Audio Theatre: Red Wind

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January 1938 Dime Mystery Magazine CoverRaymond Chandler’s short stories and novels became the scaffolding on which radio, film and television hung hours of entertainment. His journey from pulp fiction freelancer to American literary hero served as inspiration for a rich trove of related narratives. This episode of Audio Theatre presents an radio drama based on a Chandler story from the January 1938 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine. 

Detail from January 1938 Dime Mystery Magazine saying Philip Marlowe, the main character of our drama, is Chandler’s best known character and the hero of most of the entertainment industry’s adaptation of Chandler’s stories. In the original 1938 story, the Philip Marlowe was still under development. 

When the original story was published, Chandler’s hero detective is named John Dalmas. By the time the entertainment industry recognized the potential in Chandler’s work, Chandler’s character had evolved into Philip Marlowe, and that more famous character was used in the various adaptations of this story. Note that in this version of the story, Lola’s dead lover has been renamed from Stan Phillips in the original story to Johnny Dalmas in a nod to the original hero of the story. 

This version of Red Wind was originally broadcast on September 26, 1948. The script is by almost an exact duplicate of one used in the Philip Marlowe Series starring Van Heflin that had been broadcast a year earlier. 

Please sit back and enjoy this version of Red Wind.

Stylized portrait of Raymond Chandler

Take The Raymond Chandler Quiz!

Which of the following quotes was not written by Raymond Chandler?

Congratulations for recognizing the fake! This quote was written by our esteemed publisher late at night after too many bourbons. 

This quote was penned by Chanlder lin 1953 in The Long Goodbye.

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