It has everything, except the happy ending.

Come and experience what live studio audiences enjoyed in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s in Hollywood, Chicago, and New York.  During the Golden Days of Radio, movie stars, radio actors, musicians, and sound effects men broadcast live on radio stations heard throughout America. This is a Big Read event.

Show Details:
February 18-21, 2016 
Thursday-Saturday: 7:30pm, Sunday: 2:00pm
$15 for Adults
$5 for Youth and BHSU students

This will be the Queen City Radio Theatre’s version of Dashiell Hammett’s captivating classic, “The Maltese Falcon.”  This script was aired as the LUX Radio Theatre version of “The Maltese Falcon” in 1942 in Hollywood with several famous movie stars as the main characters – cast list below.  It’s a mystery with a hardened P.I, a real looker vamp and bad girl, a Girl Friday, and the very best bad guys. 

You will enjoy seeing how a radio show was broadcasted and hearing stories from our actors about working during the Golden Days of Radio.


The play runs February 18-21, 2016. Thursday-Saturday the play starts at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday it starts at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $15 adults, $5 youth and BHSU Students.

Directed by Hoodie Smock. 

MEET the Cast/photos!


REHEARSAL: L-R: Dwight Myers, J. Bruce Woodard, Aaron Charles Otterness, Marnie Almirall, Jack Hughes

Play Synopsis


Joe Saracco as Cecil B. DeMille

Sam Spade and Miles Archer are partners in a San Francisco detective agency. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn’t like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wonderly, aka Brigid Shaughnessy, walks into their office. Just like that, everything changes.

Miles is dead, including a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wonderly is surrounded by dangerous men. There’s Joel Cairo, who uses gardenia-scented calling cards. There’s Kasper Gutman, with his enormous girth and feigned civility.

Her only hope of protection comes from Sam, who is suspected by the police of one or the other murder. More murders are yet to come, and it will all be because of these dangerous men — and their lust for a statuette of a bird: the Maltese Falcon.


TBR-Logo-PartnersThe Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 



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