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Announcement of Escape to air in the summer of 1947
Announcement of Escape to air in the summer of 1947


Billboard magazine announcement from September 10 1949 citing Escape as one of four CBS-sustained programs with high Hooper Ratings (9.2 in the case of Escape)
Billboard magazine announcement from September 10 1949 citing Escape as one of four CBS-sustained programs with high Hooper Ratings (9.2 in the case of Escape)

Billboard magazine announcement of sponsor interest in Escape, from December 10 1949
Billboard magazine announcement of sponsor interest in Escape, from December 10 1949

In 1946 Universal released Dead of Night for American audiences. It was the Universal release that was adapted for the auditions for Out of This World and Escape
In 1946 Universal released Dead of Night for American audiences. It was the Universal release that was adapted for the auditions for Out of This World and Escape.

The Billboard of April 23rd 1949 announces the cancellation of Escape
The Billboard of April 23rd 1949 announces the cancellation of Escape


Billboard magazine announcement from  June 25 1949 of Escape to air as a Summer replacement for Suspense beginning July 7 1949
Billboard magazine announcement from June 25 1949 of Escape to air as a Summer replacement for Suspense beginning July 7 1949


CBS moved Escape yet again in September 1949, this time into a late night spot on Thursday evenings
CBS moved Escape yet again in September 1949, this time into a late night spot on Thursday evenings.

Billboard announcement of Richfield Oil Corporation of New York signing up to sponsor Escape, from April 29 1950
Billboard announcement of Richfield Oil Corporation of New York signing up to sponsor Escape, from April 29 1950

Richfield medallion

Richfield gasoline logo

Billboard magazine article of July 1 1950 lamenting the absence of commercially sponsored properties on Friday evenings.
Billboard magazine article of July 1 1950 lamenting the absence of commercially sponsored properties on Friday evenings.

Billboard magazine of August 12 1950 announcing Richfield Oil dropping Escape in favor of sponsoring a news program
Billboard magazine of August 12 1950 announcing Richfield Oil dropping Escape in favor of sponsoring a news program.

CBS sold a package of targeted prime time spots to Ford for the roll-out of their 1950 line.
CBS sold a package of targeted prime time spots to Ford for the roll-out of their 1950 line.


1950 Ford Custom Sedan
Ford Motor Company sponsored Escape on January 17th 1950 for the roll-out of its 1950 line of automobiles.
Ford Motor Company sponsored Escape on January 17th 1950 for the roll-out of its 1950 line of automobiles.

Test Drive a '50 Ford


Anahist trademark

Anahist sponsored Escape in targeted spots during the 1950 - 1952 broadcasts of Escape!
Anahist sponsored Escape in targeted spots during the 1950 - 1952 broadcasts of Escape!


Plymouth sponsored Escape to help roll out their 1954 line
Plymouth sponsored Escape to help roll out their 1954 line.

Background

Dramas of escape, romance and adventure comprised a great deal of the drama anthologies during the Golden Age of Radio. One might well make the argument that adventure dramas broadcast over one canon or another throughout the era were among the top five most popular genres of the era. They also found their way into any number of adventure productions, a sampling of which follow:

1930 World Adventures
1931 Strange Adventure
1932 Bring'em Back Alive
1932 Captain Diamond’s Adventures
1932 Captain Jack
1932 The Elgin Adventurer's Club
1932 World Adventurer's Club
1933 The Stamp Adventurer’s Club
1935 The Desert Kid
1935 Magic Island
1937 The Cruise of The Poll Parrot
1937 True Adventures
1937 Your Adventurers
1939 Imperial Intrigue
1939 The Order of Adventurers
1940 Thrills and Romance
1941 Adventure Stories
1942 Road to Danger
1942 The Whistler
1943 Escape From . . .
1943 Foreign Assignment
1943 Romance
1944 Adventure Ahead
1944 Dangerously Yours
1944 Stories of Escape
1944 The Man Called 'X'
1944 Vicks Matinee Theater
1945 Adventure
1946 Tales of Adventure
1947 Adventure Parade
1947 Escape!
1947 High Adventure
1947 The Adventurer's Club
1948 This Is Adventure
1949 Dangerous Assignment
1950 Stand By for Adventure
1952 Escape with Me
1953 The Adventurer
1974 CBS Radio Mystery Theater
1977 General Mills Radio Adventure Theater
1977 CBS Radio Adventure Theater

During an era when the word 'romance' still implied adventure as well as emotional and physical passion, the words 'romance' and 'adventure' were often viewed as synonymous with each other in the titles of hundreds of Radio canons of both the earliest and latest Golden Age Radio broadcasts. Escape adventures, in particular, ran the gamut of taut psychological dramas to westerns to war dramas to suspense dramas and thrillers--and on some level, everything in between.

The decidedly escapist nature of such adventure dramas appealed to a wide spectrum of Radio listeners throughout the era. This was after all an era following on the heels of the Wall Street Crash, the Great Depression, America's politically isolationist turmoil of the mid to late 1930s, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Cold War era during which Radio was soon supplanted by Television. But through it all, a half-hour of 'escape' every week was a gratefully welcomed diversion for North American audiences.

The dynamics of a compelling escape drama invariably found the protagonist(s) trapped in one way or another by either physical circumstances, psychological or emotional dilemmas or forces of one form or another, geopolitical conflicts, or the consequences of any one of the seven deadly sins. Such internal and external conflicts when carefully drafted--or crafted--made for compelling and often very visceral drama. The long-running success of Romance, Suspense, The Whistler, and Escape simply underscore the argument.

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) first brought a series titled Stories of Escape to Radio in 1944. Though running for only a year, the concept was quite similar to that of CBS' long-running Escape series. But with Stories of Escape relegated to mostly midnight airings throughout North America, the series never quite found a mainstream audience. Stories of Escape ran from January 1944 to January 1945.

CBS brings Escape! to a mainstream audience

The Columbia Broadcasting System's growing success with Suspense found it occupying a highly popular niche with its listening audience. One might well argue that Suspense was an embarassment of riches for CBS--so much so that promising ideas for scripts began flooding the production. CBS' Suspense had definitely touched a nerve with North American wartime listeners.

First proposed as 'Out of This World,' CBS adapted the 1946 Universal release of Ealing Studios' popular Dead of Night, originally from 1945 for both the auditions for Out of This World and Escape, both featuring Berry Kroeger and Art Carney
First proposed as 'Out of This World,' CBS adapted the 1946 Universal release of Ealing Studios' popular Dead of Night, originally from 1945 for the auditions for Out of This World and Escape, both featuring Berry Kroeger and Art Carney

CBS' Escape was first conceived as a Radio property to be titled Out of This World. The CBS Division of Program Writing produced an audition for Out of This World starring Berry Kroeger and Art Carney in an adaptation of the recently popular Ealing Studios film, Dead of Night (1945). Dead of Night was subsequently released in a less adult form for American audiences by Universal in 1946. It was the Universal release that CBS adapted for the auditions. During the ensuing month the CBS Division of Program Writing produced a second audition adapting Dead of Night as a proposed Escape! canon, again starring Berry Kroeger and Art Carney. The second audition announced an adaptation of F. Scott Fitgerald's 1922 Smart Set story, The Diamond As Big as The Ritz [announced as "A Diamond As Big as The Ritz"], for the following week.

The Escape concept won out, ultimately premiering as a Summer replacement for the second half-hour of Lux Radio Theatre's hour-long Monday night timeslot (CBS Is There premiered in the first half-hour). Escape borrowed heavily from the Suspense format and formula--and understandably so. So much so that after Escape ultimately ran its course, it became historically viewed by some as "Suspense Lite" or Suspense's 'sister-program.' And indeed the formulaic similarities between the two productions underscore that arguably parochial view:

  • The rhythm, format, tempo and structure of the prologues to both Suspense and Escape were indeed remarkably familiar--as was the teaser format for subsequent episodes.
  • Both productions' use of both an announcer and weighty narrator for the series'.
  • Both productions' tag-lines over their entire runs.

Actually comprising only 201 unique stories, Escape ultimately ran -- off and on -- for 235 unique broadcasts [251, if counting the two auditions and twelve, deliberately overlapping East Coast/West Coast broadcasts] over a period of seven years, from 1947 to 1954.

While a spendid production all told, it would appear that the CBS network felt otherwise. The series aired sustaining for the overwhelming number of its various runs. The only sponsors of note were Richfield Oil Corporation of New York, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler-Plymouth--and all three of those in fairly limited fashion. CBS moved the series all over its schedule only occasionally announcing any of the bewildering array of movements. It would appear that Escape fans' only saving grace was that CBS tended to schedule Escape reasonably close to Suspense over the years.

Among the many programming gambits CBS attempted during the course of the production were:

  • Airings of the previous Sundays' broadcasts on the following Saturday morning
  • East and West Coast broadcasts varying only in the musical accompaniment and opening and closing announcements (e.g. director(s) credits)
  • Three 'special' Sunday night broadcasts of Escape
  • A brief series of broadcasts that could be heard on as many as three different days of the week, depending on the time zone.

From Billboard magazine of March 20 1948 announcing Lever Bros' interest in sponsoring Escape
From Billboard magazine of March 20 1948 announcing
Lever Bros' interest in sponsoring Escape.

The series certainly didn't lack for either behind the mike or before the mike talent. William N. Robson, Norm MacDonnell and Anthony Ellis took most of the producer/director credits with help from Fine and Friedkin, John Moseman, and Richard Sanville, among others. The directors often both wrote and directed a number of the Escape episodes. Escape was also noteworthy for providing several of the legendary Radio artists of the era a showcase for their writing talents, such as John Dehner, Tony Barrett and Ben Wright.

As mentioned above, Escape was predominantly a vehicle for West Coast character actors of the era. With rare few exceptions throughout its various runs the casts were comprised almost exclusively of West Coast Radio's finest artists. And in direct contrast to Suspense, during the almost eight years of Escape's various runs the only 'film stars' of note appearing in Escape were Vincent Price, Van Heflin, Edmond O'Brien, and Victor Mature.

Our own view may be parochial in this respect, but we found the entire series even more entertaining precisely owing to the showcase of extraordinary West Coast voice talent that felt more along the lines of an ensemble cast for the majority of the Escape episodes:

90 Episodes featuring Bill Conrad
56 Episodes featuring Ben Wright
55 Episodes featuring Harry Bartell
54 Episodes featuring John Dehner
40 Episodes featuring Paul Frees
26 Episodes featuring Parley Baer
13 Episodes featuring Jack Webb

Even more remarkable, though the series aired twenty-nine repeated scripts during its various runs, none of them were simply rebroadcasts. They were all re-performed--and in most instances rescripted--to produce an entirely new production of an audience-favored script. The repeated scripts were:

A Shipment of Mute Fate (4)
A Sleeping Draft (2)
Action (2)
Command (2)
Conqueror's Isle (2)
Evening Primrose (3)
Flood On the Goodwins (2)
Leiningen Versus the Ants (3)
Snake Doctor (2)
The Country of The Blind (3)
The Diamond As Big as The Ritz (3)
The Drums of the Fore and Aft (2)
The Fourth Man (3)
The Island (2)
The Man Who Could Work Miracles (3)
The Man Who Stole The Bible (2)
The Man Who Would Be King (2)
The Price of The Head (2)
The Red Forest (2)
Red Wine (2)
The Return (2)
The Second-Class Passenger (2)
The Sure Thing (2)
The Time Machine (2)
The Vanishing Lady (2)
Three-Skeleton Key (3)
Wild Jack Rhett (2)
Wild Oranges (2)

Note that, in addition to the above, the two audition performances of Dead of Night might also be construed as repeats. For comprehensive synopses of the entire Escape run, we'd recommend Christine Miller's very thorough Escape and Suspense blog. Our personal favorite productions from the canon were the Bill Conrad performance of Leiningen Versus the Ants and the Vincent Price performance of Three-Skeleton Key. So much so that had Escape consisted of nothing but drivel for its remaining 249 broadcasts, we'd remain one of the canon's more ardent fans. But such was not the case. Escape continued to produce some of Radio's most compelling adventure dramas throughout its entire production history. This is all the more remarkable for the fact that only 201 unique scripts/plots comprised the entire production history of a program that aired for almost seven years in prime time. That's an average of barely twenty-eight unique scripts a year.

Perhaps its just us but we get the impression that CBS had something of a love-hate relationship with Escape that apparently endured over Escape's entire production history. For all seven years, CBS. . .

  • rarely promoted the production in the print media of the era
  • quixotically moved it all over its production schedule for seven years
  • almost never announced its innumerable schedule changes

. . . and yet it continued to survive--and with remarkable ratings in spite of CBS' failure to promote it. As noted further below CBS even considered handing the whole production over to famed Radio writer, director and producer, Wyllis Cooper--for Television. And as noted above, CBS was happy to take credit for Escape's extraordinary popularity--as a CBS-sustainer--while still failing to promote it in any appreciable manner.

Billboard magazine announcement of Escape's impending departure after March 30 1950. In practice, Escape simply moved to Friday evening
Billboard magazine announcement of Escape's impending departure after March 30 1950. In practice, Escape simply moved to Friday evenings.

As the series evolved over the years it might well have changed its name to 'No Escape' rather than Escape--the overwhelming number of the last hundred episodes presenting the probability of no escape from their respective dilemmas. And indeed, the narrators of those dilemmas were another of Escape's most emblematic features over its runs. There were several 'voices of Escape' over its seven years:

  • Eric Snowden
  • William Conrad
  • Paul Frees
  • Gerald Mohr
  • Lou Krugman

Our favorite voices of Escape were Bill Conrad and Paul Frees. Their weighty intonations and foreboding exposition were perfect compliments to the format. Eric Snowden was Escape's first voice, with William Conrad and Paul Frees soon after alternating in that duty until the last runs of Escape, when veteran voice talent and character actor Lou Krugman assumed that role, occasionally alternating with Paul Frees.

Escape also featured adaptations of some of the finest authors of adventure, sci-fi and thriller fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries, among them:

  • Rudyard Kipling
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • H.G. Wells
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Alexander Woollcott
  • Stephen Vincent Benet
  • Graham Greene
  • Nelson Bond
  • Cornell Woolrich
  • Ralph Bates
  • George Toudouze
  • Graham Doar
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Gouverneur Morris
  • Eric Ambler
  • Evelyn Waugh
  • Somerset Maugham
  • Stephen Crane
  • Alexandre Dumas
  • Jack London
  • Daphne du Maurier

Antony Ellis, John Dehner, Tony Barrett, and Ben Wright were also regular contributors of original scripts. The scripts throughout the canon, including the many adaptations of fiction classics, also tended to follow what became an Escape! formula. The dilemma or threat was teased during the opening credits, expanded as necessary with the aid of exposition by the narrator. This was after all an half-hour format and many of the stories adapted for the format could easily have consumed a full hour. But it was the skill of the scriptwriter, musical director and director that brilliantly crafted all the pace, suspense, and action into what was actually only between twenty-three to twenty-six minutes of dramatic airtime.

Leiningen Versus the Ants was a splendid example of an economically adapted treatment that filled the entire broadcast from beginning to end with taut suspense, perfectly balanced exposition, marvelous character development and perfectly escalated--and cliff-hanging--resolution. Though each only twenty-seven minute treatments, all three performances felt far longer than they actually were. Beginning with a highly visceral dilemma, Leiningen Versus the Ants laid out both the background and character development within the first several minutes of the broadcast then simply allowed the devastating impending threat to take its own, escalating course for the remainder of the script. And as we noted above the William Conrad rendition especially has to be one of Radio's most memorable action/adventure broadcasts to ever air in a half-hour format. Brilliant Radio, all told.

Escape! . . . to Television

CBS first began shopping Escape around as a Television vehicle in November of 1949
CBS first began shopping Escape around as a Television vehicle in November of 1949

Billboard magazine November 26 1949 announcement teasing the possibility of a Television version of Escape with Wyllis Cooper as both Writer and Executive Producer
Billboard magazine November 26 1949 announcement teasing the possibility of a Television version of Escape with Wyllis Cooper as both Writer and Executive Producer

The Escape! franchise made its first jump to Television in 1950, premiering over the [then] CBS affiliate, KTTV, Channel 11 in Los Angeles as a filmed for Television production airing for thirteen episodes. Written by Wyllis Cooper as promised the series featured Klock Ryder, better known to Radio audiences as 'The Old Hermit' from The Hermit's Cave (1936-1939). Running concurrently with the Radio rendition of Escape!, audiences of the era clearly still found the Radio version preferable to the Television version--in spite of Wyllis Cooper's script and producer credits. The ever economical CBS and Wyllis Cooper rolled two of the thirteen short-lived Escape! Television scripts into Cooper's second production for CBS-TV--Stage 13 (1951).

CBS-TV and Wyllis Cooper leveraged two of Cooper's Escape! scripts for the Television version into the first two installments of their Stage 13 mystery adventure TV series for the Spring of 1950
CBS-TV and Wyllis Cooper leveraged two of Cooper's Escape! scripts for the Television version into the first two installments of their Stage 13 mystery adventure TV series for the Spring of 1950.

From the TV Notes section of the July 6th 1950 edition of The Chester [PA] Times:

By AL MORTON

Re-viewing--The summer changeover period has already begun to take its toll of some of television's better shows. One of the more recent to bid farewell is CBS-TV's "Stage 13" (Wed. 9:30 p.m.) Following a long stint of striking terror into the hearts of radio audiences on "Lights Out," Producer-director Wyllis Cooper has been performing the same service for television and with intensified results. Based on stories from the realm of the supernatural and peopled, I use the word very loosely, by witches, wraiths, vampires and sundry equally attractive characters, "Stage 13" takes the viewer through varied and nightmarish situations.

On one recent show, the story centered around a young couple making a visit to the old Druid ruins at Stonehenge. Knowing how Mr. Cooper operates, this naive young pair still chose to spend the night at a nearby inn on, of all times, superstition-ridden Mid-Summer's Eve. At the fatal hour of midnight they become entranced and make a trek to, of all places, the sacrificial altar of the Druid high priest. The boy becomes the reincarnation of this knife-happy dignitary and the girl, alas, just another offering to the hungry Druid gods.

In another vein, and the word has morbid significance, Mr. Cooper recounts the tale of the young writer who is turning out a book entitled "I Am a Vampire." This would be harmless enough, but the tome proves to be autobiographical. Seems our hero was born some 400 years ago and served as a protege of the father of all good vampires, Dracula. In order to survive through the centuries, has had to partake of the vital fluid of some unfortunate mortal. In turn, his victim joins him in the ranks of the undead. The story ends with our hero victimizing both his unwanted wife and his much-desired secretary, thus foolishly creating an eternal triangle in fact.

Mr. Cooper, in a rare kindly moment, passes on the following information concerning these wander werewolves. Their approach will always be heralded by the baying of the neighborhood dogs. Also, identification can be definitely established should your suspect to unable to produce his image in an ordinary mirror. Once the identity is known to you, a wreath of white roses placed on the door will serve to ward off the thirsty intruder. If no roses are available at that crucial moment, you might as well resign yourself to an intrusion as well as a transfusion. For lovers of the supernatural, here is your dish. As for me, well Mr. Cooper at times can be just a little too convincing.


It would appear that Cooper's Stage 13 suffered the same fate as his short-lived Volume One and Escape! series' for Television. Given the reutilization of two of CBS-TV's Escape! scripts in Cooper's Stage 13, the demise of the latter appears to have spelled the ultimate demise of Escape! over Television.

Though several other Television series' named "Escape" came and went--internationally--over the following forty years, Willis Cooper's short-lived 1950 Escape series was the only rendition to loosely follow the Radio concept and format. Most of the subsequent series' were literal escape anthologies--as escapes from prison, war situations, the jaws of fate, etcetera.

While literally escapist in nature, none of the modern Television anthologies named "Escape" employed the psychological, supernatural, or man against nature themes popularized by the Escape! Radio program or the Willis Cooper-scribed Television series'.

Series Derivatives:

'Out of This World'; AFRS 'Escape'; Escape! [CBS-TV]; Stage 13 [CBS-TV]
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Adventure Dramas
Network(s): CBS, The AFRS.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): 47-02-28 Out of This World: Dead of Night
47-03-21 Escape!: Dead of Night
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): [1947 Summer Replacement series]
47-07-07 01 The Man Who Would Be King

[1947 Fall Season Premiere]
47-10-01 01
The Most Dangerous Game
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): [1947 Summer Replacement series]
47-07-07 to 47-08-18; CBS; Seven, 30-minute programs; Mondays, 9:30 p.m.

[1947-1948 Full Season]
47-10-01 to 48-09-19; CBS; Fifty-four, 30-minute programs; Premieres on Wednesday evenings, then moves to Sunday evenings (48-02-01)

[1949 Spring Season]
49-02-12 to 49-04-23; CBS; Fourteen, 30-minute programs; Saturday evenings

[1949 Summer Replacement series]
49-07-07 to 49-08-25; CBS; Eight, 30-minute programs; Thursday evenings

[1949-1950 Season]
49-09-21 to 50-08-25; CBS; Forty-nine, 30-minute programs; Wednesday evenings, then Friday evenings (50-03-10)

[1950-1951 Season]
50-10-01 to 51-02-25; CBS; Eighteen, 30-minute programs; Sunday afternoons, then Sunday evenings (51-02-11)

[1951 Summer Replacement series]
51-07-11 to 51-08-30; CBS; Eight, 30-minute programs; Wednesday evenings

[1952-1953 Season]
52-10-12 to 53-10-11; CBS; Fifty-three, 30-minute programs; Sunday evenings

[1954 Season]
54-03-11 to 54-09-25; CBS; Twenty-four, 30-minute programs; Thursday evenings
Syndication: Columbia Broadcasting System; The AFRS
Sponsors: Ford Motor Company [1950]; Richfield Oil Corporation of New York; The 1954 Plymouth
Director(s): [Producer/Directors]
William N. Robson, Norman MacDonnell, Anthony Ellis

[Directors]
Morton Fine, David Friedkin, John Moseman, Richard Sanville

[Producer/Host]
Don Diamond
Principal Actors: Art Carney, Berry Kroeger, Raymond Lawrence, Eric Snowden, Herbert Rawlinson, Jack Webb, Elliott Lewis, Jack Edwards Jr., Danny Merrill, Linda Mason, Frank Lovejoy, Peggy Webber, Joan Banks, Paul Frees, Joseph Kearns, Nestor Paiva, Barton Yarborough, William Conrad, Luis Van Rooten, William Johnstone, John McIntire, Harry Bartell, Jack Kruschen, Jeanette Nolan, Sherry Hall, Ramsay Hill, Cathy Lewis, Lou Merrill, Don Diamond, Lou Krugman, Morgan Farley, Hy Averback, William Lally, Ruth Perrott, Wilms Herbert, Edgar Barrier, Anne Morrison, Kaye Brinker, Parley Baer, Pinto Colvig, Virginia Gregg, Tony Barrett, Erik Rolf, Marta Mitrovich, Jeff Corey, Dan O'Herlihy, Gil Stratton, Jay Novello, Byron Kane, Stan Waxman, Ben Wright, Lillian Buyeff, Lawrence Dobkin, Bill Bouchey, John Dehner, Gloria Blondell, Sam Edwards, Stacy Harris, Constance Cavendish, Kay Miller, Irene Tedrow, Eleanor Audley, Gloria Grant, Hans Conried, David Ellis, Maria Palmer, John Lund, Lois Corbett, Vivi Janis, Joy Terry, Ed Begley, Edmond O'Brien, Frank Gerstle, Elsie Holmes, Tom Charlesworth, Nina Clouden, Hugh Thomas, Herb Butterfield, Barney Phillips, Junius Matthews, Jeanne Bates, Theodore Van Eltz, George Windsor, Tudor Owen, Georgia Ellisl, Paul Dubov, Gerald Mohr, Vic Perrin, Robert Boone, Ira Grossel, Victor Mature, Van Heflin, Fay Baker, Ian Wolfe, Sarah Selby, John Hoyt, Ted de Corsia, Alan Reed, Lucille Meredith, Charlie Lung, Jerry Hausner, Gary Merrill, Betty Lou Gerson, Charles McGraw, Edward Marr, Joan Brooks, John Hoyt, Anthony Ross, Nan Boardman, Daphne O'Calahan, Ian Wolfe, Mary Lansing, Eileen Prince, Vincent Price, Tom Tully, Inge Jollos, Will Geer, Barbara Whiting, Terry Kilburn, Dee Tatum, Marie Windsor, Rick Vallin, Robert Clarke, Benson Fong, Mary Shipp, Peter Leeds, Nancy Kelly, Florene Bates, Walter Catlett, Elizabeth Root, Stuart Novins, Ted Osborne, Wally Maher, David Light, Verna Felton, Steve Roberts, George Opperman Jr., Howard McNear, John Doddsworth, Bruce Payne, Michael Ann Barrett, Ron Brogan, Jeffrey Silver, Rolfe Sedan, Shimon Ruskin, Lamont Johnson, Leon Lontock, Ralph Moody, Bruce Payne, Russell Simpson, Eileen Erskine, Sidney Miller, Sam Pierce, Howard Culver, Forrest Lewis, Larry Thor, Bob Sweeney, Joe Cranston, Paul Richards, Sammie Hill, Charlotte Lawrence, Charles Davis, Alec Hartford, Steve Roberts, Kurt Martell, Eddie Firestone, Herb Ellis, Bill Bissell, Leroy Leonard, Alec Harford, John Dodsworth, Miriam Kruschen, Tim Graham, George Herman, Paula Winslowe, Alan Reed, David Young, Amanda Blake, Whitfield Connor, Dick Beals, Richard Peel, Betty Harford, David Young, Alistair Duncan, Eve McVeagh, Isa Ashdown, Mary McGovern, Ellen Morgan, Eleanor Tanin, John Larch, Jerry Montgomery, Robert Trout, Clayton Post, James Nusser, Lynn Allen, Shepard Menken, Mary Jane Croft, Joyce McCluskey, Melitza Milo, James Baron, Jack Moyles, Jim Hayward
Recurring Character(s): Varied from script to script
Protagonist(s): Varied from script to script
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Russell, Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, John Collier, Montague R. James, Geoffrey Household, Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Hergeshimer, Algernon Blackwood, Carl Stephenson, Percival Gibbons, Harold Lamb, Alexander Woollcott, Irvin S. Cobb, Robert Hichens, John Buchan, Richard Matthews Hallet, Charles Montague, Stephen Vincent Benet, H. Rider Haggard, Graham Greene, Nelson Bond, Cornell Woolrich, Ralph Bates, Charles Booth, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Lawrence Blochman, Burnham Carter, David Dodge, George Toudouze, George F. Wert, James Warner Bellah, Richard Sales, Graham Doar, Roger Bax, Robert Buckner, Harry Rieseberg, Paul Pierce, Ray Bradbury, Martin Storm, Gouverneur Morris, Marcel Ayme, Westin Martyr, George Steward, Eric Ambler, Ellis St. Joseph, Evelyn Waugh, Victor Schwartz, John Dehner, Somerset Maugham, Stephen Crane, Cecil Carnes, Douglas A. Smith, Alexandre Dumas, Jack London, Daphne du Maurier, Vincent McHugh
Writer(s) [Writers]
Les Crutchfield, John Dunkel, Walter Newman, Gil Doud, Kathleen Hite, David Ellis, E. Jack Neuman, William N. Robson, Les Crutchfield, Anthony Ellis, Richard Connell, Martin Storm, Cornell Woolrich, Alfred Noyes, Robert Simpson, Oliver Curwood, Carl Stephenson, Christopher Wren, John Dunkel, F.R. Buckley, Vincent Starrett, James Gould Couzzens, Nelson Bond, James Norman, John Jessel, Geoffrey Household, John Bagni, Gwen Bagni, James Poe, Freud A. Nelson, T.S. Stribling, H. Vernon Dickson, Sylvia Richards, David Friedkin, Morton Fine, Joel Murcott, Bud Nelson, Charles E. Israel, Ernest Haycox, Patrick Quentin, Millard Kaufman, Herb Purdum, Hugh B. Cave, E. Jack Neuman, Kathleen Hite, William Froug, Ross Murray, John Russell, John Dehner, Richard Chandlee, Michael Gray, Westin Martyr, Charles Smith, William J. Radcliff, Irvng Reis, Ross Murray, Marianne Mosner, Francis Rosenwald, James Henderson, Ben Wright, Tony Barrett, David Devine

[Adapters]
William N. Robson, Anthony Ellis, Les Crutchfield, Irving Ravetch, John Dunkel, Robert Tallman, Robert Ryf, Fred Howard, Sheldon Stark, Walter Newman, John Meston, Ken Crossen, Merwyn Gerard, Selig Lester, Morton Fine, David Friedkin, E. Jack Neuman, John Michael Hayes, James Poe, Gil Doud, Richard Chandlee, David Ellis, Del Castillo, Arthur Ross, S.A. Bolt, Larry Roman, Meyer Dolinskky, Gus Bayz
Music Direction: Cy Feuer [Composer/Conductor (East Coast) ]
Eddie Dunstedter [Organ - West Coast broadcasts]
Ivan Ditmars [Arranger/Organist]
Alexander 'Sandy' Courage, Leith Stevens, Wilbur Hatch, Del Castillo, Gouverneur Morris
Musical Theme(s): 'Night on Bald Mountain', by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Announcer(s): William Conrad, Paul Frees, Gerald Mohr, Lou Krugman [The "Voice of Escape"]
Tip Corning, Bob LeMond, John Hatfield, Roy Rowan, Clarence 'Clancy' Cassell, George Walsh, Bill Anders, Johnny Jacobs, Thomas Hanlon, James Mathews, Hy Averback
[Narrators]
William Johnstone, Jack Webb, Ira Grossel, Erik Rolf, Lawrence Dobkin, Parley Baer, Edgar Barrier, Larry Thor, Ben Wright, William Conrad, John Dehner, Vic Perrin
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
251 [201 unique stories, plots or scripts]
Episodes in Circulation: 241
Total Episodes in Collection: 241
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The Escape! Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
47-02-28
Audition
Out of This World: Dead of Night
Y
[Audition for the proposed Out of This World series]

Features
Berry Kroeger and Art Carney
47-03-21
Audition
Escape: Dead of Night
Y
[Audition for the proposed Escape! series]

Features
Berry Kroeger and Art Carney

Announces
A Diamond As Big as The Ritz as next

47-07-07
1
The Man Who Would Be King
Y
[Premieres as a Summer replacement for the 9:30 timeslot portion of Lux Radio Theatre]

47-07-05 Naugatuck Daily News

Dramatic Series
Escape From Cares

"Escape" — flights from the humdrum of the day's cares into the realm of sheer-adventure and imagination— is the new dramatic series starting on the Columbia network Monday, July 7 (CBS, 9:30-10 p.~m.,' EDT.).
"Escape" will offer tales from masters of the short story and exploits of real adventurers, presenting such masterpieces as Kipling's "
The Man Who Would Be King," Bierce's "Incident at Owl Creek Bridge," and such exploits as Pearys discovery of the North Pole.

47-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM):
new series: Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King."

47-07-07 New York Times
9:30-10--Escape Drama: "
The Man Who Would Be King"; Eric Snowden,
Narrator-WCBS (
Premiere).

47-07-14
2
Operation Fleur de Lis
Y
47-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
Operation Fleur de Lis," story of OSS men in France.

47-07-20 Portland Press-Herald

Postpone Big
Diamond Story

F. Scott Fitzgerald's A Diamond as Big as the Ritz, originally scheduled for broadcast on WGAN's Escape Monday at 9.30 from Hollywood will be heard instead on July 21. The July 14 broadcast will Be Operation Fleur de Lis, adapted by producer William N. Robson from the book, Sub Rosa.
It is the story of two American OSS leutenants who parachute into Nazi-occupied France to hinder German plans and to stimulate underground activities. The broadcast falls on the 158th anniversary of France's Bastille Day.

47-07-21
3
The Diamond As Big As the Ritz
Y
47-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
A Diamond as Big as the Ritz."
47-07-28
4
Typhoon
Y
47-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): Joseph Conrad's "
Typhoon."
47-08-04
5
Sire de Maletroit's Door
Sire De Maltroit's Door
Y
47-08-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
The Sire de Malatroit's Door."
47-08-11
6
The Ring of Thoth
The Ring of Toth
Y
47-08-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
The Ring of Toth" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
47-08-18
7
The Fourth Man
Y
[Last Summer replacement episode]

47-08-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
The Fourth Man," by John Russell--escape from a prison colony.
47-08-25
--
--
[ Lux Radio Theatre returns to the air]

47-08-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Radio Theater (WBBM): begins 14th season; Bette Davis, Glenn Ford in "A Stolen Life."

47-08-25 Manitowoc Herald-Times
7:30 p. m, Escape, WBBM.

47-08-25 Portsmouth Times
WPAY--8:30 p.m.--Escape

47-08-25 Nashua Telegraph
WFEA--9:30--Escape
47-09-01
--
--
47-09-08
--
--
47-09-08 Kokomo Tribune
8:30 Escape. WKMO
47-09-15
--
--
47-09-18 Portland Press Herald

Inside Radio

Three CBS-produced shows which were heard as summer entertainment will probably be brought- back for fall spotting. They are CBS Was There, Rooftops of the City and Escape, all of which won high favor with listeners during their brief airings.

47-09-22
--
--
47-09-29
--
--





47-10-01
1
The Most Dangerous Game
Most Dangerous Game
Y
[Premiere of Fall Season; Wednesday evenings]

47-10-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): returns with Richard Connell's "
The Most Dangerous Game."
47-10-08
2
The Run of the Yellow Mail
Run of the Yellow Mail
N
47-10-08 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--Escape:
Run of the Yellow Mail
47-10-15
3
A Tooth For Paul Revere
A Shipment of Mute Fate
N
47-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): Benet's "
A Tooth for Paul Revere."

47-10-15 New York Times
10:30-11--Escape: "
A Tooth for Paul Revere"--WCBS.
47-10-22
4
The Fall of The House Of Usher
Fall of The House Of Usher
Y
47-10-22 New York Times
10:30-11--Escape: "
Fall of the House of Usher."--WCBS.
47-10-29
5
Pollock and The Porroh Man
Pollack and the Parrah Man
Y
47-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 Escape WBBM
47-11-05
6
Evening Primrose
Y
47-11-05 New York Times
10:30--WCBS--Escape--Drama
47-11-12
7
The Young Man with the Cream Tarts
Y
47-11-12 New York Times
10:30--WCBS--Escape--Drama
47-11-19
8
Casting the Runes
Casting the Ruins
Y
47-11-19 New York Times
10:30--WCBS--Escape--Drama
47-11-26
9
The Country of the Blind
Country Of the Blind
Y
47-11-26 New York Times
10:30-11--Escape: "
The Country of the Blind"--WCBS.
47-12-03
10
Taboo
Y
47-12-03 New York Times
10:30--WCBS--Escape
47-12-10
11
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
Y
47-12-10 New York Times
10:30-11--Escape: "
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"--WCBS.
47-12-17
19
Wild Oranges
Y
47-12-17 New York Times
10:30-11--Escape: "
Wild Oranges"--WCBS
47-12-24
20
Back For Christmas
Y
[Christmas Program]

47-12-17 New York Times
10:30-11--Escape: "
Back for Christmas"--WCBS
47-12-31
21
Confession
Y
47-12-31 New York Times
10:30--WCBS--Escape--Drama





48-01-07
22
The Second-Class Passenger
Second Class Passenger
Y
[East Coast]

48-01-07 New York Times
10:30-11--Escape: "
Second-Class Passengers"--WCBS

Announces Leiningen Versus The Ants as next
48-01-10
22
The Second-Class Passenger
Second Class Passenger
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]

48-01-10 Long Beach Independent
KNX--8:30 [a.m.]--Escape

Announces Leiningen Versus The Ants as next
48-01-14
23
Leiningen vs the Ants
Y
[East Coast]

48-01-14 New York Times
10:30-11--Escape

48-01-17
23
Leiningen vs the Ants
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]
48-01-21
24
Papa Benjamin
Y
[East Coast; Preempted over WCBS]

48-01-21 New York Times
10:30-11--WCBS-Transcribed Highlights of New York City Rent Advisory Board Hearings

48-01-24
24
Papa Benjamin
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]

48-01-24 Long Beach Independent
KNX--8:30 [a.m.]--Escape
48-01-28
25
Three Good Witnesses
Y
[East Coast]

48-01-28 New York Times
10:30-11--Escape: "
Three Good Witnesses"--WCBS
48-01-31
25
Three Good Witnesses
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]





48-02-01
26
The Vanishing Lady
Vanishing Lady
Y
[East Coast; Moves from Wednesdays to Sundays. ]

48-02-01 New York Times
10:00--Escape--sketch

Announces The Adventures of Christopher Wells program at a new day and Pacific Standard Time--Tuesdays at 6:30
48-02-07
26
The Vanishing Lady
Vanishing Lady
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]
48-02-08
27
Snake Doctor
Y
[East Coast]

48-02-08 New York Times
10:00--Escape--sketch

Announces The Adventures of Christopher Wells program at a new day and Pacific Standard Time--Tuesdays at 6:30
48-02-14
27
Snake Doctor
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]
48-02-15
28
Ancient Sorceries
Y
[East Coast]

48-02-15 New York Times
10:00--Escape--sketch

48-02-21
28
Ancient Sorceries
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]
48-02-22
29
How Love Came To Professor Guildea
Y
[East Coast]

48-02-22 New York Times
10:00--Escape--sketch

48-02-28
29
How Love Came To Professor Guildea
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]
48-02-29
30
Preempted
The Grove of Ashtaroth
Grove Of Ashtaroff
N
[East Coast; Preemption over all New York networks]

48-02-29 New York Times
10:00--WNBC, WOR, WJZ, WCBS, WMCA, WNEW, WQXR--President Truman; Opening American Cross Fund Drive. From Key West, Fla.
48-03-06
30
The Grove of Ashtaroth
Grove Of Ashtaroff
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]
48-03-07
31
Jimmy Goggles, the God
Y
[East Coast]

48-03-07 New York Times
10:00--Escape--sketch

48-03-06 San Mateo Times
Sunday--7:00--KQW--Escape
48-03-13
31
Jimmy Goggles, the God
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]

48-03-13 Long Beach Independent
KNX--8:30 [a.m.]--Escape
48-03-14
32
The Log Of the Evening Star
Log Of the Evening Star
Y
[East Coast]

48-03-14 New York Times
10:00--Escape--sketch
48-03-14
32
Title Unknown
N
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]

48-03-14 Oakland Tribune
8:00--KQW--Escape
48-03-20
32
The Log Of the Evening Star
Log Of the Evening Star
N
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]
48-03-21
33
Misfortune's Isle
N
[East Coast]

48-03-21 New York Times
10:00--Escape--sketch

48-03-21 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Escape--sketch
48-03-23
33
Misfortune's Isle
N
[Midwest]

48-03-22 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Monday--9:00--Escape, CBS
48-03-27
33
Misfortune's Isle
Y
[West Coast; Eddie Dunstedter at organ]

48-03-27 Long Beach Independent
KNX--9:30 [a.m.]--Escape





48-03-28
34
A Shipment of Mute Fate
Shipment of Mute Fate
Y
[Returns to Sunday nights, nationwide]

48-03-28 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Escape--sketch
48-04-04
35
Action
Y
48-04-04 Hutchinson News Herald
9:00 p.m.--KFH Escape (
Action)

48-04-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): by a would-be suicide into "
Action."

Announces
The Brute as next
48-04-11
36
The Brute
Y
48-04-11 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Escape--sketch

Announces
The Drums of the Fore and Aft as next

48-04-18
37
The Drums Of the Fore and Aft
Y
48-04-18 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Escape--sketch

Announces
The Fourth Man as next

48-04-25
38
The Fourth Man
Y
48-04-25 Wisconsin State Journal - 8 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "The Fourth Man."

Announces
John Jock Todd as next
48-05-02
39
John Jock Todd
John Jack Todd
John Jaques Todd
Y
[ Shorty Bell, Reporter takes over the Escape timeslot; Escape moves to 10:30 EST]

48-05-02 New York Times
10:30--WCBS--Escape--sketch

Announces
The Time Machine as next
48-05-09
40
The Time Machine
Time Machine
Y
48-05-09 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): H.G. Wells' "Time Machine."

Announces a teaser for
The Match
48-05-16
41
The Match
Y
48-05-16 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "The Match," by James Oliver Curwood.

Announces
Leiningen vs The Ants as next
48-05-23
42
Leiningen Versus the Ants
Y
48-05-23 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "Leinengen vs. the Ants."

Announces
Beau Geste for next week
48-05-30
--
Preempted
--
48-05-30 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "Beau Geste."

48-05-30 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--U.N. Appeal for Children: Play--Between the Dark and the Daylight, Edward R. Murrow, Narrator
48-06-06
43
Beau Geste
Y
48-06-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
Beau Geste."

48-06-06 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--Escape--Sketch

48-06-13
--
Preempted
--
48-06-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 8:30 This Living Thing.

48-06-13 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--This Living Flag--Play, with James Dunn
48-06-20
--
Country Of the Blind
48-06-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
Country of the Blind," by H.G. Wells

48-06-20 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--Pre-Convention News

Announces
A Tooth for Paul Revere for this same time next week
48-06-27
44
Country Of the Blind
Y
48-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): H.Rider Haggard's "
She."

48-06-27 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--Escape--Sketch


Announces
A Tooth for Paul Revere for this same time next week

48-07-04
45
A Tooth For Paul Revere
Y
48-07-04 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "A Tooth for Paul Revere," by Stephen Vincent Benet.

Announces
She for this same time next week
48-07-11
46
She
Y
48-07-11 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): H. Rider Haggard's "She".

48-07-11 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--Escape--Sketch


Announces
Habit for this same time next week
48-07-18
47
Habit
Y
48-07-18 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): F.R. Buckley's tale of heroism, "Habit."

Announces The Man Who Would Be King for this same time next week
48-07-25
--
Preempted
--
48-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 8:30
Third Party

48-07-25 New York Times
10:30-
Analysis of Third Party Platform
48-08-01
48
The Man Who Would Be King
Y
48-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King."

48-08-01 New York Times
10:30-Escape:
The Man Who Would Be King

Announces The Fugitive for this same time next week
48-08-08
--
The Fugitive
S.S. San Pedro
48-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "The Fugitive," by Vincent Starrett

48-08-08 New York Times - 10:30-WCBS--Escape:
SS San Pedro
48-08-15
49
The Fugitive
Y
48-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "S.S. San Pedro" and its supernatural passenger.

Announces S.S. San Pedro for this same time next week
48-08-22
50
S.S. San Pedro
Y
48-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
The Haunted Man," by Ralph Bates.

48-08-22 New York Times
10:30-Escape--Play

Announces The Haunted Man for this same time next week
48-08-29
51
The Diamond As Big As the Ritz
The Haunted Man
Y
48-08-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
The Haunted Man," by Ralph Bates.

48-08-29 New York Times
10:30-Escape--Play

Announces a teaser for Dream of Armageddon for this same time next week
48-09-05
52
Dream of Armageddon
Y
48-09-05 New York Times
10:30-Escape--Play

Announces The Haunted Man for this same time next week
48-09-12
53
The Haunted Man
Evening Primrose (East Coast and West Coast)
48-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
The Haunted Man," tale of life-long struggle against futility.

48-09-12 New York Times
10:30-Escape--Play
48-09-19
54
The Man Who Could Work Miracles
Y
[Last program in the present series. Replaced the following week by the return of Lum 'n' Abner]

48-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
The Haunted Man".

48-09-19 New York Times
10:30-Escape--Play

Announces
"with tonight's program we bring to close the present series"





49-02-12
1
The Lost Special
Y
[Attempted return of Escape for 1949]

49-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 a.m.--Escape (WBBM): returns; "
Lost Special," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
49-02-19
2
Orient Express
The Orient Express
Y
49-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 9:30 Escape
49-02-26
3
Red Wine
Y
49-02-26 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--Escape:
Red Wine
49-03-05
4
Conqueror's Isle
Y
49-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 a.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
Conqueror's Isle," tale of supermen.
49-03-12
5
He Who Rides the Tiger
Y
49-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 a.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
He Who Rides the Tiger," story of amnesia victim in wartime China.
49-03-13
6
A Shipment of Mute Fate
Shipment of Mute Fate
Y
[First of three Sunday night "special" broadcasts of Escape]

49-03-13 Los Angeles Times
3:30 KNX-Escape

49-03-13 Washington Post
WTOP 6:30 Escape

49-03-13 New York Times
6:30-WCBS--Escape:
A Shipment of Mute Fate
49-03-19
7
Finger Of Doom
Y
49-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 a.m.--Escape (WBBM): Cornel Woolrich's "Finger of Doom."

49-03-13 New York Times
Sunday--10:30-WCBS--Escape--Play
49-03-20
8
The Country Of the Blind
Country Of the Blind
Y
[Second of three Sunday night "special" broadcasts of Escape]

49-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 a.m.--Escape (WBBM): Edmond O'Brien in "
Country of the Blind."

Announces The Diamond As Big as The Ritz for next week
49-03-26
9
The Adaptive Ultimate
Adaptive Ultimate
Y
49-03-26 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--Escape:
The Adaptive Ultimate

Announces Confidential Agent for next week
49-03-27
10
The Diamond As Big As the Ritz
Diamond As Big As the Ritz
Y
[Third of three Sunday night "special" broadcasts of Escape]

49-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 5:30 Escape

49-03-27 Long Beach Independent
3:30--KNX--Escape

Announces
the return of Ozzie and Harriet, April 3rd, at 6:30 EST
49-04-02
11
Confidential Agent
Y
49-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 a.m.--Escape (WBBM): "Confidential Agent," story of intrigue in wartime England.
49-04-09
12
When the Man Comes, Follow Him
Y
49-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 a.m.--Escape (WBBM):
strange tale of blind man, his "seeing-eye" friend, death, and a treasure hunt.

49-04-09 New York Times
10:30-WCBS--Escape:
When the Man Comes, Follow Him
49-04-16
13
The General Died At Dawn
Y
49-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 a.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
The General Died at Dawn."
49-04-23
14
The Great Impersonation
The Great Impression

Y
49-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 a.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
The Great Impersonation."

The Billboard of April 23rd 1949 announces the cancellation of Escape
The Billboard of April 23rd 1949 announces the cancellation of Escape






49-07-07
1
The Fourth Man
Y
[Summer replacement for Suspense]

49-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): returns to the air with John Russell's "
The Fourth Man," tale of danger on a drifting raft.
49-07-14
2
The Drums Of the Fore and Aft
Y
49-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
Drums of the Fore and Aft," by Rudyard Kipling.
49-07-21
3
Action
Y
49-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
Action," story of mountain climber who finds will to live despite personal tragedy.

Announces
Second Class Passenger as next
49-07-28
4
Second Class Passenger
Y
49-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
Evening Primrose," story of colony of strange folk living in department store.
49-08-04
5
Leiningen Versus the Ants
Y
49-08-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): "
Leiningen vs. the Ants," story of terror in the jungle.

Announces
Snake Doctor as next
49-08-11
6
Red Wine
Y
49-08-11 New York Times
9-9:30--Escape: "
Red Wine"--WCBS.

Announces
Snake Doctor as next
49-08-18
7
Snake Doctor
Y
49-08-18 New York Times
9-9:30--Escape: "
Snake Doctor"--WCBS.

Announces
Evening Primrose as next
49-08-25
8
Evening Primrose
Y
[Final Summer replacement for Suspense]

49-08-25 New York Times
9-9:30--Escape: "
Evening Primrose"--WCBS.
49-09-01
--
[Suspense returns to occupy the day and timeslot of Escape. ]

49-09-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 7:00 Suspense
49-09-08
--
49-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 7:00 Suspense
49-09-15
--
49-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 7:00 Suspense





49-09-21
1
The Fortune of Vargas
Fortune of Vargas
Y
[Moves to Wednesdays]

49-09-21 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Escape Drama:
Fortune of Vargas. With Victor Mature.

Announces
Wild Oranges as next
49-09-28
2
Wild Oranges
Y
49-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): Van Heflin in "
Wild Oranges," by Joseph Hergesheimer.

Announces
the return of Escape on Saturday 49-10-08, to "assume a regular place in the CBS lineup."

Announces
The Primitive as next
49-10-05
--
--
[Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life takes the Escape day and timeslot]

49-10-08
3
The Primitive
N
[Moves to a regular day and time of Saturday evening]

49-10-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM): on new schedule: "
The Primitive," tale of search for fugitive in South Pacific.
49-10-15
4
The Sure Thing
?
49-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 8:30 Escape

48-10-15 New York Times
9:30-10--WCBS--Escape.

Announces
The Red Mark as next
49-10-22
5
Night in Havana
Y
49-10-22 New York Times
9:30-10--Escape: "
A Night in Havana"--WCBS.

Announces
The Blue Wall as next
49-10-29
6
The Blue Wall
N
49-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WBBM 8:30 Give and Take.

49-10-29 New York Times
9:30-10--Escape: "
The Blue Wall"--WCBS.
49-11-01
7
Flood On the Goodwins
Flood On The Goodwin
Y
[Moves to Tuesdays]

49-11-01 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Escape--Play

Announces
Plunder of The Sun as next
49-11-08
8
Plunder of The Sun
Y
49-11-08 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Election Returns

Announces
Three Skeleton Key as next
49-11-15
9
Three Skeleton Key
Y
49-11-15 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Drama: Escape

Features
Elliott Reid

Announces
Maracas as next
49-11-22
10
Maracas
Y
49-11-22 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Sunk as next
49-11-29
11
Letter From Jason
Y
49-11-29 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Command as next
49-12-06
12
Command
Y
49-12-06 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces a teaser for
Border Town as next
49-12-13
13
Border Town
Y
49-12-13 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces a teaser for
Figure A Dame as next
49-12-20
14
Figure A Dame
Y
49-12-20 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Seeds of Greed as next
49-12-27
15
Seeds Of Greed
Y
49-12-27 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape:
Seeds of Greed

Announces
The Pistol as next
50-01-03
16
The Pistol
Y
50-01-03 Olean Times-Journal
Columbia--9:30--Escape, adventure:
The Pistol

Announces
The Man Who Won the War as next
50-01-10
17
TheVanishing Lady
Vanishing Lady
Y

Announces
The Man Who Won the War as next
50-01-17
18
The Sure Thing
Y
[Sponsored by the 1950 Ford]

Announces Treasure, Incorporated as next
50-01-21
--
Title Unknown
--
50-01-21 The Lima News
10:00-- Escape drama--cbs
50-01-24
19
Treasure, Incorporated
Treasure, Inc.
Y

Announces
Present Tense with Vincent Price as next
50-01-31
20
Present Tense
Y
50-01-31 San Antonio Express
Escape, KTSA, 8:30 p.m., with Screen Star Vincent Price in "
Present Tense."

Announces
The Outer Limit as next
50-02-07
21
The Outer Limit
Y

Announces
Two If By Sea as next
50-02-14
22
Two If By Sea
Y

Announces
The Red Mark as next
50-02-21
23
The Red Mark
Y

Announces
The Man Who Won the War as next
50-02-28
24
The Man Who Won the War
Y
50-02-28 Long Beach Press-Telegram
6:30—KNX—The story of an Englishman who served with the Royal Navy in World War I, as told by Robert Buckner in "
The Man Who Won the War," will be the special broadcast by "Escape."

Announces
Port Royale as next and Escape's move to Friday evenings





50-03-10
25
Port Royale
Port Royal
Y
[Moves to Friday evenings]

50-03-10 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

50-03-10 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30—KNX—The popular adventure series "Escape" will move to this spot and begin with "
Port Royal," the story of a famed pirate hideout which sank in 1692 and the modern divers who hope to recover the loot.

Announces
Three Skeleton Key with Vincent Price as next
50-03-17
26
Three Skeleton Key
Y
50-03-17 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

50-03-17 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30—KNX—Three lighthouse keepers are forced to the topmost reaches of their lighthouse when they are trapped by an invasion of rats from a derelict ship that touches "
Three Skeleton Key." This is literally an "Escape" drama.

Stars
Vincent Price

Announces
Danger At Matecumba as next
50-03-24
27
Danger At Matecumbe
Y
50-03-24 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

50-03-24 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30—KNX—Joe Mazurka, just escorted out of Miami on a vagrancy charge, is invited back by a famed author and runs into "
Danger at Matecumbe." The job turns out to be highly paid but not high enough to overcome the risks involved, nor does there seem to be any hope of "Escape."

Announces
Green Splotches as next
50-03-31
28
Green Splotches
Y
[At least two of the circulating exemplars of this program are manufactured recordings]

50-03-31 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

50-03-31 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30 P.M.—KNX— Escape,

Announces
Grand Canyon Suite as next
50-04-07
29
The Ambassador of Poker
Ambassador of Poker
Y
50-04-07 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
The Golden Snake as next
50-04-14
30
The Golden Snake
Golden Snake
Y
50-04-14 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

50-04-14 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30—KNX—"
A Golden Snake," that has been hidden for 3000 years by the Mayans, inspires Steve Lane to make a search for the golden treasure. But this "Escape" story proves that the legend is too strong to combat.

Announces
The Shanghai Document as next
50-04-21
31
The Shanghai Document
Shanghai Document
Y
50-04-21 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

50-04-21 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30—KNX—When writer Tony Dehner wants to get from Chungking to Shanghai, via a Yangtze River boat, he finds that money is not enough to effect his passage Dr. Jane Roma smoothes the way for him, but he learns to his sorrow that there is a penalty attached.

Announces
Something for Nothing as next





50-04-28
32
Something For Nothing
Y
[Sponsored by Richfield Oil of New York]

50-04-28 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
The Man Who Stole The Bible as next
50-05-05
33
The Man Who Stole The Bible
Y
50-05-05 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
The Rim of Terror as next
50-05-12
34
The Rim of Terror
Rim of Terror
Y
50-05-12 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces a teaser for
Pass to Berlin as next
50-05-19
35
Pass To Berlin
Y
50-05-19 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Command as next
50-05-26
36
Command
Y
50-05-26 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Mars Is Heaven as next
50-06-02
37
Mars Is Heaven
Y
50-06-02 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
The Big Sponge as next
50-06-09
38
The Big Sponge
N
50-06-09 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

50-06-16
39
Serenade For a Cobra
Y
50-06-16 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Sundown as next
50-06-23
40
Sundown
Y
50-06-23 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Blood Bath with Vincent Price as next
50-06-30
41
Blood Bath
Y
50-06-30 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
A Shipment of Mute Fate as next
50-07-07
42
A Shipment of Mute Fate
Shipment Of Mute Fate
The Shipment Of Mute Fate
Y
50-07-07 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Shark Bait as next
50-07-14
43
Shark Bait
Y
50-07-14 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Yellow Wake as next
50-07-21
44
Yellow Wake
Y
50-07-21 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Poison as next
50-07-28
45
Poison
Y
50-07-28 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Two Came Back as next
50-08-04
46
Two Came Back
Y
50-08-04 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
The Red Forest as next
50-08-11
47
The Red Forest
Red Forest
Y
50-08-11 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
The Footprint as next
50-08-18
48
The Footprint
Y
50-08-18 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
Crossing Paris as next
50-08-25
49
Crossing Paris
Y
50-08-25 New York Times
10:00--WCBS--Drama: Escape

Announces
"Starting next Thursday Night, Suspense returns to the air"





50-10-01
1
A Sleeping Draft
Sleeping Draught
Y
[Returns on Sunday afternoons, CBS-sustained; Lou Krugman as the 'voice of Escape!']

50-10-01 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape:
A Sleeping Draft

Announces
Roulette as next
50-10-08
2
Roulette
Y
50-10-08 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape: Drama

Announces a teaser for
The Power of Hammer as next
50-10-15
3
The Power of Hammer
Power of Hammer
Y
50-10-15 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape:
Power of Hammer

Announces
The Time Machine as next
50-10-22
4
The Time Machine
Time Machine
Y
50-10-22 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape--Drama

Announces
Seven Hours to Freedom as next
50-10-29
5
Seven Hours To Freedom
Y
50-10-29 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape--Drama

Announces
The Earth Abides in two episodes as next
50-11-05
6
Earth Abides, Part 1
Y
50-11-05 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape:
Earth Abides

Announces the second half of
Earth Abides as next
50-11-12
7
Earth Abides, Part 2
Y
50-11-12 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape:
Earth Abides
50-11-19
8
Journey Into Fear
Y
50-11-19 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape:
Journey Into Fear

Announces
Funeral Fires as next
50-11-26
9
Funeral Fires
Y
50-11-26 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape:
Journey Into Fear

Announces
This Side of Nowhere as next
50-12-03
10
This Side of Nowhere
Y
50-12-03 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape:
This Side of Nowhere

Announces
A Passenger to Bali as next
50-12-10
11
A Passenger To Bali
Y
50-12-10 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape


Announces
Wild Jack Rhett as next
50-12-17
12
Wild Jack Rhett
Wild Jack Rett
Y
50-12-17 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Cave as next
50-12-24
13
The Cave
Y
[Christmas Program]

50-12-24 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Man Who Could Work Miracles as next
50-12-31
14
The Man Who Could Work Miracles
Man Who Could Work Miracles (East Coast Broadcast)
Y
50-12-31 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape:
The Man Who Could Work Miracles

50-12-31 New York Times
3:30-WCBS--Challenge of the 50's--Years of Crises--Edward R. Murrow, Bill Costello, Richard C. Hottelet, and
others.

Announces
Conquest as next
51-01-05
--
Man Who Could Work Miracles (West Coast Broadcast)
--
51-01-07
15
Conquest
Y
51-01-07 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape:
Conquest

Announces
A Bullet for Mr. Smith as next
51-01-14
16
A Bullet For Mr Smith
N
[Currently available as AFRS only]

51-01-14 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--Escape--Drama
51-01-21
--
--
51-01-14 New York Times
3:00-WCBS--News Reports





51-02-11
17
The Killer Mine
Killer Mine
Y
[Moves to Sunday evenings]

51-02-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 8:30 Escape

Announces The Follower as next
51-02-18
18
The Follower
Y
51-02-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 8:30 Escape

Announces that Dollar A Minute will occupy Escape!'s timeslot the following week

51-02-25
--
--
[Replaced by Dollar A Minute]






51-07-11
1
The Island
Y
[Moves to Wednesday evenings as Summer replacement for Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar]

51-07-11 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Play: Escape--
The Island
51-07-18
2
Macao
Y
51-07-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Escape (WBBM):
"Macao," tale of woman with lust for power.
51-07-25
3
The Earthman
Y
51-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Escape (WKOW): "
The Earthmen," tale of U.S. scientists on Mars.
51-08-01
4
The Gladiator
Y
51-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Escape (WKOW): troubles of a heavyweight boxer in "
The Gladiator."
51-08-08
5
Up, Periscope
Y
51-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Escape (WKOW): a crippled Chinese submarine fights Japanese battleships in "
Up Periscope."
51-08-15
6
Rough Shoot
Y
51-08-15 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Play: Escape
51-08-22
7
The Silent Horror
Y
[Skips]

51-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Escape (WKOW): "
The Silent Horror," tale of New Guinea jungle.

51-08-22 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Play: Escape--
The Silent Horror

Announces that Hearthstone of The Death Squad will air in Escape's place the following Wednesday.
51-08-30
8
The Man Who Stole the Bible
Y
[Replaced by The Lineup; Moves to Thursday for one evening]

51-08-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 Escape

51-08-30 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--Play: Escape





52-10-12
1
Gringo
Y
[Escape! returns on Sunday evenings with William Conrad as 'the voice of Escape!']

52-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Escape (WBBM):
returns to the air.

52-10-12 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Price of The Head as next

52-10-19
2
The Price of the Head
Price of the Head
N
[Very poor sound; probably AFRS-only]

52-10-19 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Features
William Conrad
52-10-26
3
Robert of Huntingdon
Robert of Huntington
Y
52-10-26 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces a teaser for
The Running Man as next
52-11-02
4
The Running Man
Y
52-11-02 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Return as next
52-11-09
5
The Return
Y
52-11-09 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Loup-Garon as next
52-11-16
6
The Loup Garou
The Loup-Garon
Y
52-11-16 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
Transport to Terror as next
52-11-23
7
Transport To Terror
N
52-11-23 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape
52-11-30
8
Pagosa
N
52-11-23 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape
52-12-07
9
Incident in Quito
Y
52-12-07 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
Four Went Home as next
52-12-14
10
Four Went Home
Y
52-12-14 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Man Who Liked Dickens as next
52-12-21
11
The Man Who Liked Dickens
Y
52-12-21 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
Nightmare In the Sun as next
52-12-28
12
Nightmare in the Sun
N
52-12-21 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape:
Incident In Quito
53-01-04
13
The Dangerous Man
N
53-01-04 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape:
Dangerous Man
53-01-11
14
Conqueror's Isle
Conquerer's Isle
[Credits clipped; probably AFRS]

53-01-11 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape
53-01-18
15
A Matter of Conscience
Y
53-01-18 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Diary of A Madman as next
53-01-25
16
Diary of A Madman
Diary of A Madman
Y
53-01-25 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
A Study In Wax as next
53-02-01
17
A Study in Wax
Y
[Credits clipped; probably AFRS]

53-02-01 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape
53-02-08
18
Jetsam
Y
53-02-08 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
I Saw Myself Running as next
53-02-15
19
Wild Jack Rhett
Y
53-02-15 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
I Saw Myself Running as next
53-02-22
20
I Saw Myself Running
Y
[Muffled recording]

53-02-22 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Tramp as next
53-03-01
21
The Tramp
Y
53-03-01 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Man with The Steel Teeth as next
53-03-08
22
The Island
Y
[Poor sound in credits]

53-03-08 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Man with The Steel Teeth as next
53-03-15
23
The Man With the Steel Teeth
Y
53-03-15 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
Pressure as next
53-03-22
24
Pressure
Y
53-03-22 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Invasion as next
53-03-29
25
The Invader
Y
53-03-29 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
A Sleeping Draft as next
53-04-05
26
A Sleeping Draft
Sleeping Draught
Y
53-04-05 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Biggest Secret In the World as next
53-04-12
27
Classified Secret
Y
53-04-12 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
El Guitarrero as next
53-04-19
28
El Guitarrero
El Guitarero
Y
53-04-19 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape:
El Guitarrero

Announces
The Derelict as next
53-04-26
29
The Derelict
The Derelick
Y
53-04-26 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape:
The Derelict

Announces
Lily and The Colonel as next
53-05-03
30
Lily and the Colonel
Y
53-05-03 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
Vessel of Wrath as next
53-05-10
31
The Vessel of Wrath
Y
53-05-10 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
North of Polaris as next
53-05-17
32
North of Polaris
Y
[Credits clipped]

53-05-17 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape:
North of Polaris

53-05-24
33
The Blue Hotel
N
[Available only as 'recreations'--one of them in parodied Swedish]

53-05-24 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape: Blue Hotel
53-05-31
34
A Good Thing
Y
53-05-31 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape: Blue Hotel


Announces
The Voyages of Sinbad as next
53-06-07
35
The Voyages of Sinbad
Y
53-06-07 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces a teaser for
Clear for Action as next
53-06-14
36
Clear For Action
Y
53-06-14 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces a teaser for
The Far-away Island as next
53-06-21
37
The Faraway Island
Y
53-06-21 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape--Drama

Announces
One-Eighth Apache as next
53-06-28
38
One-Eighth Apache
N
[Available only as a 'recreation']

53-06-28 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape--Drama

53-07-05
39
A Source of Irritation
Y
53-07-05 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Out-Station as next
53-07-12
40
The Out-Station
Y
53-07-12 New York Times
9:30--WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Open Boat as next
53-07-19
41
The Open Boat
Y
53-07-19 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape: Open Boat


Announces
The Notebook as next
53-07-26
42
The Notebook
Y
53-07-26 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape:
The Notebook

Announces
The Red Forest as next
53-08-02
43
The Red Forest
Y
53-08-02 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape:
The Red Forest

Announces
Three-Skeleton Key as next
53-08-09
44
Three-Skeleton Key
Y
53-08-09 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Thirteenth Truck as next
53-08-16
45
The Thirteenth Truck
Y
53-08-16 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Man from Tomorrow as next
53-08-23
46
The Man From Tomorrow
Y
53-08-23 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Game as next
53-08-30
47
The Game
Y
[Credits clipped]

53-08-30 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape


53-08-30 Long Beach Independent
"The Game" is the story of two teen-age boys and a game of violent death on "Escape" over KNX at 6:30 p. m.

53-09-06
48
The Train From Oebisfelde
Train From Olbiefelde
Y
53-09-06 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Abominable Snowman as next
53-09-13
49
The Abominable Snowman
Y
53-09-13 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Log as next
53-09-20
50
The Log
Y
53-09-20 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Untouchable as next
53-09-27
51
The Untouchable
Y
53-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--WKOW Community Chest


53-09-27 Syracuse Herald Journal
9:30-WFBL--Escape

Announces
Zero Hour as next
53-10-04
52
Zero Hour
Y
[Recording extensively edited to only 22:30]

53-10-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 10:15-11:00 This Is the Hour

53-10-04 Long Beach Independent
KNX--6:30--Escape

53-10-04 Brownsville Herald
KGBS--6:00--Escape

Announces
Elementals as next
53-10-11
53
Elementals
Elementals (West Coast Broadcast)
Y
[Sponsored by Plymouth; Rex Khoury at the organ]

53-10-11 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Edgar Bergen--Charlie McCarthy (Premiere)

53-10-11 Charleston Daily Mail
WCHS--10:00--Escape

53-10-11 The Progress-Index
WRVA--10:00--Escape

53-10-11 Kingsport Times-News
9:30--Escape Drama--cbs

53-10-11 Anderson Herald
WFBM--5:00--Escape

53-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Escape (WKOW): tale of man's theory about love.





54-03-11
1
The Bird of Paradise
Bird Of Paradise
Y
[Returns on Thursday evenings; Paul Frees returns as the 'voice of Escape!]

54-03-11 New York Times
10-10:30--Escape: "
The Bird of Paradise"--WCBS.

Announces
Violent Night as next
54-03-18
2
Violent Night
Y
54-03-18 Charleston Daily Mail
WCHS--10:00--Escape

Announces
The Second Shot as next
54-03-25
3
The Second Shot
Y
54-03-18 Record-Eagle
CBS--11:30--Escape

Announces
The Return as next
54-04-01
4
The Return
Y
54-04-01 New York Times
10:00-WCBS--Escape:
The Return

Announces
The Scarlet Plague as next
54-04-08
5
The Scarlet Plague
Y
54-04-08 Portsmouth Times
10:00-WEEI--Escape


Announces
Affair At Mandrake as next
54-04-15
6
Affair At Mandrake
Y
54-04-15 Lowell Sun
ESCAPE: "
Affair at Man Mandrake," British Intelligence, ferrets out a spy; WEEI, 10.05.

Announces The Adversary as next
54-04-22
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--
54-04-22 New York Times
10:00-WCBS--President Eisenhower Address (Recorded)
54-04-29
--
--
54-04-29 New York Times
10:00-WCBS--Senate Hearing Highlights
54-05-06
--
--
54-05-06 New York Times
10:00-WCBS--Senate Hearing Highlights
54-05-13
--
--
54-05-13 New York Times
10:00-WCBS--Palm Beach Golf Tournament
54-05-20
7
The Adversary
Y
54-05-20 New York Times
10:00-WCBS--Escape:
The Adversary

Announces
An Ordinary Man as next
54-05-27
--
--
54-05-27 New York Times
9:30-10:30--Traffic Documentary: "Dead Stop," interviews at the scenes of accidents, at hospitals and in police stations; Red Barber, narrator--WCBS.
54-06-03
8
An Ordinary Man
Y
[Moves to 9:30 p.m.]

54-06-03 New York Times
9:30-10--Escape: "
An Ordinary Man," a drama of romance on a Mediterranean cruise--WCBS.

Announces
Benscelina and the Fisherman as next
54-06-10
9
Benscelina and the Fisherman
Benchillina and the Fisherman
Y
54-06-10 New York Times
9:30-10--Escape: "
Benscelina and the Fisherman," a harmless Irish fisherman sets out for trout, but meets with romance and a battle of life and death in the bleak uplands of County Mayo--WCBS.

Announces
Blood Waters as next
54-06-17
10
Blood Waters
Y
54-06-17 New York Times
9:30-10--Escape: "
Bloodwaters," story of a hunt for sunken gold in Argentina--WCBS.

Announces
Judgement Day at Crippled Deer as next
54-06-24
11
Judgement Day At Crippled Deer
Y
54-06-24 New York Times
9:30-WCBS--Escape

Announces
The Wall as next
54-07-01
12
The Dark Wall
Judgement Day At Crippled Deer
Y
54-07-01 New York Times
9:30-10--Escape: "
Judgment at Crippled Deer," three men and a girl mete out justice in the frozen Yukon, until someone proves they erred--WCBS.

Announces
The Birds as next
54-07-10
13
The Birds
Y
[Moves to 8:00 p.m.]

54-07-10 New York Times
8-8:30--Escape: "
The Birds"--Story of a love that failed the test of time--WCBS
54-07-17
14
Eye of Evil
Y
54-07-17 New York Times
8-8:30--Escape: "
The Evil Eye"--Story of a white man in Burma who scoffs at native superstition--WCBS.

Announces
Flood on The Goodwins as next
54-07-24
15
Flood On The Goodwins
Y
54-07-24 New York Times
8-8:30--Escape: "
Flood on the Goodwins"--Story of fog and U-boats in the English Channel--WCBS.

Announces
Night of The Gun as next
54-07-31
16
Night of the Gun
Night of the Guns
Y
[Probably AFRS-only]

54-07-31 New York Times
8-8:30--Escape: "
Dream Trip"--A Voyage to Haiti turns out to be a nightmore--WCBS.
54-08-07
17
The Price of The Head
Y
54-08-07 New York Times
8-8:30--Escape: "
The Price of the Head," drama of a native's devotion to a drunken bully--WCBS.


Announces
The Coward as next
54-08-14
18
The Coward
Y
54-08-14 New York Times
8-8:30--Escape: A plane crashes under mysterious circumstances and only the pilot escapes to earn the name of "
The Coward"--WCBS.

Announces
Two and Two Make Four as next
54-08-21
19
Two and Two Make Four
Y
54-08-21 New York Times
8-8:30--Escape: A courageous girl helps to maintain a troubled man's sanity when she proves to him that "
Two and Two Make Four"--WCBS.

Announces
The King of Owanatu as next
54-08-28
20
The King of Owanatu
Y
54-08-28 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Boiling Sea as next
54-09-04
21
The Boiling Sea
Y
54-09-04 New York Times
8-8:30--Escape: "
The Boiling Sea," drama of a ship caught in the center of an erupting undersea volcano--WCBS.

Announces
Carnival In Vienna as next
54-09-11
22
Carnival in Vienna
Y
54-09-11 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Escape


Announces
There Was A Crooked Man as next
54-09-18
23
The Target
Y
54-09-18 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Escape


Announces
The Red Heart of Kali as next
54-09-25
24
The Heart of Kali
Heart of Kali
Y
54-09-25 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Escape:
Heart of Kali
54-10-02
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--
[Replaced by Gunsmoke]

54-10-02 New York Times
8:00-WCBS--Gunsmoke





The AFRS 'Escape!' Radio Program Log

Date AFRS No. Title Avail. Notes
49-07-07
1
The Fourth Man
N
47-07-21
The Diamond as Big as The Ritz
N
48-01-10
Second-Class Passenger
N
48-03-07 Jimmy Goggles, The God
Y
48-03-21 Misfortune's Isle
Misfortune Isle
Y
48-08-11
Snake Doctor
N
49-03-12 He Who Rides the Tiger
Y
[AFRTS]
49-04-23
The Great Impersonation
Great Impression
N
51-01-11
41
A Bullet for Mr. Smith
Y
54
The Fortune of Vargas
Fortunes of Vargus
N
52-10-19 The Price of The Head
Price of The Head
Y
[Barely audible]
53-01-01 A Study In Wax
Y
54-07-10 Eye of Evil
The Eye of Evil
N
54-07-24 Flood On The Goodwins
N
54-07-31 Night of the Gun
Night of the Guns
Y





The 'Escape!' Television Program Log for CBS [KTTV, Hollywood]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
50-03-31 The Trouble with Grandfather






The Escape! Radio Program Biographies




William N. Robson
(Producer, Director, and Writer)

(1906-1995)
Writer, Producer, Director of Radio and Television, College Lecturer

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA

Education:
B.A., Philosphy, Yale University

Curriculum Vitae:
Lecturer, New York University
Lecturer, UCLA
Consultant, U.S. Information Agency
Director, The Voice of America

Radiography:

1934 Calling All Cars
1936 Columbia Workshop
1936 Then and Now
1938 American School Of the Air
1939 Americans All-Immigrants
1939 What Price America
1940 Big Town
1942 The Twenty Second Letter
1943 The Man Behind the Gun
1943 One World
1944 Four For the Fifth
1945 Request Perforance
1946 Stars In the Afternoon
1946 Hawk Larabee
1947 Escape
1947 Doorway To Life
1947 Hollywood Fights Back
1947 Shorty Bell, Cub Reporter
1948 Suspense
1948 The Whistler
1950 T-Man
1950 The Adventures Of Christopher London
1950 Beyond Tomorrow
1955 Girl From Paradise
1955 Romance
1956 Fort Laramie
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1958 Luke Slaughter Of Tombstone
1959 The Heart Of America
1960 Have Gun, Will Travel
1964 Theatre Five
Jackson Beck and Paul Luther confer with William N. Robson during Man Behind the Gun (1943)
Jackson Beck and Paul Luther confer with William N. Robson during Man Behind the Gun (1943)


Robson, seen here behind Frank Lovejoy, directing the Peabody Award winning series, Man Behind The Gun, for CBS, ca 1943
Robson, seen here behind Frank Lovejoy, directing the Peabody Award winning series, Man Behind The Gun, for CBS, ca 1943


William Robson, Director, ca. 1954
William Robson, Director, ca. 1954


William N. Robson, with sons, ca. 1959
William N. Robson, with sons, ca. 1959


William N. Robson was yet another of the hundreds of prominent victims of the infamous "Red Channels" promoted blacklisting of professionals in the Performing Arts. His 'sins' in the cowardly, notorious and despicable "Red Channels" pamphlet that named him?:
  • Acting as one of the Sponsors of an Artists Front to Win the War meeting he helped organize at Carnegie Hall in 1942.
  • A December 1946 speech he gave on the encroachments being made against free speech.
  • Being a signator to a 1948 full page 'We Are for Wallace' ad in the New York Times.
  • A masthead listing him as an Associate for the Hollywood Quarterly, a scholarly journal of Film, Radio and Television history.

That's apparently all the extreme Right Wing needed during those shameful post-War years to destroy any great professional's career--through whispers and innuendo. Robson had been one of CBS's premiere Radio and Television talents, but their withering support of Robson, fueled by the spurious comments in Red Channels eventually pressured CBS into discharging Robson. The long-festering Right Wing backlash from F.D.R.'s famous Four Freedoms Speech had traversed full-circle. And so it evolved that anyone speaking out for the protection of those very freedoms was targeted for ostracization.

But despite the attempts to destroy his reputation, Robson's career in Radio and Television and in service to his country still stand as one of the finest records of acheivement of the Golden Age of Radio. Indeed, it was Edward R. Murrow himself, under the administration of John F. Kennedy that gained an appointment for Robson as a Director for The Voice of America. His security clearance for that highly sensitive position was expedited without a hitch.

William Robson had every expectation of having a storied career. He showed early promise at Yale, began his writing career with Paramount Pictures, then in 1936, entered Radio while still in his twenties. He was a staff writer and director for CBS for almost 20 years. So instrumental was his role in early CBS Radio dramas that his name was rountinely attached to the promotional efforts for the programs he wrote, directed or produced for CBS--and rightly so. By the mid-1940s Robson had already received two prestigious George Foster Peabody awards for CBS--for 1943's Man Behind the Gun and the documentary, Open Letter on Race Hatred.

Robson's Philosophy degree served him well throughout his career, and its influence on his Radio and Television productions is readily apparent throughout his body of work. Always sensitive to the eternal conflicts between morality and amorality, many of Robson's pet projects strove to shine a light onto the murkier aspects of American society. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons that the first half of his career attracted the prurient interests of the extreme Right Wing during the infamous HUAC era.

And indeed, despite all extreme Conservative attempts to squelch his 'voice' in the Media, he could not be restrained for long. Robson may well have argued himself, that the second half of his career was even more productive and influential on the World Stage than his years in American Radio and Television.

William N. Robson capped an outstanding career in Communications with a highly influential position producing Pro-Democracy documentaries as Chief Documentary Writer, Producer and Director for the Voice of America. Indeed, he won four more Peabody Awards for his work at The Voice of America. How fittingly ironic.

And though his work with The Voice of America may well have eclipsed his work during The Golden Age of Radio, his personal influence in shaping and giving a conscience to those Golden Years stands head and shoulders above his peers.

William Robson died of Alzheimer's disease at his home in Alexandria, Va in April of 1995, survived by his wife, Shirley, and three sons, Christopher, Anthony and Michael.




Paul Frees [Solomon Hersh Frees]
(Narrator, Performer)


Stage, Screen, Television, and Radio Actor, Composer, Songwriter, Voiceover Artist, Director, and Author
(1920-1986)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Education:

Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Radiography:

1945 Lux Radio Theatre
1945 Maxwell House coffee Time
1946 Rogue's Gallery
1946 The Whistler
1946 The Casebook Of Gregory Hood
1946 The Alan Young Show
1946 Suspense
1947 Escape
1947 The Voyage Of the Scarlet Queen
1947 Ellery Queen
1948 Studio X
1948 The Player
1948 Your Movietown Radio Theatre
1948 The First Nighter Program
1948 Family Theatre
1948 Let George Do It
1948 The Eternal Light
1948 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1948 NBC University Theatre
1948 The Railroad Hour
1949 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1949 Prowl Car
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 The Prudential Family Hour Of Stars
1949 Rocky Jordan
1949 Pat Novak For Hire
1949 Special Care Program
1949 Box 13
1949 The Adventures Of Frank Race
1949 The Green Lama
1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1949 Four Star Playhouse
1949 The Croupier
1949 California Caravan
1949 Crime Correspondent
1950 T-Man
1950 A Day In the Life Of Dennis Day
1950 Dangerous Assignment
1950 The Line-Up
1950 Tales Of the Texas Rangers
1950 Presenting Charles Boyer
1950 This Is Your F.B.I.
1950 The Story Of Dr Kildare
1950 The Adventures Of the Saint
1951 Short Story
1951 The Adventures Of Sam Spade
1951 Night Beat
1951 The Whisperer
1951 Romance
1951 Wild Bill Hickok
1951 Mr Aladdin
1951 Broadway Is My Beat
1951 This Is the story
1951 The Silent Men
1952 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1952 The Black Book
1952 The Pendleton Story
1952 I Confess
1953 Gunsmoke
1953 On Stage
1953 Confession
1953 Crime Classics
1953 Mr President
1954 That's Rich
1954 The Edgar Bergen Show
1954 Rocky Fortune
1954 Fibber McGee and Molly
1954 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1956 NBC Radio Theatre
1956 You Were There
1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1956 Those Young Bryans
1957 CBS Radio Workshop
1957 Heartbeat Theatre

Paul Frees, ca. 1952
Paul Frees, ca. 1952

Paul Frees, ca. 1949
Paul Frees, ca. 1949

Paul Frees with one of thousands of alter egos, Ludwig Von Drake, ca. 1953
Paul Frees with one of thousands of alter egos, Ludwig Von Drake, ca. 1953

Paul Frees as Etienne in The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1957)
Paul Frees as Etienne in The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1957)

Paul Frees, ca. 1975
Paul Frees, ca. 1975

Bust of Paul Frees ''The Man of A Thousand Voices'' circa 1978
Bust of Paul Frees ''The Man of A Thousand Voices'' circa 1978

Paul Frees in The Shaggy Dog (1978)
Paul Frees in The Shaggy Dog (1978)

Count the ways to measure Multimedia genius, then double it, and you have Paul Frees. Several famous voice artists have been tagged "The Man of A Thousand Voices." During his ambitious, but brief career, Frank Graham was dubbed the same before his suicide death in 1950. Mel Blanc held that moniker for years. The late, great Don La Fontaine was another worthy recipient. But with all due respect to those other great voice artists, I'm sure all would agree that Paul Frees remains rightful recipient of the tribute. Paul Frees is one of the top ten most memorable, often heard, and hardest working voice talents of the 20th Century.

Chicago-born Frees [birth name, Solomon Hersh Frees], was drafted into the Army during World War II, participating in the D-Day Invasion at Normandy. He was wounded in action and returned stateside for rest and recovery for just over a year. Upon obtaining his discharge, he began taking classes at The Chouinard Art Institute in downtown Los Angeles under his G.I. Bill. But his studies were curtailed when his first wife's failing health forced him to drop out and try his hand at Radio work.

He appeared frequently on the A-List Radio programs of the 1940s, including Lux Radio Theatre, Rogue's Gallery, The Whistler, Suspense, Escape radio series, including Escape, Ellery Queen, The First Nighter, Family Theatre, and NBC University Theatre. His first solo outing was as The Player (1948) with Frees both narrating and playing all of the parts. He alternated with William Conrad as the 'voice' of Suspense. His second solo outing was as Jethro Dumont in The Green Lama (1949), a summer replacement program. He followed that with a starring role in Crime Correspondent (1949). He also starred in The Croupier (1949).

Frees' contribution to radio noir was a perfect match for his range of voices. He appeared regularly in most of the detective genre dramas of the 1940s. Throughout the 1950s he was heard voicing regular or recurring roles in Gunsmoke (1953), Crime Classics (1953), This Is Your FBI (1950), and two prestigious network classics, Hallmark Hall of Fame (1954) and CBS Radio Workshop (1957). Frees' radiography in the RadioGOLDIndex is one of the longest in its database. But Radio was only the tip of the iceberg in Frees' storied career.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) cites over 370 entries for him, in Film, Television, and Animation. A college study once determined that so ubiquitous was Paul Frees voicework during the 1960s and 1970s, that there was literally not one day of Television or Radio during that period in which Paul Frees' voice was not heard.

Frees spent much of the second half of his career working with an unprecedented nine of the major animation production companies of the 20th century: Walt Disney Studios, Walter Lantz Studios, UPA, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, MGM Studios, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, Jay Ward Productions and Rankin/Bass. His work with the Walt Disney Studios led to a long collaboration with them, from voicing animated characters to recordings that brought some of the most compelling attractions at both Disneyland and Disney World to life.

His long association with Jay Ward Productions is most remembered for his narration of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, with William Conrad, and performing the voice of Boris Badenov, and multiple other characters. Accompanied by famous female voice talent, June Foray, their voices formed the very core of most of the Rocky and Bullwinkle episodes.

There is simply not enough space in this format to adequately recount Frees' body of work. Fortunately the vast majority of his work is still available through Golden Age Radio and Television recordings. Frees passed away unexpectedly in 1986, at his palacial Tiburon home overlooking San Francisco--from a massive heart failure. He requested that his ashes be scattered over the Pacific Ocean.

Anyone knowledgeable of 20th Century mass communications would unquestionably cite Paul Frees as one of the top ten voices over any medium from the era, perhaps even one of the top five. We'd certainly have to concur with either assessment.



William Conrad [William Cann]
(Narrator, Performer)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor, Director, Producer, Narrator
(1920-1994)

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

Radiography:

1944 The Whistler
1945 Destination Tomorrow
1946 Dark Venture
1946 Strange Wills
1946 I Deal In Crime
1946 Favorite Story
1946 Cavalcade Of America
1946 Meet Miss Sherlock
1947 Voyage Of the Scarlet Queen
1947 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1947 Johnny Madero, Pier 23
1947 Mr President
1947 Escape
1947 Lux Radio Theatre
1947 Shorty Bell, Cub Reporter
1948 The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne
1948 Damon Runyon Theatre
1948 The First Nighter Program
1948 Ellery Queen
1948 The Adventures Of Sam Spade
1948 Let George Do It
1948 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1948 Hallmark Playhouse
1948 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1948 Prudential Family Hour Of Stars
1948 Command Performance
1948 Hawk Larabee
1949 Pat Novak For Hire
1949 Our Miss Brooks
1949 This Is Your FBI
1949 Hollywood Mystery Playhouse
1949 Rocky Jordan
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 Box Thirteen
1949 The Green Lama
1949 Dangerous Assignment
1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1949 Four Star Playhouse
1949 The Adventures Of the Saint
1949 The Count Of Monte Cristo
1950 Dragnet
1950 The Halls Of Ivy
1950 The Adventures Of Frank Race
1950 Night Beat
1950 Rocky Jordan
1950 T-Man
1950 Philip Morris Playhouse
1950 The Adventures Of Sam Spade
1950 The Story Of Dr Kildare
1950 Romance
1950 Broadway Is My Beat
1950 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1951 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood
1951 The Man Called X
1951 Tales Of the Texas Rangers
1951 Pete Kelly's Blues
1951 Mr I.A. Moto
1951 The Silent Men
1951 The Railroad Hour
1952 Gunsmoke
1952 Stars Over Hollywood
1952 The Line-Up
1952 Jason and the Golden Fleece
1952 Tums Hollywood Theatre
1953 Bakers' Theatre Of Stars
1953 The Six-Shooter
1953 Crime Classics
1953 On Stage
1953 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1953 Fibber McGee and Molly
1954 High Adventure
1955 The Adventures Of Captain Courage
1955 I Was A Communist For the FBI
1955 Mystery Theatre
1956 The Key
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1958 Heartbeat Theatre
Bold Venture
The Clock
Secret Mission
The Roy Rogers Show
The Pendleton Story
The Adventures Of Maisie
At Ease
Safari
Obsession
Peril

William Conrad, ca. 1943
William Conrad, ca. 1943

William Conrad in Killers (1947)
William Conrad in Killers (1947)

William Conrad as Matt Dillon, ca. 1953 (Courtesy of Harry Bartell)
William Conrad as Matt Dillon, ca. 1953 (Courtesy of Harry Bartell)
William Conrad, for ABC, ca. 1957
William Conrad, for ABC, ca. 1957

William Conrad and Jack Webb, in Webb's Film --30-- (1959)
William Conrad and Jack Webb, in Webb's Film, --30-- (1959)

Conrad in Cannon publcity still, ca 1971
Conrad in Cannon publicity still, ca 1971
Bill Conrad, ca. 1972
Bill Conrad, ca. 1972
William Conrad was born William Cann in Louisville, Kentucky. He started work in radio in the late 1930s in California. During World War II, Conrad served as a fighter pilot. He returned to the airwaves after the war, going on to accumulate over 7,000 roles in radio-by his own estimate. We can attest to at least 2,000--Conrad had been a fighter pilot, after all.

Conrad's deep, resonant voice led to a number of noteworthy roles in radio drama, most prominently his role as the original Marshal Matt Dillon on the Western program Gunsmoke (1952–1961). For the Gunsmoke purists, we'd remind them that the two actors that technically preceded Conrad in the role--Rye Billsbury and Howard Culver--auditioned as Mark Dillon, not Matt Dillon.

He was considered for the Television role of Matt Dillon when the series was brought to the small screen in 1955, but increasing obesity led to the casting of James Arness instead. As it turned out, relatively few of the other cast members were cast in the TV version.

Other radio programs to which Conrad contributed his talents included
The Whistler, Strange Wills, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Johnny Madero, Pier 23, The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, Ellery Queen, The Adventures of Sam Spade, Jeff Regan, Investigator, Let George Do It, Pat Novak for Hire, Escape!, Suspense and The Damon Runyon Theater. One particularly memorable radio role was his breathtaking performance in "Leinengen Vs. The Ants" first heard in the January 14, 1948 broadcast of Escape!, and in a later rendition in the August 25, 1957 Suspense broadcast of "Leinengen Vs. The Ants." Conrad, of course was also memorable as the 'voice' of Escape!.

Conrad's long association with Jack Webb produced some of radio noir's most memorable moments as well. Conrad was heard in every Jack Webb production he ever mounted, and the chemistry between the two of them is one of radio's greatest pairings. From Johnny Madero, Pier 23, to Dragnet--and beyond, the verbal interplay between Conrad and Webb always made for fascinating radio--and Film.

Conrad's possessed an amazing gift for creating bone-chilling Radio characterizations of a seemingly endless array of toughs, gangsters, hard-boiled cops, corporate magnates, and hundreds of other commanding, self-assured, scoundrels and heroes alike. Those roles created a Radio following for him rarely equalled in Radio History. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.

Among Conrad's various film roles, where he was usually cast as threatening figures, perhaps his most notable role was his first credited one, as one of the gunmen sent to eliminate
Burt Lancaster in the 1946 film The Killers. He also appeared in Body and Soul (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number and Joan of Arc (1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954). And again, his characterizations of tough guys, aided by his amazing deep baritone and chillingly authoritative presence made for some of Film Noir's most enduring depictions.

Conrad moved to television in the 1960s, first guest-starring in NBC's science fiction series The Man and the Challenge. Conrad guest-starred--and directed-episodes of ABC's crime drama Target: The Corruptors! (1962). Indeed, both Conrad and the legendary Sam Peckinpah directed episodes of NBC's Klondike (1960–1961). He returned to voice work, most notably as narrator of The Fugitive (1963–1967) and as the director of Brainstorm (1965).

Conrad is as fondly remembered for his voice work in Animation. He narrated the animated Rocky and Bullwinkle series from 1959–64 (as "Bill Conrad"), and later performed the role of Denethor in the animated Television version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Return of the King (1980).

The 1970s brought him further small-screen success with leading roles in Cannon (1971-1976), Nero Wolfe (1981) and Jake and The Fat Man (1987-1990). Conrad was also the on-camera spokesman for First Alert fire prevention products for many years, as well as Hai Karate men's cologne.

Conrad's credits as a director include episodes of The Rifleman, Bat Masterson, Route 66, Have Gun, Will Travel, and 77 Sunset Strip, among others, and feature films such as Two on a Guillotine.

Conrad had one son, Christopher, with his first wife, Susie. When Susie died after thirty years of marriage, Conrad married Tippy Stringer Huntley, a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and widow of famed former NBC newscaster Chet Huntley.

Conrad died from congestive heart failure on February 11, 1994, in Los Angeles, California. He is interred at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in the Lincoln Terrace.




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