Barrie Craig Helps a Fellow Private Eye
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator is a hard-boiled detective radio play that aired from 1951-1955. This play is called “Blood Money” which is money gained at the expense of someone else. One man gets the money easily, but it costs another man, perhaps in terms of his human rights, his freedom, or his life. I have broken the play into several parts. Part 1 is both scene 1 and 2.
In Scene 1, Barrie Craig is asked to do a job to help out an older detective, Max Marcy. He needs to find a man called Anatol Barbar. They discuss Max’s financial situation and why he can’t really retire. Max doesn’t have much money saved up to retire on. They both agree that they barely make enough to live on. And yet, it is a tough job for an older man. The hard boiled detective usually works alone, and often gets beaten up. Craig helps Max out as a favor; he does not want to be paid. He just hopes someone will do the same for him someday when he is older.
In scene 2, Barrie follows the cold trail and comes up with the information the other detective needed. It was easy, but he figures he was just lucky.
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Why is Max having a difficult time doing his job? Is he asking Barrie for a big favor or just a small favor? Please leave a reply below.