The first thing you hear is phone ring followed by a distinctly feminine voice answering "Hello. YUkon 28209. Yes, this is Candy Matson." That phone call is the beginning of an adventure that starts at Candy's apartment on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco and can go anywhere, meeting any kind of people.
Candy was the opposite of what many people expected from a woman in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She was a woman with a career and it wasn't a traditional secretarial career--she chose to fight crime as a private detective...a gumshoe...a shamus. Unlike Jeff Regan, there was no $10-a-day plus expenses. Ever practical, Candy, who was a former model, charged her clients enough to keep her in the Telegraph Hill apartment, driving a very nice car, and in lovely clothes. And she wasn't shy about telling her clients exactly that.
Women detectives weren't very common on the radio. You might hear a woman police detective on a show like Dragnet but they were less than common as the star of a radio show. According to Old Time Radio Dame Detectives web page, there were over 120 detective shows featuring men but only find eight shows featuring a woman.
As a model and a pretty woman she was probably accustomed to people underestimating her so she used it to her advantage, often turning the tables on friends and prey alike. Flirting was another tool she used to her advantage, using it unabashedly on anyone she needed to get what she wanted.
Candy was aware of her sexuality and didn't even try to hide it. You can't say that she celebrated it but she definitely didn't shy away from it. She treated her sensuality like just another tool in her bag of tricks. Can you call Candy a femme fatale? Possibly. But when you think of a femme fatale in the detective genre, they seem to be aloof, cold users. Candy is not at all aloof. When she interacts with people, Candy is engaged whether she is bantering with her friends, flirting with the detective, or badgering a witness for information.
Candy's boyfriend was police detective Lt. Ray Mallard. In spite of the crush, Candy didn't feel the need to defer to Mallard. Quite the opposite. It almost seems like she was in competition with Mallard, often solving the case first. Being a confident woman, Candy didn't feel the need to boost Mallard's ego by hiding her light under a box.
Candy Matson was an extension of the woman who emerged during World War II radio . The strong woman who stepped out of the kitchen or the secretarial pool to do what needed to be done. It was hard for many women to go back to that life when the war was over. Candy represented that independent woman.
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