'Larry Kent is a crime investigator. As a newspaperman in New York, he becomes interested in crime detection and sets up in business in Australia. He has a nose for danger and a habit of playing hunches. A light touch to offset the serious theme of the plays is his eye for a pretty figure, and a favourite occupation of, as he puts it, "Watching the blondes go by" (Australian Radio Series 1930s - 1970s, p.99)
'He hates crime and he's been known to sport a bow tie! He's LARRY KENT and he first made his debut as a half-hour program on Australian radio in 1950 written by Ron Ingleby. Originally a newshound from the Big Apple, Kent emigrated to Australia and set himself up business as a private eye. Like his counterparts at the time back in the States, Kent was always getting into trouble, but that never prevented him from appreciating the female form. His favourite past-time was, he frequently reminded us, "Watching the blondes go by"' (Thrilling Detective).
Larry Kent was an Australian pulp crime series which included about 100 novelettes and more than 300 novels based on the Macquarie Network radio series 'I Hate Crime.' Published monthly from April 1954, the novelettes were written by a variety of authors. Many covers and title-pages feature the slogan 'I Hate Crime!'.
This thirty minute radio drama series was first broadcast by the Macquarie Network in 1950. It continued for over 150 episodes. Sponsored by the Rola Company it went to air on Saturday evenings at 7 o'clock. The National Film and Sound Archives have records of a 2UE broadcasting time of Monday at 8.30.
Ingleby's creation for radio spawned the Australian pulp crime series which included about 100 novelettes and more than 300 novels.
1949: Radio station 2UE, Sydney; 28 November -