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Box 13 was a syndicated radio series about the escapades of newspaperman-turned-mystery novelist Dan Holiday, played by film star Alan Ladd. Created by Ladd's company, Mayfair Productions, Box 13 premiered in 1947. In New York City, it first aired December 31, 1947, on Mutual's New York flagship, WOR.

To seek out new ideas for his fiction, Holiday ran a classified ad in the Star-Times newspaper where he formerly worked: "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything -- write Box 13, Star-Times." The stories followed Holiday's adventures when he responded to the letters sent to him by such people as a psycho killer and various victims.

Sylvia Picker appeared as Holiday's scatterbrained secretary, Suzy, while Edmund MacDonald played police Lt. Kling. Supporting cast members included Betty Lou Gerson, Frank Lovejoy, Lurene Tuttle, Alan Reed, Luis Van Rooten and John Beal. Vern Carstensen, who directed Box 13 for producer Richard Sanville, was also the show's announcer.

The dramas featured music by Rudy Schrager. Russell Hughes, who had previously hired Ladd as a radio actor in 1935 at a $19 weekly salary, wrote most of the scripts, sometimes in collaboration with Ladd. The partners in Mayfair Productions were Ladd and Bernie Joslin, who had previously run the chain of Mayfair Restaurants.

Primary Cast[]

  • Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday
  • Sylvia Picker as Suzy
  • Edmund MacDonald as Lt. Kling
  • Vern Carstensen as the Announcer


  1. The First Letter
  2. The Insurance Swindle Adventure
  3. Blackmail Is Murder
  4. The Radio Actress Murder Case (a.k.a. Actor's Alibi)
  5. Extra! Extra!
  6. Shanghaied
  7. Short Assignment
  8. Double Mothers
  9. A Book of Poems by Sir Walter Scott
  10. The Great Torino
  11. Foreign Correspondent (a.k.a. Suicide or Murder)
  12. Triple Cross
  13. Damsel in Distress
  14. Diamond in the Sky
  15. Double Right Cross
  16. Look Pleasant, Please
  17. The Haunted Artist
  18. The Sad Night
  19. The Hot Box
  20. The Better Man
  21. The Professor and the Puzzle
  22. The Dowager and Dan Holiday
  23. Three to Die
  24. The Philanthropist
  25. Last Will and Nursery Rhyme
  26. Delinquent's Dilemma
  27. Flash of Light
  28. Hare and Hounds
  29. Hunt and Peck
  30. Death Is A Doll
  31. One One Three Point Five
  32. Dan and the Wonderful Lamp
  33. Tempest in a Casserole
  34. Mexican Maze
  35. Sealed Instructions
  36. Find Me, Find Death
  37. Much Too Lucky
  38. One of These Four
  39. Daytime Nightmare
  40. Death Is No Joke
  41. The Treasure of Hang Li
  42. Design for Danger
  43. The Dead Man Walks
  44. Killer at Large
  45. Speed to Burn
  46. House of Darkness
  47. Double Trouble
  48. The Biter Bitten
  49. A Perfect Crime
  50. Archimedes and the Roman
  51. The Clay Pigeon
  52. Round Robin

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