The Writings of Charles Leslie McFarlane (1902-1977)

as compiled by James D. Keeline

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If most people know Leslie McFarlane today, it is because of his contract work with the Stratemeyer Syndicate on the early volumes of the Hardy Boys series.   He wrote 33 manuscripts for the Syndicate in this series and others.  At least two and possibly three of these stories were never published.  This page is an attempt to present as complete a list as possible of McFarlane's writings so that fans and scholars might put a particular work into a broader perspective.  Like a number of writers of this period of time, McFarlane wrote for many types of publications, virtually all that were available at the time, including newspapers, pulp and slick magazines, books, radio, television, and film.  He wrote short stories and long fiction along with various types of nonfiction.

This will almost certainly be a perpetual work in progress.  As such, I would very much appreciate additional listings from those who see this page and know his work.  This is especially needed in the areas of the newspaper articles and pulp and slick magazine materials which can show up virtually anywhere but are very hard to trace with traditional research tools.  Those who submit entries will have their initials near the entries which are linked to a list of contributors.

A.  Books for the Stratemeyer Syndicate

It is through the books that Leslie McFarlane wrote for the Stratemeyer Syndicate that we know him today so it is fitting that this be the first category.  The Stratemeyer Syndicate was established by Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) in 1905 as a way to produce material for publishers at a faster rate than he could do alone.  

A typical Syndicate series would be proposed to a publisher with several sample titles and brief summaries.  When selected by the publisher, these would be expanded by Edward Stratemeyer, or his successors in later years, into outlines which were next turned over to the "ghostwriter."  This writer, frequently a newspaper reporter for their "day job" would then expand the limited outline into a book whose published length would be some 220 pages (roughly 30,000 words).  In the early years this work would take about four to six weeks though it could be much shorter at times.  

For their work, the ghostwriter would be paid a flat commission for all rights to the work and they were expected to sign a release which transferred rights to Stratemeyer or the Syndicate.  During Stratemeyer's lifetime, writers would also get a Christmas bonus which reflected the success of their books and the amount of work they did for the Syndicate.  After his death, the writers were bequeathed a sum of money based on their Syndicate writing for the previous five years.  The amount paid for a manuscript (for example $125 in 1927 for The Tower Treasure) was roughly equivalent to the salary of a newspaper reporter for two month's work.  Another way of looking at it was the number of 50¢ books which had to be sold before Stratemeyer earned back the amount he invested in the story.  In this case 6,250 copies of a title needed to be sold, based on a 2¢ per copy royalty, before the investment was earned back.  For the Hardy Boys volumes this was not a problem.  However, for the Dave Fearless paperback books, the sales did not justify continuing this or the other Syndicate series handled by Garden City in 1926 and 1927.  The fact that the ghostwriters were often with the Syndicate for up to 30 years is a testament to their feelings on the fairness of this payment policy.

Below is a list of the Stratemeyer Syndicate books written by McFarlane in chronological order according to the date the release was signed.

Pseudonym Series Vol. Title Publisher Year
Rockwood, Roy Dave Fearless 10 Dave Fearless Under the Ocean Garden City 1926
Rockwood, Roy Dave Fearless 11 Dave Fearless in the Black Jungle Garden City 1926
Rockwood, Roy Dave Fearless 12 Dave Fearless Near the South Pole Garden City 1926
Rockwood, Roy Dave Fearless 13 Dave Fearless Caught by Malay Pirates Garden City 1926
Rockwood, Roy Dave Fearless 14 Dave Fearless on the Ship of Mystery Garden City 1927
Rockwood, Roy Dave Fearless 15 Dave Fearless on the Lost Brig Garden City 1927
Rockwood, Roy Dave Fearless 16 Dave Fearless at Whirlpool Point   [Note 1] (not published)  ­­
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 1 The Tower Treasure Grosset & Dunlap 1927
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 2 The House on the Cliff Grosset & Dunlap 1927
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 3 The Secret of the Old Mill Grosset & Dunlap 1927
Holmes, Thomas K.     "The Mystery Ranch" or "Thunder Valley Mystery"   [Note 2] (not published) ­­
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 4 The Missing Chums Grosset & Dunlap 1928
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 5 Hunting for Hidden Gold Grosset & Dunlap 1928
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 6 The Shore Road Mystery Grosset & Dunlap 1928
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 7 The Secret of the Caves Grosset & Dunlap 1929
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 8 The Mystery of Cabin Island Grosset & Dunlap 1929
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 9 The Great Airport Mystery Grosset & Dunlap 1930
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 10 What Happened at Midnight Grosset & Dunlap 1931
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 11 While the Clock Ticked Grosset & Dunlap 1932
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 12 Footprints Under the Window Grosset & Dunlap 1933
Keene, Carolyn Dana Girls

1
By the Light of the Study Lamp Grosset & Dunlap

1934
Keene, Carolyn Dana Girls

2
The Secret of Lone Tree Cottage Grosset & Dunlap

1934
Keene, Carolyn Dana Girls

3
In the Shadow of the Tower Grosset & Dunlap

1934
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 13 The Mark on the Door Grosset & Dunlap 1934
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 14 The Hidden Harbor Mystery Grosset & Dunlap 1935
Keene, Carolyn Dana Girls

4
A Three-Cornered Mystery Grosset & Dunlap

1935
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 15 The Sinister Signpost Grosset & Dunlap 1936
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 16 A Figure in Hiding Grosset & Dunlap 1937
Ferris, James Cody X-Bar-X Boys

22
The X-Bar-X Boys with the Border Patrol   [Note 3] (not published)  ­­
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 22 The Flickering Torch Mystery Grosset & Dunlap 1943
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 23 The Melted Coins Grosset & Dunlap 1944
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys 24 The Short-Wave Mystery Grosset & Dunlap 1945
Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys

26
The Phantom Freighter   [Note 4] Grosset & Dunlap

1947


 Note 1  

This story was written but not published because of poor sales of all of the Syndicate stories published by Garden City.

 Note 2  

This was supposed to be a magazine serial for Western Story or a similar publication but Stratemeyer was unable to sell it.  He even offered it to McFarlane for a while so that he could try to sell it.

 Note 3  

This story, about smuggling on the U.S.-Canadian border, was written but not published.

 Note 4  

This story is often attributed to Leslie McFarlane but was actually written by his wife Amy McFarlane (who died in 1955) as evidenced both by the release and letters of the time.  According to these letters, Leslie was fishing in the Rocky Mountains when the assignment came in.  The Syndicate was surprised by this yet generally pleased with the results.  However, it was the last manuscript done by either McFarlane for the Syndicate.

B.  Other Books

Leslie McFarlane wrote fourteen books on his own behalf.  The earliest of these were two adult mysteries published by E.P. Dutton while he was working on the Hardy Boys series for the Stratemeyer Syndicate.  When he began to do more writing for radio in the 1940s, he discontinued his writing for the Syndicate.  He spent most of his time for the next twenty years writing for film and television.

He published two books under his own name in 1965 and 1966. The first of these was a story about a Dominion Day picnic in the 1880s.  The other one was a paperback hockey story which was the basis of a television program.

In 1972, he wrote a play to comemorate the 50th anniversary of a fire in his boyhood town of Haileybury, Ontario.  A bookstore in the area, The Highway Bookshop, published this play, some reprints of his reporting of the fire, and a memoir by McFarlane about his boyhood in Haileybury.

In 1975 and 1976 he adapted several of his pulp magazine stories to very short paperback novels which were published by Methuen.  That same publisher also published his memoir, Ghost of the Hardy Boys, in 1976.

Author Title Publisher Year Notes
McFarlane, Leslie Streets of Shadow E.P. Dutton 1930 reprint of pulp magazine story, mystery
McFarlane, Leslie The Murder Tree E.P. Dutton 1931 reprint of pulp magazine story, mystery
McFarlane, Leslie The Last of the Great Picnics McClelland & Stewart 1965 set in 1880s in Northern Canada
McFarlane, Leslie McGonigle Scores McClelland & Stewart 1966 sports, also a television program
McFarlane, Leslie Fire in the North Highway Book Shop 1972 play based on Haileybury Fire of 1922
McFarlane, Leslie Haileybury Fire Highway Book Shop 1972 reprints of newspaper articles about Haileybury Fire of 1922
McFarlane, Leslie A Kid In Haileybury Highway Book Shop 1975 memoir; reprinted (Highway Book Shop, 1996)
McFarlane, Leslie Agent of the Falcon Methuen 1975 reprint of pulp magazine story, adventure
McFarlane, Leslie Mystery of Spider Lake Methuen 1975 reprint of pulp magazine story, mystery?
McFarlane, Leslie Squeeze Play Methuen 1975 reprint of pulp magazine story, sports
McFarlane, Leslie The Dynamite Flynns Methuen 1975 reprint of pulp magazine story, sports
McFarlane, Leslie The Snow Hawk Methuen 1976 reprint of pulp magazine story, adventure
McFarlane, Leslie Breakaway Methuen 1976 reprint of pulp magazine story, sports
McFarlane, Leslie Ghost of the Hardy Boys Methuen 1976 memoir; reprinted (Applewood, 1997)

Periodicals Containing Stories By Leslie McFarlane

C.  Periodicals

McFarlane began his writing career as a newspaper reporter with the Cobalt Nugget and the Sudbury Star.  He sent in stories to the Saturday fiction section of the Toronto Star and later wrote stories for slick and pulp magazines in his spare time.  In 1926 when he answered the ad placed by Edward Stratemeyer, he was working for the Springfield Republican in Massachusetts.  Within a couple of months he returned to Canada.  

From time to time McFarlane would write to Stratemeyer or his daughters to tell them of his success in placing stories.  

  • In November 1926 when Stratemeyer was sending the first Hardy Boys outline, he congratulated McFarlane on his article in Everybody's Magazine.  
  • Stratemeyer even asked him to write a story in February 1927, "Mystery Ranch," which he intended to sell to one of the pulp magazines.
  • In May 1927 McFarlane sent a photo and a description of the location of Haileybury.  In Stratemeyer's reply he congratulated him on winning the Maclean prize and sent the printed copies of the early Hardy Boys volumes.  
  • In June 1927 he was congratulated on his "theatrical venture."  
  • In April 1928, Stratemeyer congratulated him on his forthcoming marriage to Amy Arnold and his success in selling to Mystery Stories while noting at the same time that he had been unable to sell "Mystery Ranch."  
  • Stratemeyer purchased a copy of Munsey's Magazine in April 1929 which contained a serial by McFarlane.  Later that month Stratemeyer sent the manuscript for "Mystery Ranch" to McFarlane in hopes that he could place it with a publisher.  
  • In March 1930, Stratemeyer learned that another publisher was offering a title called "Mystery Ranch" necessitating a change in title for the story.  
  • In February 1934 the Syndicate congratulated him on selling 100% of his literary output for 1933.  

Below is a list of the periodicals for which McFarlane wrote followed by a list of specific stories or issues of magazines containing his stories which are known to exist.  This is probably his largest body of work yet the one which is hardest to trace.  Please e-mail me if you have additional listings or corrections.

Newspapers

Slick Magazines
Cobalt Nugget 1919-20  Maclean's Magazine 1927-38 
Welland Tribune 1920 Vanity Fair 1928
Sudbury Star 1920-26 Canadian Magazine 1931-36
Springfield Republican  1926-27 Nelson's Magazine 1932
Haileyburian   Field & Stream 1932
Toronto Star Weekly  1926-36 Canadian Home Journal 1933
    Country Gentleman 1934-38
    Magazine Digest

1935
    Passing Show

1935
    Tidbits

1935
    Holland's Magazine

1936
    Capper Farmer

1936-38
    Successful Farming

1937
    Canadian National Railway Magazine 1938
    Liberty 1938
    Woman's World 1938

Pulp Magazines
Everybody's Magazine 1926 Detective Classics 1930
Adventure 1924-26 Scotland Yard 1930
West 1925-31 Complete Detective Novels

1930-32
Real Detective Tales 1927-28 Five Novels

1931
Mystery Stories 1927-29 Corner (UK)

1931-32
Munsey's Magazine 1928 Top-Notch

1932-37
Short Stories

1928
Sport Story

1932-38
Red-Blooded Stories 1928 Storyteller 

1935
Goblin

1928-29
Dynamic

1935-36
Detective Fiction Weekly 1928-34 Argosy 1937
Clues 1928-35 Double Detective

1938
All-Star Detective 1929-31 Knockout 

1938
Argosy (UK) 1929 Thrilling Sport

1938

Title Periodical Dates Length Income Rate Notes Subject Thanx
The River Trail Adventure 20 May 1925 20,000 $300 1.5 JRC
An Imposter Adventure 10 May 1925 24,000 $475 2.0 Ghost, JRC
The Black Suit Adventure 20 Aug 1925 3,000 $65 2.2 JRC
In the Blizzard Adventure 30 Nov 1925 15,000 $300 2.0 JRC
The Cabin and the Spring Adventure 20 Nov 1925 5,000 $100 2.0 JRC
The King of Watabaneck Adventure 20 Jan 1926 24,000 $475 2.0 JRC
Agent of the Hawk Adventure 8 Jan 1926 24,000 $480 2.0 Reprinted as a book? JRC
The Knife West ~1925 5,000 $120 2.4
Hill of Gold Adventure Dec 1926 25,000 $525 2.1 Ghost, DNRU
The Root House Maclean's Magazine ~1927 7,000 $125 1.8 Reprinted by Argosy (UK) Jan 1930 WC
The Man Who Looked Back Mystery Stories Nov 1927 4,000 $80 2.0 mystery JRC
Treaty Money Mystery Stories Feb 1928 4,500 $90 2.0 mystery JRC
Front Page Stuff Real Detective Tales Feb 1928 16,000 $160 1.0 mystery JRC
The Inside Story Mystery Stories Mar 1928 4,500 $90 2.0 mystery JRC
The Other Glove Mystery Stories Apr 1928 - May 1928 17,000 $350 2.1 serial, 2 parts mystery JRC
Sketches Goblin, Mayfair ~1927 4,000 $45 1.1
Cook Tips Real Detective Tales ~1928 3,000 $30 1.0
A Matter of Initials Real Detective Tales Apr 1928 2,000 $20 1.0 mystery JRC
A Sentimental Pilgrim Maclean's Magazine ~1928 6,000 $75 1.3 Reprinted by Argosy (UK) Aug 1934 WC
The Red-Headed Man Mystery Stories Oct 1928 15,000 $300 2.0 mystery JRC
Justice by Proxy Mystery Stories ~1928 3,000 $60 2.0
A Chain of Evidence Mystery Stories Jul 1928 4,500 $90 2.0 mystery JRC
The Wrong Wrist Maclean's Magazine ~1928 4,000 $75 1.9
Hunted Mystery Stories Aug 1928 - Sep 1928 18,000 $360 2.0 serial, 2 parts mystery JRC
A Happy Ending Vanity Fair ~1928 2,000 $45 2.3
Dead Man's Feast Clues 10 Oct 1928 21,000 $430 2.0 mystery JRC
Andy's Ashes Toronto Star Weekly ~1928 2,500 $25 1.0
Fuzzy Face Short Stories ~1928 4,500 $90 2.0
Verbera's Teeth Toronto Star Weekly ~1928 2,500 $25 1.0
The Death Score Mystery Stories Jan 1929 15,000 $295 2.0 mystery JRC
The Mystery of Number Nine Maclean's Magazine ~1928 $185
The Pillar of Fire Red-Blooded Stories ~1928 4,500 $90 2.0
The Mail-Order Bride Toronto Star Weekly ~1928 3,500 $35 1.0
Absalone and Their Wolf Toronto Star Weekly ~1928 3,500 $35 1.0
Absalone Answers an Ad Toronto Star Weekly ~1928 2,300 $23 1.0
Murder on Dead Pine Trail Mystery Stories Apr 1929 6,000 $120 2.0 mystery JRC
Murder on Dead Pine Trail Toronto Star Weekly ~1928 6,000 $50 0.8 reprint
The Hill of Gold Toronto Star Weekly ~1928 25,000 $60 0.2 reprint
The Far Horizons Maclean's Magazine ~1928 5,000 $100 2.0 Reprinted in Argosy (UK) Aug 1930 WC
Streets of Shadow Munsey's Magazine ~1928 75,000 $900 1.2 novel, reprinted as a book
Five Clock Mystery Goblin ~1928 3,500 $35 1.0
The Snow Shoe Trail Goblin ~1928 3,500 $35 1.0
Murphy Kills Two Birds Detective Fiction Weekly 13 Apr 1929 4,500 $90 2.0 mystery JRC
The Breed of Pioneers Maclean's Magazine ~1929 6,000 $100 1.7
Clue of the Thumb Goblin ~1929 2,000 $35 1.8
Lover's Secret Code Goblin ~1929 2,000 $35 1.8
Uncle Absalone's Friend Fred Toronto Star Weekly ~1929 5,000 $75 1.5
Trouble at Coogan's Rest Short Stories 10 Oct 1929 6,000 $120 2.0 WC
Corpse in the Snow Clues ~1929 15,000 $315 2.1
Corpse in the Snow All-Star Detective Oct 1929 15,000 reprint ? mystery JRC
Sob Stuff Detective Fiction Weekly 3 Aug 1929 mystery JRC
Beware of the Greeks Detective Fiction Weekly ~1929 3,000 $60 2.0
The Graveyard Mystery Clues 10 Sep 1929 20,000 $375 1.9 mystery JRC
The Man in the Deuce Goblin ~1929 2,000 $35 1.8
Uncle Absalone Minds Nanny Toronto Star Weekly ~1929 5,000 $75 1.5
Rivals of the Snows Toronto Star Weekly ~1929 20,000 $90 0.5 reprint of "River Trail"
The Black Mansion Murder All-Star Detective Nov 1929 23,000 $460 2.0 mystery JRC
Three Days More Maclean's Magazine ~1929 5,000 $80 1.6
The Root House Argosy (UK) ~1929 7,000 $70 1.0 reprint
A Sentimental Pilgrim Argosy (UK) ~1929 6,000 $70 1.2 reprint
The Far Horizons Argosy (UK) ~1929 5,000 $60 1.2 reprint
Murder at Blizzard Lake All-Star Detective Feb 1930 16,000 $330 2.1 mystery JRC
The Crime Cat All-Star Detective Mar 1930 30,000 $600 2.0 listed as "The Laughing Cat Mystery" mystery JRC
The Legacy Code Goblin ~1929 2,000 $25 1.3
The Secret Diary Goblin ~1929 2,000 $25 1.3
The Crime at No. 3 All-Star Detective May 1930 20,000 $425 2.1 mystery JRC
The Red Hand Maclean's Magazine ~1930 5,000 $75 1.5
The Strangler All-Star Detective Jun 1930 20,000 $425 2.1 mystery JRC
The House in the Valley All-Star Detective Aug 1930 15,000 $350 2.3 mystery JRC
The Portage Murder All-Star Detective Sep 1930 15,000 $400 2.7 mystery JRC
The Inside Story Scotland Yard ~1930 4,500 $10 0.2
Killer's Pride Clues ~1930 6,000 $125 2.1
Killer's Pride All-Star Detective Nov 1930 6,000 reprint? mystery JRC
The Good Cow of M. Joliet Maclean's Magazine ~1930 $100
Streets of Shadow Detective Classics Dec 1930 75,000 $250 0.3 reprint mystery JRC
The Murder Tree Complete Detective Mar 1931 75,000 $750 1.0 novel, 1 part mystery JRC
The Ghost Canoe All-Star Detective Feb 1931 18,000 $375 2.1 mystery JRC
The Hooded Raider All-Star Detective Mar 1931 15,000 $400 2.7 mystery JRC
The Dignity of Pierre Laboume Toronto Star Weekly ~1930 6,000 $75 1.3
An Ear for Music Toronto Star Weekly ~1931 5,000 $60 1.2
Sob Stuff ~1931 $40 reprint
Is This Necessary? ~1931 $15 sketch
Killer's Pride Corner (UK) ~1931 6,000 $43 0.7
The Man Who Looked Back Corner (UK) ~1931 4,000 $50 1.3
Black Monday Five Novels ~1931 25,000 $500 2.0
Solid Gold Wall Paper Toronto Star Weekly ~1931 5,000 $55 1.1
Gaston the Great Maclean's Magazine ~1931 5,000 $100 2.0
The Spider Lake Mystery Detective Fiction Weekly 14 Nov 1931 15,000 $225 1.5 mystery JRC
Third Choice of Gabriel Potoin Maclean's Magazine ~1931 $100
Bush Brothers West ~1931 5,000 $70 1.4
El Dorado in the North West Maclean's Magazine ~1931 5,000 $100 2.0
It Wasn't All Luck Maclean's Magazine ~1931 5,000 $100 2.0
Oats Detective Fiction Weekly 9 Jan 1932 1,800 $18 1.0 mystery JRC
Ghost of Fong Woo Canadian Magazine Mar 1932 $50 (77:14-16) RGPL
The Elbow of Destiny Complete Detective ~1932 5,000 $30 0.6
Grub and Goliath Top-Notch ~1932 5,000 $70 1.4
The Duplicity of Emile Maclean's Magazine ~1932 5,000 $85 1.7
Man Hunt Top-Notch 10 Oct 1932 15,000 $150 1.0 WC, DNRU
The Suspension of Corporal Geary Top-Notch 10 Dec 1932 15,000 $150 1.0 Not on LMcF's master list DNRU
Pass That Puck Nelson's Magazine ~1932 3,000 $30 1.0
Grany and the Gold Raiders Top-Notch ~1932 15,000 $150 1.0
The Duty of Corporal True Toronto Star Weekly ~1932 5,000 $45 0.9
Best Old Town Canadian Magazine Oct 1932 5,000 $50 1.0 (78:6), portrait on p. 48 RGPL
Wolf Panic Field and Stream ~1932 4,000 $25 0.6
Oats Corner (UK) ~1932 1,800 $15 0.8
The Man Who Looked Back ~1932 4,000 $5 0.1 German reprint
Throwing Down McCloskin Sport Story 25 Mar 1933 5,000 $65 1.3 DNRU
Beating Depression on a Dime a Day Canadian Magazine Apr 1933 1,500 $15 1.0 (79:15+) RGPL
Montville Boy Makes Good Maclean's Magazine 1 Mar 1933 5,000 $85 1.7 WC
The Sun Also Sets Canadian Money Journal ~1933 1,500 $8 0.5
The Wrist Shot Sport Story 10 Apr 1933 5,000 $65 1.3 DNRU
Splendor of Life Toronto Star Weekly ~1933 5,000 $35 0.7
The Master Mariner Toronto Star Weekly ~1933 2,000 $20 1.0
Courtship of Uncle Matthew Canadian Home Journal ~1933 6,000 $75 1.3
Anything for a Laugh Clues Oct 1933 5,000 $60 1.2 mystery JRC
A Gamble with Guilt Top-Notch May 1933 5,000 $55 1.1 DNRU
The Little Brothers of Mademoiselle Maclean's Magazine ~1933 5,000 $85 1.7
The Snow Hawk Top-Notch Oct 1933 20,000 $200 1.0
The Snow Hawk's Murder Trial Top-Notch Nov 1933 15,000 $150 1.0 listed as "The Murder Trail" GL, WC
The Snow Hawk's Date with Danger Top-Notch Dec 1933 15,000 $150 1.0 listed as "Date with Danger" GL
Killers' Valley Top-Notch Jan 1934 16,000 $160 1.0 DNRU
The Snow Hawks's Last Trail Top-Notch Feb 1934 15,000 $150 1.0 DNRU
Four Kinds of Luck Sport Story 10 Feb 1934 6,000 $60 1.0 DNRU
Kiernan's Handicap Sport Story 25 Jan 1935 13,000 $130 1.0 DNRU
Goal Getter Sport Story 10 April 1934 6,500 $65 1.0
My Girl Myrtle Maclean's Magazine ~1934 5,000 $85 1.7
The Lost River Mystery Top-Notch May 1934 $120 DNRU
The Great Bass Feud Country Gentleman ~1934 5,000 $400 8.0
The Eyewitness Detective Fiction Weekly 21 Jul 1934 5,000 $90 1.8 mystery JRC
Iron Gloves Sport Story 25 Sep 1935 12,500 $125 1.0 MS "A Crack at the Champ"
The Game and the Job Sport Story 10 May 1935 5,000 $60 1.2 JRC
Trails of '34 Maclean's Magazine ~1934 5,000 $75 1.5
Stampede to Sturgeon River Maclean's Magazine ~1934 5,000 $65 1.3
The Long Lac Rune Maclean's Magazine ~1934 5,000 $65 1.3
Hockey Highway Sport Story 25 Feb 1935 - 10 Apr 1935 $380 serial, 4 parts ice hockey JRC
The Mare Hortense Country Gentleman ~1934 $400
Northland Edition Associated Dailies ~1934 $300 story?
Resurrection River ~1934 $150 revision and editing
Tiger Jack's Daughter Maclean's Magazine ~1935 5,000 $85 1.7
The Trail of the Dead Clues-Detective May 1935 15,000 $150 1.0 mystery JRC
Trails of '34 Magazine Digest ~1935 5,000 $10 0.2 reprint
The Great Bass Feud Passing Show ~1935 5,000 $60 1.2
Baby Needs Shoes Maclean's Magazine 15 May 1936 15,000 $300 2.0 DNRU
Baldwin the Bouncer Sport Story 10 Jul 1936 5,000 $50 1.0 boxing JRC
The Fighting Proprietor Sport Story ~1935 12,000 $120 1.0
The Future of Gerard Maclean's Magazine ~1935 5,000 $125 2.5
Baldwin's Big Mistake Sport Story 25 Jul 1936 5,000 $55 1.1 DNRU
Murder at Lone Wolf Maclean's Magazine ~1935 23,000 $450 2.0 Reprinted as Master Thriller Series #26 (1939) WC
Baldwin Eats a Pie Sport Story 10 Aug 1936 5,000 $50 1.0 DNRU
Denison's Raid Tidbits ~1935 $60
The Mare Hortense Storyteller ~1935 $100 reprint
Dynamite Flynns Sport Story 10 Jan 1936 - 25 Feb 1936 $380 reprinted as book hockey DNRU
Many from Stormy Mountain Top Notch Mar 1936 $150 Originally sold to Dynamic Adventure but published here.
Metropolis of Nickel Maclean's Magazine ~1935 $60
Drunkard from Dunkelburg Maclean's Magazine ~1935 $100
Baldwin's Big Chance Sport Story ~1935 $55
Grubstake Fighter Sport Story 25 Sep 1935 boxing JRC
Clarence Gets Tough Sport Story ~1936 $120
Alias Killer Keene Dynamic Aug 1936 $135 originally sold to Dynamic Adventure but published here
Stanley Cup Warrior Sport Story 25 Apr 1937 $150 MS "Hockey Comes First"; originally to be published in Sport Story Annual but published here
The Hickory Dodger Sport Story ~1936 $75
The Wolf Top-Notch Jun 1936 $55 GL
The Mare Hortense ~1936 $7 Sweedish rights
Doughnut Figher Sport Story 25 Sep 1936 $100 boxing AFB
Take It Easy Sport Story 10 Oct 1936 $75 MS "Just Another Ball Game" DNRU
A Trap for the Bears Sport Story 10 Sep 1936 $75 DNRU
Drunkard from Dunkelburg Copper Farmer ~1936 $75
The Two Pucketeers Sport Story ~1936 $465
Courtship of Uncle Matthew Holland's Magazine ~1936 6,000 $85 1.4 reprint
A Matter of Principle Canadian Magazine Oct 1936 $40 (86:3-5) mystery RGPL
The Lunacy of Living Maclean's Magazine 1 Nov 1936 $150 DBY
Baldwin's Lost Dog Sport Story 10 Oct 1937 $60 AFB
Too Slow to Count Sport Story 10 Apr 1937 $70 DNRU
Battling Barnstormers Sport Story ~1936 $125
The Future of Gerard Copper Farmer ~1936 5,000 $75 1.5 reprint
Playmaker Sport Story ~1936 $75
Elmer from the Arctic Sport Story 25 Feb 1938 $75 DNRU
Romance on Ice Maclean's Magazine ~1936 $125
Chain on the Trestle Top-Notch Jun 1937 $60 MS "Death Rides the Drum" DNRU
Pay Night in Ghost Town Top-Notch Apr 1937 - May 1937 $350 Reprinted as Master Thriller Series #19 (1938) adventure GL, WC, DNRU
The Fighter from Wayback Sport Story 25 Apr 1937 - 25 May 1937 $350 serial, 3 parts boxing JRC
Baldwin Has a Tooth Ake Sport Story 25 Oct 1937 $60 MS "e;Baldwin Has a Toothache"e;
Baldwin and the Gabby Guy Sport Story 10 Nov 1937 $60 AFB
Baldwin's Big Revenge Sport Story 25 Nov 1937 $60
The Little Men Successful Farming ~1937 $200
Baldwin Takes Advice Sport Story 10 Dec 1937 $55 DNRU
Baldwin's Ten-Mile Dash Sport Story 25 Dec 1937 $55 AFB
Drive Your Own Race Sport Story 10 Mar 1938 $75 DNRU
Trouble on Skates Sport Story 10 Jan 1939 - 25"Feb 1939 $550 DNRU
Roughnecks on Skates Sport Story 10 Mar 1937 same as "Trouble on Skates"? ice hockey JRC
The Little Men Maclean's Magazine ~1937 $150 reprint
Christmas Tree Trail Maclean's Magazine ~1937 $150
A Matter of Principle Argosy ~1937 $100
A Matter of Principle Double Detective Oct 1938 reprint? mystery JRC
Pay Night in Ghost Town ~1937 $50 reprint?
How Deep is Down Maclean's Magazine ~1937 $160
The Two Pucketeers Sport Story 10 Jan 1937 - 25 Feb 1937 serial, 4 parts; MS "e;Rink Buddied"e; ice hockey AFB
Many Towns Maclean's Magazine ~1938 $80
They Didn't Know Hockey Sport Story 10 Apr 1938 MS "e;The Puck Feeder"e; ice hockey
To the Winner Knockout Jun 1938 $100 boxing JK
Grandpere Rides Again Country Gentleman Jan 1939 $400 WC
Two-Fisted Luck Sport Story 25 Sep 1938 $150 MS "e;Box Car Fighter" DNRU
Storm Driver Sport Story 25 Mar 1939 $90 DNRU
One-Wallop Willie Liberty 21 Jan 1939 $300 WC
Goalie Garrison's Goal Sport Story 25 Dec 1938 $90
Home Town Hero Sport Story 10 Mar 1939 $157 reprinted in Sport Story Annual, 1942
Christmas Tree Trail Woman's World ~1938 $75 reprint
Runout Powder CNR Magazine ~1938 $75
Skating Fool Sport Story ~1938 $90
Don't Bet on Hockey Sport Story 10 Apr 1939 $165 DNRU
Christmas Tree Trail ~1938 $15 English rights
Stanley Cup Jitters Sport Story 25 Apr 1939 $90 DNRU
Lucky Stick Thrilling Sport ~1938 $50
Third Chore of Gabriel Potoin Copper Farmer ~1938 $75
The Kingpin Kid Sport Story 10 Jul 1939 - 25 Aug 1939 $570
The Great Cook Claude ~1939 $125
Front Page Center Sport Story Feb 1940 - Apr 1940 $450 DNRU
Billy the Kid Nov 1939 $60 DNRU
The Greatest Conacher Athlete Jan 1940 $60 MS "Conacher"e;
Strictly Neutral Athlete Mar 1940 not on LMcF's master list DNRU
Referee Short ~1939 $90
Ways of Hagard ~1939 $175
Wakefield Awake ~1939 $350
Wakenlle Awake ~1940 $600
The Voice of Doupf ~1940 $150 "Doubt" ?
Grandpaw Logbaby's Leg ~1940 $100
Bud Master, Referee ~1940 $150
Pepper Pot ~1940 $190
Hungry Fighters ~1940 $150
Kelsey Skates Again ~1940 $300
Drunkard from Dunkelburg ~1940 $75 reprint
Christmas Tree Trail ~1940 $75 reprint
My Girl Myrtle ~1941 $100 reprint
How to Play a Harp ~1941 $50
Tiger Jack's Daughter ~1941 $100 reprint
Windfall for Willie ~1941 $100
Semitruth for McKane ~1941 $100
Honeymoon for Four ~1941 $100
Breed of Pioneers ~1941 $100 reprint
Pardon My Glove ~1941 $100
Good Old Twenty Fourth ~1941 $100
A Hat for Miss McKane ~1941 $100
Something to Remember ~1941 $100
How Old is a Hen ~1941 $100
The Bear Came Over the Mountain ~1941 $100
Good Goalies are Scarce Maclean's Magazine 1 Feb 1942 $135 DBY
Doodads on the Doohickey Maclean's Magazine 15 Jan 1942 $150 DBY
The Remarkable Geraldine ~1941 $100
The Root House ~1941 $100 reprint
Three Days More ~1941 $100
Murder at Midnight ~1941 $100
Merry Christmas McKane ~1941 $150
One-Shot McKane ~1941 $100
Romance on Ice ~1941 $100 reprint
Merry Christmas McKane ~1941 $100 reprint
One-Horse Open Sleigh ~1941 $100
Mr Meek Makes a Speech ~1942 $100
You Can't Run Away ~1942 $100
The Girl from Outside ~1942 $100
They Couldn't Say No ~1942 $100
The Cat Called Claudius ~1942 $150
The Election of Mr. Bopp ~1942 $100
Make Way for a Star ~1942 $100
Meet Miss Mongonya ~1942 $100
Blitz at Blizzard Lake ~1942 $150
Hockey novelette ~1942 $150
Championship Fight Sport Story Feb 1943 $150 not listed DBY

Note:  Some pulp magazines published two issues per month, usually on the 10th and 25th.  However, sometimes these were labeled "First November 1938 Issue" and "Second November 1938 Issue", respectively.  Ordinary dates are included in the table above for sorting purposes and simplicity of the listings.

Special thanks to Brian McFarlane, Christopher Oslund, Dr. Douglas B. Yarbrough (DBY), J. Randolph Cox (JRC) and his article in the Dime Novel Round-Up (DNRU), Augustine Funnell Books (AFB), Geoff Lapin (GL), William Contento (WC) for magazine dates and some of these listings.  Other entries were found in Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature and through research and serindipity by the author of this page.

D.  Radio, Television, and Film

After working with the Stratemeyer Syndicate, McFarlane (like so many writers of the day) turned their skills towards the growing market for radio, television, and film scripts.  In 1938 he wrote radio scripts for the Canadian Broadcasting System.  

For many years he worked on the National Canadian Film Board as a writer, director, and producer, working on more than fifty films according to the article in the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

He wrote at least one script for American television, an episode of Bonanza in 1969, and approximately seventy screenplays for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation according to DLB.  He was the chief editor of television drama for the CBC in 1959 and 1960.

He knew another Syndicate ghostwriter, James Duncan Lawrence, while both were writing for WYXY, the Detroit radio station which created many of the well-known radio dramas, including the Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, and Challenge of the Yukon (Stg. Preston).  

Title Date

                         Notes

Target--Berlin 1944 NCFB; Writer
Ships and Men 1944 NCFB; Writer, Director
Guests of Honour 1945 NCFB; Writer
Spotting Fall with Radar 931 1945 NCFB; Producer
Holiday at School 1946 NCFB; Writer, Director, Producer
The Boy Who Stopped Niagra 1947 NCFB; Writer, Director
Ticket to Jasper 1947 NCFB; Producer
Invisible Armour 1948 NCFB; Writer, Director
Welcome, Neighbour! 1949 NCFB; Writer, Director
A Friend at the Door 1950 NCFB; Writer, Director
V for Volunteers 1951 NCFB; Writer, Director
Royal Journey 1951 NCFB; Writer
Toronto Boom Town 1951 NCFB; Writer, Director
Highlights from Royal Journey 1953 NCFB; Writer
Herring Hunt 1953 NCFB; Writer
Canada at the Coronation 1953 NCFB; Writer
Here's Hockey! 1953 NCFB; Writer, Director
The Homeless Ones 1954 NCFB; Writer, Producer
Bottleneck 1954 NCFB; Writer, Director
Wardens of Waterton 1954 NCFB; Producer
No Longer Vanishing 1955 NCFB; Writer
The Man from Karachi 1958 NCFB; Writer, Director
The Quest 1958 NCFB; Writer
The Discovery of Insulin 1961 NCFB; Writer
Playdate: That Gold Belongs to Uncle Angus

1962
CBC; Writer
Playdate: Don't Shake Your Family Tree

1963
CBC; Writer; Produced by Melwyn Breen; Comedy
The Serial: The Son Of A Hundred Kings

1964
CBC; Writer (based on novel by Thomas B. Costain); Produced by Ronald Weyman, Melwyn Breen, and Basil Coleman; starred Martin Norton; 10 week serial.
The Serial: McGonigle Skates Again

1966
CBC; Writer; Produced by Melwyn Breen; starred Tom Harvey.
Bonanza: "Abner Willoughby's Return" 1969 Writer with Jack B. Sowards


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