Box 13 is an old time radio drama starring Alan Ladd. The premise of Box 13 radio was the main character, Dan Holliday, played by Ladd, was an author who wrote mystery novels. To get ideas for his novels Dan Holliday placed an advertisement in a newspaper saying "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything, Box 13."
Newspaper advertising really worked, because Holliday was never in need story ideas. The responses from his ads ran the gamut from victims to criminals. Murders were the mainstay of this old time radio classic. There is a little bit of true psycho drama in the show as well. To get screen star Alan Ladd into a radio series was quite a feat in itself. During the time that Box 13 was airing, Ladd was already immensely popular on the big screen. It probably had a lot to do with Ladd owning the production company that created and produced the show, Mayfair Productions.
Like all popular old time radio detective type shows, you gotta have a secretary. Holliday's was a scatterbrain type named Suzy, who was played by old time radio actress Sylvia Picker. But in Box 13, remember Dan Holliday was not really a detective, he was an author, and he received no fees for his dangerous work. He made his money on the back end, after his stories were published. While Suzy was the main recurring character, some other names famous in old time radio also made appearances, such as Frank Lovejoy, Ed Begley, and Gerald Mohr. Edmund MacDonald also made numerous appearances as Police Lt. Kling.
The scripts were good, and the show had very high production values. But to be honest, many people feel Alan Ladd didn't live up to their expectations in the show. Although he did a good job, and the show was popular back when aired, he couldn't lend his handsome face to the radio. Box 13 probably would have been just as popular with a regular radio actor.
I have heard, but not yet seen that Box 13 old time radio has been resurrected as a comic, available only in digital format. If I run across it, we'll put the link in. Might be fun to see how the remake in comic book form works out! Box 13 radio first aired in December 1947, on Mutual Radio's flagship New York station, WOR. Ending in 1949, Box 13 is complete at 52 episodes, all good quality. Box 13 radio ran into 1949. Each episode is about a half hour long. We also have Box 13 Radio available as regular audio CD. There are 26 regular audio CDs available, each with 2 different episodes.