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Brian Donlevy circa 1937, looking adventurous
Brian Donlevy circa 1937, looking adventurous

No mere Hollywood adventurer, Brian Donlevy's entire Wisconsin Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, of the 32nd Army Division was awarded the Croix de guerre by France for their efforts between 1914 and 1918.
No mere 'Hollywood adventurer,' Brian Donlevy's entire Wisconsin Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, of the 32nd Army Division was awarded the Croix de guerre by France for their efforts between 1914 and 1918.

Dangerous Assignment spot ad from November 25 1950
Dangerous Assignment spot ad from November 25 1950

Dangerous Assignment spot ad from February 3 1951
Dangerous Assignment spot ad from February 3 1951

Dangerous Assignment Television spot ad from Dec. 26 1952
Dangerous Assignment Television spot ad from Dec. 26 1952

Ford Motor Company sponsored Dangerous Assignment during 1950 and 1951.

Dangerous Assignment was sponsored by RCA Victor and its line of 'Golden Throat' matched-tube engineered Radios.
Dangerous Assignment was sponsored by RCA Victor and its line of 'Golden Throat' matched-tube engineered Radios.
Chesterfield Cigarettes sponsored Dangerous Assignment for three months
Chesterfield Cigarettes sponsored Dangerous Assignment for three months


General Mills' Wheaties sponsored Dangerous Assignment for three months
General Mills' Wheaties sponsored Dangerous Assignment for three months


Anacin sponsored Dangerous Assignment for three months
Anacin sponsored Dangerous Assignment for three months

General Mills' Betty Crocker Crustquick sponsored Dangerous Assignment for three months
General Mills' Betty Crocker Crustquick sponsored Dangerous Assignment for three months

Background and Introduction

Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Indeed, within a year of airing Dangerous Assignment's Summer 1949 season, The Man Called X returned to the air for another two years. For one of those years, Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X ran back to back in the NBC line-up.

Of the two foreign intrigue anthologies, NBC seemed to continue to favor the Herbert Marshall drama, The Man Called X. Whether in deference to Marshall's seniority, its former high ratings between 1944 and 1948, or simply out of perceived popularity, Dangerous Assignment, while airing ahead of The Man Called X, never seemed to get the buildup that The Man Called X invariably received.

It may well have been as simple as a lack of sponsorship. For much of 1950 and 1951, both Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X remained either network sustained or shared the sponsorship of Ford, Anacin, Chesterfield, and RCA Victor. Wheaties sponsored virtually the entire weekday, nighttime NBC line-up for three months, but Dangerous Assignment ran for the most part, network sustained for over half of its entire run.

NBC transcribed Dangerous Assignment for syndication via its NBC Orthacoustic Transcription Series. NBC's Orthacoustic transcriptions are the source of most of the surviving recordings.

Dangerous Assignment Summer run of 1949

The first airing of Dangerous Assignment arrived with a short, Summer replacement run in 1949, , Saturdays, at 8:30 p.m., beginning on July 9, 1949. NBC's The Man Called X had left the airwaves during the Fall of 1948 after four highly successful years. Dangerous Assignment was reportedly shopped to NBC by Brian Donlevy himself during the Summer of 1948.

NBC's listening audience was clearly still quite receptive to a foreign intrigue anthology. With the memory of The Man Called X still fresh in the public memory it was a perfect time to resurrect the genre--for a short, Summer run at least, with the summer hiatus of the Judy Canova Show:

From the July 9, 1949 Daily Mail

''New York, July 9 (AP).—More summer scheduling, along with other changes, are being set up for the week-end. Included is a Norman Corwin CBS documentary, his first radio script in a couple of years. The list contains: summer shows—on NBC at 9:30 tonight Brian Donlevy in Dangerous Assignment instead of Judy Canova;''

Airing for only seven episodes, the inaugural run of Dangerous Assignment very much set the tone for the full series that followed in February 1950. The basic format of the 1949 Summer Run teased each introduction with a build-up emphasizing the international, globe-trotting nature of the adventure to follow. The numerous obvious comparisons to Herbert Marshall's The Man Called X can be excused by the facts that they were both NBC-produced, the format was time-proven, and the public was already conditioned to the format.

The Summer 1949 run is also characterized by the nature of the prologue to each episode. The prologue opens with a brief teaser scene from the episode to follow. Following the intro, Brian Donlevy, as Steve Mitchell, is summoned to the office of 'The Commissioner', portrayed by veteran character actor, Herb Butterfield. The Commissioner is the regional head of an intentionally vague State Department agency tasked with addressing international unrest as it affects U.S. Diplomacy. The Commissioner's secretary for the Summer 1949 run is referred to as 'Ruthie.' During at least the Summer 1949 run, one is left with the impression that there's some history between Ruthie and Steve Mitchell. In this, and many other respects, the similarities between the Dangerous Assignment format and that employed in the highly successful James Bond film franchise that succeeded it fifteen years hence, are unmistakable.

Steve Mitchell's cover, in the overwhelming majority of adventures, is that of a foreign correspondent for an unnamed print publication. Clearly, both the brief summer run and the full series that followed invite obvious comparisons between Dangerous Assignement and The Man Called X, as well as between their lead actors. Herb Butterfield, as The Commissioner, wasn't quite as juicy a role as that of Ken Thurston's thorn-in-the-sidekick, Pegon Zeldschmidt, but Butterfield is tasked with the vast majority of the often complicated exposition that takes place in framing and introducing almost all of the scripted adventures. In this respect in particular, Herb Butterfield was a stand-out in the supporting role.

The other aspects of the production side of the Summer 1949 run that bear comparison to the longer run that followed were the theme music. The brief introductory music to each of the Summer 1949 run broadcasts was ultimately dropped in favor of the main, driving Bruce Ashley theme music adopted for the remainder of the series.

The Summer Run of 1949 ends with the August 20 broadcast. The Dennis Day Show replaces Dangerous Assignment in the NBC lineup for the remainder of 1949. Judy Canova returned to the air on Sundays in the NBC lineup on August 28.

Dangerous Assignment 1950-1953 NBC Run

Given the poplular reception of the Summer 1949 run, NBC was anxious to return it to the line-up as soon as possible, but its Fall line-up of returning programs was already committed for the remainder of the year. NBC's first window of opportunity came in February of 1950.

From the February 5, 1950 Kingsport Times-News:

''THE EXCITING adventures of a soldier of fortune in a series of radio programs titled "Dangerous Assignment," starring actor Brian Donlevy, will return to the NBC network Monday night at 10:30. Donlevy will play the adventurer whose unusual experiences in strange lands provide the theme for the program. He will be supported by well known actors of stage and screen.''

So it was that Dangerous Assignment returned to the NBC airwaves on February 6, 1950, Mondays, in the 10:30 p.m. timeslot formerly occupied by The Dave Garroway Show, a variety show at the time. The Garroway show moved to 11:30 p.m, on Monday nights. NBC characterized Dangerous Assignment's return to the line-up as a ''second-half revival'' of the Summer 1949 run--an admittedly obtuse rational for the continuation of the series.

During the hiatus between August 1949 and February 1950, NBC tightened up the format, streamlined the introduction, and rightly emphasized Bruce Ashley's driving, highly effective Dangerous Assignment Theme. The basic core cast remains the same as the Summer 1949 run, with Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, Herb Butterfield as The Commissioner and retained Ruthie, the Commissioner's private secretary. Again produced in Hollywood, as was the Summer 1949 run, the casts are filled with the finest West Coast Radio talent available for the era.

With the exception of a handful of Sherman Marks-directed episodes, Bill Karn continued to direct the overwhelming majority of the remaining radioplays. Bruce Ashley returned as the music composer and Don Diamond continued as the producer of the series.

The program aired sustained until Wheaties picked up sponsorship of Dangerous Assignment as part of a block of the NBC weeknight line-up between May and September of 1950. The Man Called X returned to the NBC Fall line-up, airing immediately following Dangerous Assignment for almost a year. Foreign intrigue fans were treated to a full hour of globe-trotting adventures, headlined by two of the big screen's most identifiable character actors. Though seemingly counter-intuitive, it seems a brilliant programming move in retrospect.

There were undoubtedly many economies of production to be realized by producing and airing the two series' back to back. While Dangerous Assignment was always a transcribed, syndicated production, The Man Called X, during the 1944-1948 run, had been performed before a live audience. With the reintroduction of The Man Called X in 1950, the production also became a transcribed, syndicated production. This had to have been a far more economical solution for NBC.

In the grander pecking order of things, NBC appeared to continue to favor The Man Called X, of the two back-to-back foreign adventure dramas. As evidence of this conclusion, the newspaper listings of the era continued to list and promote The Man Called X installments with often highly detailed spot ads, promotional teasers and program descriptions. By contrast, Dangerous Assignment was invariably portrayed in the print media as little more than a 'lead-act' for The Man Called X. It's also apparent from most intact recordings that Dangerous Assignment was being employed primarily as a promotional vehicle for the remainder of NBC's weeknight line-up. Given the network-sustained nature of the bulk of Dangerous Assignment broadcasts, NBC's use of Dangerous Assignment as a promotional vehicle makes excellent business sense. The program was clearly well received, was building a loyal audience for the full-hour block of foreign adventure drama it presented, and most of its productions were approximately 24.5 to 25 minutes in length.

In spite of the advance promotion of Dangerous Assignment--while continually promoting virtually the entire NBC evening line-up during the broadcasts--the Brian Donlevy vehicle continued to acquit itself well for two years. Brian Donlevy wasn't letting any grass grow under his feet in the process. When NBC gave the green light for a Television incarnation of Dangerous Assignment in 1952, it was Donlevy himself who bankrolled 50% of the production commitment to two, 39-episode seasons of Dangerous Assignment. This was a clever move for Donlevy. And as Donlevy, himself, caustically observed,
"Unless you have a staff of bookkeepers with guns you don't get a square deal," referring to any possibility of an independent Film spin-off of Dangerous Assignment.

Donlevy's gamble paid off. Dangerous Assignment over Television aired for two successful years--respectable longevity during one of the hottest eras of The Golden Age of Television. But it was the very success of the TV version of Dangerous Assignment that made it all the more difficult to reconstruct the last year of Radio's version of Dangerous Assignment. We've already addressed the sad state of NBC's promotion of the Radio version. Add to that a bewildering schedule of varying dates and times for the syndicated run of the Television version and you have a nightmare of due diligence in researching the last year of the Radio run.

To the production's credit, the quality of the Dangerous Assignment radioplays was consistent from beginning to end. The core cast had the production down pat, the pacing remained both taut and clever, the writing was well above par for the genre, and much of the West Coast's finest voice talent continued to contribute to the production.

By the time the Radio incarnation of Dangerous Assignment was winding down, the Television version was under a full head of steam, and Grace Gibson Transcriptions in Australia had begun production of their own licensed version of Dangerous Assignment, starring Lloyd Berrell as Steve Mitchell, and directed by Laurence H. Cecil. Of the circulating Australian episodes, it's apparent that the production employed the scripts from the American Run, almost verbatim. One can only surmise how well the Australian run was received in Australian. By American standards of the era, the Grace Gibson run was well below par. Australian productions of the era were generally overly melodramatic. Perhaps that was precisely what appealed to Australian audiences of the day. Australian listeners clearly loved a great deal of reverb in their radioplays at the very least. In any case, even though the Australian incarnation of Dangerous Assignment was markedly inferior, many of the Grace Gibson canon of Dangerous Assignment have apparently passed for American renditions by less sophisticated otr sellers and collectors. We've attempted to reconstruct the few in our own collection in the log below for comparison and contrast to the American run.

The Grace Gibson run appears to have aired during 1955. It's likely that the run comprised at least 52 episodes from the original U.S. script canon of 160+ unique scripts. Indeed, for the most avid Dangerous Assignment fan, we're certain the Grace Gibson run holds up quite well. Certainly the scripts are of the same quality, in any case. A true fan will overlook a bit of melodrama and somewhat more amateurish production values just to hear yet another rendition of one of their favorite episodes.

Series Derivatives:

Dangerous Assignment [Television]; Grace Gibson Syndication 'Dangerous Assignment'
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Foreign Intrigue Dramas
Network(s): NBC; ABC [Australian Broadcasting Company]
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 1949 Summer Run:

49-07-09 01 Thropp Foundation Stolen Relief Supplies

1950-1953 Run:

50-02-06 01 Find Missing Japanese Weapons
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 1949 Summer Run: 49-07-09 to 49-08-20; NBC; Seven, 25-minute episodes; Saturdays
1950-1953 Run: 50-02-06 to 53-07-08; NBC; Approximately 160, 25-minute episodes; Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Tuesdays
Syndication: NBC Orthacoustic Transcription Series; Grace Gibson Transcriptions
Sponsors: Ford Motor Company; Wheaties; Betty Crocker Crust-Quick; Anacin; Chesterfield; RCA Victor
Director(s): Bill Karn [Director/Producer]
Sherman Marks
Don Diamond [Producer/Host]
Principal Actors: Brian Donlevy, Jay Novello, William Conrad, Raymond Burr, Paul Free, Herb Butterfield, Alice Backes, Ben Wright, Paul Frees, Ramsay Hill, Vivi Janis, Al Brown, Stacy Harris, Kay Stewart, Byron Kane, Don Diamond, Raymond Burr, Tony Barrett, Paul Dubov, Ray Hartman, Jan Arvan, Wally Maher, Shepard Menken, Betty Lou Gerson, Hal Gerard, Lynn Allen, Fritz Feld, Jeanne Bates, Tim Graham, Martha Wentworth, Sidney Miller, Barney Phillips, Virginia Gregg, Jester Hairston, William Johnstone, Harry Bartell, Herb Ellis, Kay Stewart, Nestor Paiva Dan Riss, Eve McVeagh, Ramsay Hill, Peter Leeds, Jim Davis, Pamela Duncan, Dan O'Herlihy, GeGe Pearson, Ken Peters, Donald Morrison, Jean Tatum, Roy Irving, Richard Boone, Eddie Cantor, Tom Holland, Julie Bennett, Jack Moyles
Recurring Character(s): Steve Mitchell [Brian Donlevy then Lloyd Berrell], The Comissioner [Herb Butterfield]
Protagonist(s): Steve Mitchell, Foreign Agent, often traveling under the guise of a foreign correspondent
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Robert Ryf, Winifred Wolfe, Adrian Gendot
Music Direction: Bruce Ashley, Basil Adlam [Music]
Robert Armbruster [Composer/Conductor]
Basil Adlam [Composer]
Ralph Hollenbeck [Conductor]
Jon Gart [Music Director]
Musical Theme(s): ''The Dangerous Assignment Theme''
Announcer(s): John Storm
Frank Martin, Ed Prentiss [Commercial Spokesmen]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
1949 Summer Run: 7
1950-1953 Run: 160
1955 Grace Gibson [Aust] Run: 52
Episodes in Circulation: 1949 Summer Run: 5
1950-1953 Run: 84
1955 Grace Gibson [Aust] Run: 17
Total Episodes in Collection: 1949 Summer Run: 6
1950-1953 Run: 91
1955 Grace Gibson [Aust] Run: 10
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, JJonz, Ben Kibler.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

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OTRisms:

As with most vintage radio recordings that have been touched by the otr community, Dangerous Assignment has, for 35 years, been one of the vintage radio community's most adulterated, misrepresented, and misidentified programs. The list of adulterations and misrepresentations affect virtually the entire run currently in circulation:

  • MP3 CD sellers especially, have, in the majority of cases, padded out each episode of the entire run with as much as eight minutes of dead air, so as to disguise both the quality and origination of the recordings they've butchered. Here's how to identify the bogus recordings:
    • If your Dangerous Assignment recordings are precisely 32:00 minutes in length . . .
    • If your Dangerous Assignment recordings are precisely either 13,127KB in size or 7,503KB . . .
    • If your Dangerous Assignment recordings are encoded at 56Kbps/22050Hz/Mono (6.3:1) . . .
    • . . . you got bamboozled by otr sellers--again.
  • This presents an obvious limitation for those of us who keep our favorite recordings on iPods or similar portable devices. That dead air for a collection the size of Dangerous Assignment, takes up the space that as many as ten to fifteen other unadulterated recordings could occupy. Not to mention the inherent deceit involved while they waste countless hours of their customers' time with their dead air ploy.
  • The above scam (and it is a scam, no two ways about it) reveals two other ploys. The scammers take a nominal, 32Kbps/22050Hz/Mono (11.0:1) recording and encode it to 56Kbps/22050Hz/Mono (6.3:1) to give the impression of a higher encode than the recording actually is. The combination of the bogus 'higher encode' combined with a file size commensurate with a genuinely higher encode, gives the impression to targets of the scammers that they're purchasing (or downloading) something far better than they're getting.
  • Program titles for virtually the entire run of Dangerous Assignment are absurdly and inaccurately titled. In the early days of 'otr,' file naming conventions were more restrictive prior to the advent of an identification standard for digital recordings. The earliest file tagging systems restricted most internal fields to 30 characters or less. With the advent of the later ID3 standards, internal tagging has become a far more useful and comprehensive archive aid. But since the highly commercialized otr community has only a profit-motivated stake in maintaining the status quo, they've simply perpetuated their shabby, inaccurate practices. The lengths they've gone to, to maintain the status quo have been directly responsible for the poor state of documentation for this otherwise fine espionage drama anthology--to the detriment of all Golden Age Radio archivers and collectors.

As with all things tainted by otr, Buyer Beware.

With the exception of about fourteen titles we found published in newspaper listings, the vast majority of the titles for this series were purely anecdotal and, in almost every instance, bore no resemblance to the actual 'assignment' for that episode. The entire point of this series was the assignment, not a snippet or quip from the first 35 seconds of each broadcast. Granted, it's far easier to log a series by only listening to 45 seconds of it, but we feel that practice does a disservice to the entire vintage Radio collecting community. Those snippets were simply teasers. Nothing more, nothing less. We have therefore corrected virtually all of the titles of the circulating canon of Dangerous Assignment episodes to more precisely reflect their actual assignment. This will, no doubt, create considerable consternation from otr sellers. If that be the case, we can only respond that anecdotal accuracy clearly means two extremely different things to the Golden Age Radio preservation community and the commercial otr community. We've chosen to err on the side of fidelity to the actual script. Otr sellers are more than welcome to continue naming their episodes with rubbish. It seems clear that the otr public at large has acquired something of a taste for rubbish over the 35 years that it's been systematically fed to them by the commercial group of sellers that invented 'otr' out of whole cloth. We don't see those tastes changing anytime soon--more's the pity.

The first run of Dangerous Assignment was an isolated summer run only. The period of time that elapsed between that isolated Summer 1949 run and the subsequent runs of Dangerous Assignment spanned six and a half months. We've therefore numbered the isolated run separately, as is appropriate. Any issues that may raise in comparisons between the circulating Dangerous Assignment OTTER log and our 'Definitive Series' Dangerous Assignment log are moot. The circulating OTTER log is virtually useless to any conscientious collector in its present state. Frivolous or exploitative collectors (e.g., accumulators, hoarders or otr sellers) will pay as much attention to accuracy as they have for the past 35 years in any case, Q.E.D.

It's entirely understandable why the vast majority of titles, sequences and dates for circulating logs are inaccurate. As any researcher who's actually listened to the entire surviving canon of Dangerous Assignment would attest, Dangerous Assignment, along with The Man Called X and Night Beat, were part of an effort by NBC to promote their other programming through most of these programs' runs. Given the announcements NBC makes at the end of these programs, it's often childishly simple to provenance the date for them by cross-referencing the specific programs NBC is promoting at the end of those episodes. A little simple actual research, can generally tie down the provenance for the vast majority of dates for the episodes in circulation: the very reason that many early 'otr' sellers manipulated or simply clipped those important provenances from the recordings they were selling so as to give the appearance of a more 'authentic' set of Dangerous Assignment.

We stand by our original Dangerous Assignment research as accurate. Imperfect, yes. Incomplete, absolutely. But as accurate as is humanly possible to reconstruct as of this writing.


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The Dangerous Assignment Summer 1949 Season Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
49-07-09
1
Thropp Foundation Stolen Relief Supplies
Y
[Location: Messina, Sicily]

49-07-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
new series starring Brian Donlevy.
49-07-16
2
Investigate Malayan Star Line Sabotage
Y
[Location: Saigon, French Indochina]

49-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dangerous Assignment
49-07-23
3
On Safari for Nigerian Manganese
Y
[Location: Nigeria, West Africa]

49-07-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dangerous Assignment
49-07-30
4
Title Unknown
N
[Location: Mexico City, Mexico]

49-07-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dangerous Assignment
49-08-06
5
Investigate Millionaire Murder Conspiracy
Y
[Location: Paris, France]

49-08-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dangerous Assignment
49-08-13
6
Smash Illegal Alien Smuggling Ring
Y
[Location: Masimbra, Portugal]

49-08-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dangerous Assignment

49-08-13 Zanesville Times-Recorder
WHIZ -- 9:30 Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
". . . sixth in an exciting new adventure series."
49-08-20
7
Recover File No. 307
Y
[Location: Zurich, Switzerland]

49-08-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
". . . seventh in an exciting new adventure series." No announcement is provided to explain the end of the Summer 1949 run.
49-08-27
--
--
49-08-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:30 Dennis Day





The Dangerous Assignment Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
50-02-06
1
Find Bill Thorne and Missing Japanese Weapons
Y
[Location: San Miguel, Panama]

50-02-08 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:30— KFI—
Brian Donlevy returns to the air in the starring role of the exciting adventure series "Dangerous Assignment" ... the first program deals with some Jap weapons which show up in Central America.
50-02-13
2
Investigate Who Stabbed Captain Rocq
Y
[Location: Tangiers, North Africa]

50-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 Dangerous Assignment
50-02-20
3
Recover Stolen Radar Plans
Y
[Location: Athens, Greece]

50-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 Dangerous Assignment
50-02-27
4
Title Unknown
Y
[Location: Macao, China]

50-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 Dangerous Assignment
50-03-06
5
Recover Wire Recorder Spool
Y
[Location: San Diego, California]

50-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WMAQ):
secret agent tracks down illegal recording of top-secret diplomatic conference.
50-03-13
--
Preempted
N
[Red Cross Parade of Stars]

50-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 Parade of Stars

50-03-13 Altoona Mirror
WFBG--10:30--Dangerous Assignment
50-03-20
6
International Blackmail
Y
[Location: Interlaken, Switzerland]

50-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 Dangerous Assignment
50-03-27
7
Renew Sheik Haroun's Uranium Deal
Y
[Location: Cairo, Egypt]

50-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WMAQ):
Brian Donlevy breaks deadlock in uranium deal.
50-04-03
--
Preempted
N
[Cancer Crusade]

50-04-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 Cancer Crusade
50-04-10
8
Recover Underwater Demolition Secrets
Y
[Location: Trinidad]

50-04-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 Cancer Crusade
50-04-17
9
Investigate Flying Saucers

Y
[Location: Santa Rosa, Ecuador]

50-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WMAQ):
search for missing planes and flying saucers.
50-04-24
10
Investigate Missing Scientists
Y
[Location: Fairbanks, Alaska]





50-05-03
11
Find Szabo and The Briefcase
Y
[Location: Paris, France;
Moves to Wednesdays (Wheaties' Big Parade)]

50-05-03 Long Beach Telegram
7:30— KFI—
Steve Mitchell is called in to locate documents which are needed for an important secret meeting in Paris. Lost in transit from the Balkans, their recovery is the "Dangerous Assignment" tonight.
50-05-10
12
Smash Lecture Circuit Spy Ring
Y
[Location: Stockholm, Sweden]

50-05-10 Lock Haven Express
On the Air Tonight
NBC—10.30, Dangerous Assignment
at new time.

50-05-17
13
Find 100,000 Barrels of Missing Oil
Y
[Location: Persian Gulf]

50-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
Brian Donlevy hunts 100,000 barrels of Arabian oil.

50-05-03 Long Beach Telegram
7:30— KFI—
With the oil situation in Arabia as delicate as it is, the fact that one of the big companies comes up with -a 100,000-barrel discrepancy is a "Dangerous Assignment which Steve Mitchell will explore tonight.
50-05-24
14
Solve Kent Jackson's Murder
Y
[Location: Rangoon, Burma]

50-05-24 Indiana Evening Gazette
KDKA--10:30--Dangerous Assignment
50-05-31
15
Administer 'Little White Pill' Antidote
Y
[Location: The Balkans]

50-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
rescue mission behind the iron curtain.
50-06-07
16
Find Champlin and His Reel of Tape
Y
[Location: Istanbul, Turkey]

50-06-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
Brian Donlevy probes political assassination, loses chief witness via murder.





50-06-14
--
--
50-06-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Richard Diamond
50-06-21
--
--
50-06-28
--
--
50-07-05
--
--
50-07-12
--
--
50-07-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:30 Richard Diamond;
7:00 The Halls Of Ivy





50-07-19
17
Title Unknown
N
[In Istanbul, where a monitor station picks up an interrupted broadcast regarding foreign moves that threaten American security]

50-07-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
with Brian Donlevy; returns to the network; Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, soldier of fortune who tracks down foreign agents.
50-07-26
18
Find Guerilla Chief and Stop Him
Y
[Location: Yabnei, Indochina]

50-07-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA)
50-08-02
19
Recover Lost Troop Movement Documents
Y
[Location: Vienna, Austria]

50-08-02 Long Beach Independent
6:00 P.M.
KFI — Dangerous Assignment
50-08-09
20
Defeat African Hate Campaign
Y
[Location: Secondi, Africa]

50-08-09 Chester Times
KYW--8:00--Dangerous Assignment
50-08-16
21
Find Hired Killer Lupac
Y
[Location: Paris, France]

50-08-16 Chester Times
KYW--8:00--Dangerous Assignment

''Great Gildersleeve returns 3 weeks from tonight''
50-08-23
22
Beat the Gun Runners to S. Gouda
Y
[Location: Bombay, India; National Wheaties Week]

50-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
picture postcard is only clue to missing microfilm and thief's demise.

''Great Gildersleeve returns 2 weeks from tonight''
50-08-30
23
Recover Stolen Missle Plans On Microfilm
Y
[Location: London, England]

50-08-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA)
50-09-06
24
Keep Chromite Mine Operating
Y
[Location: Larno, The Balkans]

50-09-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
Brian Donlevy solves the mystery of the mine in the Balkans.

Announces
next show on September 20, 1950 at 9:00 p.m.
50-09-13
--
Preempted
N
50-09-20
25
Contact Lefty, The Trained Seal
Y
[Location: Istanbul, Turkey]

50-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
Brian Donlevy, on trail of murderer, uses trained seal as clue.

Announces: ''Bob Hope returns Tuesday, October 3rd and Groucho Marx on Wednesday, October 4th, two weeks from tonight''
50-09-27
26
Retrieve Slarga From Latin America
Y
[Location: Rio Gordo Bridge, Latin America]

50-09-27 San Antonio Express
WOAI--8:00 p.m.--Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
Next show on Friday, September 29th at 8:30
50-09-29
27
Smash Forged Identification Papers Ring
Y
[Location: Miami and Trinidad]

50-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Community Chest

50-09-29 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama: Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy

Announces:
''Dennis Day and Judy Canova on October 7th is one week from tomorrow''
50-10-06
28
Contact Marta Gelber and Smash Sabotage Ring
Y
[Location: Tokyo, Japan]

50-10-06 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Political Talk: Governor Dewey

50-10-06 Lowell Sun
DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT, drama, Starring Brian Donlevy: WBZ, 8.30

Announces:
''Life of Riley returns tonite; Dennis Day and Judy Canova premiere on Saturday''





50-10-13
--
Title Unknown
N
[Program airs in Utah, Arizona, Texas, and Alaska]

50-10-13 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama: The Man Called X, With Herbert Marshall

50-10-13 Ogden Standard Examiner
KDYL--6:30--Myst. Dangerous Assignment

50-10-17 Chester Times
Brian Donlevy and Universal International are talking about a deal to film his air show, "Dangerous Assignment." .
50-10-20
--
Title Unknown
N
[Program airs in Utah, Arizona, Texas and Alaska]

50-10-20 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama: The Man Called X, With Herbert Marshall

50-10-20 Paris News
WFAA--7:30-Dangerous Assignment
50-10-27
--
Title Unknown
N
[Program airs in Arizona]

50-10-27 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama: The Man Called X, With Herbert Marshall





50-11-04
29
Title Unknown
N
[Program Moves to Saturday; airs in Minnesota, Utah, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and Alaska]

50-11-04 Capital Times
4 p.m. — Dangerous Assignment:
on new schedule—WIBA.

50-11-04 The Herald Press
5:00—Dangerous Assignment, WMAQ.

50-11-04 The News-Palladium
5:00—Dangerous Assignment, WMAQ.

50-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--
Dangerous Assignment (WIBA): on new schedule.
50-11-11
30
Title Unknown
N
50-11-11 Corpus Christi Times
Brian Donlevy has an insatiable love of adventure that leads to another Dangerous Assignment at 7:00 tonight.

50-11-10 Tucson Daily Citizen
KAWT 6:30 Dangerous Assignment.

50-11-10 Mt Vernon Register News
Saturdays--7:00 Man Called X moved from Fridays into this spot one time, then November 18 to 7:30 when Dangerous Assignment will be transferred in at 7 from Sunday.
50-11-18
31
Recover 'Memory Chain' Equation
Y
[Location: Munich, Germany]

Announces: Man Called X next. Hedda Hopper Show, Tomorrow. Bob Hope stars tomorrow in The Big Show.

50-11-18 The Progress
On Saturday night, list: NBC;
a Dangerous Assignment, new time 8:30.

50-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA): Brian Donlevy at new time.

50-11-18 New York Times
8:00-WNBC--Play--Dangerous Assignment.
50-11-25
32
Recover Paul Sarvich from Guerilla Camp
Y
[Location: Indo-China]

50-11-25 Long Beach Independent
8:00 P. M.
KFI Frost Warning;
Dangerous Assignment

50-12-02
33
Dispel Alleged Overthrow Plot
Y
[Location: Sonoma, South America]

50-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy

50-12-02 Corpus Christi Times
Brian Donlevy is well-suited for his adventurous role in Dangerous Assignment, KRIS, 7:00. As a youth he served as bugler with General Pershing in Mexico. He later graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy, and served as an aviator with the French in World War One.
50-12-09
34
Smash Berlin Kidnapping Ring
Y
[Location: West Berlin, Germany]

50-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA--7:00--Dangerous Assignment

Sponsors:
Anacin, Chesterfield, Ford, RCA Victor [Note: Same sponsors as for Man Called X which follows]
50-12-16
35
Recover Missing Civil War Map
Y
[Location: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A]

50-12-16 Corpus Christi Times
KRIS--7:00--Dangerous Assignment
50-12-23
36
Title Unknown
N
50-12-23 Capital Times
7 p. m. — Dangerous Assignment —WIBA.

50-12-23 Corpus Christi Times
At 7:00, Brian Donjevy sets out on another precarious journey to carry out his latest Dangerous Assignment.
50-12-30
37
Intercept Dr. Korvel Before Opposition
Y
[Location: Risma, Eastern Europe]

50-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-01-06
38
Recover 'Operation Fish Hook' Data
Y
[Location: Haiti]

51-01-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-01-13
39
Find Missing Scientist Dr. Wieczek
Y
[Location: Madrid, Spain]

51-01-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
Brian Donlevy hunts famous European scientist.
51-01-20
40
Recover Missing Arctic Warfare Report
Y
[Location: Quebec; Paris, France; Istanbul]

51-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-01-27
41
Prevent Minority Party Revolution
Y
[Location: Cairo, Egypt]

51-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-02-03
42
Raiders on the Rubber Plantations
Y
[Location: Malaya]

51-02-03 Capital Times
7 p.m. — Dangerous Assignment: sabotage in Malaya — WIBA.

51-02-03 Lowell Sun
DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT, starring Brian Donlery,
"Raiders on the Rubber Plantations," WBZ. 8 to 8:30

51-02-03 Corpus Christi Times
A mystery in Malaya exercises the mental agility of Brian Donlevy in Dangerous Assignment at 7:00.

51-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7pm - Dangerous Assignment
(WIBA):
Brian Donlevy hunts saboteur in Malaya.
51-02-10
43
Recover The Kroner Cutlass
Y
[Location: Eastern Europe]

51-02-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-02-17
44
Title Unknown
N
51-02-17 Capital Times
7 p. m.— Dangerous Assignment: starring Brian Donlevy —WIBA.

51-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-02-24
45
Retrieve Data On Nazi Buzz Bombs
Y
[Location: The Bronx, London, Denmark and Holland]

51-02-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-03-03
46
Prevent Disclosure of Compromised Codes
Y
[Location: London, England]

51-03-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
Theater Guild On the Air brings you ‘Hamlet’ tomorrow on NBC
51-03-10
47
Solve Your Own Murder
Y
[Location: Roquel, South America]

51-03-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
On Sunday, The Theater Guild brings you the delightful story ‘The Hasty Heart’. Starring John Lund, Jane Wyatt and Richard Greene
51-03-17
48
Title Unknown
N
50-03-17 The Progress
On Saturday night list: NBC—8 Dangerous Assignment with Brian Donlevy

51-03-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-03-24
49
Recover Stolen Dynamite
Y
[Location: The Canal Zone, Panama]

51-03-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
Theater Guild on the Air presentation of ‘Tale of Two Cities''
51-03-31
50
Title Unknown
N
51-03-31 Capital Times
7 p.m. — Dangerous Assignment—WIBA.

51-03-31 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-04-07
51
Recover File 72, Seal Unbroken
Y
[Location: Ketnik, The Balkans]

51-04-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-04-14
52
Recover Stolen U.N. Documents
Y
[Location: The Middle East]

51-04-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
Theater Guild on the Air presents ‘Light Up the Sky.'
51-04-21
53
Retrieve Gouczek from French Riviera
Y
[Location: French Riviera]

51-04-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
Screen Director’s Playhouse presents ‘Jackpot’ next Thursday.
51-04-28
54
Smash Outlaw Propaganda Broadcasts
Y
[Location: The Balkans]

51-04-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
Join us again this coming Friday.





51-05-04
55
Find Rudolf Karpel
Y
[Location: Rotterdam, Holland;
Moves back to Fridays]

51-05-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
Brian Donlevy's adventure series on new schedule.

Announces:
Katherine Cornell makes her radio debut in Candida Sunday.

a.k.a.
The Gluten-Schweizen Girls; China Shop Vanishes
51-05-11
56
Find Cause of Landsberg Epidemic
Y
[Location: Landsberg, Germany]

Announces:
Theater Guild On The Air presentation of ‘Craig’s Wife’ on Sunday, May 13, 1951.
51-05-18
57
Find Operation 'Hot Foot' Microbes
Y
[Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad]

51-05-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 8:00 Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
Sunday, Theater Guild On The Air presents Raymond Massey and Shirley Booth in 'Ethan Fromme' and The Blandings with Cary Grant and Betsy Drake.
51-05-25
--
--
51-05-25 The Progress
Radio program developments the next 24 hours: Tonight— NBC 9 Amazing Mr. Malone Who-Dun-It
replaces Dangerous Assignment





51-06-19
58
Stop Suspicious Explosions
Y
Program airs on Tuesdays
[Location: Tokyo, Japan]

51-06-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA):
returns to the air with Brian Donlevy starring; explosions kill important Americans in Tokyo.
51-06-26
59
Find Source of Suspect Dictation Cylinder
Y
[Location: Rome, Italy]

51-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA): with Brian Donlevy.

51-06-25 Long Beach Press-Telegram
The predicted economy drive finally hit the Hollywood division of NBC, but not as hard as in New York and Chicago. The production department received the brunt of the blow with about five or six now job hunting.
Brian Donlevy requires special handling of his "Dangerous Assignment" scripts. He has all of his lines underlined in a definite color of pink. Most stars underline their lines, but this pink is a new twist. By the way — this "Dangerous Assignment" show is expected to go on TV shortly.
51-07-03
60
Did the Lobbyist Hartley Kill Borrego
Y
[Location: South America]

51-07-03 Capital Times
7:30 p. m. — Dangerous Assignment: starring Brian Donlevy — WIBA.

51-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:30 Dangerous Assignment

Announces;
Pete Kelly's Blues beginning tomorrow.
51-07-10
61
Stop 'Shanghai Lady' and the China Sea Smuggling
Y
[Location: Luzon, The Philippines]

51-07-10 Capital Times
7:30 p. m, — Dangerous Assignment: starring Brian Donlevy— WIBA.

51-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:30 Dangerous Assignment
51-07-17
62
Title Unknown
N
51-07-17 Capital Times
7:30 p. m.—Dangerous- Assignment: starring Brian Donlevy— WIBA.
51-07-24
63
Title Unknown
N
51-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:30 Dangerous Assignment
51-07-31
64
Title Unknown
N
51-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:30 Dangerous Assignment
51-08-07
65
Title Unknown
N
51-08-07 Capital Times
7:30 p.m.—Dangerous Assignment: starring Brian Donlevy— WIBA.

51-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA): Brian Donlevy stars in the latest installment of adventure series.
51-08-14
66
Title Unknown
N
51-08-14 Capital Times
7:30 p.m.—Dangerous Assignment: starring Brian Donlevy— WIBA.

51-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p. m. — Dangerous Assignment (WIBA): Brian Donlevy in story of DPs and attempt to discredit Uncle Sam's motives .
51-08-21
67
Title Unknown
N
51-08-21 Capital Times
At 7:30, Brian Donlevy will star in "Dangerous Assignment," appearing as Steve Mitchell on a hazardous mission.
51-08-28
68
Title Unknown
N
51-08-21 Capital Times
7:30 p.m.—Dangerous Assignment: starring Brian Donlevy— WIBA.

51-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dangeous Assignment (WIBA): adventure story with Brian Donlevy.
51-09-04
69
Title Unknown
N
51-09-04 The Bridgeport Telegram
9:30— 'Dangerous Assignment' with Brian Donlevy—WNBC

51-09-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:30 Variety Show

51-09-04 New York Times
8:30--WNBC--Dangerous Assignment. With Brian Donlevy
51-09-11
70
Title Unknown
N
51-09-11 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment. With Brian Donlevy





51-09-19
71
Title Unknown
N
Moves to Wednesdays
51-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m. — Dangerous Assignment (WIBA): on
new schedule.
51-09-26
72
Title Unknown
N
51-09-26 Lowell Sun
DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT, dramatic series; WBZ, 10.

51-10-01 The Bee
Further schedule realignment becomes effective tonight on NBC radio, which the network plans to make "Mystery Nightcap" daily except Thursday...Items at 10 on other nights are:
Saturday, Dangerous Assignment, also new time.

51-09-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Dangerous Assignment (WMAQ): with Brian Donlevy.
51-10-06
73
Title Unknown
N
51-10-06 Lowell Sun
DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT: Adventure series starring Brian Donlevy; WBZ, 10:00,

51-10-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Dangerous Assignment (WMAQ):
Brian Donlevy on new schedule
51-10-13
74
Title Unknown
N
51-10-13 Edwardsville Intelligencer
9:00 Dangerous Assignment

51-10-13 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Play: Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
51-10-20
75
Title Unknown
N
51-10-20 Edwardsville Intelligencer
9:00 Dangerous Assignment

51-10-20 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Play: Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
51-10-27
76
Title Unknown
N
51-10-27 Chester Times - 10:00 p.m.--WKY--Dangerous Assignment, Mystery Adventure.

51-10-27 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Play: Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
51-11-03
77
Find Fugitive Nazi, Captain Schiller
Y
[Location: Dakar, West Africa]

51-11-03 Nashua Telegraph
10:00 Dangerous Assignment

51-11-03 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Play: Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy

Announces "
Judy Holiday returns tomorrow on The Big Show"
51-11-10
78
Title Unknown
N
51-11-10 Nashua Telegraph
10:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-11-17
79
Title Unknown
N
51-11-17 Lima News
10:00 Dangerous Assignment--nbc
51-11-24
80
Title Unknown
N
51-11-24 Lima News
10:00 Dangerous Assignment--nbc
51-12-01
81
Title Unknown
N
51-12-01 Kokomo Tribune
9:00 Dangerous Assignment
51-12-08
82
Title Unknown
N
51-12-08 Kokomo Tribune
9:00 Dangerous Assignment

51-12-08 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Play: Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
51-12-15
83
Title Unknown
N
51-12-15 Corpus Christi Times
Dangerous Assignment, 9:00

51-12-15 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Talent Search, Country Style
51-12-17
83
Title Unknown
N
51-12-17 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy
51-12-22
84
Title Unknown
N
51-12-22 Corpus Christi Times
Dangerous Assignment, 9:00

51-12-22 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Talent Search, Country Style
51-12-24
84
Title Unknown
N
51-12-24 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy
51-12-29
85
Title Unknown
N
51-12-29 Syracuse Herald Journal
Mystery and Suspense Awaits You on DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT at 10:00--WSYR--

51-12-29 New York Times
10:00-WNBC--Talent Search, Country Style
51-12-31
85
Title Unknown
N
51-12-31 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy





52-01-07
86
Title Unknown
N
52-01-14 Evening Independent
10:30 Dangerous Assignment adventure drama

52-01-07 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy
52-01-14
87
Title Unknown
N
52-01-14 Evening Independent
10:30 Dangerous Assignment adventure drama

52-01-14 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy
52-01-21
88
The Tough Luck Club
N
52-01-21 Evening Independent
10:30 Dangerous Assignment,
"Tough Luck Club."

52-01-21 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy

52-01-21 Long Beach Press-Telegram
A dangerous spy ring called "
The Tough Luck Club" is operating in Cuba and Steve (BRIAN Donlevy) Mitchell goes on another "Dangerous Assignment" from KFI at 7:30.
52-01-28
89
Title Unknown
N
52-01-28 Evening Independent
10:35 Dangerous Assignment.

52-01-28 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy

52-02-04
90
Title Unknown
N
52-02-04 Chester Times
10:35 p.m.--KYW--Dangerous Assignment. Exciting mystery program.

52-02-04 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy

52-02-11
91
Secret Weapons
N
52-02-11 Daily Journal-Gazette
9:35 Dangerous Assignment "
Secret Weapons."

52-02-11 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy

52-02-18
92
Secret Documents
N
52-02-18 Daily Journal-Gazette
9:35 Dangerous Assignment "
Secret Documents."

52-02-18 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy

52-02-25
93
The Smugglers
N
52-02-25 Daily Journal Gazette
9:35 Dangerous Assignment "
The Smugglers."

52-02-25 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, with Brian Donlevy

52-03-03
94
Bomb Leaks
N
52-03-03 Progress
10:35 Dangerous Assignment "
Bomb Leaks."
52-03-10
95
Find American Traitor Eli Bryant
Y
[Location: Australia;
Transcribed]

52-03-10 Austin Daily Herald
9:35 Dangerous Assignment "
Australian Case."

Announces:
Next week, a train trip and a slight case of murder.
52-03-17
96
Impostor
N
52-03-17 Austin Daily Herald
9:35 Dangerous Assignment "
Imposter."
52-03-24
97
Title Unknown
N
52-03-24 Indiana Evening Gazette
10:30 P.M. KDKA--Dangerous Assignment.
52-03-31
98
Title Unknown
N
52-03-31 Independent Long Beach
7:30 KFI--
Robert Montgomery: Dangerous Assignment
52-04-07
99
Title Unknown
N
52-04-07 Daily Telegram
9:30--Dangerous Assignment
52-04-14
100
Title Unknown
N
52-04-14 Daily Telegram
9:30--Dangerous Assignment
52-04-21
101
Title Unknown
N
52-04-21 Lowell Sun
DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT Brian Donlevy adventure series, WBZ, 10:30.
52-04-28
102
Title Unknown
N
52-04-28 Daily Messenger
9:30 Dangerous Assignment
52-05-05
103
Title Unknown
N
[Location: Honolulu]

52-05-05 Tucson Daily Citizen
8:35--Dangerous Assignment.
Brian Donlevy heads for Honolulu to track down a killer, a girl and a top secret formula (KVOA).

52-05-05 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-05-12
104
Title Unknown
N
52-05-12 Daily Telegram
9:30--Dangerous Assignment

52-05-12 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-05-19
105
Stop 'Operation Arrow' Leaks
N
[Location: Holland]
52-05-19 Daily Oklahoman
Tonight on Dangerous Assignment, in Holland

52-05-19 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-05-26
106
Title Unknown
N
52-05-26 Daily Messenger
9:30 Dangerous Assignment

52-05-26 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-06-02
107
Counterfeit Money
N
[Location: France]

52-06-02 Daily Oklahoman
A search for counterfeit money hidden in France.

52-06-02 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-06-09
108
Hunt Down A Murderer
N
[Location: Copenhagen, Denmark]

52-06-09 Long Beach Press-Telegram
A trip to Copenhagen to hunt a murderer is on "Dangerous Assignment" tonight on KFI at 7:35.

52-06-09 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy

52-06-09 Tucson Daily Citizen
8:35--Dangerous Assignment.
Brian Donlevy is off to Denmark, searching for a murderer, a frightened woman and a secret report. (KVOA)
52-06-16
109
Find the Tangiers Killer
N
[Location: Tangiers]

52-06-16 Long Beach Press-Telegram
"Dangerous Assignment" on KFI at 7:35 has
an undercover agent chasing a Tangier resident all over the continent to try and solve a murder.

52-06-16 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-06-23
110
Title Unknown
N
52-06-23 Lima News
10:35 Dangerous Assignment

52-06-23 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-06-30
111
Title Unknown
N
52-06-30 Independent Long Beach
7:30 KFI--Dangerous Assignment

52-06-30 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-07-07
--
Title Unknown
N
Program aired in only three small markets; RNC Convention.

52-07-07 Leavenworth Times
9:30 WDAF--Dangerous Assignment

52-07-07 New York Times
9:30-WNBC, WOR, WJZ, WCBS--Republican National Convention
52-07-14
112
Title Unknown
N
52-07-14 Post Standard
Brian Donlevy stars on DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT a thrilling adventure story at 10:35 on WSYR Dial 570.

52-07-14 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-07-21
--
Pre-empted
--
[Democratic National Convention]

52-07-21 San Antonio Express
9:30 Dangerous Assignment

52-07-21 New York Times
9:30-WNBC, WJZ, WCBS--
Democratic National Convention, Chicago
52-07-28
113
Title Unknown
N
52-07-28 Syracuse Hearald Journal
Brian Donlevy Goes on a DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT at 10:35 Basic NBC Affiliate WSYR.

52-07-28 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-08-04
114
Find and Protect Missing American Engineers
N
[Location: Africa]

52-08-04 Long Beach Press-Telegram
Special Agent Steve Mitchell, (Brian Donlevy) is
assigned to protect American missing engineers in Africa on "Dangerous Assignment" on KFI at 7:35.

52-08-04 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-08-11
115
Death Cruise
N
52-08-11 Long Beach Press-Telegram
Steve Mitchell takes a cruise that's loaded with death on "Dangerous Assignment" on KFI at 7:35.

52-08-11 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-08-18
116
Title Unknown
N
52-08-18 Long Beach Press-Telegram
Brian Donlevy receives
one of the strangest assignments of his career--a vacation--on "Dangerous Assignment" on KFI at 7:35.

52-08-18 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-08-25
117
Recover Signed Treaty
Y
[Location: Port Said, Egypt]

52-08-25 Long Beach Press-Telegram
Steve Mitchell's "Dangerous Assignment"
takes him to Port Said on KFI at 7:35. He seeks a missing treaty to try and prevent war.

52-08-25 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy

Announces: Return of Cavalcade of America, Tuesday and The Big Story, Wednesday. Thursday evening brings Roy Rogers and Father Knows Best. Friday marks return of Your Hit Parade. Brian Donlevy announces, ''next week, Lisbon and two guys gunning for me.''
52-09-01
118
Title Unknown
N
[Location: Lisbon, Portugal]

52-09-01 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy

52-09-01 Syracuse Herald-Journal
It's DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT at 10:35 with Brian Donlevy
52-09-08
119
Title Unknown
N
52-09-08 Post-Standard
10:30 Dangerous Assignment


52-09-08 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-09-15
120
Title Unknown
N
52-09-15 Oakland Tribune
KNBC 7:35 Dangerous Assignment


52-09-15 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-09-22
121
Title Unknown
N
52-09-22 San Antonio Express
9:30 Dangerous Assignment


52-09-22 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-09-29
122
Title Unknown
N
52-09-29 Long Beach Press-Telegram
7:35-KFI--Dangerous Assignment


52-09-29 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy






52-10-06
123
--
52-10-06 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-10-08
123
Retrieve Dummy Issue of Osterreich Courier
Y
[Location: Vienna, Austria]

Announces: Roy Rogers Show, News, and Father Knows Best on Thursdays

[Note: incorrectly logged by OTRR as 3rd broadcast of Dangling from The End of A Rope]

52-10-08 San Antonio Light
Dangerous Assignment, starring Brian Donlevy, moves to
9:35 p. m. Wednesday over WOAI.

52-10-08 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-10-13
124
N
52-10-13 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-10-15
124
Rescue Major Vance Morgan from Yin Yi Hopp
Y
[Location: Minoca, Dutch New Guinea]

Announces:
Roy Rogers Show, News, Father Knows Best, and Truth or Consequences on Thursdays. Mid-progam Community Chest PSA.

52-10-15 San Antonio Light
9:30 Dangerous Assignment
52-10-20
125
--
52-10-20 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-10-22
125R
Recover Document from Butterfly Chasers
Y
[Location: Belem, Brazil]
[Rehearsal?? (22:00)]

Announces: ''Next week, Havana. A beautiful place to get killed.''

52-10-22 Lima News
10:35 Dangerous Assignment

52-10-22 Evening Independent
10:45 Dangerous Assignment, '"Secret
Document."
52-10-22
125
Recover Document from Butterfly Chasers
N
[Location: Belem, Brazil]

52-10-22 Lima News
10:35 Dangerous Assignment

52-10-22 Evening Independent
10:45 Dangerous Assignment, '"Secret
Document."
52-10-27
126
--
52-10-27 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-10-29
126
Smash Jai Alai Front for Smuggling Racket
Y
[Location: Havana, Cuba]

Announces:
Blood Drive for GIs. And "next week, Turkey. I nominate myself for a slab in the morgue"

52-10-29 Lima News
10:35 Dangerous Assignment
52-11-03
--
Pre-empted -- Pre-empted for political speeches

52-11-03 New York Times
10:30-WNBC, WOR, WJZ, WCBS--Political Talks: Gov. Adlai Stevenson from Chicago, Vice President Barkley from St. Louis, President Truman from Kansas City, Senator John Sparkman.
52-11-05
--
Pre-empted
N
Pre-empted for political speeches

52-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9:35 Dangerous Assignment WMAQ
52-11-10
127
52-11-10 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-11-12
127
Recover Diplomatic File from 'Mr. Alexander'
Y
[Location: Istanbul, Turkey]

52-11-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9:35 Dangerous Assignment WMAQ

Announces: Next week, Germany and I arrange to get run over by a truck.

52-11-17
128
52-11-17 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-11-19
128
Retrieve Emerson from Private Sanatorium
Y
[Location: Bavaria, Germany]

Announces:
Next week, Sweden. A nursery rhyme that almost turns out to be my epitaph.

52-11-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9:35 Dangerous Assignment WMAQ
52-11-24
129
52-11-24 New York Times - 10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-11-26
129
Stop Coded-Secret Peddlers
Y
[Location: Stockholm, Sweden]

Announces:
Next week, the Mediterranean. A pleasure cruise that almost that almost turns out to be a one-way trip.

52-11-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9:35 Dangerous Assignment WMAQ
52-12-01
130
52-12-01 New York Times - 10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-12-03
130
Smash Eastern European Protection Racket
Y
[Location: Nice, French Riviera]

Announces:
Next week, Austria. A border incident with me in the middle.
52-12-08
131
52-12-08 New York Times - 10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-12-10
131
Uncover G.I. Attackers Frame-Up
Y
[Location: Vienna, Austria]

Announces:
Next week, Turkey. A booby trap and I’m the booby.

52-12-12 The Redlands Daily Facts
Brian Donlevy, who owns 50 per cent of the series, has completed 39 "Dangerous Assignment" telefilms and leaps into 39 more starting in January. But there will be no big-screen independent production for Brian, who wailed: "Unless you have a staff of bookkeepers with guns you don't get a square deal."
52-12-15
132
52-12-15 New York Times - 10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-12-17
132
Defeat Road Project Sabotage
Y
[Location: Eastern Turkey]

Announces:
Next week, Christmas Eve in Sweden . . . and a gift-wrapped bullet.
52-12-22
133
52-12-22 New York Times - 10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-12-24
133
Smash Lecture Circuit Spy Ring

Y
[Location: Stockholm, Sweden]

Rebroadcast of 50-05-10, Smash Lecture Circuit Spy Ring, with different open and Christmas message close.

John Storm announces, ''This is NBC, the night before Christmas.''

52-12-24 Evening Independent
10:35 Dangerous Assignment, "Christmas Present."

52-12-24 San Antonio Express
Dangerous Assignment -- 9:35 p.m. WOAI --
U.S. Agent Mitchell receives as his Christmas present an assignment to fly to Stockholm to protect a professor's son.
52-12-29
134
52-12-29 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
52-12-31
134
Retrieve Stolen Atomic Secrets
Y
[Location: Trieste, Italy]

Announces:
Next week, South Pacific. I add a new tune, ‘Some Enchanted Clay Pigeon’ . . . me.
53-01-05
135
53-01-05 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
53-01-07
135
Smash Gun-Running Operation
Y
[Location: Port Moresby, New Guinea]

Announces:
Next week, London. I’ve got to catch a killer who’s got a seven year head start.
53-01-12
136
53-01-12 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
53-01-14
136
Smash The 'Blue Lion' Passport Racket
Y
[Location: London, England]

Announces:
Next week, Burma. The road to Mandalay almost turns into a one-way street.
53-01-19
137
53-01-19 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
53-01-21
137
Smash Strategic Materials Leaks
N
[Location: Rangoon, Burma]
53-01-26
138
53-01-26 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
53-01-28
138
Get Evidence to Nail 'Mr. Charon'
Y
[Location: Mexico City, Mexico]

Announces:
Next week, Greece. A three-way chase. The guy in the front, the guy behind and me, right in the middle.
53-02-02
139
53-02-02 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
53-02-04
139
Bring Back Physicist Arnold Freed
Y
[Location: Piraeus, Greece]

Announces:
Next week, Africa. Somebody tries to slip me the double bongo in the Congo.
53-02-09
140
53-02-09 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy
53-02-11
140
Resolve Strategic Mining Lease 'Family Squabble'
Y
[Location: Leopoldville, Belgian Congo]

Announces:
Next week, Tokyo. Tea for two and a slug for me.
53-02-18
141
Resolve Doctor Mitsuko Scandal
Y
[Location: Tokyo, Japan]

53-02-18 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, Brian Donlevy
Announces:
Next week, The Riviera. I make like a jewel thief.
53-02-25
142
Smash Black Market Jewel Ring
Y
[Location: Marseilles, France]

53-02-25 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, Brian Donlevy
Announces:
Next week, Bavaria. And a manhunt . . . and a woman.
53-03-04
143
Retrieve Peter Mettnick--Alive
Y
[Location: Bavaria, Germany]

53-03-04 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy

Announces:
Next week, The Philippines and a phantom ship.
53-03-11
144
Track Down 'Ghost Ship'
Y
[Location: Sandakan, North Borneo]

53-03-11 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy

Announces:
Next week, Scandinavia. I elect myself private for tonight.
53-03-18
145
Nail Mr. Big of 'The Bureau'
Y
[Location: Oslo, Norway]

53-03-18 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy

Announces:
Next week, Lisbon. A guy who didn’t want to get arrested and a girl who did.
53-03-25
146
Find Antonina Aquirre
Y
[Location: Lisbon, Portugal]

Announces:
Next week, The Caribbean. A race that turns into a dead heat.
53-04-01
147
Rescue Rick Perez from Caribbean Legion
Y
[Location: Puerto Montego, Venezuela]

Announces:
Next week, Paris. I bodyguard a quiz kid.
53-04-08
148
Intercept Foreign Courier Spy Ring
Y
[Location: Paris, France]

Announces:
Next week, Tibet. I fly The Hump and collect a lump.
53-04-15
149
Find Lenny Fenway and Get Him Out of Tibet
Y
[Location: Tibet]

Announces:
Let's not forget the American Cancer Society.
53-04-22
150
Bait A Trap with 'Nikolai Debarov'
Y
[Location: London, England]

Announces:
Next week, a little game of hide and seek on an island out in the not so Pacific.
53-04-29
151
Put An End To Anti-Submarine Base Sabotage
Y
[Location: Rabaul, New Guinea]

Announces:
Next week, Trieste and a friendly game of checkers. I get jumped.
53-05-06
152
Intercept Strategic Materials Smuggling Ring
Y
[Location: Rome to Trieste]

53-05-06 New York Times
10:30-WBNC--Political Talk--Benjamin G. Browdy

Announces:
Next week, Cairo and a lesson in photography. By the time I get the picture, I’m framed.
53-05-13
153
Get The Man Trying To Sabotage Cooperation Talks
Y
[Location: Cairo, Egypt]

53-05-13 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment, With Brian Donlevy

Announces:
Next week, Germany. A chase. The guy in front, the guy behind, and me in the middle again.
53-05-20
154
Recover Stolen Blueprints
Y
[Location: Oslo, Norway and Hamburg, Germany]

53-05-20 New York Times
10:30-WBNC--Political Talk--Benjamin G. Browdy

Announces:
Next week, Havana. A gay party and a cheerful little murder.
53-05-27
155
Find A Hired Assassin
Y
[Location: Havana, Cuba]

53-05-27 New York Times
10:30-WBNC--Talk: The Transit Conspiracy--Benjamin G. Browdy

Announces:
Next week, the Mediterranean. I make like a smuggler.
53-06-03
156
Title Unknown
Y
[Location: The Mediterranean]

53-06-03 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--Dangerous Assignment: With Brian Donlevy
53-06-10
157
Title Unknown
Y
53-06-10 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--President Eisenhower Address (Recorded)

53-06-10 Mexia Daily News
WFAA--9:30--News; Dangerous Assignment

53-06-10 Traverse City Record-Eagle
NBC--9:35--Dangerous Assignment

53-06-10 Harrisburg Daily News
WSVA-10:35--Dangerous Assignment

53-06-10 Daily Telegram
WEAU--9:30--Dangerous Assignment

53-06-17
158
Title Unknown
[Location: Damascus, Syria]

53-06-17 New York Times
10:35-WNBC--
Bernard M. Baruch Address on foreign policy, from an award dinner by the Junior Order of American Mechanics, Philadelphia (Recorded)

53-06-17 Daily Telegram
WEAU--9:30--Dangerous Assignment

53-06-17 Mexia Daily News
WFAA--9:30--News; Dangerous Assignment

53-06-17 San Antonio Express
Dangerous Assignment — 9:35 p.m., WOAI—
The capture in Damascus of an American traitor and killer is made by U.S. Special agent Steve Mitchell (Brian Donevy).

53-06-17 Kingsport News
WKPT--10:35--Dangerous Assignment
53-06-24
159
Grab James C. Stroller
Y
[Location: Damascus, Syria]

53-06-24 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Political Talk: Benjamin Browdy

53-06-24 Mexia Daily News
WFAA--9:30--News; Dangerous Assignment

53-06-24 Traverse City Record-Eagle
NBC--9:35--Dangerous Assignment

53-06-24 Daily Telegram
WEAU--9:30--Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
Next week, Canada and a killer who wouldn’t stay dead.
53-07-01
160
Find Anthony Targou
Y
[Location: Montreal, Canada]

53-07-01 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--News; Dangerous Assignment: With Brian Donlevy

53-07-01 Mexia Daily News
WFAA--9:30--News; Dangerous Assignment

53-07-01 Atchison Daily Globe
WDAF--9:30--Clifton Utley; Dangerous Assignment

Announces:
Next week, Indo-China. I have a date with a bomb.
53-07-08
161
Stand-In for A Bomb
Y
[Location: Saigon, Indo-China]

53-07-08 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--News. (To be announced.)

53-07-08 Daily Telegram
WEAU--9:30--Dangerous Assignment
53-07-15
--
--





The Dangerous Assignment [Australia] Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
55-03-18
8
Return Boot Crab Treasure To Italians
Y
[Location: Naples, Italy]

a.k.a. Boot Crab
55-04-15
12
Crack the Phony Passport Racket
Y
[Location: London;
Uses script from 53-01-14 of U.S. series]

54-12-10
55-04-29
14
Smash Strategic Materials Leaks
Y
[Location: Rangoon, Burma;
Possible script from 53-01-21 of U.S. series]

a.k.a. Road to Mandalay
55-05-06
15
Find Vincent Tassan
Y
[Location: Marseilles to Villon, France]

a.k.a. French Alps
55-05-20
17
Stop 'Operation Arrow' Leaks
Y
[Location: Holland;
Possible script from 52-05-19 of U.S. series]

55-10-06
37
Find and Smash Contraband Ring
Y
[Location: Singapore]

55-10-13
38
Track Down A Phantom Ship
Y
[Location: Sandakan, Borneo;
Uses script from 53-03-11 of U.S. series]


55-10-17
43
Get Lenny Fenway Out of Tibet
Y
[Location: Kashmir and Tibet;
Uses script from 53-04-15 of U.S. series]

a.k.a. Lenny Fenway
55-11-24
44
Rescue Rick Paret from Caribbean Legion
Y
[Location: Puerto Montego, Venezuela;
Uses script from 53-04-01 U.S. series]

55-12-08
46
Break Up Black Market Cartel
Y
[Location: Copenhagen, Denmark]

a.k.a. Copenhagen






The Dangerous Assignment Radio Program Biographies




Waldo Brian Donlevy
(Steve Mitchell)

(1903(2?)-1972)
Stage, Screen, Radio and Television Actor and Producer; Playwright; Historical figure in the Wisconsin National Guard; Private pilot; Mine operator and owner; Poet

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

Education: Sheboygan Falls High School; The U.S. Naval Academy

Radiography:
1940 Lux Radio Theatre
1940 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1942 Navy Relief Program
1942 Keep 'Em Rolling
1943 Well, I Swan
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1943 Cavalcade Of America
1943 Radio Hall Of Fame
1944 The Star and the Story
1944 Suspense
1944 We Came This Way
1945 THe Adventures Of Jungle Jim
1946 Academy Award
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1946 Radio Reader's Digest
1949 Sealtest Variety Theater
1949 Camel Screen Guild Theatre
1949 Dangerous Assignment
1950 Night Beat
1950 Operation Tandem
1954 Guest Star
Hollywood Calling
Front Line Theatre
The New National Guard Show
Young Army mascot Waldo Brian Donlevy in article from 1916
Young Army mascot Waldo Brian Donlevy in article from 1916
[Right-click HERE for full article]


32nd Infantry Division shoulder sleeve insignia
32nd Infantry Division shoulder sleeve insignia
All four infantry regiments, the three artillery regiments, and the 32nd Division's three machine gun battalions all were awarded the Croix de guerre by the Republic of France. Brian Donlevy was entitled to the award.
All four infantry regiments, the three artillery regiments, and the 32nd Division's three machine gun battalions all were awarded the Croix de guerre by the Republic of France. Brian Donlevy was among the thousands of those entitled to the award.

The official coat of arms of Co. C., 127th Infantry, 32nd Division. The motto reads, ''Les Terribles'', the nom de guerre applied to the unit by the Commander of the French Army in 1917
The official coat of arms of Co. C., 127th Infantry, 32nd Division. The motto reads, ''Les Terribles'', the nom de guerre applied to the unit by the Commander of the French Army in 1917.

Brian Donlevy circa 1942
Brian Donlevy circa 1940

Brian Donlevy circa 1942
Brian Donlevy circa 1942

Brian Donlevy as Daniel Shane in Nightmare (1942)
Brian Donlevy as Daniel Shane in Nightmare (1942)

Brian Donlevy with Diana Barrymore in Nightmare (1942)
Brian Donlevy with Diana Barrymore in Nightmare (1942)

Thomas Donlevy obituary from January 29 1931
Thomas Donlevy obituary from January 29 1931

From the February 2, 1917 Sheboygan Press:

''Buglers Waldo Donlevy and Edgar Klauck will ask for discharges so that they may enlist in the nayy. After a visit at the naval training station at Lake Forest, they concluded the life would please them. Both have been such close companions for the past seven months that they believe the navy life will continue their pleasant comradeship. Klauck enlisted a year go last December while Donlevy joined June 19.''

From the March 27, 1917 Sheboygan Press:

''Mr. and Mrs. T. Donlevy and son Waldo entertained the Falls members of Company C and a number of the company from Sheboygan at their home on Giddings avenue on Friday evening at a dinner. The Donlevy brand of hospitality to the boys of Company C is too well known to make any comment on the success of the entertainment necessary. The boys simply wish there were more people like them.''

From the August 17, 1917 Sheboygan Press:

''Bugler Waldo Donlevy received the deserved applause of the regiment Monday night by a perfect rendition of "Taps". Don asserts he blew his best to earn a two-bit piece offered him by Lieutenant Jensen for a pretty "taps".''

From the November 8, 1917 Sheboygan Press:

WALDO DONLEVY
WRITES HOME TO A FRIEND

The following is a letter received by Mr Leister from Waldo Donlevy

Camp MacArthur, Oct 4 1917
My Dear Mr Leister —At last I am going to attempt a letter. It's nine thirty and at the opposite end of the mess hall, Chris the cook from the Grand ice cream parlor of Sheboygan is making chili con carne amid a terrific rattle of pots and pans and burning water. Outside the moon is smiling its radiant cheerful light over the broad expanse of prairie dotted with khaki tents.

Here and there a quartette can be heard struggling to master some current ragtime. A few guitars mandolins and violins are harmoniously rejuvenating some forgotten melodies. A banjo is loudly complaining of its misuse at the hands of an ambitious amateur. In the distance some solitary bugler is vainly trying to sound the Ku Klux Klansman's call. I hope he soon finds that it can't be done on a bugle. On the whole conditions are most unfavorable for letter writing.

  We have electric lights installed in each tent and we are expecting floors every day.

Wow. I have detected the faint aroma of finished chili and simply cannot torture my poor shriveled little appetite so I must close with best regards to the school and a great big sigh for the old ''19'' bunch.  I would greatly appreciate a few lines from my old school mates because I can't remember everybody's name.

  Sincerely
  WALDO DONLEVY

From the October 16, 1925 Sheboygan Journal:

WALDO DONLEVY MAKES DEBUT ON CHICAGO STAGE

''Waldo Donlevy, son of Mrs. Thomas, of Sheboygan Falls, made his debut on the theatrical stage in Chicago on Tuesday evening. He came to Chicago from the East whre he has been for the past four years. Mr Donlevy, who besides makng a name for himself as an actor, has also become known for his literary ability, and early this year appeared in "What Price Glory," a play which he helped to write. It was presented on the legitimate stage in New York City and is now playing at the Studebaker in Chicago. It is a war play. Mrs. Donlevy left Tuesday afternoon for Chicago to visit with her son.''

Brian Donlevy led an unbelievably legendary life--apparently from birth--if either Hollywood or the myriad specious Brian Donlevy tribute and bio pages of the Internet are to be believed. The irony of these over-the-top fabrications surrounding Brian Donlevy's life is that Donlevy did, indeed, live a storied life in a great many respects. Certainly colorful enough in its own right to not require any additional embellishment.

So before we go any further, let's at least attempt to separate fact from fiction regarding Waldo Brian Donlevy's earliest years. First, the local obituary notice of Brian Donlevy's mother Mrs. Thomas Donlevy, the former Rebecca Parks from the Tuesday, January 10, 1939 edition of The Sheboygan Press:


Mrs. Thomas Donlevy, Mother Of Picture Star, Summoned

     Sheboygan Falls -- Mrs. Thomas Donlevy, 68, mother of Brian Donlevy of moving picture fame, passed away suddenly at 12:30 p. m., Monday, at her home, 416 Giddings avenue, in this city.
     Mrs. Donlevy, formerly Miss Rebecca Parks, was married to Thomas Donlevy at Winchendon, Mass., on February 16, 1902, and shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where their only son, Waldo Brian Donlevy, now known as Brian Donlevy of the moving pictures, was born.
     Later the family moved to Beaver Dam, Wis., where they resided for eight years, after which they came to Sheboygan Falls.  Mrs. Donlevy has been a resident of this city for 22 years.
     Her husband passed away in January, 1931, and the only survivor is her son, Brian, now engaged in making a picture at Los Angeles, California.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m., Thursday, at the Dean Funeral home in Sheboygan Falls.  Rev. H. S. Stanton of St. Peter's Episcopal church will officiate, and burial will be made in the Sheboygan Falls cemetery.
     The body may be viewed at the funeral home beginning at 7 o'clock tonight.



Now either the newly wed Mr. and Mrs. Donlevy traveled a year to three years back in time to "Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK"--where Mr. Thomas Donlevy had purportedly become ''a whiskey distiller''--for an extended honeymoon of at least 9 months prior to returning to the U.S. and Cleveland, Ohio, or some people on the Internet ''got some 'splaining to do.'' This of course, assuming that Mrs. Donlevy's immediate family and friends didn't lie to their own local, hometown newspaper during their time of greatest grief, intentionally downplaying and misrepresenting the more legendary details of Mrs. Donlevy's only child's heritage. A hometown newspaper that had, by the time of Mrs. Donlevy's demise, printed some 466 articles about her, or members of her family. We're inclined to believe Donlevy's own immediate family and friends on this score.

In point of fact, Waldo Brian Donlevy's life was unquestionably colorful from birth to death in its own right. He did, indeed, apparently run off to join Company C of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, seconded to General John J. Pershing's Expeditionary Forces in for a few months during 1916. He did, apparently, lie about his age, being only 13 and a half at the time. He did, apparently, accompany--as the Company mascot and bugler boy--the pursuit of the legendary Pancho Villa. Checking the actual time frame, given accounts of Donlevy's published birth in 1903, he'd have entered the Army in 1916 or 1917. Indeed, published records show that Waldo Brian Donlevy enlisted in the Army on June 19 1916. And according to this page, the timing of the Villa pursuit matches Donlevy's public record-documented history. If Donlevy had been born in Ireland in 1889, he'd have had no need to lie about his age to enter the Army in 1916 in any case--he'd have been 18 at the time he signed up.

As to accounts of having been a Major in the Air Service of The Army Expeditionary Forces, flying with the legendary Lafayette Escadrille, or more accurately, the Escadrille Americaine, in World War I--complete rubbish.

We could certainly go much further. There were no less than 669 local articles in The Sheboygan Press regarding young bugler Waldo Brian Donlevy and his family over the years. Even long after both of Donlevy's parents had passed away.


From the Tuesday, August 15, 1939 issue of The Sheboygan Press:

Brian Donlevy Wants To Come Back To Sheboygan Falls Home

     Brian Donlevy, former Sheboygan Falls lad, longs to come back to the Falls and build a home.  Also he would like to appear some day at St. John's Military academy at Delafield, Wis., to blow the bugle he once blew there.
     This information comes through Ed Sullivan, Chicago Tribune's Hollywood correspondent writing in last Sunday's edition of The Tribune, who adds "When 'Beau Geste' arrives in your neighborhood playhouses, if it is not already there, you will agree with the movie colony that the performer who gallops away with top honors is Top Sergeant Markoff.  In real life Sergeant Markoff is Brian Donlevy, who came to the movie lots from Portadown, County Armagh, Ireland, via Sheboygan Falls, Wis."
     Mr. Sullivan further relates that Brian Donlevy was once a dispirited young actor on the New York stage, playing the part of athletic collegians.  He scored his first movie triumph in the thriller-diller of yesteryear, "Barbary Coast."
     Other movie bits befell Brian prior to this, though.  Waldo Brian Donlevy played in "Mother's Boy" with Morton Downing in a 1929 release.  Even before this he had considerable acting experience.
     During the World war Mr. Donlevy was a bugler in Company C.  After the war he returned to Sheboygan Falls and was graduated from the high school there in 1921.  During his senior year he wrote the play "Buddies", which was given by the high school. He attended the U. S. Naval academy at Annapolis, but the urge to go on the stage took him to New York to study dramatics.  He is credited with helping write the smash stage show "What Price Glory", and appeared in one of the leading roles in that production.


From the April 6, 1972 Sheboygan Press:

Former Resident Of Falls
         Brian Donlevy Film Tough-Guy, Dies

Veteran actor Brian Donlevy, who spent much of his youth in Sheboygan Falls, is dead of cancer at the age of 69.
     The crop-haired, hard-featured tough-guy in scores of war movies, Westerns and other films, died in Motion Picture Hospital in Hollywood Wednesday after being admitted earlier in the day.
     He underwent an operation for throat cancer last year, a family spokesman said.
     Donlevy was born in Portadown, County Armagh, Ireland, on Feb. 9,1903, the son of Thomas and Rebecca Parks Donlevy.  His first name originally was Waldo.
     The family moved to Beaver Dam in 1910 and to Sheboygan Falls in 1912.  Donlevy entered Sheboygan Falls High School in 1915.
     In the summer of 1916 he left home against his parents' wishes to become a teen-age bugler with Gen. John Pershing's Mexican expedition against the bandit-hero, Pancho Villa.  He served with Co. C., 127th Infantry, 32nd Division.
     After drilling in the winter of 1916, he was called to war on July 15, 1917 and went to France in February of 1918.
     Donlevy returned to Sheboygan Falls in 1919 to enroll again at the high school.  He graduated in June of 1921 in the class which included County Judge F. H. Schlichting and Lieut. Col. Joseph Deeley.
     While in Sheboygan Falls, he helped start the Falls Boy Scouts and was the first bugler for the troop.

          Attended Annapolis

     For a period following high school graduation, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, leaving in 1922 for New York.
     In New York he modeled collars in order to make a living while waiting for a "break" on Broadway.  His first stage hit was "What Price Glory," opening in September of 1924.  Other stage roles came in "Hit the Deck," "Rainbow," "Ringside," "Queen Bee" and "Up Pops the Devil."
     Donlevy went to Hollywood in 1935, where he eventually scored brilliant success in a wide variety of roles.  His first role in Hollywood was that of the fighter in "The Milky Way."  He assured his future by playing the blackshirted killer in "Barbary
Coast" in 1935. 
     A normally soft-spoken man off screen, Donlevy often portrayed the kind of character the audience knew was "bad," from the start — or would end up that way.
     He won an Academy Award nomination in 1939 as a sadistic sergeant in "Beau Geste."  But the Irish -born actor didn't consider himself a good actor and once said, "I think I stink," adding: "I like to play parts, yes.  But a good actor can do anything that's thrown at him."
     Among his better known films were "The Virginian," "Wake Island," "Impact," "Destry Rides Again," "Jesse James," "Billy the Kid," and Two Years Before the Mast."
     Later in his career he turned to television, starring in an adventure series in the 1950s called "Dangerous Assignment."
     During his career in Hollywood, he returned to Milwaukee where he was honored at a dinner in 1944 in connection with the preview of his picture. "An American Romance."  Some 200 industrialists, theater owners, managers and newsmen attended the showing of the picture and the luncheon.
     An account of the event in the Aug. 11, 1944 issue of The Press notes that Milford (Skin) Wachter attended the festivities of his former classmate at Sheboygan Falls.
     Following the luncheon, Donlevy and Wachter got together for a visit.

          Calls Co. C

     In May of 1943, Donlevy surprised members of Co. C., 127th Infantry, 32nd Division Last Man's Club with a long distance call to his former buddies of Sheboygan's own Co. C.  He was then on location in Chicago and expressed his regrets at not being able to attend the meeting.  The meeting was being held at the American Legion home.
     Despite movies and television, Donlevy found time for his hobbies and his beach house at Malibu.  His hobbies, characteristically, were flying and gold mining.
     Though he had a long, comfortable living playing tough guy types in Hollywood, his personal life was not so simple. 

     His first wife, Yvonne, divorced him in 1936 after eight years of marriage.  Less than a year later he married red-haired singer, Marjorie Lane, by whom he had a daughter, Judith Ann, in 1943.
     One of Hollywood's most bitterly fought divorce cases ended the marriage in 1947, when he divorced Miss Lane on a charge of cruelty.  After charges and counter charges which kept the case in the headlines off and one for more than a year, the suits ended with both parents sharing custody of the child and a large financial settlement going to the wife.  Donlevy said the divorce cost him $163,000.
     Donlevy is survived by his third wife, Lillian, the divorced wife of the late actor Bela Lugosi, whom he married in 1966, and his daughter.
     At the actor's request, his body will be cremated and his ashes strewn at sea.  No public funeral is planned.

While we regret the long preface to this biography, we felt it necessary to set the record straight regarding this remarkable man and his equally remarkable life. To review the above, here are the facts as we've managed so substantiate them from locally published articles from The Donlevy family's local newspaper, The Sheboygan Press:

  • Brian Donlevy's father was born in 1859 and died in 1931. He wasn't an Irish Whiskey distiller as widely reported. As best as we can determine, Thomas Donlevy had never set foot outside of the United States. He worked in the textile industry in one capacity or another for his entire working life.
  • Brian Donlevy's mother, the former Rebecca Parks, met and married Thomas Donlevy in 1901-1902, she in her early 30s and Thomas Donlevy in his early 40s. They married in Winchendon, Massachusetts and subsequently relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, where Brian Donlevy was born in either 1902 or 1903--in all likelihood, 1903. Waldo Brian was the couple's one and only child. The family then moved briefly to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin before settling down for good in Sheboygan Falls, WI.
  • Brian Donlevy did indeed join the Army at the age of either 13 and a half or 14 and a half--with his parents' permission.
  • Brian Donlevy eventually rose to the rank of Private First Class in his capacity as Regimental Bugler for Company C of Wisconsin's 2nd Infantry Regiment.
  • Brian Donlevy did, indeed serve for a brief period under the Army Expeditionary Forces of General John J. Pershing during the period during which he was in pursuit of Pancho Villa.
  • Brian Donlevy did, indeed, serve on the front lines of World War I in Europe--again as a bugler with the Quartermaster Corps, and for only a brief period, after which he contracted diptheria and was sent back to the local regiment in Wisconsin.
  • Brian Donlevy never served in the Lafayette Escadrille nor the Escadrille Americaine.
  • Brian Donlevy was never a commissioned officer in any military service, nor in any honorary capacity.
  • Brian Donlevy did, indeed attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis--but for less than one full school year.

Given the extraordinary misinformation attributed to Brian Donlevy's life, one might, mistakenly, draw the conclusion that there was nothing behind it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Brian Donlevy did, indeed, lead a storied life. From having entered the Army at around 14 years of age, to having attended Annapolis briefly, to having become an actor, director, producer, playwright, poet, and successful mine operator, to an accomplished career on Stage, Screen, Radio and Television, to becoming a private pilot in his leisure time, the man was genuinely legendary. There was no need whatsoever to further polish the apple. Brian Donlevy was one of the shiniest, brightest apples ever to fall from the tree--in Hollywood or anywhere else, for that matter.

Sadly, the public at large never knew of Donlevy's genuinely amazing accomplishments for all the Press Agent rubbish that Hollywood had printed about him from the moment he set foot on a sound stage. From all private accounts, Brian Donlevy was nothing remotely like the brash, hard-fighting, scheming, duplicitous roles he was most famous for on the big screen. Quite the contrary. As we've attempted to point out with our extensive research of his youth and family life, Brian Donlevy was by all accounts a very introspective, gracious, generous and altruistic gentleman his entire life.

Naturally, that didn't precisely square with the perception that Hollywood wished to portray of him. Given Hollywood's extraordinary power and reach throughout Donlevy's career it's no wonder that Donlevy's actual biography was never widely described or reported outside of his boyhood hometown. His value to the studios was that very two-fisted, soldier of fortune, tough-guy image they were projecting to Donlevy's fans and potential future audiences.

A close reading of the reasonably accurate obituary posted above provides much of the anecdotal information we'd normally have provided in our own biography of him.

The one area of Brian Donlevy's career his obituary seems to have overlooked is his Radio career. As one might expect, the majority of Brian Donlevy's Radio appearances comprised reprises of some of his most memorable Film roles over the many Radio anthologies of film appearances that aired for much of The Golden Age of Radio era. These included Lux Radio Theatre, the various Screen Guild Theatre incarnations, Cavalcade of America, several appearances in Suspense, and of course his own leading role in Dangerous Assignment as Steve Mitchell, a globe-trotting trouble-shooter for an unnamed secret State Department agency. In all, Donlevy appeared in an estimated 500 Radio epsiodes during the course of his Radio career.

Upon completing the recordings for the last episodes of Dangerous Assignment for Radio, Donlevy undertook a 50% stake producing--and starring in--a Television version of Dangerous Assignment from 1952 to 1954. By that time in his career he was already beginning to appear in what would become some 200 appearances on Television over the remaing twenty years of his life. Appearing most often in the many, prestigious playhouse-type anthologies during the Golden Age of Television, Donlevy also made an appearance in fifteen more feature films between 1950 and his death in 1972.

As his film career began to wane, Donlevy began to rely more and more on his various investments over the years to keep ahead of the tax man and his two ex-wives. His last few film outings were predominately of the exploitation variety, requiring Donlevy to appear as more of a caricature of the screen personae by which Hollywood had traditionally portrayed him.

Donlevy retired to Palm Springs after his last feature film, Pit Stop in 1969. Donlevy reportedly spent the remainder of his life attending to his mining interests and writing and publishing his poetry.

First diagnosed with throat cancer in 1971, he was hospitalized once in 1971 for the disease then again in the Spring of 1972. Brian Donlevy was ultimately taken by the cancer while staying at the Motion Picture and Television Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California on March 10, 1972, at the age of 69.

Many of the screen stars of the 1940s to 1960s seem to have had the 'legendary' sobriquet applied to them almost by rote. But in Donlevy's case, the sobriquet is entirely--and refreshingly-- appropriate. Donlevy's life was indeed filled with adventure, extraordinary success and accomplishments, and by his own account, fully satisfactory from beginning to end.

A fitting epitaph to a storied life.




Herb Butterfield
(The Commisioner)
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1895-1959)

Birthplace: Rhode Island, U.S.A.

Radiography:

1934 The Story of Mary Marlin
1938 Wayside Theatre
1939 Kitty Keene, Inc.
1942 Author's Playhouse
1944 Suspense
1944 Screen Director's Playhouse
1946 The Human Adventure
1946 Grand Marquee
1946 Lights Out
1946 Cavalcade Of America
1946 The Cat (Audition)
1946 Lux Radio Theatre
1946 Dark Venture
1947 Your Movietown Radio Theatre
1947 The City
1947 The Whistler
1947 Johnny Madero, Pier 23
1947 Mystery In the Air
1947 All-Str Western Theatre
1947 Ellery Queen
1948 Favorite Story
1948 The First Nighter Program
1948 Let George Do It
1948 The Adventures Of Ellery Queen
1948 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1949 Pat Novak, For Hire
1949 Family Theatre
1949 Escape
1949 This Is Your FBI
1949 Night Beat
1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1949 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1949 The Halls Of Ivy
1949 Young Love
1949 Four Star Playhouse
1949 The Adventures Of Frank Race
1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1949 The Railroad Hour
1949 Broadway Is My Beat
1949 Dragnet
1950 Dangerous Assignment
1950 The Story Of Dr Kildare
1950 Hallmark Playhosue
1950 The Line-Up
1950 Presenting Charles Boyer
1950 Tales Of the Texas Rangaers
1950 Mr President
1950 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe
1950 The Adventures Of Nero Wolfe
1951 The Amazing Nero Wolfe
1951 The Great Gildersleeve
1951 Romance
1951 The Man From Homicide
1951 Wild Bill Hickok
1951 The Roy ROgers Show
1951 The Silent Men
1952 Guest Star
1952 The Pendleton Story
1952 I Was A Communist For the FBI
1952 This Is O'Shea (Audition)
1952 On Stage
1952 Crime Classics
1953 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1953 General Electric Theatre
1953 The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show
1953 Father Knows Best
1954 That's Rich
1954 Stars Over Hollywood
1954 The Freedom Story
1954 You Were There
1954 Life With Luigi
1954 My Little Margie
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1957 Heartbeat Theatre
The Private Practice Of Dr Dana
This Fabulous World
Skippy Hollywood Theatre
Raleigh's Radio Rally
Herb Butterfield directed The Story of Mary Marlin over Chicago's WMAQ (1936)
Herb Butterfield directed The Story of Mary Marlin over Chicago's WMAQ (1936)


Herb Butterfield, ca. 1957
Herb Butterfield ca. 1957


Herb Butterfield in character as Preacher Jim (upper left) is showcased in a newspaper teaser for 1939's Kitty Keene, Inc. serial melodrama
Herb Butterfield in character as Preacher Jim (upper left) is showcased in a newspaper teaser for 1939's Kitty Keene, Inc. serial melodrama.
Born in 1895 in Rhode Island, Herbert Butterfield first entered Radio in 1926, appearing in several east coast serial melodramas and revues. His first credited roles came in the late 1930s with frequent appearances as a character actor in most of the more popular dramas of the era. Herb Butterfield also directed the Chicago NBC Key Station's productions of The Story of Mary Marlin (1934). Butterfield's early recurring role as Preacher Jim in the serial drama Kitty Keene, Inc. (1939) first established him as an attractive and reliable co-star.

Upon relocating to California, Butterfield soon proved himself one of the West Coast's finest, most reliable and durable performers, Herb Butterfield became a fixture in most of the early detective and suspense dramas of the Golden Age of Radio. A Mutual-Don Lee player for many years, Herb Butterfield was a regular performer in many of the network's earliest syndicated West Coast productions.

Indeed, Herb Butterfield's very recognizable voice was most associated with virtually every radio noir detective and crime drama aired over Radio. A favorite of Jack Webb, Herb Butterfield appeared in virtually every Jack Webb Radio and Television vehicle he ever produced, invariably playing either a crusty detective or a world-wisened, sympathetic tough. In Ellery Queen's eighth season, Herb Butterfield appeared as Inspector Queen.

A regular on Radio's popular Halls of Ivy, Butterfield portrayed Ivy College Chairman of the Board Clarence Wellman for twenty episodes with the series' stars Ronald Colman and Benita Hume. By then a frequent CBS player, Herb Butterfield appeared in seven of the CBS Radio Workshop (1956-1957) experimental radio broadcasts in a wide variety of roles.

During his career in Radio, Herb Butterfield appeared in over 4,000 episodes. He compiled another forty appearances on Television during a career cut short by his death in 1959 at the age of 64. His last appearance in Television was in the Colgate Theatre comedy production starring Claudette Colbert, September 28, 1958.

One of Radio's more ubiquitous performers, Herb Butterfield's distinctive voice lives on through the thousands of Radio episodes that have survived from the Golden Age or Radio. Consistently endearing, no matter what roles he appeared in, the characteristic fatherly tone of most of his performances hearken back to a time when American society was far more basic, forthright and genuine. Herb Butterfield fit that description to a tee.



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