by both Agnes Moorehead and Margot Stevenson.) Reviews should state exactly why the reviewer liked or disliked the particular episode. If you wish to write a review for an episode without a summary, it would be advisable to write a summary as well. I currently have no plans for additional shows in the near future, though I might consider relevant episodes of Lux Radio Theater.

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