Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man.
William Gargan brought an air of authenticity to his roles as a private detective. His father was a bookmaker. William Gargan learned a lot about the gambling world and met a lot of interesting characters. He was so convincing because he was probably the only actor atthis time who had actually been aprivate detective. He first worked as a credit investigator and collection agentfor a clothing firm. William Gargan was shot at when he attempted to get adeadbeat customer to pay his overdue account. Next, he worked for about ayear as a private detective with a New York agency for "$10.00 a day andexpenses. " William Gargan did many of the usual detective jobs: guardingpayrolls, tailing possible suspects, conducting stakeouts, and protecting clientswith valuables. He was fired when he lost track of a diamond salesman he wassupposed to be protecting. Barry Craig was directed by Himan Brown.William Gargan was stricken by cancer of the larynx. In 1960 his voice box wasremoved in surgery, ending his career. He learned esophageal speech and thentaught this method for the American Cancer Society. The same group enlistedhim as an anti-smoking campaigner.