Radio: The New Shows

The Amazing Mr. Malone* (Fri. 9 p.m., NBC) rings a few changes on that tired radio perennial, the evening mystery show. Based on a character created by Whodunit Writer Craig Rice, Malone deals with a Chicago criminal lawyer whose avowed hobby is "collecting cliches." Malone has other off-beat mannerisms: he avoids fights, employs a masseur, and dislikes guns because "they remind me of weddings." Currently unsponsored, Malone had some fast-paced dialogue by Scripter Eugene Wang, is packed with such novelties as an effeminate gunman, a strait-laced gambler fretting about his daughter's morals, a policeman who was on the right track from...

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