Casey, Crime Photographer

Casey, Crime Photographer (aka Crime photographer; Flashgun Casey; Casey, Press Photographer; Stephen Bristol, Crime Photographer) was a media franchise, in the 1930s until the 1960s. Created by George Harmon Coxe, the photographer Casey was featured in radio, film, theater, novels, magazines and comic books.[3] Launched in a 1934 issue of the pulp magazine Black Mask, the character Jack "Flashgun" Casey, was a crime photographer for the newspaper The Morning Express. With the help of reporter Ann Williams (portrayed on radio and TV by Jan Miner), he solved crimes and recounted his stories to friends at The Blue Note, their favorite tavern.[4]

Casey, Crime Photographer
Created byGeorge Harmon Coxe
Original workReturn Engagement, March 1934, Black Mask
Print publications
Cox, J. Randolph [2005], Flashgun Casey, Crime Photographer: From the Pulps to Radio And Beyond, David S. Siegel, William F. Nolan, Yorktown Heights, NY: Book Hunter Press. ISBN 1-891379-05-4
Coxe, George Harmon [1946], Flash Casey, Detective, J. Meyers : E.B. Williams :Avon Book Co.[1]
Silent Are the Dead (1942)
Murder For Two (1943)
Error of Judgement (1961)
The Man Who Died Too Soon (1962)
Deadly Image (1964)
ComicsCasey: Crime Photographer, Aug 1949, Marvel Comics Radio Tie in
Magazine(s)Black Mask
Films and television
Film(s)Women Are Trouble (1936)
Here's Flash Casey (1938)
Television seriesCrime Photographer (1951 - 1952)
Theatrical presentations
Play(s)Bristol, Stephen Crime Photographer[2]
Radio program(s)Casey, Crime Photographer (July 7, 1943 – November 16, 1950 and
January 13, 1954 – April 22, 1955)

George Harmon Coxe

Casey's creator, George Harmon Coxe, was the 1964 recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's prestigious Grand Master Award representing the pinnacle of achievement in the mystery field. This award represents significant output of quality in mystery writing.

Black Mask

"Flashgun" Casey began in the March 1934 issue of Black Mask, in the story Return Engagement. This story was later used in the film "Here's Flash Casey". Twenty more stories appeared in the magazine over the next decades, and collections of these stories were published in anthology form as well. Two of the subsequent novels were serialized in the magazine, in addition to the 21 short stories.[5]

In 1941, three parts of the early novels; Silent are the Dead were published in Black Mask in September, October and November as Killers Are Camera Shy; and in 1943, Murder for Two was serialized in January, February and March as Blood on the Lens.


Coxe wrote five novels featuring Casey.

  • Deadly Image (1964)[6]
  • Error of Judgement (1961)[7]
  • The Man Who Died Too Soon (1962)[8]
  • Murder For Two (1943)[9]
serialized in Black Mask over three issues.
  • Silent Are the Dead (1942)[10]
serialized in Black Mask over three issues.

Paul Ayres (Pseudonym of Edward S. Aaron) wrote a novel starring Casey, based on the works of Coxe

  • Dead Heat (1950)[11]


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Here's Flash Casey


Begun as stories in Black Mask, the stories were brought to radio under multiple names. The series aired on CBS for its entirety. 07/07/43 - 11/16/50 and 01/13/54 - 04/22/55.

Selected cast
Titles of show
  • Flashgun Casey
  • Casey, Press Photographer
  • Crime Photographer

The radio show was sustained by the network, sponsored by Anchor Hocking, Toni home permanents, Toni Shampoo and Philip Morris. The Blue Note was a jazz club; the Archie Bleyer Orchestra and first Herman Chittison and later The Teddy Wilson Trio were featured, usually in the introduction and wrap up of the show.

Comic books

Marvel Comics predecessor Timely Comics published four issues of a comic book tie-in to the radio show. The series began in August 1949 and ended in February 1950. Art was provided by regular Timely artist Vernon Henkel.[12]


Casey Crime Photographer 1951
1951 photo from the television series (McGavin to left)

In 1951 the popular series moved to television

  • First Telecast: April 19, 1951
  • Last Telecast: June 5, 1952

On Darren McGavin's website, he is quoted as saying "The cast of Crime Photographer didn’t go down fighting. "They took off for the hills. It was so bad that it was never re-run, and that’s saying something when you recall the caliber of television programs in those days."[13]


  1. ^ Coxe, George Harmon (1946). Flash Casey, Detective. J. Meyers : E.B. Williams. Avon Book Co.
  2. ^ West, Dorothy Herbert (1949). "Item notes: 1949/1952". Play index. Dorothy Margaret Peake, Estelle A. Fidell. H. W. Wilson Co. p. 16.
  3. ^ Cox, J. Randolph (2005). Flashgun Casey, Crime Photographer: From the Pulps to Radio And Beyond. David S. Siegel, William F Nolan. Yorktown Heights, NY: Book Hunter Press. ISBN 1-891379-05-4.
  4. ^ Lackmann, Ronald W. (2000). "Casey, Crime Photographer". The Encyclopedia of American Radio: An A-Z Guide to Radio from Jack Benny to Howard Stern. Facts on File. p. 60. ISBN 0-8160-4137-7.
  5. ^ Hagemann, Edward R. (1982). "cite= George Harmon Coxe". A Comprehensive Index to Black Mask, 1920-1951: With Brief Annotations, Preface, and Editorial Apparatus. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press. ISBN 0-87972-202-9.
  6. ^ Coxe, George Harmon (1964). Deadly Image. A.A. Knopf.
  7. ^ Coxe (1961). Error of Judgement. Hammond.
  8. ^ Coxe (1962). The Man Who Died Too Soon. A.A. Knopf.
  9. ^ Coxe (1943). Murder For Two. Dell. p. Mapback # 276.
  10. ^ Coxe (1942). Silent are the Dead. A.A. Knopf.
  11. ^ Ayres (1950). Dead Heat. Drexel Hill, PA Bell Publishing Co.
  12. ^ "Grand Comics Database". Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  13. ^ "Casey, Crime Photographer". Retrieved October 22, 2008.
1950s in comics

See also:

1940s in comics,

other events of the 1950s,

1960s in comics and the

list of years in comics

Publications: 1950 - 1951 - 1952 - 1953 - 1954 - 1955 - 1956 - 1957 - 1958 - 1959

1979 in radio

The year 1979 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.

Anchor Hocking

Anchor Hocking Company is a manufacturer of glassware. The Hocking Glass Company was founded in 1905 by Isaac Jacob (Ike) Collins in Lancaster, Ohio, and named after the Hocking River.That company merged with the AnchorCap and Closure Corporations in 1937. From 1937-1983 the company operated the oldest glass manufacturing facility in the United States, established in 1863, in Salem, New Jersey. Anchor Hocking's wine and spirit bottles are crafted at a factory in Monaca, Pennsylvania. It also had facilities in Elmira, New York, and Streator, Illinois. In 1987, the Newell Company acquired Anchor Hocking Corporation.

The company was the sponsor of the radio drama "Casey, Crime Photographer." It was also slated to sponsor television's first late-night talk show, The Don Hornsby Show, before Hornsby suddenly died shortly before its debut.

In 2012, then-owner Monomoy merged Anchor Hocking with Oneida and created EveryWare Global. In January 2014, EveryWare Global announced its plans to close its regional office and the Oneida outlet store, both in Sherrill, New York, with the process starting in April.

The original Oneida outlet store in Sherrill, New York, was closed April 26, 2014. EveryWare Global filed for bankruptcy in 2015. EveryWare Global was renamed The Oneida Group in 2017.Anchor Hocking and their headquarters in Lancaster, Ohio, are a focus of Brian Alexander's February 2017 book "Glass House".

Black Mask (magazine)

Black Mask was a pulp magazine first published in April 1920 by the journalist H. L. Mencken and the drama critic George Jean Nathan. The magazine was one of several money-making publishing ventures to support the prestigious literary magazine The Smart Set, which Mencken edited, and which had operated at a loss since at least 1917. Under their editorial hand, the magazine was not exclusively a publisher of crime fiction, offering, according to the magazine, "the best stories available of adventure, the best mystery and detective stories, the best romances, the best love stories, and the best stories of the occult." The magazine's first editor was Florence Osborne (credited as F. M. Osborne).

Bob Hite (announcer)

Bob Hite, Sr. (February 9, 1914 in Decatur, Indiana – February 18, 2000 in West Palm Beach, Florida) was an American radio and television announcer, voice-over artist, and news anchor.

Hite began his announcing career in the 1930s at WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan. During his years there, he was among the announcers for such old-time radio shows as The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, "The Shadow", and Challenge of the Yukon.In 1944, Hite joined the New York announcing staff of CBS. His radio announcing credits for the network included Let's Pretend, Casey, Crime Photographer, and The CBS Radio Workshop. On VE Day, Bob Hite was the first of CBS staff to announce the Victory in Europe, on airwaves coast to coast. After World War II, Hite was seen live on the fledgling medium of television as spokesman for GE appliances of all kinds, performing live commercials on the Fred Waring Show. During those early years of television, Hite was an anchor of five-minute morning news updates for the local CBS flagship station, WCBS-TV; at one point, he was paired with fellow announcer Peter Thomas on those newscasts. Also during that time frame he solo-anchored the local/metropolitan evening news casts as well. In the early and mid-1950s, Hite was narrator of several short films for RKO Pictures, including one of Stanley Kubrick's early works, Flying Padre.

Bob Hite announced the opening bumper for CBS's color programs starting in 1966, replacing fellow staff announcer Hal Simms who had voiced the same bumper the year before. But his most famous television credit was as announcer for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite beginning in 1971, and continuing until his retirement from the network in 1979.

Hite died at a Hospice in West Palm Beach, Florida at age 86.

His son, Bob Hite, Jr., was senior anchor at WFLA-TV in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida from 1977 until his retirement in November 2007. One of his three daughters, Cindy Hite, also worked in radio news and is now a radio host at Legends Radio 100.3 FM in Palm Beach County, FL.

Casey, Crime Photographer (TV series)

Casey, Crime Photographer (also known simply as Crime Photographer) was an American crime drama that was on for 2 seasons during the Golden Age of Television. The series ran from April 19, 1951–June 5, 1952 on the CBS Television Network. The series produced fifty-seven episodes in two seasons. It was based on the successful radio series of the same name which was based on the novels by George Harmon Coxe.

The series starred Richard Carlyle originally as the title role of Jack "Flashgun" Casey. Later, Darren McGavin would take on the title role. The series co-starred actress Jan Miner as Ann Williams, Jack's girlfriend and a fellow reporter.

Casey, Crime Photographer (radio series)

Casey, Crime Photographer, known by a variety of titles on radio (aka Crime Photographer, Flashgun Casey, Casey, Press Photographer) was a media franchise from the 1930s to the 1960s. The character was the creation of novelist George Harmon Coxe. Casey was featured in the pulp magazine, Black Mask, novels, comic books, radio, film, television and legitimate theatre.Jack "Flashgun" Casey, was a crime photographer for the newspaper The Morning Express. With the help of reporter Ann Williams (best remembered portrayed by Jan Miner, Palmolive's "Madge"), he solved crimes and recounted his stories to friends at the Blue Note, their favorite tavern and jazz club where the Archie Bleyer Orchestra and the Teddy Wilson Trio were featured.


Donald McClelland

Donald McClelland (September 29, 1903–November 15, 1955), who was also known as Donald C. McClelland in certain stage performances) was an American actor, stage performer and a former child actor.

George Harmon Coxe

George Harmon Coxe (April 23, 1901 – January 31, 1984) was an American writer of crime fiction. He is perhaps best known for his series featuring crime scene photographer Jack "Flashgun" Casey, which became a popular radio show airing through to the 1940s.

Here's Flash Casey

Here's Flash Casey is a 1937 American film directed by Lynn Shores and starring Eric Linden and Boots Mallory.

Jan Miner

Jan Miner (October 15, 1917 – February 15, 2004) was an American actress best known for her role as the character "Madge" the manicurist in Palmolive

dish-washing detergent television commercials beginning in the 1960s.

Lesley Woods

Lesley Woods (August 22, 1910 – August 2, 2003) was an American radio, stage and television actress. She was a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.

List of Casey, Crime Photographer stories in Black Mask

for more in depth information about the magazine see Black Mask (magazine)The Casey franchise was started in 1934 by George Harmon Coxe in Black Mask (magazine). A total of 22 stories were published in the magazine, plus two serialized novels.

Note the company these stories keep within the pages of Black Mask such as Raymond Chandler & E. Stanley Gardner. This magazine was an important part of the pulp magazine genre.

In addition to these stories, the two earliest novels were serialized over three issues each.

Matt Crowley

Matt Crowley (20 June 1905 – 7 March 1983) was an American film, television and radio actor.

Morton Gould

Morton Gould (December 10, 1913 – February 21, 1996) was an American composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist.

Staats Cotsworth

Staats Cotsworth (February 17, 1908 – April 9, 1979) was an actor in old-time radio. He is perhaps best known for playing the title role in Casey, Crime Photographer.

The Witch's Tale

The Witch's Tale was a horror-fantasy radio series which aired from May 21, 1931, to June 13, 1938, on WOR, the Mutual Radio Network, and in syndication. The program was created, written, and directed by Alonzo Deen Cole (February 22, 1897, St. Paul, Minnesota - April 7, 1971).


WFEL-LP is a Full Service formatted broadcast radio station licensed to and serving Antioch, Illinois. WFEL-LP is owned and operated by Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Women Are Trouble

Women Are Trouble is a 1936 American crime film directed by Errol Taggart and written by Michael Fessier. The film stars Stuart Erwin, Paul Kelly, Florence Rice, Margaret Irving, Cy Kendall and John Harrington. The film was released on July 31, 1936, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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