Death Strikes From The East (Aired June 5, 1940) 2-Parts COMPLETE
The exploits of Dan Garrett, a rookie patrolman who, by wearing bullet-proof blue chain mail, transformed himself into the mysterious Blue Beetle, a daring crusader for justice. The Blue Beetle was created by Charles Nicholas. The character made his first appearance in August of 1939 in the comic book Mystery Men #1, published by Fox Features Syndicate. The Blue Beetle radio serial aired from 05-15-40 to 09-13-40 as a CBS 30 minutes, syndicated series. Actor Frank Lovejoy provided the voice of the Blue Beetle for the first thirteen episodes. Later episodes were uncredited. After his father was killed by a gangster's bullet, young Dan Garrett joined the New York Police Department, but soon tired of the slow pace and red tape of police work. With the help of his friend and mentor, pharmacist and drug-store proprietor Dr. Franz, Dan acquired a costume of bullet-proof chain-mail-like cellulose material, and began a second life, fighting crime as The Blue Beetle. TODAY'S SHOW: June 5, 1940. Program #14. Fox Features syndication. "Death Strikes From The East" Part One and Two (COMPLETE). Commercials added locally. The "Purple Dragon" hosts a Chinese drama, with a human sacrifice for an encore! . Tong Wars are being waged in Chinatown. The Blue Beetle looks toward the Orient to battle "The Purple Dragon." Commissioner Warren's daughter has been kidnapped. 26:53.