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Spot ad and article for premiere of Big Town from October 19th 1937
Spot ad and article for premiere of Big Town from October 19th 1937.


Arch Oboler, commissioned to script for Big Town, relocated from New York to Hollywood to write for the show.
Arch Oboler, commissioned to script for Big Town, relocated from New York to Hollywood to write for the show.


Scene from November 29th 1938 episode, 'What Have We to Be Thankful For.'
Scene from November 29th 1938 episode, 'What Have We to Be Thankful For.'


Eddie Robinson and Claire Trevor entertain three young admirers after a performance of Big Town during January 1938.
Eddie Robinson and Claire Trevor entertain three young admirers after a performance of Big Town during January 1938.


Music director Fran Frey brings his two wire-haired terriers to the studio for a broadcast about a dog-stealing racket.
Music director Fran Frey brings his two wire-haired terriers to the studio for a broadcast about a dog-stealing racket.


Clark Andrews, Producer-Director of Big Town, directs wife, Claire Trevor, the show's co-star.
Clark Andrews, Producer-Director of Big Town, directs wife, Claire Trevor, the show's co-star.


Edward G. Robinson, as Steve Wilson, in publicity photo for Big Town.
Edward G. Robinson, as Steve Wilson, in publicity photo for Big Town.


Spot ad for the premiere of the 2nd Fall Season of Big Town on September 20th 1938
Spot ad for the premiere of the 2nd Fall Season of Big Town on September 20th 1938


February 24th 1940 Movie Radio Guide caption reads -- 'Eddie 'Big Town' Robinson smashed a fraudulent missing heirs racket on a recent broadcast, but hastened to explain that the Missing Heirs broadcast to follow (CBS) was no phony but the real McCoy.'
February 24th 1940 Movie Radio Guide caption reads -- 'Eddie 'Big Town' Robinson smashed a fraudulent missing heirs racket on a recent broadcast, but hastened to explain that the Missing Heirs broadcast to follow (CBS) was no phony but the real McCoy.'


Caption reads -- 'Paula Winslowe, on Big Town tonight, is one of Hollywood's best acting talents.
Caption reads -- 'Paula Winslowe, on Big Town tonight, is one of Hollywood's best acting talents.


Caption reads - 'Ona Munson studies the script over Boss Robinson's shoulder.
Caption reads - 'Ona Munson studies the script over Boss Robinson's shoulder.


Eddie Robinson's preference was to sit perched on his chair at the CBS mikes with other actors surrounding, entering or leaving him at the mikes as the episode progressed.
Eddie Robinson's preference was to sit perched on his chair at the CBS mikes with other actors surrounding, entering or leaving him at the mikes as the episode progressed.


Ona Munson, as Lorelei, reviews 'copy' one last time as her deadline approaches.
Ona Munson, as Lorelei, reviews 'copy' one last time as her deadline approaches.


Movie-Radio Guide spot ad for a 1942 Big Town schedule change.
Movie-Radio Guide spot ad for a 1942 Big Town schedule change.


First of the Pine-Thomas films based on the Big Town radio series, 'Big Town,' (1947)
First of the Pine-Thomas films based on the Big Town radio series, 'Big Town,' (1947)


Fran Carlon and Ed Pawley at the NBC mike for the Fall 1950 season of Big Town.
Fran Carlon and Ed Pawley at the NBC mike for the Fall 1950 season of Big Town.

Background

The Lever Brothers Company was one of the Golden Age of Radio's largest and most prolific sponsors from the era's inception. Throughout the era Lever Bros. promoted its soap and detergent lines of Rinso, Lifebuoy, Lux, Swan, and Dove, its Pepsodent tooth powder and toothpaste, its Spry shortening, its Lipton Tea, and its Trim Hair Tonic over virtually every significant Radio genre of the era:

  • 1930 Rinso Talkie Time
  • 1931-1934 The Goldbergs
  • 1934 Bring 'em Back Alive
  • 1934 Eddy Duchin
  • 1934-1937 Amos 'n' Andy
  • 1934-1955 Lux Radio Theatre
  • 1935 Al Pearce and His Gang
  • 1936 Laugh with Ken [Murray]
  • 1936-1939 The Rinso Program
  • 1936-1946 Big Sister
  • 1937-1952 Big Town
  • 1938 Candid Woman
  • 1938 Mickey Mouse Theater
  • 1938 The Get Together Program
  • 1938-1948 The Pepsodent Program
  • 1939 Mr. District Attorney
  • 1939 The Lifebuoy Program
  • 1939-1949 Man About Hollywood
  • 1940 Meet Mr. Meek
  • 1940-1942 Grand Central Station
  • 1941 A Date with Judy
  • 1941 Bringing Up Father
  • 1941 Hollywood Premiere
  • 1941 Saturday Morning Vaudeville Theater
  • 1941 Well, I Swan [Burns and Allen]
  • 1942 Bright Horizon
  • 1942 Mayor of the Town
  • 1942 The Bob Burns Show
  • 1942 Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou
  • 1943 Broadway Bandbox
  • 1943 The Fred Brady Show
  • 1943 The Johnny Mercer Music Shop
  • 1943-1950 Amos 'n' Andy
  • 1944 Boston Blackie
  • 1944 Charlie Chan
  • 1944 The Charlotte Greenwood Show
  • 1944-1946 The Man Called X
  • 1945 A Woman's Life
  • 1945 Dunninger the Mentalist
  • 1945 Philo Vance
  • 1945 The Joan Davis Show
  • 1946 Kiss and Make Up
  • 1946 The Jack Kirkwood Show
  • 1947 Hop Harrigan
  • 1947-1949 Call the Police
  • 1947-1949 My Friend Irma
  • 1948 Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories
  • 1948 Junior Miss
  • 1948 Meet Corliss Archer
  • 1948 The Whistler
  • 1949 Breakfast with Burrows
  • 1949-1954 Broadway Is My Beat
  • 1950 Granby's Green Acres
  • 1950 Hit the Jackpot
  • 1950 Too Many Crooks
  • 1951 Joyce Jordan, M.D.
  • 1951 Lone Journey
  • 1951 Meet Millie
  • 1952 House Party
  • 1952 Romance
  • 1953 The Crime Files of Flamond

Englishman William H. Lever and his brother James entered the soap manufacturing business in 1885 with their acquisition of a sizeable soap works located in Warrington, a borough of Cheshire, England located on the banks of the Mersey River. By 1888 the Lever brothers and chemist William Watson were shipping 450 tons per week of their free-lathering 'Sunlight Soap' line.

Lever Brothers expanded into the United States and Canada by 1900, marketing their Vim, Lifebuoy and Lux lines of bar soap and soap flakes. One of the first genuinely multinational corporations, the international parent company became Unilever in 1930 in a merger with the Dutch company Margarine Unie. The American arm of the international conglomerate remained Lever Brothers Company.

Throughout the Golden Age of Radio Lever Brothers launched--and tenaciously supported--several long-running radio series'. Lux Radio Theatre, arguably Lever Brothers' marquis radio feature aired continuously under Lever Brothers' sponsorship from 1934 to 1955. Lever Bros. also sponsored ten years of Bob Hope and The Pepsodent Program between 1938 and 1948. Lever Bros. sponsored ten of Amos 'n' Andy's twenty-two years over radio. But among its major coups in Radio was its launch and sponsorship of legendary Film tough guy Edward G. Robinson and his Big Town newspaper drama, a series that Lever Brothers continued to sponsor for fifteen years between 1937 and 1952.

Lever Bros. and CBS launch Big Town with Edward G. Robinson


We doubt that Lever Brothers--or even CBS--imagined that Big Town would endure over Radio for more than the few years they'd signed the legendary Film star Edward G. Robinson to a contract to headline the new series. By 1937, Edward G. Robinson had already appeared in thirty-four feature films that seemed to accelerate both Robinson's critical and popular acclaim with each new release. Indeed, during 1937 alone, Robinson had starred in three more feature films prior to the premiere of the Big Town radio franchise.

CBS and Lever Brothers had to have known they'd landed a whopper in Edward G. Robinson. We're as yet unsure of the duration of Robinson's initial obligation to star in Big Town. We'd imagine, given his increasingly busy Film schedule that he'd have signed for a single year with options to continue the relationship further. And indeed, throughout what ultimately became Robinson's five-year run in Big Town, the great actor appeared in thirteen more film features while appearing weekly in Big Town.

But Robinson wasn't the only Film star headlining Big Town. CBS coupled him with no less than Claire Trevor for the first two seasons of Big Town. Trevor, seventeen years Eddie Robinson's junior, had herself already appeared in twenty-three feature films of increasing critical acclaim. The two great Film stars provided a potent--and marvelously talented--launch to Big Town.

As one might imagine, such talent didn't come cheap for Lever Brothers. The average budget for each episode of Big Town was an estimated $9,500 to $12,500 per episode--and the pair appeared in eighty-two Big Town episodes before Claire Trevor left the production at the end of its second season--an $820,000 investment in the two Film stars, their production crew and cast(s). That's almost $13 Million in today's dollars--for only two years.

Big Town premiered to commensurate fanfare on the evening of October 19th 1937. The show was billed as a newspaper drama serial, with each weekly story self-contained and completely resolved during each episode. Eddie Robinson appeared in the role of Steve Wilson, Managing Editor of the mythical Illustrated Press, the largest distribution daily newspaper of the equally mythical 'Big Town,' U.S.A.

Claire Trevor appeared as the Illustrated Press Society Editor, Lorelei Kilbourne. Trevor's Lorelei character, not content with simply Society Page fluff, continually pressed her managing editor for assignments of increasing gravitas. That dynamic between Big Town's co-stars continued for the remainder of the fifteen-year run of the series.

From the May 1941 issue of Radio Parade:

Radio Parade article header

IT WAS LATE IN THE 1860's AND EARLY 1870's that something began happening to the "Gentlemen of the Press."  Up to that time, a newspaperman was a person of literary attainments whose job was simply to report the news.  But James Gordon Bennett, publisher of the New York Herald, ordained otherwise.  He sent John Rowlands, better known as Sir Henry Morton Stanley, to search for David Livingstone, who was lost in Africa.

     That started it--and from that point on, reporters became explorers, pioneers, detectives, and anything but what they might have been taught in a school of journalism.

     Came the "Roaring Twenties," with reporters tough and unafraid--wisecracking news hounds--starting the era of Winchells, Sobols and Sullivans!  It brought the tabloid with its scandal and muck and it brought on the courage of the PRESS to rip out and bring before the citizens the rottenness and larceny of politicians high in office.

     Then, in 1937, CBS brought a new kind of newspaper to listeners from coast to coast:  the ILLUSTRATED PRESS, with Edward G. Robinson as the two-fisted, hard-hitting editor.

The September 17th 1939 newspaper announcement of Ona Munson replacing Claire Trevor as Lorelei Kilbourne for the third season premiere of Big Town.
The September 17th 1939 newspaper announcement of Ona Munson replacing Claire Trevor as Lorelei Kilbourne for the third season premiere of Big Town.

The June 1941 issue of Popular Science magazine took an inside look into the signs and slang of Radio's 'secret language.' In this panel, Eddie Robinson places his finger on his nose to signal that the script timing came in within 5 seconds of its target. Ona Munson smiles in agreement.
The June 1941 issue of Popular Science magazine took an inside look into the signs and slang of Radio's 'secret language.' In this panel, Eddie Robinson places his finger on his nose to signal that the script timing came in within 5 seconds of its target. Ona Munson smiles in agreement.

Initially directed by Clark Andrews and produced by Crane Wilbur, within Big Town's first year over Radio Clark Andrews found himself in love with the series' leading lady, Claire Trevor. The couple subsequently married in 1938 and by the end of the series' second season, Clark Andrews had been offered a Film director position with 20th Century-Fox, and Claire Trevor had determined to enjoy a couple of years savoring domestic life with her new hubby. So it was that with the end of Big Town's second season.

'Big Town's' fighting editor knows what it's all about. At left, he decides to change page make-up. Right, he give printer last-minute copy.

The presses are ready to roll at last and Steve (left) watches. At right, he looks the sheet over, says" 'Here's how a newspaper should look!'


Director William N. Robson discusses a script during a rehearsal with Eddie Robinson and Ona Munson (from The New York Times of March 3rd 1940)
Director William N. Robson discusses a script during a rehearsal with Eddie Robinson and Ona Munson (from The New York Times of March 3rd 1940)

Edward G. Robinson left Big Town in 1942 after six compelling seasons. Following a fifteen month hiatus, CBS brought Big Town back to the airwaves with Ed Pawley as Steve Wilson and Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Premiering on October 5th 1943, Big Town continued its hard-hitting, headline stories of Big Town's wide-ranging criminal, political and wartime America in a major metropolis.

From the September 24th, 1948 edition of the Canton Repository:

48-09-24 Big Town Crosby Review

"BIG TOWN" has returned for another season of mayhem at Bob Hope's old time (NBC 10 p.m. Tuesdays) and I'd like to be among the first to protest.  In the opening installment, good old Steve Wilson, demon editor of The Illustrated Press, who spends most of his time tracking down gangsters and don't ask me how he finds time to put out that newspaper, was quite audibly beaten up with a monkey wrench (made a sort of squishy noise), Knuckles McGuire was shot dead and his stooge, Trigger, badly wounded by gunfire.  (Maybe it was the other way around.  I couldn't keep the corpses straight.)  Still another man was shot three times and sank moaning to the floor, fatally wounded.
     "Thus Steve and Harry are caught in a murderous death trap," piped the announcer cheerfully in the middle of this.  "In just a moment we'll bring you the exciting climax.  But first . . . "  First we had to hear about body odors.

     MAYBE I'M GETTING stodgy in my old age but I don't think the ca-rump of a monkey wrench colliding with a skull is a proper sound for public broadcast.  We can't, I suppose, ever hope for the total elimination of audible brutality on the air, but, to be as broadminded as possible about this, couldn't it be limited to some extent?
     Seems to me one blow with a monkey wrench (crump) or two with fists (oof oof) ought to be all that a sound effects man is permitted in any half hour.  As for corpses, I'm willing to allow any number of them but I feel strongly there should be a bag limit on those shot right down in front of me.
     What ever happened to the old-fashioned mystery story in which the corpses had been dead for a couple of hours before it was even discovered?

From the February 1949 Radio Mirror, a Big Town featurette in three panels:

Fran Carlon as Lorelei and Ed Pawley as Steve pose for a staged renactment of Big Town fare for Radio Mirror
Fran Carlon as Lorelei and Ed Pawley as Steve pose for a staged renactment of Big Town fare for Radio Mirror

Bob Dryden as 'Harry the Hack' is featured in the second featurette panel
Bob Dryden as 'Harry the Hack' is featured in the second featurette panel

Fran Carlon and Ed Pawley are featured in the final featurette panel
Fran Carlon and Ed Pawley are featured in the final featurette panel

Series Derivatives:

AFRS 'Big Town'; AFRS R-Series 'Big Town; AFRS END-275 'Big Town'; Big Town (CBS Television);
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Newspaper Dramas
Network(s): CBS; NBC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 37-10-19 01 Steve Wilson Is Shot
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): Season One:
37-10-19 to 38-07-12; CBS [Columbia Square Studios]; Forty-one, 30-minute programs; Tuesday evenings

Season Two:
38-09-20 to 39-06-27; CBS [Columbia Square Studios]; Forty, 30-minute programs; Tuesday evenings

Season Three:
39-09-19 to 40-06-11; CBS [Columbia Square Studios]; Thirty-eight, 30-minute programs; Tuesday evenings

Season Four:
40-10-09 to 41-07-02; CBS [Columbia Square Studios]; Forty, 30-minute programs; Tuesday evenings

Season Five:
41-10-08 to 42-01-14 [Tues.], 42-01-22 to 42-07-02 [Thurs.]; CBS [Columbia Square Studios]; Thirty-eight, 30-minute programs; Tuesday evenings

Syndication:
Sponsors: Lever Brothers [Rinso, Lifebuoy Health Soap]; Ironized Yeast; Bayer Asprin;
Director(s): Crane Wilbur, Jerry McGill, William N. Robson, Thomas Freebairn-Smith [Producers]
Clark Andrews [Producer-Director]
Principal Actors: Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Paula Winslowe, Scottie Beckett, Margaret Brayton, Pauline Drake, Ona Munson, Ray Collins, Tommy Cook, WIlliam Davidson, Betty Garde, John Gibson, Ted Osbourne, Harold Huber, Linda Johnson, Thomas Freebairn-Smith, Ed Pawley, Sandy Bickart, Dickie Van Patten, Linda Johnson, Nancy Leach, Jerry Hausner, Ken Niles, Dickie Monoghan, Fran Carlon, Walter Greaza, Matt Crowley, Edith Lorand, Gale Gordon, Joseph Kearns, David Kerman, Irvin Lee, Elliott Lewis, Jerry Macy, Leila McIntyre, Gloria McMullen, Erik Rolfe, Earle Ross, Frank Shannon, Fred Shields, Everett Sloane, Lurene Tuttle, Barbara Jean Wong, Frances Woodward, Noel Worth, Viola Vonn, Edith Lorand
Recurring Character(s): Steve Wilson, Managing Editor of The Illustrated Press [Edward G. Robinson, Ed Pawley, Walter Greaza]; Lorelei Kilbourne, Society Editor of The Illustrated Press [Claire Trevor, Ona Munson, Fran Carlon]; 'Foots' ; 'Dusty' Miller, staff phtographer [ Matt Crowley, Lawson Zerbe]; Harry the Hack [Mason Adams, Bob Dryden]; Willie the Weep [Donald MacDonald]; 'Mozart' [Larry Haines];
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Arch Oboler, Jerry McGill, Robert Andrews, Paul Schofield, Adela Rogers St. John, Max Erlich, Gilbert Seldes, Barbara Merlin, Milton Merlin, Marian Spitzer, Wilbur Crane, Thomas Freebairn-Smith, Ray Buffum, George O'Neill, Irving Reis, Maxwell Shane, John Wexley, Peter Barnum,
Music Direction: Fran Frey; Leith Stevens; Jon Gart

Claude Thorson [Soundman]
Musical Theme(s): Tell the Story
Announcer(s): Carlton Kadell, Ken Niles, John Conte, Bernard Dudley, Hugh James, Casey Allen, Dwight Weist
Peter Lorre [Mystery Playhouse only]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
649
Episodes in Circulation: 45
Total Episodes in Collection: 81
Provenances:

Spot ad for the 1946 CBS run of Big Town, with Ed Pawley and Fran Carlon
Spot ad for the 1946 CBS run of Big Town, with Ed Pawley and Fran Carlon


Premiere spot ad for the 1952 CBS run of Big Town, with Walter Greaza and Fran Carlon.
Premiere spot ad for the 1952 CBS run of Big Town, with Walter Greaza and Fran Carlon.
Contributor Jerry Haendiges; Movie-Radio Guide; Popular Science magazine; Radio Mirror magazine.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings and contemporary magazines.

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The Big Town Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
37-10-12
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37-10-12 New York Times
7:30-WABC--Sketch, Second Husband, With Helen Menken
37-10-19
1
Steve Wilson Is Shot
Y
37-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal

Robinson, Claire Trevor to Start Series Tonight

By WILLIAM L. DOUDNA
(State Journal Radio Editor)

Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor, movie stars, will be featured in "Today," a dramatic series, which will make its bow on WBBM at 7 tonight. Robinson will be a hard-boiled managing editor, Miss Trevor a society editor. The central scene of the series will be a newspaper office, and each week's play will be complete in itself although all will be linked by a definite plot.

37-10-19 San Francisco Chronicle
5 p. m.---KSFO,
Debut of the new Edward G. Robinson-Claire Trevor series, "Big Town";

37-10-19 San Francisco Chronicle
SCOOP DEPARTMENT:
We are intrigued to find that the tabloid editor, the gentleman who on the screen and in fiction is invariably turned from his "yellow" journalistic tactics to a more presentable hue, is again to be among us dialers.

For tonight, Mr. Edward G. Robinson, movieland's most hard-boiled character, begins a Columbia radio series titled "Big Town" and depicting the hectic life of the chief of a great newspaper.
Mr. Robinson will be supported in these weekly efforts by Miss Claire Trevor, also o the films, who will of course play a society editor. We quote herewith from the Columbia publicity release:
"Miss Trevor's influence will lead Managing Director Robinson from the paths of sensationalism into more constructive lanes of journalism."
We hope this does not mean that Mr Robinson eventually winds up as conductor of the "Birds and Bees" column, but then, that would be a fate even too severe for a tabloid editor, slightly reformed.
At any rate, the premiere is set for KSFO at 5 p. m., at which time dear dialer, it will be heard each week her
eafter.

Announces the second episode for next week.

37-10-26
2
The Harding Factory Fire
Y
[ Announces itself as the 2nd Episode ]

37-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

Anounces
3rd Episode as next

37-11-02
3
Title Unknown
N
37-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

37-11-09
4
Title Unknown
N
37-11-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

37-11-16
5
Title Unknown
N
37-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

37-11-23
6
The Dance Hall Hostess Racket
N
37-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Edward G. Robinson (WBBM): in another episode of "Big Town" with Claire Trevor.

37-11-30
7
The Parole Racket Exposé
N
37-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

37-12-07
8
Title Unknown
N
37-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

37-12-14
9
The Clip Joint Exposé
N
37-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Edward G. Robinson (WBBM):
exposes "clip" joints.

37-12-21
10
Title Unknown
N
37-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

37-12-28
11
Title Unknown
N
[Christmas program]

37-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-01-04
12
Title Unknown
N
38-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-01-11
13
The Arson Racket Exposé
N
38-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Arnold
exposes the arson racket.

38-01-18
14
Title Unknown
N
38-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
goes to New York to show the big town what to expect of a crusading managing editor.

38-01-25
15
Title Unknown
N
[ Series broadcasts from New York for three weeks]

38-01-25 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Play, Big Town, with Edward G. Robinson

38-02-01
16
The Fagin Racket
N
38-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-11-15 Movie Radio Guide
8:00--CBS·Big Town, drama; Edward G. Robinson & Claire Trevor (Rinso): WABC.
Rau Buffum's story, "
The Fagan Racket," will he tonight's dramatization. It will treat the subject of how crime schools train youth.

38-02-08
17
Title Unknown
N
38-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-02-15
18
The Stock Market Exposé
N
38-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Edward G. Robinson (WBBM):
exposes stock market.

38-02-22
19
Title Unknown
N
38-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-03-01
20
The Counterfeiting Racket Exposé
N
38-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Edward G. Robinson (WBBM):
"Big Town" managing editor exposes counterfeiting racket.

38-03-08
21
Dutch Marco Sentenced To Death
N
38-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-03-15
22
Title Unknown
N
38-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-03-22
23
Title Unknown
N
38-03-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-03-29
24
Title Unknown
N
38-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-04-05
25
The Judge Crater Case
N
38-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Edward G. Robinson (WBBM):
the Judge Crater case.

38-04-12
26
Title Unknown
N
38-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-04-19
27
Title Unknown
N
38-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-04-26
28
Title Unknown
N
38-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-05-03
29
Title Unknown
N
38-05-03 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Edw. G. Robinson--WBBM

38-05-10
30
The Case of The Missing Milk
N
38-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Edward G. Robinson--WBBM

38-05-17
31
Title Unknown
N
38-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Edward G. Robinson--WBBM

38-05-24
32
Scar Tissue
N
38-05-24 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Edward G. Robinson (WBBM): in "
Scar Tissue," story of blackmailed plastic surgeon.

38-05-31
33
Title Unknown
N
38-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Edward G. Robinson--WBBM

38-06-07
34
Title Unknown
N
38-06-07 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Play, Big Town, with Edward G. Robinson and Others

38-06-14
35
Title Unknown
N
38-06-14 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Play, Big Town, with Edward G. Robinson and Others

38-06-21
37
Title Unknown
N
38-06-21 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Play, Big Town, with Edward G. Robinson and Others

38-06-28
38
Title Unknown
N
38-06-28 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Play, Big Town, with Edward G. Robinson and Others

38-07-05
40
Title Unknown
N
38-07-05 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Edward G. Robinson--WBBM

38-07-12
41
The Hit-and-Run Racket
N
38-07-12 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
reckless driving is the latest for Edward G. Robinson to crusade on. Last program of this season.


38-07-19
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38-07-19 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Four Corners Theater--WBBM






38-09-20
42
Title Unknown
N
38-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
"Big Town," the city with all the rackets imaginable, will be resumed at 6 p.m. over station WBBM. Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor, again, are starred.

38-09-27
43
Title Unknown
N
38-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Another racket brought to light.

38-10-04
44
Scoop Davis--Retired
N
38-10-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Scoop Davis, Retired."

38-10-11
45
Leading Citizen
N
38-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Leading Citizen," a patriotic tribute.

38-10-18
46r
The Poultry Racket Exposé
Y
[ Rehearsal]

38-10-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
the poultry racket.

38-10-25
47
Remote Control
N
38-10-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
football with gambling exposed!

38-11-01
48
Title Unknown
N
38-11-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
by remote control.

38-11-08
49
The Moral Code
N
38-11-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Moral Code."

38-11-15
50
Bail Bonds
N
38-11-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Bail Bond Racket."

38-11-15 Movie Radio Guide
BIG TOWN, CBS. Starring Edward G. Robinson and Ona Munson: WABC (also KNX at 11 :30 p.m.)
Tonight's drama by Ray Buffum is titled "Bail Bonds," deals with tile bull hona racket.

38-11-22
51
Slum Children's Project
N
[ Thanksgiving program; "What Have We to Be Thankful For?," was to be broadcast on this date, but was delayed one week.]

38-11-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in
"Slum Children's Project."

38-11-29
52
What Have We to Be Thankful For?
N
[ Thanksgiving program; "What Have We to Be Thankful For?," airs after a one-week delay.]

38-11-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
the fraud prevention.

38-12-06
53
Title Unknown
N
38-12-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
The Racket busters in action.

38-12-13
54
Title Unknown
N
38-12-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
the managing editor is loose again.

38-12-20
55
Christmas In the Big City
N
[ Christmas Program ]

38-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): modern version of "
Night Before Christmas."

38-12-27
56
Title Unknown
N
38-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
re-grading the civil service exams.

39-01-03
57
The Perfect Murder
N
39-01-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Perfect Murder" but a newspaper editor finds the loop-hole.

39-01-10
58
It's Tough To Go Straight
N
38-11-15 Movie Radio Guide
Tuesday: Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor, editor and society reporter of the IlJustrated Press, have an authentic backdrop this week for their "Big Town" sketch. The show is moving from Hollywood to the big town itself for three weeks. This program appears to be rising phenomenally in the public favor, standing among the top half-hour shows on the air in some surveys. (CBS: 8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST, 6 p.m. MST; for the West. 9:30 p.m. MST, 8:30 p.m. PST.)

39-01-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
It's Tough To Go Straight."

39-01-17
59
Set A Spy
N
39-01-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Set a Spy", the story of an espionage ring.

39-01-24
60
Title Unknown
N
39-01-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM

39-01-31
61
Title Unknown
N
39-01-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
another racket cleaned up.

39-02-07
62
Mirage
N
39-02-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
another "mirage."

39-02-14
63
Title Unknown
N
39-02-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO

39-02-21
64
Title Unknown
N
39-02-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO

39-02-28
65
Title Unknown
N
39-02-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO

39-03-07
66
Title Unknown
N
39-03-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO

39-03-14
67
Title Unknown
N
39-03-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
coming to the aid of the unemployed.

39-03-21
68
Title Unknown
N
39-03-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
the sweepstakes ticket racket.

39-03-28
69
Title Unknown
N
39-03-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
the counterfeit sweepstakes ticket racket exposed.

39-04-04
70
The Newspaper Style
N
39-04-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
An expose of rackets in "the newspaper style."

39-04-11
71
One Week On Velvet
N
39-04-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Edward G. Robinson (WBBM): in "
One Week on Velvet," story of model prison.

39-04-18
72
Title Unknown
N
39-04-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
robbing the crippled vendors.

39-04-25
73
Little Acorns
N
39-04-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Little Acorns," the kids take over the city.

39-05-02
74
High Tide
N
39-05-02 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Big Town--WBBM

39-05-06 Movie Radio Guide
6:00 CST (7:00 CDT) Big Town; Drama, with Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor.
Tonight's drama, "
High Tide."

39-06-30 Movie Radio Guide
"Big Town's" May 2 performance dealing with the
gambling-ship subterfuge sounded off a repercussion
from the S. S. Rex, gaming vessel anchored in Federal waters off Santa Monica pier here. The ship splurged ads in the loca I dailies challenging "any movie or radio star, sponsor or broadcasting station, newspaper or any other person or pcrsons to find on board (the Rex) any illegally or crookedly operated games" and offering to pay '$100,000 to anyone proving a falsely operated game! Star Edward G. Robinson does not plan to do a "Steve Wilson" and try to crack the challenge.

39-05-09
75
Title Unknown
N
39-05-09 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Big Town--WBBM

39-05-16
76
Title Unknown
N
39-05-16 Capital Times
6:00--Big Town--WBBM

39-05-23
77
Title Unknown
N
39-05-23 Capital Times
6:00--Big Town--WBBM

39-05-30
78
Title Unknown
N
39-05-30 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Big Town--WBBM

39-06-06
79
Quick Change Artist
N
39-06-06 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
exposing the quick-change artist.

39-06-13
80
Who Is Delinquent?
Y
39-06-13 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Who is Delinquent--the Child or the Parent?" is the theme of the drama.

39-06-20
81
Reform Town
N
39-06-20 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Edward G. Robinson in expose of million-dollar dog-stealing racket.

39-09-22 Movie Radio Guide
Edward G. Robinson's "Big Town" renewal for the fall will put him in the "first live" class in radio salaries. His weekly pay check won't fall far short of $10,000!

39-06-27
82
Title Unknown
N
39-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Big Town--WBBM

39-09-22 Movie Radio Guide
Thomas Freebairn-Smith becomes "Big Town's" producer with Clark Andrews' resignation to become a 20th-Fox director-writer-and wise money says Claire Trevor (Mrs. Andrews) won't return to the Ed Robinson show's cast in the fall.

39-07-04
83r
Reform School Reforms
Y
[ Rehearsal ]

39-07-04 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Tune-Up Time--WBBM WCCO

39-07-04
83
Reform School Reforms
N
39-07-04 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Play; Big Town--Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor

39-07-04 Boston Herald
8:00 WEEI --Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor in "Big Town"

Announces return on September 19th in the Fall

39-07-11
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39-07-09 Boston Herald
Hour-Long Tuesday Night Party
Dick Powell and his merrymakers on "Tuesday Night Party" take over the time previously occupied by their friend Edward G. Robinson and his "Big Town" dramas, for a gala hour-long music and comedy festivity The program will be heard over WEEI from 8 to 9 P. M.
"Big Town's" dramatic expose of modern rackets returns to Columbia Sept. 19. Dick Powell and Martha Raye will warble new tunes to the accompaniment of Lud Gluskin's orchestra.

39-07-11 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Play; Big Town--Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor

39-07-11 Canton Repository
DICK POWELL'S "Tuesday Night Party" will be extended to a full hour this evening at 7 over the CBS network when he and Martha Raye do a takeoff on Edward G. Robinson' "Big Town" broadcast and take the roles of Steve Wilson, the managing editor, and Lorelei.






39-09-19
83
Title Unknown
N
[ Ona Munson replaces Claire Trevor as Lorelei Kilbourne]

39-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal
At 6 p.m. "Big Town" resumes its battle against the underworld. Edward G. Robinson will be assisted by Ona Munson in the first episode which results in a break-up of a fake auction ring.

39-09-22 Movie Radio Guide
BACK TO "BIG TOWN" Tue., CBS Edward G. Robinson, who has been vacationing in Europe with Mrs. Robinson and their young son, Manny, will resume his racket·busting role as Steve Wilson, crusading newspaper editor of "Big Town," this week. The "Big Town" show was introduced in 1937 and has now grown to be one of the most popular of all dramatic radio shows.
39-09-26
84
Title Unknown
N
39-09-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM):
the crooked race track gamblers.

39-10-03
85
Blackmailing Fortune Teller
N
39-10-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM):
exposing the blackmailing fortune teller.

39-10-06 Movie Radio Guide
Before Ona Munson premiered September 19 with Edward G. Robinson on "Big Town," she took her mother 10 numbers of Hollywood radio dramas just to study their technique, she confessed at the dinner
party which followed the opening Rinso broadcast.

39-10-10
86
Rediscovery of America
N
[Columbus Day program ]

39-10-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): a Columbus day incident leads to a "
Rediscovery of America."
39-10-17
87
Our Daily Bread
N
39-10-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Our Daily Bread," the rescue of the farmers.

39-10-24
88
Title Unknown
N
39-10-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): the crooks and college football.

39-10-27 Movie Radio Guide
At "Big Town" October 3: Soundman Claude Thorson grew too enthusiastic in creating a chair-crash-over·head effect, and,slamming a stool on his own cranium, split his scalp open tor a knockout. "Ooh," commented tough-guy Edward G. Robinson, "take him into the wings. I can't bear the sight of blood'" Publicity man Gene Gach did, and held Thorson's scalp together until a doctor arrived.

39-10-31
89
United We Give
N
39-10-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM):
the "foundation" gift racket.

39-10-31 Movie Radio Guide
7:00 CST Big Town; Drama.
Newspaper drama, with Edward C. Robinson and Ona Munson. "
United We Give," a drama about charity organizations, will be presented tonight.

39-11-07
90
Title Unknown
N
[ Armistice Day program]

39-11-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

39-11-07 Lima News
A dramatization in the Armistice Day spirit, which has its inception at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, will be the subject of the "Big Town" broadcast of Tuesday, at 8 p. m. over WABC. Edward G. Robinson in his usual role of "Steve Wilson" of the "Illustrated Press" finds himself the possessor of some amazing information which he uses to good advantage with the aid of his society editor, "Lorelei," as played by Ona Munson.

39-11-14
91
The Vice Murders
N
39-11-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM):
the vice murders.

39-11-21
92
Title Unknown
N
39-11-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Edward G. Robinson exposes power-site grab.

39-11-28
93
Title Unknown
N
39-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

39-12-05
94
The End of Easy Street
N
39-12-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM):
the end of an easy street.

39-12-12
95
Title Unknown
N
39-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
39-12-19
96
Title Unknown
N
9-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

39-12-26
97
Title Unknown
N
39-12-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-01-02
98
Title Unknown
N
[ Bogus episode with this date is in circulation, but the episode has Claire Trevor as Lorlelei not, Ona Munson]

40-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM):
exposing the time payment racket.

40-01-09
99
Title Unknown
N
40-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-01-12 Movie Radio Guide
Eddie Robinson was given a desk set and smoking equiJr ment on his birthday by his "Big Town" cast.
"Big Town" will move to New York for two weeks on January 9 or January 16.

40-01-16
100
Babies For Sale
N
40-01-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Babies for Sale," adoption racket.

40-01-23
101
Black Out With Crime
N
40-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Black out with Crime."

40-01-30
102
The March of Dimes
N
40-01-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The March of Dimes."

40-02-06
103
Title Unknown
N
40-02-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): with Edward G. Robinson;
the end of a lawyer's cruel racket.

40-02-13
104
Rest Home
N
40-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Rest Home," the story of gaining ends through the sick.

40-02-20
105
Title Unknown
N
40-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM):
underprivileged boys fight politics.

40-02-27
106
Title Unknown
N
40-02-24 Movie Radio Guide

Missing Heirs Mix-Up

The other night Edward G. Robinson's "Big Town" program was devoted to an expose of a fraudulent missing-heirs racket. Immediately following this program the "Court of Missing Heirs" show went on the air. CBS was aware of the mix-up that might result and so Robinson ended his show with an explanation that the missing-heir quest to follow was definitely not the kind of thing he had pictured in his drama. Incidentally, Robinson turned down an invitation to appear on "Information, Please" because his sponsor has another program on another station that same half·hour.

40-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-03-05
107
Title Unknown
N
40-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-03-12
108
Title Unknown
N
40-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-03-19
109
Title Unknown
N
40-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-03-26
110
Death Rides On the Highway
Y
[ Edited recording; 3 minutes missing ]

40-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Death Rides on the Highway," havoc left by reckless drivers.

40-04-02
111
Title Unknown
N
40-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-04-09
112
Title Unknown
N
40-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
40-04-16
113
Title Unknown
N
40-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
40-04-23
114
Title Unknown
N
40-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
40-04-30
115
Title Unknown
N
40-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
40-05-07
116
The Criminal Code
N
40-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in "
The Criminal Code."
40-05-14
117
Title Unknown
N
40-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
40-05-21
118
Title Unknown
N
40-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
40-05-28
119
The Man Without A Country
N
40-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Man Without a Country" with Edward G. Arnold.
40-06-04
120
Title Unknown
N
40-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Big Town--WCCO WBBM KMOX
40-06-11
121
We Americans
N
40-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson returns to his managing editor's role in "
We Americans."

40-06-18
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40-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Question Bee--WBBM





40-10-09
122
The American Way
N
40-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal

'Big Town' Drama of Racket Busting Return to Air Tonight

With Edward G. Robinson and Ona Munson in the leading roles, "Big Town"--a series of dramas about racket-busting--will return to the air tonight. Robinson will be cast as a crusading editor and Miss Munson as his glamorous assistant. The series will be aired by WBBM at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

40-10-16
123
Title Unknown
N
40-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-10-23
124
Title Unknown
N
40-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-10-30
125
Title Unknown
N
40-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-11-06
126
Music On Parole
N
40-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Music on Parole."

40-11-13
127
Title Unknown
N
40-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-11-20
128
Title Unknown
N
40-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

40-11-27
129
Zero Hour
N
40-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Zero Hour."

40-12-04
130
Night Freight
N
40-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in "
Night Freight," story of cross-country truck drivers.

40-12-11
131
After Eighteen Hours
N
40-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p .m.--Big Town (WBBM): a war tale, "
After 18 Hours."

40-12-18
132
Christmas Is News
N
[ Christmas Program]

40-12-18 Movie Radio Guide
BIG TOWN, CBS. Starring Edward G. Robinson and Ona Munson in "
Christmas Is News," by Robert Andrews.
Bowing to the Christmas spirit of good will, "Big Town" editor-crusader Steve Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) won't even fight against lawlessness and lawbreakers, for none will appear this week. This Wednesday's offering of a simple Christmas story will give Robinson a chance to vary his radio acting and listeners the opportunity of hearing one of their favorite actors in a departure from strict commercial formula.

40-12-25
133
The Ticking of Eternity
N
40-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
Wednesday
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in "
The Ticking of Eternity."

41-01-01
134
Title Unknown
N
41-01-08
135
The Food Racket
N
41-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
the food racket."

41-01-15
136
Title Unknown
N
41-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): another racket is exposed

41-01-15 Canton Repository
Edward G. Robinson takes his Big Town show to New York this week. The first broadcast from New York will be Jan 23.

41-01-15 Corpus Christie Caller Times
American Legion To Honor Film Star - HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 15. (U.P.)--Film and Radio Star Edward G. Robinson will be honored late today by the American Legion for an "outstanding contribution to Americanism through his stirring patriotic appeals" on his nation-wide broadcast of "Big Town."
The Legion will present Robinson with its citation of honor at today's broadcast at the CBS Studios.

41-01-15 Richmond Times Dispatch - Edward G. Robinson will star in
a story concerning efforts of a political clique to block plans for replacing slum areas with a city playground in his "Big Town" broadcast at 8 P.M. today over the Columbia network and Station WRVA. Robinson will impersonate "Steve Wilson," the crusading managing editor of the mythical Illustrated Press and Ona Munson will play "Lorelei Kilbourne," his ace reporter who assists him in his constructive activities in behalf of Big Town.

41-01-22
137
Freedom of the Press
N
41-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in "
Freedom of the Press," a battle with politicians.
41-01-29
138
And a Little Child . . .
N
41-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
And a Little Child . . .," involving infantile paralysis.
41-02-05
139
Penny Arcade
N
41-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
41-02-12
140
Hope In America
N
41-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
41-02-19
141
An Eye for An Eye
N
41-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "An Eye for An Eye," an operation saves a convicted convict's life.

41-02-26
142
Big town Bicentennial
N
41-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): unity in "Big town Bicentennial."

41-03-05
143
Ambulance at Dawn
N
41-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Ambulance at Dawn," a story of night club mobsters.

41-03-12
144
Behind the Garden Wall
N
41-03-12 Movie Radio Guide
BIG TOWN, CBS. Starring Edward G. Robinson and Ona Munson in "
Behind the Garden Wall," by Paul Schofield.
This is the story of an old woman immersed in spiritualism, who gets more help from editor Steve Wilson than from spirits when the city tries to condemn her property.
41-03-19
145
A Day for Thanksgiving
N
41-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
A Day for Thanksgiving," crooks eye some property.
41-03-26
146
The Heart of A Child
N
41-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
a divorce to the child.
41-04-02
147
False Witness
N
41-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
False Witness," a lie in action

41-04-09
148
Eyes of the Blind
N
41-04-09 Movie Radio Guide
THE "BIG TOWN" episode this week will be "
Eyes of the Blind," by renowned author Adela Rogers St. John. In this sketch Steve Wilson, always fighting a battle for someone else, himself suffers a case of blindness that threatens for a while to put an end to his militant crusading. CBS.

41-04-16
149
Too Late for Sorrow
N
41-04-16 Movie Radio Guide
"BIG TOWN" will present Edward G. Robinson and Ona Munson in "
Too Late for Sorrow," a poignant sketch based on the American curse of reckless driving. CBS.

ONA MUNSON still possesses the old upright piano on which she learned to play while a child in Portland, Ore. The "Big Town" player has carted it all over the country while pursuing her stage career prior to entering pictures and radio.

41-04-23
150
Blue Prints for Murder
N
41-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Blue Prints for Murder," stealing national defense formulas.

41-04-30
151
Green Eyed Monster
N
41-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Green Eyed Monster," a stockholder's niece attempts to get a job.

41-05-07
152
Death Weather
N
41-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Death Weather," a slum story by Theodore Dreiser.

41-05-14
153
Quality of Greatness
N
41-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Quality of Greatness" the district attorney is threatened.

41-05-21
154
Big Town's Boys' Club
N
41-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Big Town's Boys' Club."

41-05-28
155
$30,000 Bomb
N
41-05-28 Movie Radio Guide
"BIG TOWN" will be the scene of
a story about editor Steve Wilson almost printing a story that wasn't true. Spurred by assistant Lorelei's persistence to investigate the facts, Steve saves his journalistic reputation and clears up some complications. CBS.

41-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
$30,000 Bomb," political story.

41-06-04
156
Behind the Garden Wall
N
41-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Behind the Garden Wall," an old lady talks to the dead.

41-06-11
157
Night Court
N
41-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in "
Night Court."

41-06-18
158
Tough Boy
N
41-06-18 Movie Radio Guide
CBS-Big Town, drama; Edward G, Robinson & Ona Munson:
WABC
Tonight's drama "
Tough Boy," the story of a juvenile grocery robber.

41-06-25
159
A Newspaper Is Born
N
41-06-25 Movie Radio Guide
CBS-Big Town, drama; Edward G, Robinson & Ona Munson:
WABC
Tonight's drama ,"
A Newspaper Is Born," is the slory of the establishment of a newspaper before the Civil War.

41-07-02
160
Let the Eagle Scream
N
41-07-02 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in "
Let the Eagle Scream."

41-07-09
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41-07-09 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Grand Central Station--WBBM





41-10-01
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41-09-27 Movie Radio Guide

Brighter "Big Town"

It will be a slightly brighter "Big Town" that returns to CBS Wednesday,
October 8. Although the dramatic show starring Edward G, Robinson and Ona Munson will still present its crime-fighting, newspaper-publishing episodes, the gencral tone will not be as heavy as before. Robinson himself made this decision after questioning young cadet friends of his son, Manny, at Black-Foxe Military Academy.

41-10-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Grand Central Station--WBBM

41-10-08
161
The Barrier
N
41-10-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): with Edward G. Robinson and Ona Munson returning in "
The Barrier," youth makes a decision and shapes a future.
41-10-15
162
Judgment in Darkness
N
41-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Judgment in Darkness," a subway for low cost suburban travel is threatened.
41-10-22
163
But for the Grace of God
N
41-10-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
But for the Grace of God," the story behind the Community Union.
41-10-29
164
War On Reckless Driving
Y
41-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
war on reckless driving

41-11-05
165
40,000 Lives
N
41-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
40,000 Lives," saved by the crusading managing editor.
41-11-12
166
Title Unknown
N
41-11-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
41-11-19
167
Plum Pudding and Mince Pie
N
[ Thanksgiving program]

41-11-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Plum Pudding and Mince Pie," families in trouble over love.
41-11-26
168
Griswold Graveyard
N
41-11-26 Movie Radio Guide
"Big Town" this week presents an eerie and unusual drama called "
Griswold Graveyard," by Max Erlich. It's a story about the disappearance of two corpses from a graveyard and what happened to Steve (Edward G. Robinson) and Lorelei (Ona Munson) when they began to investigate the mystery (CBS).

41-12-03
169
One Life Too Many
Two Jots and a Title
N
41-12-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
One Life Too Many," a homicide case.
41-12-10
170
Behind the Headlines
N
41-12-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Behind the Headlines."
41-12-17
171
Title Unknown
N
41-12-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX
41-12-24
172
A Woman's Place
Dear Santa Claus
N
[Christmas Program]

41-12-24 Movie Radio Guide
Big Town; Edward G. Robinson & Ona Munson: WABC
Tonight's drama ,"
A Woman's Place," by Gilbert Seldes.

41-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in "
Dear Santa Claus," faith and generosity.

41-12-31
173
Ring Out the Old
N
[New Years program]

41-12-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in
"Ring Out the Old."

42-01-07
174
What You're Getting For Your Money
N
42-01-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

42-01-14
175
Title Unknown
N
42-01-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX






42-01-22
176
A Devil Rides At Your Elbows
N
[Moves to Thursdays at 8:30 CST]

42-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
at a new time, presenting a reckless driving story: "A Devil Rides At Your Elbows."

42-01-29
177
They Also Serve
March of Dimes
N
42-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): a youth is aided by the "
march of dimes."

42-01-29 Movie Radio Guide
Big Town, with Edward G. Robinson
& Ona Munson: WABC
Edward G. Robinson as Steve Wilson dramtizes a story based on the infantile paralysis drive entitled, "
They Also Serve."

42-02-05
178
Title Unknown
N
42-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Big Town--WBBM WCCO

42-02-12
179
A Dream of Lincoln
N
42-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
A Dream of Lincoln," and the saving of the union.

42-02-19
180
Just Troupers
N
42-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Just Troupers," a story of army entertainment

42-02-26
181
Black Market
N
42-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Black Market" gangsters invade garages for tires.

42-03-05
182
Title Unknown
N
42-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Big Town--WBBM WCCO

42-03-07 Movie Radio Guide
Edward G. Robinson owns one of the most famous paintings by Grant Wood, Iowa artist who died recently and whom Robinson knew intimately.
The painting is "Daughters of the Revolution." which provoked a storm of controversy some time ago. The "Big Town" star has one of the finest collections of modern art in the nation . . .

42-03-12
183
Steve Wilson, Air Raid Warden
N
42-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Edward G. Robinson, as an air raid warden, finds an asylum run by its inmates.

42-02-12 Movie Radio Guide
Big Town, with Edward G. Robinson
& Ona Munson: WABC
Tonight's drama, "
Steve Wilson, Air Raid Warden."

42-03-19
184
Out of the Mouths of Babes
N
42-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Out of the Mouths of Babes," story of a boy with faith in the nation's leaders.

42-03-26
185
The Most Dangerous Man In America
N
42-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in "
The Most Dangerous Man In America."

42-04-02
186
Shelter For the Night
N
42-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Shelter For the Night," story of a mysterious house.

42-04-09
187
My Old Man
N
42-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

42-04-16
188
Drive For Victory
N
42-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Providence, R.I., gets the Edward G. Robinson safety award.

42-04-23
189
Adventure In Lisbon
N
42-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Adventure In Lisbon," with Edward G. Robinson.

42-04-30
190
Flight to Europe
N
42-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
flight to Europe.

42-05-07
191
Dangerous Cargo
N
42-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Big Town--WBBM WCCO KMOX

42-05-14
192
Adventure In Paris
Y
[ Begins in Lisbon, but culminates in Paris]

42-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Adventure In Paris."

Teases an '
adventure in Tangier' as next.
42-05-21
193
A Lady In Tangier
N
42-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Edward G. Robinson in "
A Lady In Tangier."

42-05-28
194
Title Unknown
N
42-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Edward G. Robinson on a Nazi prison ship.

42-06-04
195
Title Unknown
N
42-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Edward G. Robinson as Steve Wilson, seeks interview with Jugoslav guerilla.

42-06-11
196
Title Unknown
N
42-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
kidnaping by Nazis.

42-06-18
197
Title Unknown
N
42-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
seeking the killer of Himmler's aide.

42-06-25
198
Made In the USA
N
42-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Edward G. Robinson in the Libyan desert.

42-07-02
199
Title Unknown
N
[ Last Edward G. Robinson episode ]

42-07-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Steve Wilson faces murder charge.

42-07-09
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42-08-17
N
[ Bogus circulating episode dated 42-08-15 'By the Same Token' is actually 42-05-14 'Adventure in Paris ]

42-08-17 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:00 p.m.--WBBM--Victory Theater presents Edward G. Robinson in Big Town drama, "
What America Means to You."

43-04-26
N
43-04-26 Lima News
Edward G. Robinson and Ona Munson reenact their "Big Town" radio roles, as the crusading editor Steve Wilson and his beautiful assistant Lorelei, when "Ceiling Unlimited" presents "
Big Town, 1955 A.D.," on Monday at 7:15 p.m., EWT, over Station WABC.

43-04-26 Tucson Daily Citizen
Edward G. Robinson and Ona Munson resume their "Big Town" roles of Steve Wilson, editor, and Lorelei Kilbourne, reporter, during the "Ceiling Unlimited" program tonight. In the script, the two newshounds tour the world in 1955. During a stopover at island X they meet friends from their old war correspondent days in 1943. KTUC, 9:15.






43-09-28
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42-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Lights Out--WBBM WCCO
43-10-05
1
Voices of Destruction
N
43-10-05 Wisconsin State Journal
(WBBM): starring Edward Pawley and Fran Carlon in "
Voices of Destruction," story of crusading managing editor who smashes Nazi rumor ring.

43-10-05 Mason City Globe-Gazette
SMASHING a nazi rumor ring becomes the 1st concern of crusading managing editor Steve Wilson as he storms into the city room
of the Illustrated Press in the season's premiere episode of "Big Town" on KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 7 p. m. Rolling up his sleeves, the 2-fisted "M.E." played by Edward Pawley, summons his girl reporter Lorelei Kilbourne, played by Fran Carlon, his city editor Fletcher, Danny the copy boy, and Dusty Miller, the gent who knows his way around. Together they
plan to help the FBI nail the "
Voices of Destruction," as the episode is titled.
Written and produced by Jerry McGill, former ace reporter ond syndicate writer "Big Town" is dedicated to the nation's hardworking newspaper reporters and editors. Since McGiil started the program in 1937 he has striven to faithfully portray the vigilance of newspapermen in detecting and smashing graft, corruption, demagogy and intolerance.
43-10-12
2
A Letter to the Editor
N
43-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
A Letter to the Editor" helps expose a crooked political boss.

43-10-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette
A CROOKED political boss is brought to justice in the season's 2nd episode of "Big Town" on KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 7 p. m.
Steve Wilson, crusading managing editor, played by Ed Pawley, receives a letter from a school teacher telling how the political
boss' machinations have involved her and her father, a city employee. Accompanied by his girl reporter, Lorelei Kilbourne, played by
Fran Carlon, Wilson goes to work on the boss in the chapter subtitled "
Letter to the Editor."
43-10-19
3
The Man With the Scar
N
42-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Man With the Scar" is brought to justice.
43-10-26
4
The White Lie
N
42-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Steve and Lorelei fight a malicious blackmail plot.

43-10-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette
"THE WHITE LIE" is the sub-title of the "Big Town" episode for Tuesday at 7 p. m. over KGLO-CBS when Steve Wilson, manager of the "Illustrated Press," kills a story, the publication of which would have smashed a woman's life, ruined her child's future, and caused needless suffering for an officer in the service of his country. Ed Pawley and Fran Carlon co-star as "Steve Wilson" and "Loreilei Kilbourne."
43-11-02
5
Stroke of Twelve
N
42-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO

43-11-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette
HOW STEVE WILSON, managing editor of the Illustrated Press, with only minutes to spare, saves a condemned man from
the electric chair, and catches the real culprit. will be dramatized on "Big Town" Tuesday at 7 p.m. over KGLO-CBS in an episode entitled "
Stroke of Twelve." Wilson's "girl Friday," Lorelei Kilbourne, helps him solve the murder.
Ed Pawley and Fran Carlon co-star in this exciting story, set in a metropolis of today
43-11-09
6
The Prodigal's Return
N
42-11-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson and his staff save a blind boy's life in "
The Prodigal's Return."
43-11-16
7
Dark Heritage
N
42-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Dark Heritage" finds Steve Wilson tangling with voodooism on a Caribbean Island.
43-11-23
8
The Girl in the Morgue
N
42-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Girl in the Morgue," story of a check-passing racket
43-11-30
9
Title Unknown
N
42-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Steve Wilson tracks down a firebug.

43-11-30 Mason City Globe-Gazette
STEVE WILSON, managing editor of the Illustrated Press, and reporter Lorelei Kilbourne
set out to track down a firebug who has started blazes in old tenements occupied by war workers. How a dead pigeon furnishes Steve with the clue to the identity of the firebug is told on the "Big Town" program over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 7 p. m. Ed Pawley and Fran Carion co-star in this series, written and produced by Jerry McGill
43-12-07
10
Title Unknown
N
[ Preempted in several major markets]

42-12-07 Mason City Globe-Gazette
"Big Town" usually heard Tuesdays at
7 p. m.,
will not be heard this week only.

43-12-07 New York Times
8:00-WABC--
Holding the Line Against Inflation--James F. Byrnes, Director, Office of War Mobilization

43-12-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
7-WBBM--James F. Byrnes, talk

43-12-07 Washington Post
WTOP 8:00 James F. Byrnes

43-12-07 San Mateo Times
8:30
KQW--"Big Town"

43-12-07 Oakland Tribune
8:30
KQW--"Big Town"

43-12-07 Long Beach Independent
8:30
KNX— Big Town

43-12-07 Los Angeles Times
8:30 P.M. KNX--Big Town.

42-12-07 Joplin Globe
7:00—"Big Town," Newspaper Drama—cbs

42-12-09 Fayette Courier
Did you hear little Dickie Monohan when he covered himself with glory on the CBS "Big Town" program, playing a little blind boy whose dog was run over by gangsters? A Warner Bros, scout did, and promptly arranged to interview Dickie—object, a screen test.

43-12-14
11
Title Unknown
N
42-12-14 Mason City Globe-Gazette
THE MURDER of a butcher friend of Dusty Miller's involves Steve Wilson, managing editor of the Illustrated Press, and his star reporter, Lorelei Kilbourne, in a gruesome and exciting episode of adventure against the black market.
How Dusty Miller picks up a clue to the murderer and tries to find him without the help of the police will he told
on the "Big Town" program, Tuesday at 7 p. m. over KGLO-CBS. Edward Pawley and Fran Carlon co-star as "Steve Wilson" and "Lorelei Kilbourne."
43-12-21
12
Journey to Life
N
[ Christmas program]

43-12-21 Mason City Globe-Gazette
A CHRISTMAS STORY , sub-titled "
Journey to Life," will be heard on the "Big Town" program, Tuesday at 7 p. m. over KGLO-CBS. It is the story of a glamour girl heiress who has decided that life isn't worth living now that the lost of her family, her brother, has been reported missing in action. What Steve Wilson, managing editor of the Illustrated Press, and star reporter Lorelei Kilbourne do to change the poor little rich girl's outlook on life, makes a tender and fascinating holiday-time story.
43-12-28
13
Vengeance
N
43-12-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette
FRANKlE TROY, a stir-crazy killer, threatens death to the 4 men responsible for sending him to prison in "
Vengeance" on KGLO-CBS' "Big Town" Tuesday at 7 p. m..
Steve Wilson, managing editor at the crusading Illustrated Press, rescues 2 of those threatened and saves Lorelei, his ace reporter, from death at the hands of the killer.
44-01-04
14
Title Unknown
N
44-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
newspaper editor and his staff start New Year by cleaning up another racket.

44-01-04
Mason City Globe-Gazette
STEVE WILSON, intrepid managing editor of the Illustrated Press, Lorelei, his devoted reporter, and Dusty the photographer, start the new year with a bang by cleaning up another racket on KGLO-CBS' "Big Town" Tuesday at 7 p. m.
44-01-11
15
Hi-Jack
N
44-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor runs into trouble in "
Hi-Jack."
44-01-18
16
Silent Witness
N
44-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor solves ingeniously planned crime in "
Silent Witness."
44-01-25
17
The Pied Piper Passes
N
44-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor foils kidnaping plot in "
The Pied Piper Passes."
44-02-01
18
Title Unknown
N
44-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO
44-02-08
19
The Pied Piper Passes
N
44-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
newspapermen track down kidnapers.

44-02-08
Mason City Globe-Gazette
STEVE WILSON AND THE STAFF OF THE "ILLUSTRATED PRESS" TRACK DOWN THE KIDNAPERS OF LORELEI KILBOURNE'S NEPHEW DURING THE EXCITING EPISODE "THE PIED PIPER PASSES," ON KGLO-CBS "BIG TOWN" PROGRAM TUESDAY AT 7 P M.
44-02-15
20
Title Unknown
N
44-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor and girl reporter solve ingenious crime.
44-02-22
21
Title Unknown
N
44-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO
44-02-29
22
The Singing Coffins
N
44-02-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor unravels mystery of "
The Singing Coffins."
44-03-07
23
The Perjured Witness
N
44-03-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor watches two murders and breaks a "fool-proof" alibi in "
The Perjured Witness."
44-03-14
24
Title Unknown
N
44-03-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO

44-03-14
Mason City Globe-Gazette
SABOTAGE in a paper mill is the challenge facing Steve Wilson, managing editor of The Illustrated Press, on "Big Town'' over KGLO-CBS
Tuesday at 7 p. m.
When "accidental" death comes to '"Dad"' Warren, a friend of Steve's who operates the paper mill, the crusading managing editor and his reporter Lorelei go after the saboteurs with a vengeance.
44-03-21
25
Where There's Smoke
N
44-03-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Where There's Smoke," story of sabotage in a paper mill.
44-03-28
26
Death Takes a Curtain Call
N
44-03-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Death Takes a Curtain Call."
44-04-04
27
Murder Collects the Interest
N
44-04-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Murder Collects the Interest."
44-04-11
28
Death Marks the Cards
N
44-04-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO

44-04-11
Mason City Globe-Gazette
"DEATH MARKS THE CARDS " is thriller on "Big Town" Tuesday over KGLO-CBS at 7 p. m.
Steve Wilson of the "Illustrated Press," pits his brains against a brace of Big Town's cleverest card sharps in an effort to gel a fair deal for the service men they've been fleecing. Lorelei Kilbourne and Dusty, Steve's wise-crackius photographer, share the excitement of sundry shootings and live to write the story for the "Illustrated Press."
44-04-18
29
The Black Press
N
44-04-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor tackles Axis agents in "
The Black Press."
44-04-25
30
Parents Beware
N
44-04-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Parents Beware," drama of juvenile deliinquency
44-05-02
31
Treacherous Consolation
N
44-05-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Treacherous Consolation," drama of shortwave propaganda.
44-05-09
32
The Gentle Ghost
N
44-05-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Gentle Ghost."
44-05-16
33
C.O.D. Death
N
44-05-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
C.O.D. Death."
44-05-23
34
The Fatal Dodge
N
44-05-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson catches up with draft dodgers.

44-05-23
Mason City Globe-Gazette
SPECIALISTS in murder, blackmail and draftdodging get a whirlwind clean-up from managing editor Steve Wilson and reporter Lorelei Kilbourne in "The Fatal Dodge" on KGLO-CBS' "Big Town" Tuesday at 7 p. m. Steve Wilson is played by Ed Pawley. Fran Carlon plays Lorelei.
44-05-30
35
Once Within the Walls
N
44-05-30 Mason City Globe-Gazette
THE episode "
Once Within the Walls" on "Big Town" over KGLO-CBS Tuesday at 7 p. m. finds editor Steve Wilson behind bars in a ruse to learn the true facts of a misdirected murder
charge. Steve does this to save from the electric chair a man who has been framed, hoping to gather exonerating evidence from his cellmate, one of the underworld's toughest characters. Ed Pawley plays the role of Wilson: his girl reporter Lorelei Kilbourne is played by Fran Carlon.

44-05-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO
44-06-06
36
Death In a Cage
N
44-06-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Death In a Cage," murder in the circus arena.

44-06-06 Mason City Globe-Gazette
"
DEATH IN A CAGE," murder in the circus arena, is the exciting episode on KGLO-CBS' "Big Town" Tuesday at 7 p. m. The story concerns editor Steve Wilson's efforts to track down the murderer who brought about the horrible death of a lion-tamer by stimulating the beasts to vicious revolt. Steve, played by Ed Pawley, is assisted by Lorelei, reporter played by Frank Carlon.
44-06-13
37
Title Unknown
N
44-06-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO
44-06-20
38
The Leech
N
44-06-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
phony doctor victimizes war workers.

44-06-20
Mason City Globe-Gazette
STEVE WILSON, managing editor of the Illustrated Press, comes to the aid of war workers who are being victimized by a phoney detective, in "The Leech," episode on "Big Town" Tuesday on KGLO-CBS at 7 p. m.
With the aid of his reporter Lorelei Kilbourne and photographer Dusty Miller, Wilson puts a timely end precipitate end to a petty extortion racket. Ed Pawley is Steve, Fran Carlon is Lorelei, Lawson Zerbe is Dusty
44-06-27
39
The Deadly Hunch
N
44-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Deadly Hunch."
44-07-04
40
Birth In Freedom
N
[ July 4th program]

44-07-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "deadly hunch" avenges gang murder.

44-07-04
Mason City Globe-Gazette
EDITOR STEVE WILSON celebrates The July Fourth with his own fight for the freedom of some innocent Czech immigrants who have fallen into the toils of a passport racketeer, in "Birth in Freedom" on "Big Town" Tuesday on KGLO-CBS at 7 p. m. Steve, played by Ed Pawley, is aided by reporter Lorelei Kilbourne, played by Fran Carlon.
44-07-11
41
Consignment--Death
N
44-07-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson exposes food racketeers in "
Consignment--Death."
44-07-18
42
The Vulture's Roost
N
44-07-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Vulture's Roost."
44-07-25
43
Death In A Cage
N
44-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson, newspaperman, finds the murderer in "
Death In a Cage."

44-07-25
Mason City Globe-Gazette
SUSPECTING foul play when a circus lion tamer is found torn to pieces by his trained beasts, managing editor Steve Wilson sets out to find the murderer in the episode "Death in a Cage" on KGLO-CBS' "Big Town" Tuesday at 7 p. m. Ed Pawley plays Wilson, the crusading head of the Illustrated Press; Fran Carlon is heard as his ace reporter Lorelei Kilbourne. Jerry McGill is writer producer.
44-08-01
44
The Bitter Genius
N
44-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson pursues a criminal who specializes in counterfeiting and murder in "
The Bitter Genius."
44-08-08
45
Trouble--Unlimited
N
44-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson spoils "protection" racket in "
Trouble--Unlimited."
44-08-15
46
Rewrite--Sudden Death
N
44-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Editor Wilson discovers that a professional radio operformer has a sideline--murder--in "
Rewrite--Sudden Death."
44-08-22
47
The Return of the Ghost
N
44-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson exposes a phoney professor who brings messages from the spirits of missing soldiers in "
The Return of the Ghost."
44-08-29
48
The Voice from the Pit
N
44-08-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor cracks down on crooks in "
The Voice from the Pit."
44-09-05
49
Murder Deals in Futures
N
44-09-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Murder Deals in Futures."
44-09-12
50
One Way Street
N
44-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
One Way Street," story of juvenile delinquency.
44-09-19
51
Gramma's Brood
N
44-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Editor Wilson brings "
Gramma's Brood" to justice.
44-09-26
52
The Quick and the Dead
N
44-09-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Quick and the Dead," story of murder at the racetrack.
44-10-03
53
Merger for Murder
N
44-10-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Merger for Murder."
44-10-10
54
Death Takes the Spot
N
44-10-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson goes slumming and traps a murderer in "
Death Takes the Spot."
44-10-17
55
Murder Edits the Plot
N
44-10-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Murder Edits the Plot."
44-10-24
56
The Deadly Riddle of the Yapping Dog
N
44-10-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Editor Steve Wilson faces death by poisoning in "
The Deadly Riddle of the Yapping Dog."
44-10-31
57
Murder Sees Red
N
44-10-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Murder Sees Red."
44-11-07
58
Title Unknown
N
[ Preempted for Election returns in several major markets]

44-11-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO

44-11-14
59
Death and Taxes
N
44-11-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Death and Taxes."

44-11-21
60
Baby Bandit
N
44-11-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Baby Bandit," story of juvenile delinquency.

44-11-28
61
Johnny Marches Home
N
44-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Ed Pawley as editor Steve Wilson, and Frank Carlon, as Lorelei, girl reporter, save a war hero from racketeers in "
Johnny Marches Home."

44-12-05
62
Death Scoops a Murder
N
44-12-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): three murderers chhose the same victim in "
Death Scoops a Murder."

44-12-12
63
Death Stalks the Hunter
N
[ AFRS Mystery Playhouse version only ]

44-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Death Stalks the Hunter."

44-12-19
64
The Grafters
N
44-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve and Lorelie track down "
The Grafters."

44-12-26
65
The Unlighted Christmas Trees
N
[Christmas Program]

44-12-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Unlighted Christmas Trees."

45-01-02
66
Dangerous Resolution
N
45-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor frees innocent man of murder charge in "Dangerous Resolution."

45-01-09
67
The Return of Killer Joe
N
45-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Return of Killer Joe."

45-01-16
68
Winner Takes All
N
45-01-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Winner Takes All," threat of death from woman gangster.

45-01-23
69
The Charity Swindlers
N
45-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Editor Steve Wilson exposes "The Charity Swindlers."

45-01-30
70
Kill That Story
N
45-01-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Kill That Story."

45-02-06
71
Concerto for Murder
N
45-02-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Concerto for Murder."

45-02-13
72
Hot Ice
N
45-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
diamond thieves are trailed in "Hot Ice."

45-02-20
73
Meet a Body
N
45-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Meet a Body."

45-02-27
74
His Brother's Keeper
N
45-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor starts slum clearane project in "His Brother's Keeper."
45-03-06
75
The Fatal Proposition
N
45-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
crusading editor narrowly escapes death when he blocks mob's effort to shake down young business woman in "The Fatal Proposition."
45-03-13
76
Appointment With the Grave
N
45-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Appointment With the Grave."
45-03-20
77
The Case of Tell Tale Hands
N
45-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Case of Tell Tale Hands."
45-03-27
78
Mission Accomplished
N
45-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Mission Accomplished."
45-04-03
79
The Frightened Killer
N
45-04-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Frightened Killer."
45-04-10
80
Title Unknown
N
45-04-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor exposes adoption racket.
45-04-17
81
The Missing Corpse
N
45-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "The Missing Corpse."
45-04-24
82
Revenge by Proxy
N
45-04-24 Wisconsin State Journal
Norman Corwin wrote, produced, and directed the special full hour program, "Word from the People," to be presented at 9 tonight over WBBM as a prelude to the United Nations conference.

45-04-24
Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Revenge by Proxy."
45-05-01
83
Murder Scores
N
45-05-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor battles gambling ring in "Murder Scores."
45-05-08
84
Combine for Murder
N
45-05-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Combine for Murder."
45-05-15
85
Give and Take
N
45-05-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Give and Take," story of juvenile and parental delinquency.
45-05-22
86
The Rule of Three
N
45-05-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Rule of Three," story of gangsters' battle for underworld power.
45-05-29
87
The Voice In the Night
N
45-05-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Voice In the Night."
45-06-05
88
Double Trouble
N
45-06-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor aids amnesia sufferer in
"Double Trouble."
45-06-12
89
Combine for Murder
N
45-06-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Combine for Murder."
45-06-19
90
Title Unknown
N
45-06-19 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Sketch--Big Town, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlon
45-06-26
91
The Elusive Corpse
N
45-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Elusive Corpse."

45-06-26 Republican Courier
"
The Elusive Corpse" will be pursued by Editor Steve Wilson on "Big Town" over CBS at 8 p. m
45-07-03
92
The Black Widow's Mites
N
45-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Black Widow's Mites."
45-07-10
93
Tryout for Murder
N
45-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Tryout for Murder."
45-07-17
94
Title Unknown
N
45-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Editor Wilson and Lorelei are troubled by gremlins and a missing corpse.
45-07-24
95
The Elusive Corpse
N
45-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Elusive Corpse."

45-07-24
Republican Courier
Editor Steve Wilson almost becomes a corpse in the 8 p. m. CBS "Big Town" mystery drama.
45-07-31
96
Patrons of Murder
N
45-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Patrons of Murder."
45-08-07
97
Kindergarten of Crime
N
45-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Kindergarten of Crime," in which a child's yen for candy leads him to petty crime.
45-08-14
98
Return to The Future
N
45-08-14 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Sketch--Big Town, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlon

45-08-14 Bakersfield Californian
Editor Steve Wilson and his ace reporter, Lorelei, of Columbia's BIG TOWN launch a drive to protect returning servicemen from small-town ward healers, in "
Return to the Future," brought to you tonight at 9 to 9:30 on KERN.
Ed Pawtey plays Wilson and Fran Carlton is heard as Lorelei. Jerry McGill produces and directs his own story.
45-08-21
99
Title Unknown
N
45-08-21 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Sketch--Big Town, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlon
45-08-28
100
The Black Marketeers
N
45-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Black Marketeers."
45-09-04
101
The Tattle-Tale Gun
N
45-09-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Tattle-Tale Gun."
45-09-11
102
Return to the Future
N
45-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Return to the Future," deals with a post-war phase of crime affecting veterans.
45-09-18
103
Thirty Paces From the Sea
N
45-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Thirty Paces From the Sea."
45-09-25
104
Vengeance
N
45-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
ex-convict attempts to get even for persons who "framed" him, in "Vengeance."
45-10-02
105
The Deadly Guess
N
45-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "The Deadly Guess."
45-10-09
106
A Gyp Racket
N
45-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
a Seabee returns home to find himself the victim of a financial racket.
45-10-16
107
Word of Honor
N
45-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor balks attempt to steal Chinese treasure.

45-10-16 Lowell Sun
BIG TOWN DRAMA: "
Word of Honor," WEEI, 8

45-10-16 Salt Lake Tribune
BIG TOWN...
Murderous attempts to steal a priceless Chinese treasure from a certain Dr. Wing, challenges editor Steve Wilson to probe a mystery entitled "
Word of Honor" on Big Town tonight at 6:00 on KSL.
45-10-23
108
Angel of Death
N
45-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Angel of Death."
45-10-30
109
Fatal Grand
N
45-10-30 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Sketch--Big Town, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlon

45-10-30 Republican Courier
Counterfeit money is bad business, particularly in thousand dollar denominations. Editor Steve Wilson demonstrates in a fast moving crime drama, "
Fatal Grand" on "Big Town" over CBS at 8 p. m.
45-11-06
110
Dangerous Lady
N
45-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Dangerous Lady."
45-11-13
111
The Talkative Ghost
N
45-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Talkative Ghost."
45-11-20
112
The Devil's Cargo
N
45-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Devil's Cargo."
45-11-27
113
The Deadly Gyp
N
45-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Deadly Gyp."
45-12-04
114
Demand Performance
N
45-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"Demand Performance," in which gangster tries to back a play.
45-12-11
115
The Fire-Bug
N
45-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Fire-Bug."
45-12-18
116
Killer-at-Large
N
45-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Killer-at-Large."
45-12-25
117
Title Unknown
N
45-12-25 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Sketch--Big Town, With Ed Pawley, Fran Cartlon

46-01-01
118
Title Unknown
N
46-01-01 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Sketch--Big Town, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlton

46-01-08
119
The C.O.D. Murder
N
46-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The C.O.D. Murder."
46-01-15
120
The Spook Stop
N
46-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Steve Wilson visits an abandoned railway station inhabited by a homicidal ghost.

46-01-15 Mason City Globe-Gazette
AN OLD mystery-writing friend of Steve Wilson's gets the crusading editor involved with homicidal ghosts, in "
The Spook Stop," on KGLO-CBS' "Big Town," Tuesday, at 7 p. m. Steve learns that the ghosts are making real trouble in an abandoned railway station, scene of an unsolved train-robbery murder. Edward Pawley plays Wilson. Fran Carlon portrays his girl reporter, Lorelei. Jerry McGill directs.

46-01-22
121
The Shark Woman
N
46-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Shark Woman."
46-01-29
122
The Legion of the Lost
N
46-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Legion of the Lost."
46-02-05
123
Too Many Murders
N
46-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Too Many Murders."
46-02-12
124
Saga of 'Lamey' Link
N
46-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Saga of 'Lamey' Link."
46-02-19
125
The Fatal Key
N
46-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Fatal Key."
46-02-26
126
The Convict Club
N
46-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Convict Club."
46-03-05
127
The Murder Manse
N
46-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Murder Manse."
46-03-12
128
The Honor Racket
N
46-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
"The Honor Racket."
46-03-19
129
Title Unknown
N
46-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town--WBBM WCCO
46-03-26
130
The Ghost of Yesteryear
N
46-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Ghost of Yesteryear."
46-04-02
131
The Sentimental Killer
N
46-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Sentimental Killer."
46-04-09
132
The Cat Lady
N
46-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): a Polynesian princess, an eccentric professor, and a novelist are principals in "
The Cat Lady."
46-04-16
133
The Criminal Conspirators
N
46-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Criminal Conspirators."
46-04-23
134
Prelude to Crime
N
46-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Prelude to Crime" deals with parent delinquency.
46-04-30
135
Title Unknown
N
46-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Editor Wilson smashes a racket victimizing dock workers.
46-05-07
136
The Veiled Witness
N
46-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "The Veiled Witness."
46-05-14
137
Marriage for Murder
N
46-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Marriage for Murder."
46-05-21
138
Fraud Unlimited
N
46-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Fraud Unlimited."
46-05-28
139
The Blonde Hater
N
46-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "The Blonde Hater."
46-06-04
140
Too Many Coffins
N
46-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Too Many Coffins."
46-06-11
141
The Murderous Switch
N
46-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "The Murderous Switch," story of crooked horse-racing.
46-06-18
142
Hounds of Hunger
N
46-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Hounds of Hunger."
46-06-25
143
The Forgotten Hour
N
46-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "The Forgotten Hour."
46-07-02
144
The Cop Hater
N
46-07-02 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "The Cop Hater."
46-07-09
145
Final Payment
N
46-07-09 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson, editor, runs into trouble with an ex-convict in "Final Payment."

46-07-16
146
Title Unknown
N
46-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town--WCCO WBBM

46-07-23
147
Murder at Low Tide
N
46-07-23 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Murder at Low Tide."

46-07-30
148
Joe's House
N
46-07-30 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Joe's House," story of veteran's housing racket.

46-08-06
149
Seven Dollar Killing
N
46-08-06 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Seven Dollar Killing."

46-08-13
150
Title Unknown
N
46-08-20
151
The Hit-Run Killer
N
46-08-20 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): Steve Wilson traps "
The Hit-Run Killer."

46-08-27
152
Murder Meets the Jury
N
46-08-27 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Murder Meets the Jury.

46-09-03
153
Deadly Hide and Seek
N
46-09-03 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Deadly Hide and Seek."

46-09-10
154
The Hawkers of Hate
N
46-09-10 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Hawkers of Hate," story about bigotry and prejudice surrounding an election.
46-09-17
155
The Musical Murders
N
46-09-17 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Musical Murders."
46-09-24
156
The Final Statement
N
46-09-24 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Final Statement."
46-10-01
157
The Murder Mission
N
46-10-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Murder Mission.
46-10-08
158
The Street of the Lost
N
46-10-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Street of the Lost."
46-10-15
159
The False Witness
N
46-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The False Witness."
46-10-22
160
Title Unknown
N
46-10-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM
46-10-29
161
The Fog of Death
N
46-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Fog of Death."
46-11-05
162
The Murderous Coward
N
46-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Murderous Coward."
46-11-12
163
Double Death
N
46-11-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Double Death."
46-11-19
164
Mark of Murder
N
46-11-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Mark of Murder."
46-11-26
165
Title Unknown
N
46-11-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM
46-12-03
166
Title Unknown
N
46-12-10
167
Larceny Lane
N
46-12-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Larceny Lane."
46-12-17
168
Letter of the Law
N
46-12-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Letter of the Law."
46-12-24
169
The Three Little Wise Men
N
[ Christmas Program]

46-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Three Little Wise Men."
46-12-31
170
Title Unknown
N
[ New Years program]

46-12-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM
47-01-07
171
Murder in the Blue Spot
N
47-01-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Murder in the Blue Spot."

47-01-14
172
Murder in Sanctuary
N
47-01-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Murder in Sanctuary."

47-01-21
173
The Sleepwalker Murders
Y
[ Side two only ]

47-01-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "The Sleepwalker Murders."

Announces The Rats of The River as next.
47-01-28
174
The Rats of The River
Rats of the Waterfront
N
47-01-28 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Sketch, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlon

47-01-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Big Town
(7 p. m.) Steve Wilson, hard-hitting editor of"Big Town," outwits a gang of "
Rats of the Waterfront," and prevents them from hijacking a valuable cargo.

47-02-04
175
Rent Racketeer
N
47-02-04 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Sketch--Big Town, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlton

47-02-04 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Big Town
(7:00 p. m.) Steve Wilson, fighting editor of "Big Town," uses marked money to crack the case of a "Rent Racketeer." Steve brings to justice an unscrupulous woman roperty-owner and her superintendent, who have been victimizing servicemen.

47-02-11
176
Trumpet of Death
N
47-02-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Trumpet of Death."

47-02-18
177
The Kill
N
47-02-18 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Sketch, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlton

47-02-18 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Big Town
(7 p. m.) When a group of underworld characters converge on the island home of a former bootlegging baron on hearing that he is dying, editor Steven Wilson decides there's a story in it—and he's right—in an episode titled "The Kill."

47-02-25
178
Murder Can Wait
N
47-02-25 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Sketch, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlon

47-02-25 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Big Town
(7 p. m.) A young housewife, estranged from her husband and used as an unwitting catspaw for a blackmail racket, is disentangled from a web of criminality by hard-hitting Steve Wilson, in an episode titled "Murder Can Wait."

47-03-04
179
Title Unknown
N
47-03-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM
47-03-11
180
Devil's Playground
N
47-03-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Devil's Playground."
47-03-18
181
Dangerous Detour
N
47-03-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Dangerous Detour."
47-03-25
182
A Matter of Murder
N
47-03-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
A Matter of Murder."
47-04-01
183
The April Fool Murders
N
[ April Fools Day program]

47-04-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The April Fool Murders."
47-04-08
184
Death By Plan
N
47-04-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Death By Plan."
47-04-15
185
Title Unknown
N
47-04-15 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Sketch, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlton

47-04-15 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Big Town
(7 p. m. ) Lorelei Kilbourne, girl reporter on Big Town's Illustrated Press, is rescued by her boss, Steve Wilson, from the vengeance of a woman show has helped to convict of a major misdeed.

47-04-22
186
Bargain in Black
N
47-04-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
goes after stolen-car racket.

47-04-22 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(7 p. m. )
P--'m
-)
The lure of something-for-nothing offered by stolen-car racketeers is the story Editor Steve Wilson goes after in "Bargain In Black," Steve, portrayed by Ed Pawley, smashes the stolen car racket.

47-04-29
187
The Lone Witness
N
47-04-29 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-04-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette
* NOTE TIME CHANGES *
Big Town
(9:30 p. m. )
An episode titled "The Lone Witness" has to do with an underworld gang trying to get rid of a body. The only witensses are a small boy and his hog, of whom the gangsters also try to dispose. Steve Wilson steps in to see that things work out quite another way.

47-05-06
188
Death Deals A Draw
N
47-05-06 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-05-06 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Episode of the day will be "Death Deals a Drawl," which has to do with a gangster named Sugar Kane and his attempt to kill an expert on card tricks who has been informing the public of the gangster's use of them in Steve Wilson's Illustrated Press. Steve manages to pull a trick of his own and deals the gangster some just desserts.

47-05-13
189
Title Unknown
N
47-05-13 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-05-20
190
Death In Hand
N
47-05-20 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-05-20 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Fighting Steve Wilson, editor of the Illustrated Press, cleans up on another gang of crooks in a ory called "Death in Hand." Steve attempts to run a gambling syndicate down and visits a stool pigeon in a small hotel, then dashes off a roadhouse just in time to rescue Lorelei from a murderer who as death concealed in his hand

47-05-27
191
Title Unknown
N
47-05-27 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-05-27 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) The circus comes to town and there are more than 3 rings full of suspense, mystery and excitement. The circus owner is found murdered and all signs point to the murder having been committed by a pet ape. But Steve Wilson, editor of the Illustrated Press, becomes interested and finds out that things are not what they seem.
47-06-03
192
The Dead Past
N
47-06-03 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-06-03
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) In the episode entitled "The Dead Past," the past of one highly respected society woman of "Big Town" is being resurrected by a group of blackmailers. But Editor Steve Wilson, of The Illustrated Press, hears of the plot in time, saves the woman's reputation as well as the situation, and another good story ends happily.
47-06-10
193
Title Unknown
N
47-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM
47-06-17
194
The Racket Ride
N
47-06-17 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-06-17
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Everyone goes to town in a racket beating drama called "The Racket Ride," with fighting Steve Vilson. managing editor of the Big Town Illustrated Press, leading the way. Wilson, played by Edwar Pawley, pits his influence against a dangerous underworld gang.
47-06-24
195
Title Unknown
N
47-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-06-24
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Crusading Editor Steve Wilson of the I Ow n iuustrated Press, played by Edward Pawley, and his star reporter, Lorelei, played by Fran Carlson, accept the challenge of underworld gangsters in a stirring episode of life in "Big Town."
47-07-01
196
Title Unknown
N
47-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-07-01
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Courageously defying threats of retaliation, Steve Wilson, crusading editor, and his star reporter Lorelei use their skill and influence to outwit a band of vicious criminals. Edward Pawley is Wilson and Fran Carlson is Lorelei.
47-07-08
197
Title Unknown
N
47-07-08 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM
47-07-15
198
Title Unknown
N
47-07-15 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-07-15
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Steve Wilson, crusading editor of the IIlustrated Press, portrayed by Edward Pawley, and his star reporter Lorelei, played by Fran Carlon, are heard in a stirring war-on-crime episode.
47-07-22
199
Title Unknown
N
47-07-22 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-07-22
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Crusading Editor Steve Wilson, played Dig I Own by Edward Pawley, and his star reporter, Lorelei, played by Fran Carlon, renew their fight against lawlessness in 'Big Town."
47-07-29
200
Title Unknown
N
47-07-29 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-07-29
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Steve Wilson crusading editor of the Illustrated Press in "Big Town," and his star reporter Lorelei, succeed in outwitting desperate mobsters in an exciting pisode of their war on crime.
47-08-05
201
Title Unknown
N
47-08-05 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m. Big Town (WBBM):
Steve and Lorelei continue their war against crime.
47-08-12
202
The Claws of Death
N
47-08-12 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m. Big Town (WBBM):
Steve Wilson helps round up narcotics gang.

47-08-12
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Fighting editor Steve Wilson, his star rep0rter, Lorelei, and Harry the Hack, aid government agents in rounding up a narcotic smuggling gang. The episode is entitled, "The Claws of Death."
47-08-19
203
The Glassy Eye
N
47-08-19 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m. Big Town (WBBM):
business man tries to blackmail ex-convict.

47-08-19
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) An ex-convict who paid his debt to society and became a respected business man, is the object of a blackmail attempt by his former cellmate in the story of "The Glassy Eye." Crusading Editor Steve Wilson, played by Edward Pawley, puts the kibosh on the culprit, with the aid of Reporter Lorelei, played by Fran Carlon.
47-08-26
204
The Fatal Hideout
N
47-08-26 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m. Big Town (WBBM):
editor uncovers fugitives' hideout.

47-08-26
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Editor Steven Wilson, his star reporter Lorelei, and Harry the Hack track down the headline story of "The Fatal Hideout" They find themselves matching wits with a seemingly harmless lady whose farm is really a hideaway for escaped convicts. Edward Pawley and Fran Carlon are co-stars Steve and Lorelei.
47-09-02
205
Double Trouble
N
47-09-02 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 Big Town WBBM

47-09-02
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Crusading editor Steve Wilson and his star reporter Lorelei Kilbourne run into "Double Trouble" in their fight against lawlessness. Edward Pawley and Fran Carlon are co-starred as Steve and Lorelei.
47-09-09
206
The House On Prison Hill
N
47-09-09 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m. Big Town (WBBM):
editor saves man from chair.

47-09-09
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) Big Town Editor Steve Wilson clears, a condemned man innocent of a hold-up murder, and traps the guilty one, in an episode titled "The House On Prison Hill." Edward Pa wley- plays Wilson, with Fran Carlon co-starred as Reporter Lorelei.
47-09-16
207
Out of The River
N
47-09-16 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m. Big Town (WBBM):
"dead man" returns to confront racketeer.

47-09-16
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
9:30 p. m.) The story of a "dead" man who returns from a watery grave to confront the dockside racketeer who tried to do him in, gives fighting editor Steve Wilson a sensational "scoop" in a "Big Town" episode titled "Out of the River." Edward Pawley and Fran Carton are co-starred as editor and reporter on the "Illustrated Press
47-09-23
208
Finder's Keepers
N
47-09-23 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m. Big Town (WBBM): "
Finder's Keepers."
47-09-30
209
The Racket School
N
47-09-30 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m. Big Town (WBBM): "
The Racket School."
47-10-07
210
The Last Laugh
N
47-10-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM WCCO

47-10-07
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
7 p. m.) Harry the Hack rescues crusading Editor Steven Wilson when a vindictive woman attempts to ake Wilson and his reporter Lorelei on a one-way ride, in an episode titled "The Last Laugh." Edward Pawley and Fran Carlon are costarred as editor and reporter.
47-10-14
211
Title Unknown
N
47-10-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM WCCO

47-10-14
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
7 p. m.) Steve Wilson, racket-busting editor of the Illustrated Press and his star reporter, Lorelei Kilbourne, aid police in nabbing a phoney department of markets inspector and his accomplice. Edward Pawley plays Wilson. Fran Carlon plays Lorelei.
47-10-21
212
Stand-In for Crime
N
47-10-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m. Big Town (WBBM): editor checks a
"Stand-In for Crime."

47-10-21
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
7 p. m.) Desperation and self-sacrifice are the motivating forces behind the major figures in "Big Town's" drama. The story deals with a lawyer of unsavory reputation who seeks to engage a "Stand-in for Crime" and a needy but unwary citizen. Lorelei Kilbourne, reporter, investigates and succeeds, with fighting editor Steve Wilson's aid in saving the man from the consequences of his own desperation.
47-10-28
213
Murder in the Big Woods
N
47-10-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m. Big Town (WBBM):
deer-slaying racket.

47-10-28
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
7 p. m.) One of "Big Town's" gangsters finds hiding out in a north woods cabin too boring and starts an organized poaching operation, slaughtering deer wholesale for shipment to market by plane, but fighting Steve Wilson learns of the racket and breaks it up. Title of the episode is "Murder in the Big Woods," the story having its beginning and end in a hunting lodge in the heavy timber country north of Big Town.
47-11-04
214
Dance of Death
N
47-11-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m. Big Town (WBBM):
ballet mystery spotlights a dance of death.
47-11-11
215
Destination--Death!
N
47-11-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM WCCO

47-11-11
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
7 p. m.) An ingenious ruse and a double-crossing gangster's moll set the trap with which Steve "Wilson, editor of the Illustrated Press, snares a group of grain hijackers in "Destination—Death!'' Edward Pawley plays Steve and Fran Carlon is Lorelei, girl reporter,
47-11-18
216
The Fatal Fog
N
47-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM WCCO

47-11-11
Mason City Globe-Gazette
Big Town
(
7 p. m.) Steve Wilson, editor of the Illustrated Press and his girl reporter Lorelei, with assists from characters known as Musico Mozart and Wharfrat Willie, the Weeper penetrate "The Fatal Fog" to bring a whimsical mystery to a matter-of-fact conclusion. Steve Wilson is played by Edward Pawley, Lorelei by Fran Carlon.
47-11-25
217
Death at the Wheel
N
47-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM WCCO
47-12-02
218
The Missing Miss
N
47-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m. Big Town (WBBM): "
The Missing Miss."
47-12-09
219
Footsteps of Fear
N
47-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m. Big Town (WBBM WCCO): "
Footsteps of Fear."
47-12-16
220
The Shark Racket
N
47-12-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m. Big Town (WBBM): "
The Shark Racket."
47-12-23
221
The Christmas Giver
N
[ Christmas Program ]

47-12-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m. Big Town (WBBM): "
The Christmas Giver" gets Steve Wilson's protection.
47-12-30
222
Day of Reckoning
N
47-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m. Big Town (WBBM): Racketeers' "
Day of Reckoning.
48-01-06
223
Title Unknown
N
48-01-06 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town Sketch, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlton
48-01-13
224
Title Unknown
N
48-01-13 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town Sketch, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlton
48-01-20
225
Title Unknown
N
48-01-20 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Sketch, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlton
48-01-27
226
Title Unknown
N
48-01-27 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Sketch, With Ed Pawley, Fran Carlton
48-02-03
227
Title Unknown
N
48-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
woman Bluebeard bogs down in black gold.
48-02-10
228
I. O. U. Death
N
48-02-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
rowdies pick fight with marine hero.
48-02-17
229
The Fatal Mistake
N
48-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM WCCO KMOX
48-02-24
230
Title Unknown
N
48-02-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Big Town WBBM WCCO KMOX
48-03-02
231
The Bungling Gunman
N
48-03-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
bungling gunman gets caught in own trap.
48-03-09
232
Murder At Large
N
48-03-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
doodling design dooms doctor's assailant.

48-03-09 Bakersfield Californian
Following: up a slender lead based on a hunch that a prominent psychiatrist identified his assailunt hy a pencil sketch on i memo pad. STEVE WILSON breaks the case of "
MURDER AT LARGE" on BIG TOWN at 9:00.
48-03-16
233
Death in the Cards
N
48-03-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor holds winning pasteboard in "
Death in the Cards," story of poker games for suckers.
48-03-23
234
The Deadly Deal
N
48-03-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 7:00 Big Town

48-03-23 Bakersfield Californian
KERN--Editor Steve Wilson has one of his narrowest escapes in "
THE DEADLY DEAL", the offering on BIG
TOWN at 10:00
48-03-30
235
The Teen Trap
N
48-03-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor saves teen-agers from stolen-merchandise gang.

48-03-30 Bakersfield Californian
KERN--Editor Steve Wilson tackles a tragic example of juvenile delinquency on tonight's BIG TOWN episode titled "
THE TEEN TRAP" at 10:00.
48-04-06
236
Harry The Hack
N
48-04-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Editor Steve Wilson dates a gun moll.
48-04-13
237
Title Unknown
N
48-04-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
gangster tries plastic surgery.
48-04-20
238
The Fatal Face
N
48-04-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Fatal Face."
48-04-27
239
Title Unknown
N
48-04-27 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor uses woman's jealousy to solve crime mystery.
48-05-04
240
Title Unknown
N
48-05-04 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor hunts dead man, finds payroll robbery and double-crossing lawyer.
48-05-11
241
Title Unknown
N
48-05-11 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor smashes school for boy criminals.
48-05-18
242
Phoney Farm
N
48-05-18 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): hot-car racketeers at "
Phoney Farm."
48-05-25
243
Title Unknown
N
48-05-25 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor blocks detective's double-cross.
48-06-01
244
Title Unknown
N
48-06-01 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor and dog track down housing racketeer.
48-06-08
245
Title Unknown
N
48-06-08 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
publicity stunt backfires.
48-06-15
246
Title Unknown
N
48-06-15 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
Lorelei faces number-racket chief.
48-06-22
247
Title Unknown
N
48-06-22 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor rips double-crossing music publisher.
48-06-29
--
--
48-06-29 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Mystery Theater (WBBM): moves to CBS network; story of a boy with a time bomb.





48-09-07
--
--
48-09-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:00 Corliss Archer
48-09-14
1
Blind Justice
Y
[ Premiere over NBC; spnsored by Lifebuoy]

48-09-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--
Big Town (WMAQ): returns with Edward Pawley as crusading editor, Fran Carlon as star reporter (on WIBA at 9).

48-09-21
2
The Final Payment
Y
48-09-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Big Town (WMAQ):
tip leads to corpse in a closet (on WIBA at 9).

48-09-28
3
The Trap
Y
48-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
hired killer uses editor as bait in political murder.

Announces
The Cat Man as next.

48-10-05
4
The Cat Man
N
48-10-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
"mugger" uses cat's cry as lure.

48-10-12
5
Double Murder
Y
48-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
girl seeks missing twin in racketeer's night club.

Announces
The Angel of the Street as next.

48-10-19
6
The Angel of the Street
Y
[ Mercury-A-Day Contest]

48-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): Steve Wilson aids "
The Angel of the Street."

48-10-26
7
Title Unknown
N
48-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA WMAQ 9:00 Gov. Thomas E. Dewey

48-11-02
8
Title Unknown
N
48-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA WMAQ 9:00 Election Returns

48-11-09
9
The Fatal Chain
Y
48-11-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): payroll robbery starts "
The Fatal Chain."

Announces
Death By Plan as next.

48-11-16
10
Death By Plan
Y
48-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
convict plots death for betrayers.

Announces
The Deadly Doll as next.

48-11-23
11
The Deadly Doll
Y
48-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
friend's tip leads to gangster hideout.

Announces
I Remember Murder as next.

48-11-30
12
I Remember Murder
Y
48-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor helps amnesia victim troubled by memory of murder.

Announces
The Lost and Found as next.

48-12-07
13
Lost and Found
Y
48-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor hunts vanished crime reporter of opposition paper, solves a mystery.

Announces
Deadline At Dawn as next.

48-12-14
14
Deadline At Dawn
Y
48-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
racketeers destroy shipment of Christmas trees.

Announces
Prelude to Christmas as next.

48-12-21
15
Prelude to Christmas
Y
[Christmas program]

48-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "
Prelude to Christmas," story of a "displaced person" and his lost daughter.

Announces
Dangerous Resolution as next.

48-12-28
16
Dangerous Resolution
Y
48-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town

Announces
The Mask Of Evil as next.

49-01-04
17
The Mask Of Evil
Y
49-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town

Announces
Nightmare House as next.

49-01-11
18
Nightmare House
Y
49-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town

Announces
A Date With Death as next.

49-01-18
19
A Date with Death
Y
49-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor saves girl from net of crime.

Announces
The Fatal Fix as next.

49-01-25
20
The Fatal Fix
Y
[ Vacation of a Lifetime Travel Contest]

49-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
Steve Wilson helps girl go-between in sports bribery case.

Announces
Murder in The Snow as next.

49-02-01
21
Murder In The Snow
Y
49-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor saves actress from murder.

Announces
Death At the Wheel as next

49-02-08
22
Death At The Wheel
Y
49-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor goes after reckless drivers.

Announces
The Prisoner's Song as next

49-02-15
23
The Prisoner's Song
Y
49-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor tries to save man as he waits in death cell.

Announces
The Charity Killers as next

49-02-22
24
The Charity Killers
Y
[ Announces Brotherhood Week ]

49-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor smashes elderly women's charity racket.

Announces
The Fatal Joke as next

49-03-01
25
The Fatal Joke
Y
49-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
racketeer's practical joke pays off with death.

Announces
The Crooked Eye as next

49-03-08
26
The Crooked Eye
Y
49-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor investigates detective who instigates extortion racket.

Announces
The Shiny Gun as next

49-03-15
27
The Shiny Gun
Y
49-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor attacks parental delinquency.

Announces
The Deadly Summons as next

49-03-22
28
The Deadly Summons
Y
49-03-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor finds actress' "accidental" death was murder.

Announces
The Chill of Death as next

49-03-29
29
The Chill of Death
Y
49-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor uncovers quarrel among gang leader's lieutenants.

Announces
The Deadly Gimmick as next

49-04-05
30
The Deadly Gimmick of the Squeaking Rat
Y
49-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor receives a deadly mouse.

Announces
The Lonely Heart as next

49-04-12
31
The Lonely Hearts Club Expose
Y
49-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor traps extortionists using "friendship" club.

Announces
The Iron Fist as next

49-04-19
32
The Iron Fist
Y
49-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
Edith Lorand as blind gypsy violinist.

Announces
The Hunter as next

49-04-26
33
The Hunter
Y
49-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
big game hunter turns would-be killer, editor meets full-grown tiger (on WIBA at 9).

Announces
The Fatal Alibi as next

49-05-03
34
The Fatal Alibi
Y
49-05-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
paroled convict wins alibi through trickery.

Announces
The Confession as next

49-05-10
35
The Confession
Y
49-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
recorded "confession" turns out to be a trap for the innocent.

Announces
The Weeping Killer as next

49-05-17
36
The Weeping Killer
N
49-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "
The Weeping Killer."

49-05-24
37
Title Unknown
N
49-05-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor saves two boys from life of crime.

49-05-31
38
Title Unknown
N
49-05-31 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Big Town--Drama

49-06-07
39
Title Unknown
N
49-06-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
careless camper causes forest fire, traps party in canyon.

49-06-14
40
Death in Diamonds
N
49-06-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
theft, assault, and murder in "Death in Diamonds."

49-06-14
Portsmouth Times
10 p.m.-NEC: The theft of a diamond necklace from a debutante, and an attack on her escort when he returns to the night club to ask questions, involve editor Steve Wilson (Edward Pawley) in the case of "Death In Diamonds" on "Big Town". Steve goes to the club and uncovers a murder resulting from a quarrel over division of the loot. Fran Carlon, as reporter Lorelei Kilbourne, assists Wilson,

49-06-21
41
Title Unknown
N
49-06-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor helps avert gun battle between police and youth involved in accidental shooting.

49-06-28
42
Death at the Wheel
N
49-06-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "
Death at the Wheel," story of driver who causes accidents but escapes them.

49-07-05
43
Title Unknown
N
[ Fourth of July program]

49-07-05
Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
not-so-bright crooks steal original Declaration of Independence.

49-07-12
44
Title Unknown
N
49-07-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town

49-07-19
45
Title Unknown
N
49-07-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
freed convict plots murder of sweetheart and former crime partner.

49-07-26
46
Title Unknown
N
49-07-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
author finds pirate treasure and dead neighbors at her beach house.
49-08-02
47
Title Unknown
N
49-08-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
counterfeit wholesaler is murdered.
49-08-09
48
Title Unknown
N
49-08-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
heat-crazed zoo keeper goes on murderous rampage.
49-08-16
49
Title Unknown
N
49-08-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
pyromaniac fires sanitarium in which he's a patient.
49-08-23
50
The Fire Bug
N
49-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
"The Fire Bug," originally scheduled last week.
49-08-30
51
The Fatal Decision
N
49-08-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
A warning to Labor Day motorists in "The Fatal Decision."
49-09-06
52
Title Unknown
N
49-09-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): Two partners in a bankrupt juke-box business plan to remedy the situation by murdering their third insured partner.
49-09-13
53
Title Unknown
N
49-09-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor exposes racket chief who terrorizes dock workers.
49-09-20
54
Title Unknown
N
49-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town
49-09-27
55
Title Unknown
N
49-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
newspaper pair foils assassins.
49-10-04
56
Title Unknown
N
49-10-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor thwarts boastful killer's plan for acquittal.
49-10-11
57
Title Unknown
N
49-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
racket leads from counterfeiting to murder.
49-10-18
58
Title Unknown
N
49-10-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor stamps out black market in babies.
49-10-25
59
Title Unknown
N
49-10-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): racketeer, cleared of murder, confesses he was guilty.
49-11-01
60
Title Unknown
N
49-11-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor trips a confidence man.
49-11-08
61
Title Unknown
N
49-11-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
paroled convict's double-crossing former partner who frames him.
49-11-15
62
Title Unknown
N
49-11-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
escaped convict, disguised by plastic surgery, kidnaps Lorelei Kilbourne, who helped convict him.
49-11-22
63
Title Unknown
N
49-11-22 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Big Town--Play, With Edward Pawley and Fran Carlon
49-11-29
64
Title Unknown
N
49-11-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
child sees father murdered, thugs abduct her.
49-12-06
65
Title Unknown
N
49-12-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor, reporter expose killer bent on vengeance.
49-12-13
66
Title Unknown
N
49-12-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
girl reporter's reasoning solves jewel-theft murder.
49-12-20
67
Title Unknown
N
49-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
crooked businessman tries to frame reformed criminal.
49-12-27
68
The Big Fix
N
49-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
"The Big Fix."
50-01-03
69
For Murderers Only
N
50-01-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
"For Murderers Only."
50-01-10
70
Title Unknown
N
50-01-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor traps international auto thieves.

50-01-17
71
Murder Among Thieves
N
50-01-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor traps greedy killers, recovers $100,000 charity fund.

50-01-24
72
Title Unknown
N
50-01-24 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Big Town--Play, With Edward Pawley and Fran Carlon

50-01-24 San Diego Union
When
a young boxer under age for the professional ring dies of a brain hemorrhage, Editor Steve Wilson (Ed Pawley) goes after a fight promoter, "Big Town<, 7 p.m., over KFSD

50-01-31
73
Title Unknown
N
50-01-31 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor exposes philanthropist as greedy killer.

50-02-07
74
Title Unknown
N
50-02-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor clears innocent boy of murder charge, finds killer.

50-02-14
75
Title Unknown
N
50-02-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor and reporter track down killer, almost meet death.

50-02-21
76
The Silent Killer
Y
[AFRS only]

50-02-21
Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor and reporters clear innocent boy of murder charge.

50-02-28
77
Title Unknown
N
50-02-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
murder racket involves phony doctor, ex-convicts.

50-03-07
78
Title Unknown
N
50-03-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
payroll bandit confesses when he meets brother--a detective.

50-03-14
79
Title Unknown
N
50-03-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor poses as stranger to thwart swindlers.

50-03-21
80
Murder's In the Cold, Cold Ground
N
50-03-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor and reporter find paid killer with perfect way of disposing of victims.

50-03-28
81
The Super Murder
N
50-03-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
apartment-house superintendents kill helpless tenant for her money.

50-04-04
82
Rehearsal for Murder
N
50-04-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor unmasks backstage killer

50-04-11
83
Death Trap
N
50-04-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor and reporter escape "Death Trap."

50-04-18
84
Silent Witness
N
50-04-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor, reporter find frightened witness to gangland killing.

50-04-25
85
Title Unknown
N
50-04-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor traps slayer of carnival owner.

50-05-02
86
Lucky Charm
N
50-05-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
gambler's "lucky charm" exposes him as a killer.

50-05-09
87
Title Unknown
N
50-05-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor and reporter teach a lesson in democracy while clearing up a murder.

50-05-16
88
Title Unknown
N
50-05-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
fur thieves fire warehouses to divert attention from burglaries.

50-05-23
89
Title Unknown
N
50-05-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
newsfolk smash ring smuggling displaced persons into U.S. for a price.

50-05-30
90
Title Unknown
N
50-05-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town

50-06-06
91
Title Unknown
N
50-06-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): numbers racketeer exposed as killer.

50-06-13
92
Sudden Death
N
50-06-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor and reporter capture psychopathic strangler.

50-06-20
93
School Crime
N
50-06-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor and reporter break up "School Crime."

50-06-27
94
The Broken Journey
N
50-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "
The Broken Journey," tragic story of hit-and-run driver.

50-07-04
95
Title Unknown
N
50-07-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): faked photo traps murdering bumbler.

50-07-11
96
Title Unknown
N
50-07-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor nabs truck hijackers.

50-07-18
97
Title Unknown
N
50-07-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town

50-07-25
98
Title Unknown
N
50-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): girl reporter sees killing, becomes criminals' hostage.

50-08-01
99
Title Unknown
N
50-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor and reporter expose alien-smuggling racket.

50-08-08
100
Title Unknown
N
50-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): maniacal musician strangles victims with piano wire.

50-08-15
101
Title Unknown
N
50-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): frightened accomplice furnishes clue to theft.

50-08-22
102
Killers' Pay Day
N
50-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): frightened accomplilce furnishes clue to theft.

50-08-29
103
Murder Takes a Joy-Ride
N
[ Labor Day program ]

50-08-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "
Murder Takes a Joy-Ride," a warning to Labor Day motorists.

50-09-05
104
Million Dollar Murder
N
50-09-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "
Million Dollar Murder."

50-09-12
105
Tough Guy
N
50-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor gives lesson to young "
tough guy."
50-09-19
106
Title Unknown
N
50-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): ex-convict reveals gambling plan, meets death.

50-09-26
107
Murder Stalks the Death House
N
50-09-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "
Murder Stalks the Death House."

50-10-03
108
Title Unknown
N
50-10-03 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Big Town--Play

50-10-10
109
Title Unknown
N
50-10-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
Little blind boy helps break up racket involving youngsters.

50-10-17
110
Title Unknown
N
50-10-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
editor and reporter scave y oung man framed on murder charge.
50-10-24
111
Phantom Bank Robbers
N
50-10-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor solves mystery of "
phantom" bank robbers."
50-10-31
112
Title Unknown
N
50-10-31 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): marine veteran helps editor uncover vote fraud.
50-11-07
113
Title Unknown
N
50-11-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town
50-11-14
114
Title Unknown
N
50-11-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): gang boss frames his greatest rival.
50-11-21
115
Death Is for Old Men
N
50-11-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "Death Is for Old Men," tale of strange racket in home for the aged.
50-11-28
116
Crime University
N
50-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor, reporter uncover "Crime University."
50-12-05
117
Title Unknown
N
50-12-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town





50-12-12
118
A Reputation for Murder
N
[ Walter Greaza replaces Ed Pawley as Steve Wilson]

50-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): Walter Greaza takes over as Editor Steve Wilson in "
A Reputation for Murder," story of waitress accused of killing.

50-12-19
119
Title Unknown
N
[ Christmas Program ]

50-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): thief plays Santa to save girl's life.

50-12-26
120
Title Unknown
N
50-12-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): poisoned urn breeds trouble.

51-01-02
121
Title Unknown
N
51-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): Editor Steve Wilson and reporter Lorelei Kilbourne fight crime.

51-01-09
122
Death Goes Crosstown
N
51-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor greets paroled gunman who plans his death.

51-01-16
123
The Face of Murder
N
51-01-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): protesting camera-subject kills photographer.

51-01-16 Oregonian
A photographer from the Illustrated Press finds taking pictures isn't a snap, during "
The Face of Murder," newspaper drama on "Big T0wn," KGW at 9:30 p.m. The cameraman potographs a group of "sidewalk superintendents" who are watching the construction of a new building. One of the group protests and retrieves the negative by killing the photographer Steve Wilson (Walter Greaza) finds a print the killer overlooked, discoverse the reason for his camera shyness and captures the murderer.

51-01-23
124
The Dead Speak Again
N
51-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
imposters, seeking wealth, threaten editor's life.

51-01-30
125
Hitch-Hike With Death
N
51-01-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): hitch-hiker supplies clue in hunt for hijackers.

51-02-06
126
Title Unknown
N
51-02-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor and reporter investigate an offer of information, solve a murder.

51-02-13
127
Killers' Legacy
N
51-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
deadly inheritance almost costs editor his reputation.

51-02-20
128
A Deadly Secret
N
51-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
convict becomes government undercover agent.

51-02-20 San Diego Union
A convict is released from prison to do "undercover work" during the enactment of
"A Deadly Secret" tonight at 7 over KFSD on the "Big Town" sereies, with Editor Steve Wilson (Walter Greaza) and his girl reporter Lorelei. When the guy gets out of jail, and refuses the offer of a job, evn Wilson is shaken. However, when it turns out that he is working for the government, Wilson helps.

51-02-27
129
Make-Up for Murder
N
51-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "Make-Up for Murder."

51-03-06
130
Title Unknown
N
51-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor and reporter masquerade as butler and maid to trap mobster.

51-03-13
131
Title Unknown
N
51-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): homing pigeon helps uncover narcotics ring.

51-03-20
132
Title Unknown
N
51-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): black marketeers try to smuggle stolen streptomycin overseas.

51-03-27
133
Lonely Hearts Club
N
51-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "Lonely Hearts Club" wedding leads to murder.

51-04-03
134
Dead End Street
N
51-04-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): saluting 45th anniversary of Boys clubs: "
Dead End Street," story of turning point in Editor Steve Wilson's life.

51-04-10
135
Title Unknown
N
51-04-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor helps rescue doctor, held as hostage by hoodlums.

51-04-17
136
Title Unknown
N
51-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor and reporter clear man convicted of holdup murder.

51-04-24
137
Title Unknown
N
51-04-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): racketeer forces champion boxer to leave retirement, become fall guy in fixed fight.

51-05-01
138
The Stamp Collector Murder
N
51-05-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "The Stamp Collector Murder."

51-05-08
139
Title Unknown
N
51-05-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): numbers collectors slain; editor goes after racket's boss.

51-05-15
140
Title Unknown
N
51-05-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): presentation of Sloan safety awards; story of small-time mobster who loses his nerve.

51-05-22
141
Touch Gloves With Murder
N
51-05-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): jealous fight manager double-crosses boxer in "Touch Gloves With Murder."

51-05-29
142
Death Crosses the Line
N
51-05-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): Ned Dearborn presents National Safety council award; drama, "Death Crosses the Line."

51-06-05
143
Title Unknown
N
51-06-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town

51-06-12
144
Thirteen To Die
N
51-06-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA):
Editor Steve Wilson gets scooped, retrieves reputation with bigger story.

52-06-12 Tucson Daily Citizen
8--Big Town. A convict marks "
Thirteen to Die" but Steve and Lorelei change his plans. (KVOA)

51-06-19
145
Murder Is the Cover-Up
N
51-06-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "Murder Is the Cover-Up," tale of dope peddlers and teen-agers.

51-06-26
146
Title Unknown
N
51-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): underworld plots editor's death.

51-07-03
147
Reign of Terror
N
51-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "Reign of Terror," story of brutal murder of two policemen.

51-07-10
148
Charity Begins With Murder
N
51-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "Charity Begins With Murder."

51-07-17
149
Murder—Win Place and Show
N
51-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor helps clear police inspector charged with taking bribes during gambling cleanup.

51-07-24
150
Title Unknown
N
51-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor and reporter track down killers who pose as psychologists.

51-07-31
151
A Ticket to Murder
N
51-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "A Ticket to Murder," tale of new racket--passing counterfeit tickets in benefit raffle.

51-08-07
152
Title Unknown
N
51-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): Another of the series of Steve Wilson, newspaper editor, against the underworld.

51-08-14
153
The Big Payoff
N
51-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): girl reporter tracks down mobster's killers.

51-08-21
154
Murder Isn't Clever
N
51-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "Murder Isn't Clever," story of death and blackmail.

51-08-28
155
Title Unknown
N
51-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): boy's kite gives clue to killer.
51-09-04
156
The Protector
N
51-09-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "The Protector," tale of a man who took law in his own hands.
51-09-11
157
Title Unknown
N
51-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big story of typical Town (WIBA): editor walks into vengeful convict's trap.
51-09-18
158
Title Unknown
N
51-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor fights racketeers collecting for fake monuments.
51-09-25
159
Death on the Downbeat
N
51-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "Death on the Downbeat," story of narcotics ring operating in night club.
51-10-02
160
The Bootleg Killers
N
51-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): reporter uncovers bootleg plan, becomes murder victim.
51-10-09
161
Title Unknown
N
51-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): chip from eye-glasses points way to killer.
51-10-16
162
Title Unknown
N
51-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): racketeer railroads prosecutior into sanitarium.
51-10-23
163
Title Unknown
N
51-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): copy boy asks for help for straying brother.
51-10-30
164
Title Unknown
N
51-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor and reporter avert plot to blow up housing development.
51-11-06
165
Title Unknown
N
51-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Big Town
51-11-13
166
Title Unknown
N
51-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): fantastic mask hides identity of holdup man.
51-11-20
167
Title Unknown
N
51-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): editor exposes underworld interference in election campaign.
51-11-27
168
Title Unknown
N
51-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): city editor faces fugitive killer.
51-12-04
169
Title Unknown
N
51-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): Communists try to recover Red's diary.

51-12-05 Indiana Gazette
Radio—CBS 8
Big Town, newspaper adventure, moves back from NBC where, however, the current series will run simultaneously for three more Tuesday nights to complete the contract . . .


51-12-11
170
Setup for Re-Entry
N
51-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 9:00 Big Town

51-12-18
171
Ordeal by Fire
N
51-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Big Town (WIBA): "Ordeal by Fire."

51-12-25
172
Title Unknown
N
51-12-25 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 9:00 Big Town

52-01-01
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52-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse on Broadway (WIBA): Julie Strong, student at University of Indiana, gets first acting chance when she appears with Adolphe Menjou in "Stage Door."





51-11-28
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51-11-28 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Play: Mr. Chameleon, With Karl Swenson
51-12-05
1
Title Unknown
N
51-12-05 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Play

51-12-05 Indiana Gazette
Radio—CBS 8
Big Town, newspaper adventure, moves back from NBC where, however, the current series will run simultaneously for three more Tuesday nights to complete the contract . . .

51-12-12
2
Setup for Re-Entry
N
51-12-12 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Play: With Walter Greaza, Fran Carlon

51-12-12 Evening Independent
CBS—8 Big Town "
Setup for Reentry"
51-12-19
3
Title Unknown
N
51-12-19 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Play: With Walter Greaza, Fran Carlon
51-12-26
4
The Protector
N
51-12-26 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Play: With Walter Greaza, Fran Carlon

51-12-26 Evening Independent
CBS—8 Big Town "
The Protector;"
52-01-02
5
Tattoo of Death
N
52-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): newspaper editor hunts down counterfeiters in "
Murder for a Price."

52-01-02 Thomasville Times
CBS—8:00 p.m.. Big Town
"
Tattoo of Death."

52-01-02 Lockhaven Express
CBS—8 Big Town "
Tattoo of Death;"

52-01-02 Ruthven Free Press
Radio's "Big Town," switched from NBC to CBS: Radio on January 2nd, and its followers are not yet used to: the change. Walter Greaza and Fran Carloh continue in the leads. Matt Crowley is featured in Columbia Pictures' "The Mob."
52-01-09
6
Murder for A Price
N
52-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Murder for a Price," tale of desperate counterfeiters.

52-01-16
7
Murder Witnesses
N
52-01-16 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Play: With Walter Greaza, Fran Carlon

52-01-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor saves murder witness from gang vengeance.

52-01-23
8
Title Unknown
N
52-01-23 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Play: With Walter Greaza, Fran Carlon

52-01-30
9
Title Unknown
N
52-01-30 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Play: With Walter Greaza, Fran Carlon

52-02-06
10
Title Unknown
N
52-02-06 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Play: With Walter Greaza, Fran Carlon

52-02-13
11
Babies for Sale
N
52-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Babies for Sale," expose of illicit adoption racket.

52-02-20
12
Title Unknown
N
52-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor receives poison pen letter.

52-02-27
13
Music Is An Art
N
52-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
research in art leads to killer.

52-03-05
14
Two-Faced Murder
N
52-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): editor unmasks wily killer in "
Two Faced Murder."

52-03-12
15
The Perfect Murder
N
52-03-12 New York Times - 8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Walter Greaza

52-03-19
16
Death Is the Silent Partner
N
52-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
Death Is the Silent Partner," take of narcotics plot.

52-03-26
17
Caught
N
52-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor and girl reporter corner killer.

52-04-02
18
Betrayal
N
52-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
editor, reporter clear up mystery of wealthy woman's death.

52-04-09
19
The Innocent Killer
N
52-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
newspaper team seeks acquittal for murder suspect.

52-04-16
20
Murder In Church
N
52-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
jailbird poses as minister.

52-04-23
21
Title Unknown
N
52-04-23 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Walter Greaza

52-04-30
22
The Strangler
N
52-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "
The Strangler" and three women's deaths.

52-05-07
23
Title Unknown
N
52-05-07 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Walter Greaza

52-05-14
24
Title Unknown
N
52-05-14 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Walter Greaza

52-05-21
25
Title Unknown
N
52-05-21 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Walter Greaza

52-05-28
26
Title Unknown
N
52-05-28 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Walter Greaza

52-06-04
27
Death Out of Yesterday
N
52-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
trail of juvenile delinquents leads to former big shot.

52-06-11
28
Title Unknown
N
52-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM):
convict marks judge, jury for death.

52-06-18
29
Deadly Silence
N
52-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): woman breaks "
Deadly Silence," prevents miscarriage of justice.

52-06-25
30
Title Unknown
N
52-06-25 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Big Town--Walter Greaza

52-07-02
--
--
52-07-02 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Heartstone of Death Squad






AFRS Mystery Playhouse Program Log

Date AFRS # Title Avail. Notes
44-12-12
--
Death Stalks The Hunter
Y
[ Commercial episode # 63 ]

44-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Big Town (WBBM): "Death Stalks the Hunter."

Peter Lorre announces
an episode of Mr and Mrs North as next.







Big Town Radio Program Biographies




Edward G. Robinson
[Emmanuel Goldenberg]
(Steve Wilson)

(1893-1973)

Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Education: American Academy of Dramatic Arts; City College of New York; Columbia University

Radiography:

1933 The Chevrolet Program
1937 Lux Radio Theatre
1937 Shakespeare Festival
1937 Big Town
1938 America Calling
1940 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1940 Community Mobilization For Human Needs
1941 We Hold These Truths
1942 President Roosevelt's Diamond Jubilee
1942 Command Performance
1942 Dedication Programof the Network Of the Americas
1943 Cavalcade Of America
1943 Time To Smile
1943 Bond Drive For the Cruiser Los Angeles
1943 The New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
1943 Mail Call
1943 Amos 'n' Andy
1944 March Of Dimes
1944 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1944 Hollywood Democratic Committee
1944 Democratic National Committee
1945 The Pepsodent Show
1945 Suspense
1945 Comedy Theater
1945 Theatre Guild On the Air
1945 Victory Chest Program
1946 Theatre Of Romance
1946 March Of the Movies
1946 The Victor Borge Show
1946 The Lucky Strike Program
1946 This Is Hollywood
1947 The Fred Allen Show
1947 Family Theater
1947 United Nations Charter Anniversary Messages
1947 Front and Center
1947 Hollywood Fights Back
1948 Kraft Music Hall
1948 A Program Of Canada
1948 Sealtest Variety Theater
1949 Screen Directors Playhouse
1949 Oportunity U.S.A.
1949 People Are Like That
1950 For the Living
1950 Document A/777
1951 The Big Show
1953 The Eternal Light
1954 Guest Star
1958 Voices From the Hollywood Past
1968 An American Gallery
Treasury Star Parade
The New National Guard Show

Edward G. Robinson circa 1927
Edward G. Robinson circa 1927


Eddie Robinson peruses one of the hundreds of books in his library.
Eddie Robinson peruses one of the hundreds of books in his library.


Though not a trained pianist, Robinson enjoyed experimenting with his own original pieces.
Though not a trained pianist, Robinson enjoyed experimenting with his own original pieces.


Robinson reads to his son, Manny (Eddie Jr.)
Robinson reads to his son, Manny (Eddie Jr.)


Eddie Robinson emerges from a white tie affair with his wife (the former Gladys Lloyd)
Eddie Robinson emerges from a white tie affair with his wife (the former Gladys Lloyd)


Early Latin-American fan magazine publicity photo of Edward G. Robinson.
Early Latin-American fan magazine publicity photo of Edward G. Robinson.


Candid shot of Eddie Robinson running a comb through Eddie Jr.'s hair. ( Eddie Jr.'s nickname was Manny, after his father's real name)
Candid shot of Eddie Robinson running a comb through Eddie Jr.'s hair. ( Eddie Jr.'s nickname was Manny, after his father's real name)


Father Eddie Robinson helps Eddie Jr. with his equestrian instruction.
Father Eddie Robinson helps Eddie Jr. with his equestrian instruction.


From the July 2nd 1938 Radio Guide:

MOVIE GANGSTER GOES STRAIGHT

     BEST KNOWN-and probably best loved-of the movie and radio "tough guys" is Edward G. Robinson, whose relaying of the role of "Little Caesar" established a style and a formula, set standards that remain today unbettered. Movie-goers who remember "Little Caesar," "Bullets or Ballots," and "Five Star Final" thrill at the recollection of Robinson's steel-hard characterizations, his ruthless, utterly domineering fulfillment of his dramatic destiny.  Radio listeners who dial in the "Big Town" program heard over the Columbia Broadcasting System each Tuesday night, on which Robinson is currently starred in the type of role that has made him famous, know him as one of the most thoroughly intimidating voices on the air.  And yet, behind the microphone, in the quiet of his own home, this No. 1 Hard Guy is nothing of the sort!  Edward G. Robinson, screen and radio killer extraordinary, has never in all his life fired a pistol, says he wouldn't know how!  He's gentle, soft-spoken, a model of polite consideration, devoted to his family, a lover of music, a collector of books, a connoisseur of fine paintings!

From the September 29th 1939 issue of Radio Guide (see accompanying photos at left):

LITTLE CAESAR TAKES A HALO --  The public hated Little Caesar's guts, so radio changed him into the beloved, racket-busting hero of 'Big Town' 

By LORRAINE THOMAS 

DESPITE the plague of adjectives that invades us from Hollywood's Tower of Babel, the smart nabobs out there never hamper their really great shows or performers with such shackles as colossal, stupendous and other meaningless things.  Oh, no.  You watch 'em.  When they present a great performance with a great performer they'll blurb it simply by announcing that the company takes pleasure in presenting Mr. So-and-So in "Such-and-Such.  There is dignity in the announcement, and power.
     So, with that in mind, we take pleasure this week in presenting Mr. Edward G. Robinson, the printers' saint of "Big Town," the craftsman who never has turned in a terrible job.
     As a tough mug in films and a snarling sentimentalist in radio, Mr. Robinson is the standard.  Of course, it's a bit incongruous that Little Caesar should now be selling washing-powder, that Silver Dollar Tabor should be a soap-peddler.  It's sort of like William Tell being an apple-vendor or Herr Hitler, the blotch on the Rhine, hawking "How to Win Friends, etc."  However, if it takes washing-powder to bring us St. Steve of "Big Town," then I'm for it.
     There are no managing editors like Steve Wilson, plague take it.  There are no papers like the Illustrated Press.  And there are no society editors like Lorelei.  If there were, the boys would work for nothing, which is just about all of them get.  And if a paper really were run as Steve runs his, he would be in jail for slander, bankrupt from libel, and facing prison for contempt of court.  But it's grand fun.     Mr. Robinson is another American who came from a far country.  He was born Emanuel Goldenberg in Bucharest, Roumania, December 12, 1893.  His family fetched him to New York before he could pronounce his name very distinctly, and he grew up just another drop in the melting-pot.  At New York's public schools he debated and played in school shows and at an East Side settlement house was something of a boy star.  He decided then to be an actor, although his family objected.

HE WAS an honor man at dramatic school, took a master-of-arts degree at Columbia.  He had chosen his goal and was plugging toward it when his adopted nation went forth to do joust with the Kaiser's Germany and make the land of Luther unsafe for men like Emanuel Goldenberg.  Eddie Robinson joined the Navy.
     Back home from the War that really hadn't ended, he wrote a vaudeville act, "The Bells of Conscience," and acted it.  Old showmen lifted their conservative eyebrows and muttered approval.  He became a serious student of drama and hung around the Theater Guild, which in those days was the orphan of the theatrical storm.  But up at the Lambs and Friars they watched Mr. Robinson and knew that, at last, a real actor was attaining growth.
     He worked for several seasons with the Theater Guild and then starred in "The Kibitzer."  He's been starring ever since.  He was acclaimed one of the finest actors on Broadway, and then he turned to the movies and might have been ruined if his ability had been one mite less.
     He was established financially in "The Racket," a legitimate show, and Hollywood put the heat on, and Mr. Robinson became the classic gangster, Little Caesar, which is still the standard.  But the gangsters were gathered into the arms of their fathers.  America's taste changed and Mr. Robinson changed from a gangster to a patriot, thence into an editor.  The man enjoys newspaper stories and his favorite role is that of a crusading writing man.  When radio decided to dramatize "Big Town," Mr. Robinson was the logical selection.
     "Big Town" immediately hopped to the top of the heap and it's still there.  It'll be there as long as Mr. Robinson is the Steve Wilson, the Santa Claus, of "Big Town"--St. Steve who slays the dragon.
     If Mr. Robinson were not a well-nigh perfect actor he wouldn't be in the business today but probably would be wherever good gangsters go.  Twice he missed an early demise by inches.  He played the drug-store buttinsky so well in "The Kibitzer" that a spectator, perhaps a bit teched, thought Mr. Robinson really was the man who had outslicked him at cards and he called on the kibitzer to even scores.  Mr. Robinson was in a hole.  You can't reason with a crank, especially if the crank thinks you gypped him.  So Mr. Robinson asked, "How much did you lose?"
     "Fifteen dollars."
     The actor produced a deck.  "Cut," he said.
     The crank beat it.  "You're not a kibitzer," he yelled.  "You're a gambler."
     Again, in Little Caesar, a barrage of real machine-gun bullets was to be sprayed at an ash-can and blanks; seriously, were to be shot at Little Caesar.  But the clips got mixed.  A hired hand caught the error just before Mr. Robinson was murdered for art's sake.  Hollywood has committed many crimes, but it hasn't murdered a man yet.
     Mr. Robinson is an indefatigable worker and insists that his plays must be correct in research.  He always conceives mentally the character he is to play, and lives the part.  The dominating influences in his life have been his wife, Gladys Lloyd, a writer and actress, his five-year-old son, Emanual, and his mother.  At home, he's the dad-pal type to his son and is very attentive to his wife.  He has perhaps the finest collection of modern art in Hollywood and a splendid library.  The library is for use, not looks.  He really appreciates good music, especially Wagner, but he's not musical himself.

ROBINSON is a man of boundless mental and physical energy, and of integrity in everything he does.  He will never compromise and is considered stubborn by some, but he's open-minded and can be convinced, with a cudgel.  He enjoys arguments and will shout you down if you can't outshout.  The only way to best him in an argument is to smother him with facts and bellow at him.  He is careful of the smallest details in all of his undertakings.  He is introspective, a very smart student of human emotions and behavior.  In fact, Mr. Robinson is one of the scholars of Hollywood.
     He is very proud of his "Big Town" program and of the medal RADIO GUIDE awarded him last year.  He believes his program helps educate the public to vital social and community problems.
     Usually he's got a cigar in his mouth at a rakish angle, but at home he enjoys a pipe.  He's a moderate drinker and prefers the best Scotch with plain water.
     He's a crusader and a loquacious American.  He's been called a radical, but he's not; that is, in the sense that many Americans accept a radical--as a tearer-downer and an agin-guy.  Mr. Robinson is a liberal in most everything except, of course, his contempt for Herr Hitler and Mr. Muss.  He understands German and Italian, but will not speak the languages because he hates the ideals for which the languages now are being used.  We suggest that's a strange attitude for a man of Mr. Robinson's intellect to take.  It seems rather silly to smoot the tongues of the masters just because a couple of bandits speak them.  He might as well not speak English because of Jesse James et al.  And, after all, many of our big me have not been exactly angels.
     His favorite screen actors are Wallace Beery, George Arliss, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Barthelmess and Jeanette MacDonald.  His favorite actress if Gladys Lloyd.  He married her.
     His favorite author is Samuel Butler, but he is a student of Shakespeare, Anatole France, Shaw, W.H. Hudson and Feuchtwanger.

HIS wife got him started in gangster roles on the stage.  She coaxed him into playing in "The Racket," and from then on he was marked as a bad man.  But he's tired of being a toughy.  He doesn't believe in heroizing thugs and in "Big Town" he shows them up.  In the movies, he will agree to play a mug part if the studio will assure him of a second picture in which he will be cast as a crusader.
     "He's not hard to live with after you understand him," said Mrs. Robinson.  "His first impulse is to shout you down on almost any subject, but then you can approach and reason with him.  If you argument has any logic, you can easily convince him."
     He is very generous to Mrs. Robinson and loves to shop for presents for her.  An authority on perfumes, he keeps her supplied with the best.
     He is an habitual shopper, and the feel of fine rugs, silks and velvets apparently thrills his sense of touch.  Mrs. Robinson can't buy anything to suit him, so he does his own buying.  He is a conservative dresser but has scads of shirts and ties.  However, he will wear garters and galluses until they drop off.
     When he comes home from work, he must know all about the household.  He relaxes slowly, reads himself to sleep and sleeps only in the tops of his pajamas.  Mr. Robinson takes a great deal of time with his son, Mannie, and wants him to be the athletic type.  He watches the boy's schooling closely and is teaching him to write, mostly in capital letters.
     Before broadcasting, he becomes the tough managing editor, scowls at his co-workers, jerks his head nervously and tugs at his coat.  And when the show starts, he's in the proper mood.  He talks out of the side of his mouth and often mumbles to himself.
     At rehearsals, he sits on a high stool, wears specs and wraps his legs around the legs of the stool.  If lines do not seem just so, he'll blow up and yell, "Why in hell do they write lines like that?"  His English is flawless.  So is his profanity.  It should be.  It gets plenty of exercise at times.
     Mr. Robinson is "Big Town."  His radio technique is different.  He screams and shouts his line and so do his cast.  But it works, and his program is second only to Jack Benny's in the half-hour lot.  It is first in popularity in the weekly half-hour dramas.
     He likes to talk tough and scare folks.  But if you ever meet him and he yells at you, yell right back.  He is five feet eight inches tall and sensitive about his height.  He prefers to work with actors no taller than he is.  He enjoys relaxing with his manager, Munroe Goldstein, by playing casino for fifty cents a game.  He gloats when he wins, and he usually does.  Mr. Goldstein is a smart man.  Don't ever lick your boss at cards or golf.
     His proudest possession is an autographed photograph of Toscanini.  He is very proud of his collection of modern paintings, antique silver, furniture and china.
     The hero of "Big Town" unquestionably is motivated by a strong defense mechanism as a result of his short stature and his humble origin.  Like so many very sensitive men, he feels keenly the oppression of his race.  His secret ambition is to play Napoleon.

IT'S also well known that Mr. Robinson would like a good newspaper story.  He enjoys portraying a newspaperman, and with the build-up of "Big Town," he's just ripe for a spanking newspaper story.  He wants it to be as newspapers and reporters really are, not as the movies have made them.
     Personally, I'd rather see him do Pulitzer than Napoleon.  Richard Harding Davis got around, too.  And there is a natural waiting for Mr. Robinson, the life of the lamented Edward J. Neil of the AP, who was killed in Spain.  Mr. Neil was a crusader, too, in a reactionary world.  If Mr. Robinson wants to portray an American reporter, we suggest Eddie Neil.
     There are no bad marks against Mr. Robinson's name.  He might be overly enthusiastic in his crusades, but he's honest.  When he saw Evans Plummer spading around to get facts about his life, he said, "Treat me kindly and forget the bad things, won't you, Plummer?"
     Mr. Plummer reports he hasn't found any bad things.

     Edward G. Robinson may be heard Tuesday nights on "Big Town" over a CBS network at:
EST 8:30 p.m.--CST 7:30 p.m. MST 6:30 p.m
     And later for the West Coast at:  PST 8:30 p.m.--MST 9:30 p.m.




Carlton KaDell
(Performer)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor; Writer
(1904-1975)

Birthplace: Danville, Indiana, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1932 Hello Marie!
1933 Headlines
1934 Mystery Drama for Rocket Gasoline
1934 Tarzan and the Diamond of A'Sher
1935 Grace Moore
1936 Hollywood Hotel
1936 Strange As It Seems
1936 Tarzan
1937 Thrills
1937 The Chase and Sanborn Hour
1937 Amos 'n' Andy
1937 Music From Hollywood
1937 Big Town
1938 Silver Theatre
1940 Wings of Destiny
1941 Kay Fairchild, Stepmother
1941 Backstage Wife
1942 Melody Tours
1943 In Time To Come
1943 This Is My Story
1943 The Al Jolson Program
1944 The Life Of Riley
1943 Treasury Star Parade
1944 Lux Radio Theatre
1945 Mail Call
1944 Jack Carson Show
1945 Cavalcade Of America
1946 Studebaker Tours
1946 The Amos 'n' Andy Show
1947 The Cases Of Mr Ace
1948 Your Movietown Radio Theatre
1948 Family Theatre
1948 Let George Do It
1948 Sealtest Variety Theatre
1950 A Life In Your Hands
1950 Armstrong of The SBI
1951 Destination Freedom
1952 A Life In Your Hands
1952 Hello Sucker
1954 Case Dismissed
1954 Sky King
Concert Hall
Personal Album
Great Music Program
Thrills

Announcement of Hello Marie from 1932
Announcement of Hello Marie from 1932.

Carlton KaDell circa 1934
Carlton KaDell circa 1934

Carleton KaDell circa 1936
Carlton KaDell circa 1936

April 3 1937 Carlton KaDell article
April 3 1937 Carlton KaDell article.

Carlton KaDell article from September 1937
Carlton KaDell article from September 1937


Carlton KaDell circa 1938
Carlton KaDell circa 1938

KaDell emceed United Air Lines' In Time To Come for 1943
KaDell emceed United Air Lines' In Time To Come in 1943

Carlton KaDell's''wide-stance'' moment from Jan 15 1949
Carlton KaDell's ''wide-stance'' moment from Jan 15 1949

Announcement of A Life In Your Hands episode of July 31 1952
Announcement of A Life In Your Hands episode of July 31 1952
Carlton KaDell was born, raised and educated in Indiana. While still a child he was reportedly already appearing in tent shows and Chautauqua repertory shows. Leaving school for the stage, KaDell was working steadily in vaudeville, lyceum productions, tent shows, repertory stock companies and had returned to the above mentioned Chautauqua repertory productions. While still in his teens he was working with later Radio star Tim Ryan in his Ryan and Noblette stage troupe. By 1927 and 1928 Carlton KaDell was appearing regularly in legitimate stock company productions throughout the Midwest.

KaDell debuted over Radio over Chicago's WJJD in 1931, beginning a Radio career that would eventually extend to twenty-five years. After approximately a year doing local radio in Chicago, NBC hired him for its West Coast Network operations (referred to internally as the 'Orange' Network.)

Soon after arriving in Los Angeles, Carlton KaDell was hired by Carl Laemmele, Jr. to work as a contract player for Universal Pictures. When not actively involved with a picture, KaDell coached Summer Stock presentations on the West Coast.

By 1934, Carlton KaDell had already established himself as a reliable announcer and dramatic co-star. He had his chance to debut as a Radio lead twice in 1934: First in Mystery Drama for Rocket Gasoline and then as Tarzan in Tarzan and The Diamond of A'Sher for Signal. 1935 and 1936 found him announcing for Grace Moore, Hollywood Hotel, Strange As It Seems, and Tarzan.

1937 brought Carlton KaDell another opportunity to co-star in Thrills, an adventure anthology. 1937 was also the year that KaDell would begin a nine-year, on-again, off-again gig announcing for Amos 'n' Andy. KaDell wasn't just acting, announcing and coaching during this period. 1937 also found him collaborating with another announcer over his first published book--"Stars of The Antennae"--which was to recount their personal and professional impressions of the famous Radio stars with whom they'd already worked on coast-to-coast programs.

Continuing to announce several programs during the late 1930s, KaDell was by then working on The Chase and Sanborn Hour (1937), Amos 'n' Andy, Big Town (1937), Silver Theatre (1938), and both coaching and performing in Summer stock.

Carlton KaDell found another lead opportunity in Wings of Destiny (1940), starring as Steve Benton, the heroic pilot of the series. This would seem to be a recurring theme in KaDell's career since, if we skip ahead thirteen years, we find KaDell portraying Radio's last Sky King (1953).

As it was, during the intervening 1940s, Carlton KaDell found himself very busy as an announcer on some of Radio's most popular programs. Kadell announced Kay Fairchild Stepmother (1941), Backstage Wife (1941), both Melody Tours and Studebaker Tours (1942), In Time To Come (1943), This Is My Story (1943), The Al Jolson Program (1943), the American Meat Instutute season of The Life of Riley (1944), Mail Call (1945), The Jack Carson Show (1944), The Cases of Mr. Ace, Your Movietown Theatre (1948), and Sealtest Variety Theatre (1948).

He also appeared in acting roles throughout the same period, notable among them, Family Theatre (1948) and Let George Do It (1948).

The 1950s found KaDell venturing into other lead roles in adventure programs, such as Armstrong of The SBI (1950) and, as mentioned above, Radio's last Sky King (1953) . KaDell was also tapped to lead Erle Stanley Gardner's 'other' mystery program A Life In Your Hands (1951) in the role of Jonathan Kegg.

From the October 27 1953 Brownwood Bulletin:

   To Carlton Kadell packing a bag comes naturally, be it in real life or as new star of KBWD-Mutual's "Sky King" adventures (Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5:30-5:55 p.m.).

   His non-fiction pattern of migration fits him well for the many trips he's taking in the role of the Arizona rancher - crime fighter.  Starting in Los Angeles in a radio series, he moved to Chicago with a road play.  A year in the Windy City as an announcer and singer and Kadell was back on the coast where he stayed in radio for several years.  Then it was on to Chicago again for three years before returning west.  Now he's in Chicago anew.   Actually, Kadell likes moving about since he has a hobby of rebuilding old houses, always picking quarters needing repair or reconstruction.  He's yet to select an igloo for a residence, but strangely enough one might be more appropriate since he also collects miniature penguins.   When not sawing, hammering, announcing or acting, Kadell takes part in summer stock or plays a round of golf, a game of tennis or goes swimming.   Hair-raising experiences in "Sky King" will do little to equal one Kadell had many years ago in Los Angeles.  When an earthquake hit the studio, Kadell kept on acting, ducking falling plaster, until a power failure halted the broadcast.

KaDell rounded out his Radio career by returning to his Radio career's roots in Chicago. During that period he performed in--or announced--Destination Freedom (1951), Hello, Sucker! (1952), and Case Dismissed (1954).





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