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The Man Called X Radio Program: Description Details Provenances Logs Biographies

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Premiere spot ad over CBS from July 10 1944
Premiere spot ad over CBS from July 10 1944

WCFL spot promotion of The Man Called X from September 16, 1944
WCFL spot promotion of The Man Called X from September 16, 1944

Spot ad announcing the station and time change for the NBC Blue Network run September 16, 1944
Spot ad announcing the station and time change for the NBC Blue Network run September 16, 1944

Announcement of Ge Ge Pearson appearance in The Man Called X season finale from March 17, 1945
Announcement of Ge Ge Pearson appearance in The Man Called X season finale from March 17, 1945

Lockheed logo

Pepsodent Illustration circa 1944

Dominion Network spot ad for Pepsodent and A Man Called X from July 4 1946
Dominion Network spot ad for Pepsodent and A Man Called X from July 4 1946
Pepsodent spot ad from June 18, 1946 Summer run
Pepsodent spot ad from June 18, 1946 Summer run



Spot Ad for the Frigidaire sponsored CBS program
Spot Ad for the Frigidaire-sponsored CBS program


Herbert Marshall as 'Ken Thurston'
'Ken Thurston'

Leon Belasco as 'Pegon Zellschmidt'
'Pegon Zellschmidt'

Will Wright as 'The Chief'
'The Chief'

Chesterfield sponsor

Anacin sponsor

From the 48-07-09 Oakland Tribune:
 
Air Villains Chased Again By 'Mr. X'
 By JOHN CROSBY
 
   One of the warm weather favorites which bobs up every summer like jellied consomme is a radio program named "The Man Called X" (KQW 8:00 p.m. PDT Sunday) possibly the best thing in the low-brow field of mystery and adventures.  The Man called X, to unmask him right at the outset, is that very British actor, Herbert Marshall, as suave and unruffled a character as you'll find anywhere on the air.
   I'm a little dim on a number of details of this program.  I don't for example, have any idea where he got that name X.  In radio, people get these sobriquets way back at the dawn of history, and I can't be chasing back there all the time to do research.  I don't even know whether X is a private eye or one of J. Edgar Hoover's operatives, but I do know that he never bothers with anything trivial.  Simple murder doesn't interest X.  Mostly there's a kingdom at stake or a million illegal bucks or opium.  Anyway, something big.
 
EXOTIC SETTINGS
 
   The seat of the crimes inevitably is a remote, glamorous area--Shanghai, Rangoon, Singapore, places like that--where the white man's burden is greatly complicated by espionage and skullduggery of one sort or another.  One of the more attractive features of this show is its villains, who under no circumstances would commit the gaucherie of snarling:  "I wanna see ya bleed to death--slow--".  Mr. X's opponents are as suave and well-dressed as he is, know how to order the proper wines, and are, in short, as couth a collection of bad men as ever throttled a millionaire.  In fact, the courtesy of Mr. X and his villains--even more when they're threatening to blow one another's brains out--could be held up as an example of matchless propriety to the very young.
   Besides Mr. X there are a couple of semi-permanent characters--one named Saigon or Paigon or Fagan or something, a minor league crook who usually helps X solve these things, and a girl who holds Mr. X's hand to help him think.  If mystery adventure appeals to you, this is one of the more civilized samples, a distant cousin of Bulldog Drummond.

In all fairness to the franchise, the above review was during the 1948 CBS Run. There'd already been three summer seasons and one full season of The Man Called X by July 1948, which is the reason Crosby refers to it as a ''warm weather'' favorite.

The Man Called X First Airs as a 1944 Summer Replacement

The Man Called X began over Radio as a 1944 CBS Summer replacement run for Lux Radio Theatre, comprising a total of eight episodes. The only circulating exemplar from the first run is contained within the AFRS Globe Theatre canon of transcriptions. So, yet again, we are indebted to the incredible output of AFRS and AFRTS transcriptions over the years in preserving some of Radio's rarest exemplars from The Golden Age of Radio. If one compares that circulating episode to the spot ad for the summer run in the sidebar, one sees the program promoted as a comedy-mystery.

The 1944 CBS Summer season finale, Murder, Music and A Blonde Madonna, lends some credence to the way CBS promoted this first run. Starring Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, a private operative, with Hans Conried as Egon Zellschmidt in this first incarnation of Ken Thurston's nemesis, and Mary Jane Croft appearing in the role of Ken's love interest, Nancy Bessington, a reporter and Thurston's erstwhile fiance. We can only interpolate from what we've already turned up for this shortest run of The Man Called X, but it would appear that Hans Conried and Mary Jane Croft may have been regular co-stars throughout that first season. One of Radio's most prolific and successful directors, William N. Robson, directed the first season of The Man Called X and though Gordon Jenkins appears to be credited with the music for the first season, Felix Mills is also personally cited by Herbert Marshall with at least one Music Direction credit--the season finale.

In reading the few newspaper listings from this first run, one notices an evolution from purely detective themes, to the espionage themes that dominated the remaining runs of The Man Called X. Those first eight scripts also laid the foundation for the globe-trotting nature of Ken Thurston's adventures. These globe-trotting espionage adventures were by no means unique to Radio in 1944. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. 1949 ushered in Dangerous Assignment, a somewhat balder knock-off of The Man Called X premise--minus the sidekick element--which also captured and held America's attention during the post-World War II and Korean Conflict era and running well into 1954 itself.

The Man Called X, Lockheed Sponored, Over NBC Blue

The second run of The Man Called X was altered slightly by virtue of several factors. The most important factor was its move to the NBC Blue Network. Suffering something of a misstart, the first announced broadcast was postponed for a week, from September 9, 1944 to September 16, 1944. This may have been only a regional postponement owing the the reasons cited--so as not to conflict with a major political address. It would also appear that the light comedy aspect of the NBC Blue Network incarnation was beginning to be downplayed as a promotional element. We can find no provenance as yet, but it's been reported elsewhere that this was the first run in which the gifted Russian violinist, conductor and character actor Leon Belasco began to appear as 'Pegon Zellschmidt.'

The burning question at this point in the evolution of The Man Called X seems to be the gradual change in Mr. Zellschmidt's name over the various runs of the canon. Herbert Marshall himself seems confused when addressing Mr. Zellschmidt over the years. A mini-backstory supported in later episodes and runs of The Man Called X hints that Mr. Zellschmidt is often tempted to alter the spelling of his first name in order to promote his various nefarious activities. In this regard he's referred to himself as, variously, Zegon, Egon, Agon, and of course Pegon. One distinct provenance, however, cites his actual name in the title--Episode 10, from August 20, 1946--The Perils of Pegon. The fact that this doesn't necessarily track with Pegon's earliest incarnations in previous seasons, simply requires a little suspension of disbelief.

Yet another mystery throughout the run was the identity of 'The Bureau', the agency from which Ken Thurston takes his assignments. Given the international portfolio of The Bureau it would seem apparent that the agency was an erstwhile component of the United States State Department. The Bureau is administered by The Chief, whose true identity is never fully revealed during the run of The Man Called X. The most distinctive voicing of The Chief during the run was that of great Film, Radio, and Television character actor Will Wright. Will Wright appears as The Chief from at least 1950 through to the end of the franchise.

Another significant, topical framing of the first full season over NBC Blue--as well as the remaining seasons through the end of World War II--were the Nazi themes throughout the overwhelming number of scripts from that era. This was clearly the producers' intent, and seems entirely appropriate for the era, given the overarching espionage drama genre of the series. This series also introduces Pepsodent as a sponsor. Pepsodent would continue to sponsor The Man Called X during the Summer hiatus of The Bob Hope Pepsodent Shows through September of 1946.

Sadly, almost no exemplars of the first four seasons of The Man Called X have entered wide circulation. They almost certainly exist, but only in private or institutional collections. The few that do exist in circulation are predominantly from AFRS-denatured transcriptions.

The Post-War Years of The Man Called X: 1947-1952

The most widely circulating exemplars of The Man Called X are from the 1947-1950 CBS runs and the 1950-1952 NBC runs. But even with both of those resources, which comprise well over 70% of the entire canon of The Man Called X, only 80 of the 164 episodes of those post-World War II runs have entered circulation. Since this is the period of most collectors' and Golden Age Radio fans' exposure to this fine series it bears the most exposition.

When John Crosby (above) cites 'EXOTIC SETTINGS' he's only speaking from the contemporaneous perspective of 1948. By the time The Man Called X had run its course, it had taken its listeners to at least 190, unique and often exotic locations, ranging from Ken Thurston's own back yard in Manhattan to the furthest reaches of planet Earth. He'd been to the Arctic and the Antarctic, to North Korea and Tierra del Fuego, from Maine to Baja California, and from Australia to Alaska. One wonders what Ken Thurston's frequent flyer miles (in Lockheed planes, one supposes) report must have looked like by the end of every year.

But then he didn't always fly, either. Ken Thurston had sailed, flown, driven, hiked, skied, crawled, deep-sea dove, back-packed, ankushed elephants, and utilized just about every human conveyance short of being shot out of a cannon during his 227 globe-trotting adventures. In the final analysis it was the wonder of Radio and William N. Robson and Jack Johnstone's marvelous direction, backed up by some of Radio's finest sound engineers that actually transported tens of millions of radio listeners to these fascinating, exotic locations.

The post-World War II years provided even more grist for the mill in Ken Thurston's never-ending battle against the explosion of black marketeers, nuclear materials thieves, relief organization profiteers, drug smugglers, and scammers preying on G.I.'s. Certainly more than enough material to fill another five years of The Man Called X. And in the process, the program, however limited in its messaging ability, alerted an anxious war-weary world to the inherent dangers of resting on its laurels during the brief peace after war. As we mentioned above, the extraordinary success of The Man Called X--and Bulldog Drummond and Counterspy before it--spawned yet another successful globe-trotting adventure series--Dangerous Assignment (1949).

And yet, in spite of the dour observations of John Crosby above, it's clear that the American public still craved the pure escapism that espionage adventures over Radio continued to provide. These were the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio and its hold on the American public. Like any child with a new toy, the American public was latching onto its latest toy--Television--with even more zeal than it had with Radio when it was the newest novelty.

The extent to which a well produced, directed and performed Radio program could compete with early Television was a direct measure of its ability to retain the last vestiges of the rich imagination that Radio had demanded of its listeners for three decades by that point in broadcasting history. The Man Called X clearly retained that interest--and then some. Owing as much to their natural affection for Herbert Marshall, listener loyalty was also aided by a remarkably gifted production staff through every transition from season to season of the entire canon. The series was also blessed with both loyal and well-heeled sponsors for most of its various runs.

Beginning with Lockheed, then transitioning to Pepsodent, General Motors, Frigidaire and during the waning years, to a combination of Chesterfield Cigarettes, RCA Victor, Anacin and local Ford dealers, the series never seemed to lack for reliable funding for its extensive adventures--from the beginning of the run to its last episodes. Herbert Marshall clearly didn't come cheap, but he also clearly delivered the audience the show's sponsors demanded in return for their funding of the canon.

In the Hooper Reports exemplar below in the Provenances section one can see that by 1945--the show's second year on air--it was more than pulling its own weight. Indeed by 1948, the year John Crosby reviewed the program it was comfortably residing in either 4th or 5th place consistently. Again, this must in large part be attributed its both the high production standards over the years as much as for its widely beloved star. The predominantly West Coast casts over the years comprised some of Radio's finest acting talent, irrespective of geographic location. This was the same pool of talent which, during the 24-karat Golden Years of West Coast Radio were providing a steady stream of extraordinary talent to Suspense, The Adventures of Sam Spade, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, The Whistler, and Escape.

Herbert Marshall confers with Leon Belasco on a Man Called X script
Herbert Marshall confers with Leon Belasco on a Man Called X script

Herbert Marshall appeared in all of The Man Called X adventures of the run with the exception of episodes 33, 34 and 39 of the 1951 Season. Herbert Marshall, then 60, had suffered a pulmonary embolism around his heart during corrective surgery at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital on May 7, 1951. Proving that the series was transcribed, the producers apparently had three episodes already in the can. Once those ran out, Marshall's friends Van Heflin, John Lund, and Joseph Cotten filled in for him in Episode 33--A Man, a Girl, A Plot , Episode 34--Stalin Plus Seven, and Episode 39--The Casbah. Marshall returned to the series for Episode 35, Black Market Grain in India, on June 8, 1951, but reportedly needed to return the the hospital a month later for follow-up. Van Heflin appeared as Jim Kendall in A Man, a Girl, A Plot, John Lund appeared as Bill Pringle in Stalin Plus Seven, and Joseph Cotten appeared as Joe Kendall in The Casbah. There was no explanation or exposition provided to explain the similarity in the names of Jim Kendall and Joe Kendall. It was either a continuity problem or simply an extraordinary coincidence.

The Man Called X over Radio ultimately ended with the final episode of May 27, 1952. The Man Called X returned one more time--over Television. A Frederick Ziv syndicated production, the 1956 Television incarnation starred Barry Sullivan as Ken Thurston.

Now that The Man Called X can be more fully documented, it'll be interesting to see how soon any further exemplars enter wider circulation. It was a fascinating premise, a durable premise, and one of the finest examples of compelling espionage drama to hold an audience into the waning years of Radio drama. This was without question one of the more satisfying research efforts we've undertaken in recent memory. We hope you can enjoy the result.

DETAILS:

Description Details Provenances Logs Biographies

Series Derivatives:

AFRS R-Series 'The Man Called X'; AFRS Globe Theatre; AFRTS Mystery Theatre [?]
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Comedy-Mystery Dramas
Anthology of Golden Age Radio Espionage Adventure Dramas
Network(s): CBS, NBC Blue, The AFRS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown at present
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 1944 CBS Summer Run: 44-07-10 01 [Title Unknown]
1944-45 NBC NBC Blue Run: 44-09-09 01 [Title Unknown]
1945 NBC Summer Run:
1946 NBC Summer Run: 46-06-18 01 [Title Unknown]
1947-48 CBS Run: 47-04-03 01 Antarctic Expedition
1950-52 NBC Run: 50-10-13 01 Custom Cigarettes
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 1944 CBS Summer Run: 44-07-10 to 44-08-28; CBS; Eight, 30-minute programs; Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
1944-45 NBC Blue Run: 44-09-09 to 45-03-17; NBC Blue; Twenty-eight, 30-minute programs; Saturdays, 10:30 p.m.
1945 NBC Summer Run: 45-06-12 to 45-09-04; NBC; Thirteen, 30-minute programs; Tuesdays, 9:00 p.m.
1946 NBC Summer Run: 46-06-18 to 46-09-17; NBC; Fourteen, 30-minute; Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
1947-48 CBS Run: 47-04-03 to 48-03-28; CBS; Seventy-eight, 30-minute programs; Thursdays, 9:30
1950-52 NBC Run: 50-10-13 to 52-05-27; NBC; Eighty-six, 30-minute programs
Syndication: The AFRS; Associated Studios
Sponsors: 1944 CBS Summer Run: Lockheed
1944-45 NBC Blue Run: Lockheed; Pepsodent
1945 NBC Summer Run:
1946 NBC Summer Run: Pepsodent
1947-48 CBS Run: General Motors; Frigidaire
1950-52 NBC Run: RCA Radio; Chesterfield Cigarettes; Anacin; Local Ford Dealers; Sustaining
Director(s): 1944 CBS Summer Run: William N. Robson
1944-45 NBC Blue Run: Jack Johnstone [Producer/Director]
1945 NBC Summer Run: Jack Johnstone [Producer/Director]
1946 NBC Summer Run: Jack Johnstone [Producer]
1947-48 CBS Run: Jack Johnstone [Producer/Director]; J. Richard Kennedy [Originator/Producer]; Dee Engelbach [Producer/Director]
1950-52 NBC Run: Jack Johnstone [Producer/Director]; J. Richard Kennedy [Originator/Producer]
Principal Actors: Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston; Leon Belasco as Pegon Zellschmidt; Alan Reed, Barbara Eilers, Cathy Lewis, Will Wright, Joan Banks, Dan O'Herlihy, Peggy Webber, Jeanette Nolan, Tony Barrett, Lou Merrill, Gerald Mohr, Carleton Young, George Neise, Harry Lang, Peter Leeds, Jane Morgan, D. J. Thompson, Barbara Fuller, Stan Waxman, William Conrad, John Lund, Joseph Du Val, John Stevenson, Lou Krugman, Ed Begley, John Dehner, Mary Jane Croft
Recurring Character(s): Ken Thurston, Pegon Zellschmidt, Nancy Bessington (Reporter and Thurston's fiance)
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) 1944 CBS Summer Run: Bernie Schoenfeld
1944-45 NBC Blue Run:
1945 NBC Summer Run:
1946 NBC Summer Run: Milton Merlin, Malcolm Meacham
1947-48 CBS Run: Milton Merlin, Les Crutchfield, Robert Libbott, Frank Burt, Maurice Zimm; Sidney Marshall [Additional Scenes & Dialogue]
1950-52 NBC Run: Sidney Marshall [Additional Scenes & Dialogue]
Music Direction: 1944 CBS Summer Run: Gordon Jenkins, Felix Mills
1944-45 NBC Blue Run: Felix Mills [Composer/Conductor]; Claude Sweeten [Composer/Conductor]
1945 NBC Summer Run: Felix Mills [Composer/Conductor]
1946 NBC Summer Run: Felix Mills [Composer/Conductor]
1947-48 CBS Run: Johnny Green [Composer/Conductor]; Felix Mills [Composer/Conductor]; Al Sendry [Conductor]
1950-52 NBC Run: Felix Mills [Composer/Conductor]; Milton Charles [Music]; Monte Frasier [Sound Engineer]
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): 1944 CBS Summer Run:
1944-45 NBC Blue Run: John McIntire
1945 NBC Summer Run:
1946 NBC Summer Run:
1947-48 CBS Run: Wendell Niles
1950-52 NBC Run: Jack Latham, Hal Gibney, John Storm, Ken Carpenter [Commercial Spokesperson]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
1944 CBS Summer Run: 8
1944-45 NBC Blue Run: 28
1945 NBC Summer Run: 13
1946 NBC Summer Run: 14
1947-48 CBS Run: 78
1950-52 NBC Run: 86
Episodes in Circulation: 1944 CBS Summer Run: 0
1944-45 NBC Blue Run: 4
1945 NBC Summer Run: 1
1946 NBC Summer Run: 0
1947-48 CBS Run: 45
1950-52 NBC Run: 53
Total Episodes in Collection: 1944 CBS Summer Run: 0
1944-45 NBC Blue Run: 1
1945 NBC Summer Run: 0
1946 NBC Summer Run: 0
1947-48 CBS Run: 43
1950-52 NBC Run: 54
Provenances: Description Details Provenances Logs Biographies

The July 1, 1945 Hooper Reports results provided by Majestic Radio as a promotional vehicle
The July 1, 1945 Hooper Reports results provided by Majestic Radio as a promotional vehicle

Associated Studios transcription label for Checkmate in Tahiti, the 100th scheduled broadcast of The Man Called X
Associated Studios transcription label for Checkmate in Tahiti, the 100th scheduled broadcast of The Man Called X
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, Ben Kibler.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings, and the archived provenances of Ben Kibler.

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As is our practice, we don't subscribe the notion that a generic radio canon simply begins at episode #1 and ends at episode #999. Not only is this practice rife with potential errors during the entire chronological history of a program, but it becomes subject to numerous, if not hundreds of absurd renumbering exercises as more historical provenances, scripts, and information surface for that canon's run. Here's why:

  • The customary sources that virtually the entire amateur vintage radio collecting community have used over the years are the commercial catalogs of The Vintage Radio Place or even worse, the OTTER log program.
  • A better source, the RadioGOLDINdex, goes one step further by predominantly logging actual transcriptions. At the least that presents some sort of provenance for the transcription--if not always for the broadcast date--or order--of the episodes.
  • Going one step further, there are now any number of both brick and mortar and Internet newspaper morgues available to search actual radio schedule listings from the very day(s) an episode may have aired.
  • Then of course there are the bewildering number of recent 'commercial otr' reference books--we use the term 'reference' extremely loosely here--with which to compare what you're seeing and hearing with your own eyes (your research) and ears (actually listening to the episode). Bewildering because it's clear that the vast majority of these reference books continue, even in this day of vastly increased historical resources, to be based on predominantly heresay, anecdotal and apocryphal information, or outright rubbish.

It's a sad state of affairs for the short term--overall. Even sadder, one of the most active 'authors' of these reference books is one of otr's sloppiest, most incompetent authors in recent memory. Given the hearsay bent of far too many otr collectors and websites, these often absurd, continuing errors and misinformation become disseminated so widely as to become accepted as fact--to the consternation of all serious collectors and radio historians. One need only enter an internet search for a few of the most egregious examples of this rampant hearsay to reveal all one needs to learn about the current state of the hobby.

Should you have any doubts whatsoever, simply do this search, and read what we're addressing for yourselves:

The Man Called X

In the present case, for example, there's almost nothing exemplar of the first two runs of The Man Called X. Of the remaining runs, only a third of the broadcast episodes are in circulation--and a good number of those are the product of AFRS transcriptions that have been completely denatured by The AFRS (e.g., they present a complete absence of any possible as broadcast provenances). Another subset of those exemplars currently circulating have been intentionally altered by commercial otr sellers and traders so as to further disguise their orgins or provenance.

We have therefore adopted our standard of maintaining separate episode numbering for the various incarnations over the years that The Man Called X was broadcast. We've also segregated the AFRS and AFRTS episodes--where they are known--into their own logs.

OTRisms:

This series stands as one of the most commercial-otr-butchered series' in popular circulation. Using every electronic or analog technique at their disposal, the very dregs of otr sellers of the past 32 years have clipped virtually every provenance from well over half of the existing 80 exemplars in circulation. As such, half of the circulating exemplars provide no organic provenance as to their actual source.

The Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation by comparison, produced a substantial number of the most heavily modified, high-end exemplars from the era, claiming exclusivity in the distribution rights to The Man Called X. Sadly, though preserving otherwise fine renditions of the meat of most scripts, The Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation proactively butchered out any preexisting provenances from the original recordings, even going as far as to insert a 'generic' Herbert Marshall sign off into many of their recordings to disguise casts, technicians, and hints to the succeeding episode(s). As such, the existing Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation recordings of the 1990s, while helpful in filling in the blanks for some otherwise garbled story elements, can't be taken seriously as authentic exemplars. Thankfully, The AFRS, when denaturing their own transcriptions, didn't go nearly as far as Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation did in adulterating the original recordings. This simply proves the axiom that otr collectors large and small, sophisticated and novice, can equally ruin an otherwise intact program espisode or episodes

Contrary to the OTTER log the NBC Summer Run of 1946 comprised only fourteen episodes, running from 46-06-18 to 46-09-17. On the 24th of September, Bob Hope's Pepsodent Program returned to the air from its Summer vacation.

Ken Thurston's sidekick -- snitch -- fixer -- partner -- nemesis is named Pegon Zellschmidt--not Agan, Egan, Pagan, nor Zagan. The Zellschmidt character freely alternates between Egon and Zegon for many of the episodes throughout the series, but Ken Thurston always calls him out on these little deceits.

We invite you to compare our fully provenanced research with the '1,500 expert researchers' at the OTRR and their The Man Called X log, which the OTRR claims to be correct according to their 'OTTER log'. We've provided a screen shot of their current log for comparison, HERE to protect our own further due diligence, content and intellectual property.

While the OTRR's current log can't be taken as authentic, we feel obliged to point out some of its more annoying inaccuracies:

  • Their title, Mine Sabatoge, can't possibly be an even anecdotal title for the episode they cite.
  • Their undated title, Stolen Diamonds, refers to the episode we've titled, Diamonds for the Argentine Fourth Reich, dated 45-08-14. The episode also announces Greece Spot as the following episode.
  • Their title, The Throne of Tayneen, almost certainly refers to Episode No. 22 of 47-09-04, The Throne of Tay-Ninh .
  • Their title, Ranee of Shalakar, should be The Rani of Shalakar.
  • Their title, Professor Channey Has Disappeared, is, in all probability our, Professor Czorny Has Disappeared.
  • Their title, Carbon Fourteen probably refers to Episode No. 43, Carbon-14 from 48-01-25.

For some reason, the word "sabatoge" appears with extraordinary frequency throughout OTTER's various logs. We assume that it's because the larger body of OTTER's core logs appear to simply have been copied from the commercial catalogs from The Vintage Radio Place, a site notorious for such repetitive misspellings.

We're indebted to contributor-at-large, Ben Kibler, for his invaluable updates to our log and provenances below


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The Man Called 'X' Radio Program Log: Description Details Provenances Logs Biographies

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-07-10
1
Title Unknown
N
CBS Summer Run, sponsored by Lockheed

44-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m.—A Man Named X
(WBBM):
new program starring Herbert Marshall.
44-07-17
2
The Diamond Tree
N
44-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m.—A Man Named X
(WBBM):
"The Diamond Tree" story of gems, espionage and intrigue
44-07-24
3
The Twin Widows
N
44-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--The Man Named X (WBBM): Herbert Marshall trails mercury smugglers in "
The Twin Widows."
44-07-31
4
The King Who Died Twice
N
44-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m. — Man Called X
(WBBM): Herbert Marshall ir
'
The King Who Died Twice."
44-08-07
5
Title Unknown
N
44-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m.—The Man Called X (WBBM): encounters
a strange character who refuses an inheritance of $200,000.
44-08-14
6
Title Unknown
N
44-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m. — The Man Called X (WBBM): Herbert Marshall
becomes involved with phoney paintings and Nazi spies.
44-08-21
7
Title Unknown
N
44-08-21Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m. — The Man Called X (WBBM):
counter-espionage work against the Axis, with Herbert Marshall.
44-08-28
8
Murder, Music and A Blonde Madonna
N
[Location: Umbrati, Italy; AFRS Globe Theatre only]

44-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m,—The Man Called X (WBBM): drama of espionage and international intrigue, starring Herbert Marshall.

Hans Conried enters the Army August 30, 1944






44-09-09
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Premiere Postponed



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Postponed Premiere over NBC Blue Network; NBC Blue aired a special address by Governor Bricker, Vice Presidential candidate on the Dewey ticket for 1944.

44-09-09 Hayward Review
7:30 P.M.--KPO, Gov. Bricker; KGO, Gov. Baker
44-09-16
1
Title Unknown
N
Actual Premiere over NBC Blue Network

44-09-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p. m. — The Man Called X
(WCFL): premiere over new network.
44-09-23
2
Title Unknown
N
44-09-30
3
The Quinine Contract Letter
Y
[Location: India; NOTE: for the following six weeks, only, several midwest NBC Blue affiliate stations aired The Man Called X a day later]

44-09-30 Ogden Standard-Examiner
KTUA 8:30 The Man Called X

44-10-01 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. -- The Man Called X (WENR): international crime story
based on disappearance of pendulum from an imported Swiss cuckoo clock.

Announces
Music Box theme as next
44-10-07
4
Title Unknown
N
[Location: Swiss Alps ]

44-10-07 Hayward Review
7:30 P.M.--KGO, Man Called X

44-10-08 Wisconsin State Journal
11:00 Man Called X--WENR
44-10-14
5
Murder in a West Indian Church
N
[Location: West Indies]

44-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. -- Man Called X (WENR): Herbert Marshall in "
Murder in a West Indian Church."
44-10-21
6
Title Unknown
N
44-10-22 Wisconsin State Journal
11:00 Man Called X--WENR
44-10-28
7
Title Unknown
N
4-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
11:00 Man Called X--WENR
44-11-04
8
Title Unknown
N
[Location: Brussels, Belgium]

44-11-04 Hayward Review
7:30 P.M.--KGO, Man Called X

44-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. -- Man Called X (WENR):
drama laid in Brussels.
44-11-11
9
Title Unknown
N
44-11-11 Wisconsin State Journal
11 p.m. -- The Man Called (WCFL):
new time and day starring Herbert Marshall.
44-11-18
10
Title Unknown
N
44-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 Man Called X--WCFL
44-11-25
11
Title Unknown
N
44-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 Man Called X--WCFL
44-12-02
12
Title Unknown
N
44-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 Man Called X--WCFL
44-12-09
13
Title Unknown
N
44-12-16
14
Title Unknown
N
44-12-23
15
Title Unknown
N
44-12-30
16
Title Unknown
N
45-01-06
17
Title Unknown
N
45-01-13
18
Title Unknown
N
45-01-20
19
Title Unknown
N
45-01-27
20
Title Unknown
N
45-02-03
21
Title Unknown
N
45-02-10
22
Title Unknown
N
45-02-17
23
Title Unknown
N
45-02-24
24
Title Unknown
N
45-02-24 Evening Independent
9:30 P.M. Man Called X Herbert Marshall stars as an international detective in this series of absorbing dramas.
45-03-03
25
Title Unknown
N
45-03-10
26
Title Unknown
N
45-03-17
27
Title Unknown
N
Ge Ge Pearson co-stars





45-06-12
1
Title Unknown
N
45-06-08 Dunkirk Evening Observer
Bob Hope and Hildegarde bowed out of the NBC picture temporarily Tuesday night, to be replaced, respectively, by a drama series labeled "The Man Called X," featuring Herbert Marshall, and Sigmund Romberg and a concert orchestra. Hope will spend the summer abroad entertaining soldiers.
Both programs will resume Sept. 11.

45-06-19
2
Title Unknown
N
45-06-26
3
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Lost Oil Shipment
N
45-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m. — Man Called X (WIBA): trails lost oil shipment
45-07-03
4
Title Unknown
N
45-07-10
5
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Troublesome Prodigy
N
45-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—Man Called X (WIBA):
Mr. X
has trouble with a child
prodigy
45-07-17
6
Three Scraps of Paper
N
[Location: Paris, Istanbul, & Barcelona]

45-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—Man Called X (WIBA): Mr. X finds important secret in three scraps of paper in Paris, Istanbul, and Barcelona.
45-07-24
7
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Tracing Scrambled Messages
N
[Location: Denmark]

45-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m. Man Called X (WIBA): goes to Denmark to trace scrambled code messages.
45-07-31
8
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Intrigue In Greece
N
[Location: Greece]

45-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Man Called X (WIBA): Herbert Marshall finds intrigue in Greece.
45-08-07
9
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Traveling Circus
N
[Locations: France and Spain]

45-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—Man Called X (WIBA): joins circus traveling the
French-Spanish Border
45-08-14
10
Diamonds for the Argentine Fourth Reich
Y
[Location: Argentina]

45-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m. — The Man Called X (WIBA):
a gang of Nazis in Argentina are set upon setting up a fourth Reich

Announces The Greece Spot as next
45-08-21
11
The Greece Spot
N
[Location: Athens, Greece]

45-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 NBC Man Called X

45-08-21 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00--WMAQ--
The Man Called X, starring Herbert Marshall.

45-08-28 Washington Post
10:00 The Man Called X (Herbert Marshall)
45-08-28
12
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Nazi Underground in Bombay
N
[Location: Bombay, India]

45-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m. — The Man Called X (WIBA): Mr. X
uncovers Nazi underground ring in Bombay.
45-09-04
13
Title Unknown
N





46-06-18
1
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Hunt for Nazi Treasure
N
46-06-09 Amarillo News-Globe
Bob Hope will leave the air Tuesday night with his 8 o'clock broadcast over NBC to be replaced with "A Man Called X" with Herbert Marshall on June 18.

46-06-16 Amarillo News-Globe
"The Man Called X," with Herbert Marshall, will begin a 14-week series on NBC Tuesday night at 8 o'clock. It will be a replacement for the Bob Hope show.

46-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m, — The Man Called X (WIBA): Herbert Marshall as "Mr, X"
hunts for sunken Nazi treasure in first of summer drama series.
46-06-25
2
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Nazi War Prisoner's Revenge
N
46-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m. — The Man Called X (WIBA): Herbert Marshall in
story of revenge plot hatched by Nazi war prisoner.
46-07-02
3
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Nazi Underground Railroad
N
46-07-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m. — The Man Called X (WIBA): searches for
an underground railroad through which Nazi Gestapo chiefs are smuggled out of Germany.
46-07-09
4
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
A Murder In Scotland
N
[Location: Scotland]

46-07-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m. — The Man Called X (WIBA); solves a murder in Scotland.

46-07-09 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Herbert Marshall , as Ken Thurston, solves a murder case in Scotland on ''The Man Called X'' heard at 9 over WHIS.
Scottish scientists, about to leave for American with secret documents, are mysteriously blown up ih his laboratory. The trail of death leads Thurston and his adhesive shadow, Pegon Zellschmidt (Leon Belasco) into mysterious company, including that of a beautiful and dangerous woman (Cathy Lewis). Milton Merlin writes the story and Felix Mills the music.

46-07-16
5
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
War Criminal Roundup
N
[Location: Japan]

46-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m. -- The Man Called X (WIBA): rounds up a group of escaped war criminals in Japan.

46-07-16 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
" THE MAN CALLED X"
Japan will be the locale of NBC's--WHIS's "The Man Called X " when Detective Ken Thruston played by Herbert Marshall,
outwits a group of escaped war criminals who are systematically murdering pro-U.S. Japanese.
In the role of Kitsune, Japanese newsman, will be Tony Barrett. Cathy Lewis will play Florence Cruzan, and an enemy agent. Jack Johnstone produces the adventure drama. Herbert Marshall portrays the role of Mr. X.
46-07-23
6
The Stolen Lavalier
Y
46-07-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m. — The Man Called X (WIBA):
trails a French actress who is involved with a gang of international jewel thieves.

46-07-30
7
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Vacation Mystery in Maine
N
[Location: Maine]

46-07-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m. -- The Man Called X (WIBA): finds a mystery while on vacation in Maine.

46-07-30 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
ARSON OFF THE MAINE COAST
Putting aside his customary concern with cases of international intrigue. Mr. X goes to a small Island off the Maine coast for a vacation. There
he meets two elderly spinsters and two pretty young nieces, and everything goes peacefully until Mr. X's cabin is set afire and he discovers a bit of foul play. It happens during "The Man Called X" broadcast tonight at 9.

46-08-06
8
Waltzing Matilda
N
[Location: Australia]

46-08-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m. — The Man Called X (WIBA): "Waltzing Matilda."

46-08-06 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
MAN CALLED X
An unfinished telephone call lrom a mysterious stranger In Australia sends NBC's "The Man Called X" to Sydney, where he finds murder, adventure and a beautiful woman in an episode entitled "
Waltzing Matilda."
Herbert Marshall plays the title role, Leon Belasco is Pegon Zellschmidt and Barbara Eilers is the woman in the case.
46-08-13
9
Just Plane Trouble
N
46-08-13 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
THERE'S MURDER IN THE AIR
Herbert Marshall, as Ken Thurston,
"The Man Called X," takes to the air to solve a murder mystery, "
Just Plane Trouble" tonight at 9 over WHIS.

The story was written by Malcolm
Meacham, well known Broadway writer who is substituting for Milton Merlin this week.

Mary Jane Croft, making her first appearance on the show, will play the part of the mysterious woman in the case. "The Man Called X" is produced by Jack Johnstone. Music is under the direction of Felix Mills.

46-08-20
10
The Perils of Pegon
N
46-08-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m. — The Man Called X (WIBA): Herbert Marshall, in "The Perils of Pegon."

46-08-20 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
"PERILS OF PEGON"
Pegon Zellschmidt, played by Leon Belasco. gets into more trouble than usual In the "
Perils of Pegon," NBC's—WHIS "The Man Called X" broadcast tonight at 9 over WHIS, Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, master detective. Milton Merlin is scriptwriter and Jack Johnstone director.
46-08-27
11
Wheat Germ
N
[Location: Europe]

46-08-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m. — Man Called X (WIBA): becomes involved in a wheat ranch mystery in Europe.

46-08-27 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
MAN CALLED X
Tonight's plot, deals with International intrigue and Herbert Marshall as Mr. X becomes involved in a Wheat ranch mystery in war-devastated Europe. The episode is entitled "
Wheat Germ."
46-09-03
12
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
In Search of A Terrible Killer
N
[Location: Tierra del Fuego, Argentina]

46-09-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m. — Man Called X (WIBA): journey to tip of South America in search of a terrible killer.

46-09-03 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
9:00 p. m. Man Called X . Herbert Marshall, as Ken Thurston, will
journey to Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America in search of a killer.

46-09-10
13
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Trailing A
Black Market Gang
N
46-09-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p. m. — Man Called X (WIBA): trails black market gang from New York to Spain.
46-09-17
14
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Trailing An International Killer
N
[Final Summer 1945 Episode]

46-09-17 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
9 p. m. The Man Called X . Ken Thurston, played by Herbert Marshall,
sets out on the trail of an internationally known killer.

46-09-17 Salamanca Republican-Press
Tuning Tonight
NBC—10 Man Called X finale

46-09-24
--
--
--
Bob Hope Returns from Summer Vacation





47-04-03
1
Antarctic Expedition
Y
[Title provenanced by transcription]
[Location: Santiago, Chile]

47-04-03 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (9:30 p.m.) With Herbert Marshall in the title role, Ken Thurston, private investigator with the world for his beat, "The Man Called X" bows in for
a new series of CBS broadcasts. "X" is not conventional corpse-mystery. It's an unusually absorbing adventure-intrigue mystery, with each episode a fast-moving thriller.
47-04-10
2
Blood Will Tell
N
[Location: South America]

47-04-10 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (9:30 p.m.) Herbert Marshall, starred as Ken Thurston in "The Man Called X," is heard in another thrilling adventure, "
Blood Will Tell." Thurston travels to South America to crack down on a black market in plasma. Complications set in when he meets a beautiful girl aboard ship, and the girl turns out to be the daughter of the suspected racketeer.
47-04-17
3
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Mr Messler and the Insurance
Y
[Location: New York City, New York]

47-04-17 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (9:30 p.m.) A ship, heavily insured, fails to reach its Central American destination. Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, "The Man Called X," investigates with an eye on a marine indemnity racket. In his search, Thurston is offered help by a strange and beautiful woman.
47-04-24
4
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Acme Oil Refinery
Y
[Location: Middle East]

47-04-24 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (9:30 p.m.) T he oil fields of the Middle East are the scene of a drama-packed investigation as Herbert Marshall, in the starring role of Ken Thurston, the "Man Called X," looks into sabotage of refineries. Deeds of violence complicate the investigation.
47-05-01
5
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Quarantined Cattle
N
[Location: Middle East]

47-05-01 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Herbert Marshall, "The Man Called X," goes into action to keep huge herds of diseased cattle out of the United States. As Ken Thurston, international investigator, Marshall finds a mass supply of diseased cattle about to cross the border. "The Man Called X" is faced with the necessity of breaking the case before the cattle can be shipped.
47-05-08
6
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Mystery of The Indian Legend
N
47-05-08 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) When is an Indian legend not a legend? That's the question that Herbert Marshall will have to find the answers to when as "The Man Called X," he is faced with the mystery of a famous Indian legend supposedly comes to life.
47-05-15
7
Stamp Story
Pretty Little Scraps of Paper
Y
[Title provenanced by transcription]
[Location: Central America
]

47-05-15 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) With a gorup in Central America plotting hemispheric trouble, Herbert Marshall as "The Man Called X" is off to the seat of the scheme. In an episode titled "Pretty Little Scraps of Paper," Marshall plays the role of Ken Thurston, international investigator.
47-05-22
8
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Relief Goods Racket
N
[Location: The Orient]

47-05-22 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) When hijackers go to work in relief warehouses in Shanghai, Herbert Marshall, as "The Man Called X," flies to the Orient for a series of adventures. Attempting to trace the channels by which relief goods are transferred to the black market, Mr. X finds himself in mortal danger.
47-05-29
9
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Danger Over The Hump
N
[Location: India]

47-05-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) The Hump, dangerous air route between India and Burma, suddenly becomes far more dangerous than usual, particularly for several prominent American citizens, when Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, "The Man Called X," takes off for India to investigate.
47-06-05
10
Swindle In Honolulu
Y
[Title provenanced by transcription]
[Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
]

47-06-05 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) X plus X plus GI is an equation leading to trouble for "The Man Called X," when Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, international investigator, hops off for Honolulu to stop a dangerous imposter, posing as Mr. X, who is busy swindling veterans.
47-06-12
11
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Danger Over the Himalayas
N
[Location: The Himalayas]

47-06-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Herbert Marshall, "The Man Called X," flies to India to investigate the disappearance of prominent Americans in flights over the Himalayas. Marshall boards a plane at Karachi and it soon becomes obvious that either the crew members or an aloof English girl, also aboard, have the secret of the plane crashes.
47-06-19
12
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Tomb-Raider Rifles
Y
[Locations: Cairo, Egypt]

47-06-19 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) an international gangster using coffins stolen from ancient Egyptian tombs to hide lend-lease rifles smuggled from Egypt to Mecca, draws Herbert Marshall as "The Man Called X." halfway around the world to investigate a strange case. "Mr. X," in turn resorts to some secrets of the ancients to smash the pirate ring.

a.k.a. Silver Scarab

47-06-26
13
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Stolen Rembrandts in Rio
Y
[Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil]

47-06-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Four paintings by Rembrandt disappear from a museum and Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, "The Man Called X," is called upon to investigate. Violence directed against 2 men closely associated with the paintings adds an element of peril to the case.

a.k.a
Rembrandt In Rio

47-07-03
14
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Sweet Sabotage
N
[Location: Cuba]

47-07-03 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) A plot which threatens to bring about reinstatement of sugar rationing takes Herbert Marshall, as "The Man Called X," to Cuba for a thrill-packed investigation. Sinister forces plan to sabotage an enormous sugar crop, consigned for shipment to the United States, but "Mr. X" upsets the conspiracy.
47-07-10
15
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Kidnapped Nuclear Scientist
N
[Location: Port Au Prince, Haiti]

47-07-10 Mason City Globe Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) The disappearance of a scientist, working on means of protection against the radioactivity which follows atom bomb attacks, takes Herbert Marshall, as Mr. X, to Port Au Prince. Enemy agents who have kidnapped the scientist, planning to force him to reveal the secrets he has discovered, plots X's death, but are thwarted in dramatic fashion.
47-07-17
16
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
A Fishy Cannery
N
[Location: The Arctic Circle]

47-07-17 Mason City Globe Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Reports from an Alaskan Cannery of activities that sound more than a little fishy, take Herbert Marshall, as "Mr. X," to the Arctic Circle for a spine-chilling investigation. The man whose original plea brought "X" to Alaska disappears at sea, and members of the fishing fleet report strange doings at the fishing grounds.

47-07-24
17
Destination Manila
Y
[Title provenanced by transcription]
[Location: Enroute to San Francisco;
Referenced provenance describes a different episode]

47-07-24 Mason City Globe Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Smallpox is an ingredient of a major crime which takes Herbert Marshall, as "Mr. X," to the Mexican border. With an epidemic threatening X finds that several victims of the disease have been smuggled across the line from Mexico to Arizona, at an immense profit to the smuggler. Battling not only disease but a man's greed, Mr. X faces danger at every turn in his investigation.

a.k.a Destination Manila

47-07-31
18
Run Thief, Run
N
47-07-31 Mason City Globe Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) What seems to be an open and shut jewel theft case develops surprising complexities, when Herbert Marshall, as Mr. X, investigates the disappearance of the famed Shalimar ruby. The solution seems obvious when "X" discovers that Andzia, girl friend of the count who owned the gem, is a known jewel thief. However, Mr. X has to resort to clever trickery to break the case.

47-08-07
19
Till Death Do Us Part
Will You Marry Me
Y
[Location: Lisbon, Portugal]

47-08-07 Mason City Globe-Gazette - The Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Actor Herbert Marshall, star of "The Man Called X," delves into the racket whereby a foreigner can marry an American just to set o America and finds in the background of these "marriages" an undercurrent of blackmail and murder predominating. The story throbs with mystery as Mr. X flies to Lisbon to investigate.

a.k.a.
Will You Marry Me
47-08-14
--
Pre-Empted
N
47-08-14 Mason City Globe-Gazette - not aired; CBS "We Went Back."

47-08-21
20
The Lost Ones
Y
[Location: Nogales, New Mexico]

47-08-21 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Herbert Marshall as "Mr. X," summoned to the southwestern part of the United States to investigate a threatened epidemic of fatal small pox, finds that all victims of the disease were smuggled into Arizona, across the Mexican border, at an immense profit to the smuggler. "X" realizes he is battling not only a disease, but also a mind sick with greed.

47-08-28
21
The Least Of These
N
[Location: Yucatan, Mexico]

47-08-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Herbert Marshall as Mr. X is off to the jungles of Yucatan to help simple Indian chicle hunters who are fighting a losing battle against gangsters. The gangsters are bent on robbing the natives of the chicle crop, used in the manufacture of chewing gum.

47-09-04
22
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Throne of Tay-Ninh
N
[Location: French Indo-China]

47-09-04 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Herbert Marshall as Mr. X is off to French Indo-China, looking for a group of missing explorers. The missing men, engaged in a search for the long-lost gem-encrusted throne of the ancient Tay-Ninh, seem to be victims of brigands also bent on acquiring the antiquity. Leon Belasco is heard with Marshall, as Pegon Zellschmidt.

47-09-11
23
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Innocent Counterfeiter
N
[Locations: San Diego and Singapore]

47-09-11 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) Herbert Marshall as Mr. X meets a shady night club hostess, a variety of sinister characters and a hail of machine-gun fire. In his efforts to nail an international counterfeiting gang. His pursuit of the gang leads from San Diego to Singapore and into the quarters of a harmless-looking citizen whom none would suspect of passing a red traffic light.

47-09-18
24
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
An Atomic Pack of Cigarettes
N
47-09-18 Mason city Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) A microfilm record of atom bomb secrets almost falls into the hands of a foreign power and Herbert Marshall, as Mr. X goes into action to protect the secrets. The film is concealed in a pack of cigarets, and it's up to X to see to it that the alien agents don't get the particular smokes they want. Johnny Green conducts the musical setting for the story.

47-09-25
25
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
G.I. Housing Scam Racket
N
47-09-25 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (8:30 p.m.) A GI housing racket, in which war veterans are being fleeced of their savings, arounses the anger of Herbert Marshall, "The Man Called X." He is called into the case when one of the gang perpetrating the racket meets with violent retaliation. Johnny Green conducts the program's music.

47-10-02
26
No One Wins on Zero
Y
[Location: Monte Carlo, Monaco]

47-10-02 Mason City Globe Gazette - Man Called X (9:30 p.m.) A formula affecting the future of atomic energy comes into the possession of The Man Called X," and he 'is forced to guard it against spies. Herert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, international investigator known as "Mr. X." Johnny Green conducts the musical setting for the story. NOTE TIME CHANGE.

47-10-09
27
All That Glitters
Y
[Location: The Philippines]

47-10-09 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (9:30 p.m.) An international ring of black marketeers dealing in gold comes in for investigation by Herbert Marshall as "Mr. X." The gang is suspected of diverting gold earmarked for the United States treasury, thereby threatening the stability, of the national economy. Johnny Green is musical director for the program.

47-10-16
28
Timber Country
Y
[Location: Tulsa, Oregon]

47-10-16 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (9:30) Saboteurs whose destruction of timber lands threatens to undermine the United States' forest conservation program come in for investigation by "The Man Called X." Their depradations in wooded areas are directed by a racketeer who hopes to gain financially by a lumber shortage. Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, international investigator known as "Mr. X."

47-10-23
29
No Greater Evil
N
47-10-23 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (9:30 p.m.) Individuals so low as to stoop to sabotaging a wheat harvest that would take bread out of hungry mouths, is the problem confronting Mr. X on the thrill-filled, program. Ken Thurston, known as "The Man Called X" and portrayed by actor Herbert Marshall, finds himself in the midst of a plot concocted by grafters, to make off with a harvest of grain that is assigned to the World Food administration.

47-10-30
30
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Missing Ecuadorian Gold
N
47-10-30 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Man Called X (9:30 p.m.) Herbert Marshall, as Mr. X, dons a diving suit to hunt 10 million dollars in Ecuadorian gold, missing from a sunken steamer. The gold, it seems has been earmarked for the purchase of agricultural machinery sorely needed for rehabilitation purposes in Ecuador. But international criminals try to put a crimp in the relief project.

47-11-02
31
Ashes to Ashes
Y
[Location: Half Moon Bay, California]

47-11-01 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Sunday Man Called X (7:30 p.m.) Herbert Marshall, as "Mr. X," is supported by a cast which includes Leon Belasco as Pegon Zellschmide, ne'er-do-well cosmopolite who is sometimes on X's side, sometimes against him, depending on which side offers the greater opportunity for profit.

47-11-09
32
Written in the Sands
Y
[Location: Algeria]

47-11-08 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Sunday Man Called X (7:30 p.m.) A Sacred seal, symbol of power over superstitious natives, falls into the possession of an unscrupulous man who used his authority for evil purposes, and Mr. X goes to work to stop his scheming. The leader's lust for power nearly leads the natives to destruction, until Mr. X steps in. Herbert Marshall stars in the title role.
47-11-16
33
Journey to Xenophon
Black Market Streptomycin
Y
[Location: Athens, Greece]

47-11-15 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Sunday Man Called X (7:30 p.m.) Wondering what happens to certain shipments of streptomycin, the "Wonder drug," being sent to Europe's needy, Herbert Marshall as Mr X investigates and finds that quantities of the drug are being stolen by racketeers.

Features Alan Reed and Cathy Lewis

a.k.a. Trip to Xenephon or Sailing To Xenephon

47-11-23
34
Report from the Arctic
Y
[Location: Plymouth, Massachusetts]

47-11-22 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Sunday Man Called X (7:30 p.m.) The disappearance of important data painfully assembled by an Arctic expedition in months of toil and suffering, send Mr. X sleuthing through frozen wastes. Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, international investigator.

Title announced on air on 47-11-16

47-11-30
35
Checkmate in Tahiti [100th Broadcast]
Y
[Location: Tahiti]

47-11-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Sunday Man Called X (7:30 p.m.) Sly saboteurs destroying important projects and the nefarious plan behind their ruthlessness is the dangerous setting Mr. X ventures into on the punch-packed mystery program. The star of the show, Herbert Marshall, will conduct special ceremonies commemorating the "Centennial Broadcast."

47-12-07
36
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Shipment Condemned
Y
[Location: Montevideo, Uruguay]

47-12-14
37
Delta Concerto
Y
[Location: Bogota, Columbia]

47-12-13 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Sunday Man Called X (7:30 p.m.) A man who plots to seize control of a Central American country and make himself dictator runs afoul of Herbert Marshall as "Mr. X," international investigator. Mr. X first suspects that something is amiss when the country suddenly becomes anti-American. Then a ship, supposedly carrying fruit, is found to be loaded down with guns.
47-12-21
38
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
From A Starlit Hill
Y
[Location: Bethlehem]

47-12-20 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Sunday Man Called X (7:30 p.m.) In a departure from his weekly investigations of crimes with international implications, Herbert Marshall, as Mr. X, stars in a holiday fantasy. The story deals with a little girl, convinced that the world has gone mad, and "Mr. X's" effort to prove she's wrong.

47-12-28
39
Hindering Hi-Jackers
Y
[Location: Naples, Italy]

47-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Man Called X (WBBM): Hindering Hi-Jackers.

a.k.a. Assignment -- Naples
48-01-04
40
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Spot the Eight Ball
Y
[Location: London, England]
48-01-11
41
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Spirit of the Snows

Y
[Location: Mt. Lambapaba, Bhutan]

48-01-18
42
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Rani of Shalakar
Y
[Location: Shalakar, India]

48-01-25
43
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Carbon-14
Y
[Location: Los Angeles, California]

48-02-01
44
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
One Way to Makassar
Y
[Location: Makassar on the Java Sea]

48-02-08
45
A Tiger for the Lady
Y
[Title provenanced by transcription]
[Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico]

48-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m. -- Man Called X (WBBM): explosives in innocent looking "machinery" crates.
48-02-15
46
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Guns on the Niger
Y
[Location: The Niger]

a.k.a. Guns Along the Niger
48-02-22
47
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Operation Silver
Y
[Location: Valley Forge, PA]

48-02-29
48
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Storm over the Alps
Y
[Location: Geneva, Switzerland]

48-03-07
49
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Passport to Danger
Y
[Location: Luxembourg]

48-03-14
50
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Pickled Chemist
Y
[Location: New York City, New York]

48-03-21
51
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
One Sailor Died Twice
Y
[Location: San Pedro, California]

48-03-28
52
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
A Ruby for Pearl
Y
[Location: Paraguay]

48-03-29 Mason City Globe-Gazette - At 7:30 Herbert Marshall as the "Man Called X" stops gem smugglers in another global case.
48-04-04
53
Title Unknown
N
48-04-04 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m. -- Man Called X (WBBM): and the radium robbers.
48-04-11
54
Title Unknown
N
48-04-18
55
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Radium Mystery
N
48-04-18 Long Beach Press-Telegram - 9:00--KNNX--Quite a bit of Radium is missed and Ken Thurston "The Man Called X" does some sleuthing and finally solves the mysterious disappearance.
48-04-25
56
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Black Market Plasma
N
48-04-25 Syracuse Herald Journal - Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, global troubleshooter who is known as THE MAN CALLED X over WFBL Sunday nights at 8:30. Tonight he exposes an oriental black market in blood plasma. Listen!

48-05-02
57
Title Unknown
N
48-05-09
58
Title Unknown
N
48-05-16
59
N
48-05-15 Mason City Globe-Gazette - Sunday Crimes which extend beyond national boundaries are solved by the "Man Called X"
48-05-23
60
Title Unknown
N
48-05-30
61
Title Unknown
N
48-06-06
62
Title Unknown
N
[Location: Siam]

48-06-06 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:00—KNX—
A United Stales agent is murdered in Siam and the "Man Called X" steps in to solve the murder during that ailrer.
48-06-13
63
Title Unknown
N
48-06-20
64
Title Unknown
N
48-06-27
65
Title Unknown
N
48-07-04
66
Title Unknown
N
48-07-11
67
Murder in The Pyrenees
N
[Location: The Pyrenees]

48-07-24 Mason City Globe-Gazette
(7:30) "The Man Called X" the invaluable aid of an old parrot, traps International gangsters who take refuge in the Pyrenees

48-07-18
68
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Mission to The Marianas
N
[Location: The Marianas]

48-07-24 Mason City Globe-Gazette
(7:30) "The Man Called X" flies to the Marianas to ferret out a greedy assassin and restore peace among the natives.

48-07-25
69
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Bacterial Bombshell
N
[Location: France]

48-07-24 Mason City Globe-Gazette
(7:30) "X" planes to France to snare a stabber and dispose of a bacterial bombshell that threatens the world.

48-08-01
70
Title Unknown
N
48-08-08
71
Mekong River Dam
Y
[Location: Battambang, Cambodia]
Title provenanced On Air

48-08-05 Cedar Rapids Tribune
Herbert Marshall, in the role of the "Man Called X travels to China to capture a killer end avert destruction of a huge dam project 7:30-8 pm.).

48-08-15
72
The Girl Who Couldn't Remember
The Maggiore Art Collection
Y
[Location: New York City, New York]
Title provenanced On Air

48-08-12 Cedar Rapids Tribune
The "Man Called X" responds to a call for help from a far corner of the globe and engages in a'contest of wits and courage with a band of global criminals (7:30-8p.m.).

48-08-22
73
Displaced In Tavoy
Y
[Location: Rangoon, Burma]
Title provenanced On Air

Features
Alan Reed
48-08-29
74
Contraband
Y
[Location: Monterey, Mexico]
Title provenanced On Air

48-09-05
75
Worth Your Weight In Gold
Y
[Location: Tsingtao, China]
Title provenanced On Air

48-09-12
76
Written In The Sand
Y
[Location: Kangaroo Bay, Australia]

48-09-11 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Man Called X
. . . (7:30 p.m.) International criminals come under the scrutiny of "The Man Called X" with Herbert Marshall starring in the title role.

48-09-19
77
Dangerous Island
Y
[Location: Madagascar]

48-09-19 Cedar Rapids Tribune
A crime affecting world security takes Herbert Marshall to a far corner of the globe on "The Man Called X," (7:30-pm).

48-09-26
78
Laughing Lady
Y
[Location: Sicily, Italy]

48-09-26 Cedar Rapids Tribune
Herbert. Marshall in the role of the fabulous "Man Called X" travels to Sicily to deliver the simple Italian folk from the terror of the Mafia 7:30-8 p m.





50-10-13
1
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Custom Cigarettes
Y
Premiere
[Location: Ankara, Turkey]


50-10-13 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Man Called X (WMAQ): returns to air with Herbert Marshall starring in story of murder on Istanbul Express.50-10-13 Syracuse Herald Journal - HERBERT MARSHALL returns to the airlanes at 8:30 tonight on WSYR in his role of Ken Thurston, "The Man Called X."

The series, first heard in 1944, deals with the adventures of suave Thurston as he travels to the sore spots of the world to quash the intrigues of unscrupulous plotters who promote dangreous ideologies with motives of personal greed. Leon Belasco will again be heard as Pegon Zellschmidt.

50-10-20
2
One-Way to Makassar
Y
[Location: Makassar, Indonesia]

a.k.a
The 'Fish-Peddler' and 'The Net'

50-10-27
3
A Journey to Xenophon
Y
[Location: Athens, Greece]
Title provenanced On Air

50-11-03
4
Title Unknown
Professor Czorny Disappears Behind Iron Curtain
Y
[Location: Prague, Czechoslovakia]

50-11-03 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:00--KFI--When an important atomic scientist disappears behind the Iron Curtain, "The Man Called X" is called in to snatch him from the hands of his captors and back to safety.
50-11-11
5
Rendezvous with Death
Y
Day change from Friday to Saturday
[Location: Rangoon, Burma]


50-11-18
6
Warm Welcome, Sudden Death
Y
[Location: Lhasa, Tibet]

50-11-25
7
A Beautiful Woman, A Foreign Agent and A Submarine
N
[Location: Baja California]
Title provenanced On Air

50-12-02
8
Dr Alvarez's Laboratory
Y
[Location: Antigua, Guatemala]
50-12-09
9
Pipeline for Peace
Y
[Location: Beirut, Syria]
a.k.a. Mr X Goes to Syria

50-12-16
10
Red Messenger
Y
[Location: Straßburg, Austria]
50-12-23
11
From a Starlit Hill

Y
[Location: Bethlehem]

Rebroadcast of Script from 47-12-21
50-12-30
12
Rhythm of Death
Y
[Location: Belgian Congo]
51-01-06
13
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
The Himmler Plates
Y
[Location: Montevideo, Uruguay]

a.k.a. Operation 'Fifty'
51-01-13
14
Title Unknown
Suggestion:
Five Ounces of Treason
Y
[Location: Havana, Cuba]
51-01-20
15
Japanese Underground
Y
[Location: Tokyo, Japan]
Title provenanced On Air

51-01-27 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30—KFI—Mystery, adventure and intrigue take the "Man Called X" to occupied Japan where an attempt is made on his life as soon as he steps off the plane. Herbert Marshall is "The Man" who has these wondrous adventures.
51-01-27
16
Mr. X Rides The Orient Express
Y
[Location: Central Europe]
Title provenanced On Air

51-02-03
17
Pirates Off the Coast of India
Y
[Location: Bengal Bay, India]

51-02-10
18
The Black of Diamonds
Y
[Location: Saar River Basin]
Title provenanced On Air

51-02-10 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:30 KFI The Saar Basin in the Ruhr is the scene of the international struggle when the "Man Called X" plays an important role. Black Diamonds, the coal of the area, is the stage they may even be worth the peace of the world.
51-02-17
19
North of Thirty Eight
Y
[Location: North Korea]
Title provenanced On Air

51-02-17 Corpus Cristi Times
The air will be electric with excitement when Herbert Marshall, as The Man Called X, parachutes into enemy territory north of the 38th Parallel to rescue the world's greatest Oriental expert Tune KRIS at 7:30 tonight for spine-chilling action.
51-02-24
20
A Tiny Bit of Microfilm
Y
[Location: Iran]
Title provenanced On Air

51-03-03
21
Dope Smuggling
Y
[Location: Guadalajara, Mexico]
Title provenanced On Air

51-03-03 Corpus Cristi Times
Listen at 7:30 when Herbert Marshall as The Man failed X faces a special problem. He's got to prove his mercenary frond, Pegon Zellschmidt. innocent of an opium-smuggling charge.
51-03-10
22
Cargo Confidante
Y
[Location: Helena, Montana]
Title provenanced On Air

On the trail of an international smuggling ring The Man .Called X heads for a swank dude ranch in Montana where he meets a man with a scheme designed to wreck the world. Herbert Marshall plays the dashing and adventurous "X" tonight at 7:30.
51-03-17
23
University of Leiden
Y
[Location: Leiden, The Netherlands]
Title provenanced On Air

51-03-24
24
Ken Goes to Guayaquil
Y
[Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador]
Title provenanced On Air

a.k.a.
Missing Witness
51-03-31
25
The Blue Unicorn
Y
[Location: Dublin, Ireland]
Title provenanced On Air

51-04-07
26
India
Y
[Location: Bombay, India]
Title provenanced On Air

51-04-14
27
Treason at White Sands
Y
[Location: Alamogordo, New Mexico]
Title provenanced On Air

51-04-21
28
Race Against Death
Y
[Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico]
Title provenanced On Air

51-04-28
29
Terror Across the Nation
Y
[Location: Syria]
Title provenanced On Air

51-05-04
30
Monte Carlo
Y
Day change from Saturday to Friday

[Location: Monte Carlo, Monaco]
Title provenanced On Air

51-05-07 New Mexican

Actor Serious
After Surgery

HOLLYWOOD, May 7. (UP)— Movie actor Herbert Marshall was seriously ill today following surgery at Cedars of Lebanon hospital. Marshall entered the hospital several days ago for a minor operation. He developed in embolism on the heart while recuperating from the surgery. His wife, Boots Mallory, was at his bedside.

51-05-11
31
Knocked Off His Feet
Y
[Location: Carmel, California]
Title provenanced On Air

51-05-18
32
Enough Intrigue to Fill a Book
Y
[Location: Port Au Prince, Haiti]
Title provenanced On Air

51-05-25
33
A Man, a Girl, A Plot
Y
[Location: Hong Kong]
Title provenanced On Air

NBC, 8:30, Van Heflin substituting for Herbert Marshall who is ill, in Man Called X

Van Heflin as Jim Kendall fills in for Herbert Marshall

51-06-01
34
Stalin Plus Seven
Y
[Location: Bucharest, Romania]
Title provenanced On Air

John Lund as Bill Pringle fills in for Herbert Marshall

51-06-08
35
Black Market Grain in India
Y
[Location: Bombay, India]
Title provenanced On Air

Herbert Marshall returns

51-06-15
36
Amazon River
Y
[Location: Belterra, Pará, Brazil]
Title provenanced On Air

51-06-22
37
Vienna
Y
[Location: Vienna, Austria]
Title provenanced On Air

51-06-29
38
Death and Treasury March Hand In Hand
Y
[Location: Sønderborg, Germany]
Title provenanced On Air

51-07-06
39
The Casbah
Y
Joseph Cotten as Joe Kendall fills in for Herbert Marshall
[Location: Algiers, Algeria]

51-07-13
40
A Flying Trip to Indonesia
Y
[Location: Padang, Sumatra]

51-07-20
41
An Invitation to A Murder
N
[Location: Lyon, France]
Title provenanced On Air

51-07-27
42
Title Unknown
N
51-08-03
43
Title Unknown
N
51-08-10
44
Title Unknown
N
51-08-17
45
Title Unknown
N
51-08-24
46
Title Unknown
N
51-08-31
47
Title Unknown
N
51-09-07
48
Title Unknown
N
51-09-14
49
Title Unknown
N
51-09-21
50
Title Unknown
N
51-09-28
51
Title Unknown
N
51-10-01
52
Operation Big Lie -- The Rumor Factory
Y
Day change from Friday to Mon.
[Location: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.]
51-10-08
53
Title Unknown
N
51-10-15
54
Title Unknown
N
51-10-22
55
Title Unknown
N
51-10-29
56
Title Unknown
N
51-11-05
57
Title Unknown
N
51-11-12
58
Title Unknown
N
51-11-19
59
Title Unknown
N
51-11-26
60
Title Unknown
N
51-12-03
61
Title Unknown
N
51-12-10
62
Title Unknown
N
51-12-17
63
Title Unknown
N
51-12-24
64
Title Unknown
N
52-01-01
65
Petroleum Sabotage In Lima
Y
Day change from Mon. to Tuesday
[Location: Lima, Peru]

52-01-08
66
A Flying Trip to Nowhere
Y
[Location: Enroute to Paris, France]
Title provenanced On Air

52-01-15
67
Icy Slopes of the Matterhorn
Y
[Location: Zermatt, Switzerland]
Title provenanced On Air

52-01-22
68
Casablanca
Y
[Location: Casablanca, Morocco]
Title provenanced On Air

52-01-29
69
Dirty Racket
Y
[Location: San Francisco, California]
Title provenanced On Air

52-02-05
70
The Clicking Buddha
Y
[Location: Tokyo, Japan]
Title provenanced On Air

52-02-12
71
Italy's Raging Floodwaters
Y
[Location: Cori, Italy]
Title provenanced On Air

52-02-19
72
Ha'Penny Stamp
Y
[Location: The Middle East]
52-02-26
73
A Ton of Dynamite
Y
[Location: Orinoco River Basin]
52-03-04
74
The Man Who Died Twice
Y
[Location: Alaska]
52-03-11
75
The Plot To Kill A NATO Pact
Y
[Location: Lisbon, Portugal]
52-03-18
76
The Blue Elephant
N
[Location: Tanganyika]
52-03-25
77
Title Unknown
N
52-04-01
78
Title Unknown
N
52-04-08
79
Title Unknown
N
52-04-15
80
Title Unknown
N
52-04-22
81
Title Unknown
N
52-04-29
82
Title Unknown
N
52-05-06
83
Title Unknown
N
52-05-13
84
Rescue From Czech Uranium Mine
Y
[Location: Czechoslovakia]
52-05-20
85
Ancient Byzantine Bible
Y
[Location: Athens, Greece]
52-05-27
86
Operation Cabal
Y
[Final Episode]
[Location: Anonymous]
Title provenanced On Air





AFRS Globe Theatre - The Man Called 'X' Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-11-22
198
The Man Called X - Murder, Music and A Blonde Madonna
Y
[Location: Umbrati, Italy]
with Hans Conried as Pegon Zellschmidt
William N. Robson produced this episode.
Felix Mills was Music Director.

Herbert Marshall mentions that Hans Conried was performing in his last performance as a civilian in the role of Pegon Zellschmidt, soon after entering the Army as a private. That would date this episode to approximately the month of August 1944 (Conried became Private Conried on 30 August 1944).

44-11-22 Daily Sitka Sentinel
Your host on "Globe Theater" Herbert Marshall, brings you an exciting drama called "The Man Called X" at 9:30. Marshall not only acts as host, he also enacts a leading role. Hans Conried is also heard in a spectacular part.

This program could therefore be:

  • A rare example of the 1944 CBS Run of A Man Called X, denatured for Globe Theatre
  • An original production by Herbert Marshall and the cast of A Man Called X produced for The Globe Theatre
  • By way of a trial balloon recording of The Man Called X for possible syndication.

When we know, you'll know.






AFRS R-Series ''The Man Called X'' Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
4x-xx-xx
xx
The Throne of Tayh-Ninh
Y
[Location: Saigon, Fr. Indo-China]






AFRTS Mystery Theatre - ''The Man Called X'' Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
5x-xx-xx
xx
Smallpox At The Border
N
[Location: Indo-China]


The Man Called 'X' Radio Program Biographies:

Description Details Provenances Logs Biographies



Herbert Marshall [Herbert Brough Falcon Marshall]
(Ken Thurston)

(1890-1966)

Birthplace: London, England, U.K.

Education: Harvard, Munich and Paris Art Institutes

Radiography:
1936 Shell Chateau
1936 Lux Radio Theatre
1938 Texaco Star Theatre
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1939 Silver Theater
1939 Woodbury's Hollywood Playhouse
1940 Kraft Music Hall
1940 Forecast
1940 Canadian Red Cross Emergency Appeal
1940 Community Mobilization For Human Needs
1940 Information Please
1941 The Jell-O Program
1941 Old Gold Program
1942 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1942 Over Here
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1943 Command Performance
1944 What's New
1944 It's Time To Smile
1944 Columbia Presents Corwin
1945 The Star and the Story
1944 The Dinah Shore Program
1944 Cavalcade Of America
1944 Mail Call
1944 Suspense
1944 This Is My Best
1944 The Man Called X
1944 The First Nighter Program
1944 Christmas On the Blue
1944 The Harold Lloyd Comedy Theater
1945 Matinee Theater
1945 V-E Day Special
1945 The Pepsodent Show
1945 Theatre Of Romance
1945 Request Performance
1946 Stars In the Afternoon
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1947 Our Land Be Bright
1947 Lum 'n' Abner
1947 The Constant Invader
1948 Camel Screen Guild Theatre
1948 Hallmark Playhouse
1949 Giselle Of Canada
1949 NBC University Theatre
1950 U.N. Story
1950 Operation Tandem
1951 Guest Star
1951 Hollywood Sound Stage
1954 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1957 CBS Radio Workshop
Meet Corliss Archer
Skippy Hollywood Theater

Herbert Marshall circa 1923
Herbert Marshall circa 1923

Herbert Marshal with his 2nd wife, Edna Best, and Rod LaRoque at a Hollywood fete circa 1932
Herbert Marshal with his 2nd wife, Edna Best, and Rod LaRoque at a Hollywood fete circa 1932

A romantic Herbert Marshall with Miriam Hopkins in Trouble in Paradise (1932)
A romantic Herbert Marshall with Miriam Hopkins in Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Herbert Marshall and Claudette Colbert in Four Frightened People for Cecil B. DeMille (1934)
Herbert Marshall and Claudette Colbert in Four Frightened People for Cecil B. DeMille (1934)

Herbert Marshall and Constance Bennett from A Woman of The World (1935)
Herbert Marshall and Constance Bennett from A Woman of The World (1935)

A suave, sophisticated Herbert Marshall circa 1936
A suave, sophisticated Herbert Marshall circa 1936

Herbert Marshall publicity photo circa 1938
Herbert Marshall publicity photo circa 1938

Herbert Marshall and Bette Davis in The Letter (1940)
Herbert Marshall and Bette Davis in The Letter (1940)

Radio City marquee lit up for Herbert Marshall and Bette Davis in Little Foxes (1941)
Radio City marquee lit up for Herbert Marshall and Bette Davis in Little Foxes (1941)

Herbert Marshall and Joan Fontaine in Ivy (1947)
Herbert Marshall and Joan Fontaine in Ivy (1947)

Herbert Marshall reviews script for A Man Called X at the CBS mike
Herbert Marshall reviews script for A Man Called X at the CBS mike.

''Bart''and ''Boots''. Herbert Marshall and his beloved Boots Mallory at a party honoring Jeanette MacDonald's triumphal recital at The Hollywood Bowl circa 1948
''Bart''and ''Boots''. Herbert Marshall and his beloved Boots Mallory at a party honoring Jeanette MacDonald's triumphal recital at The Hollywood Bowl circa 1948

Herbert Marshall and Vincent Price in The Fly (1958)
Herbert Marshall and Vincent Price in The Fly (1958).

The beloved Herbert Marshall in one of his last publicity photos circa 1961
The beloved Herbert Marshall in one of his last publicity photos circa 1961
From the Cedar Rapids Tribune of July 27, 1944:

Herbert Marshall Started Career As Forelegs of a Horse

By Station WMT

   Here's one for Ripley.

   Herbert Marshall, suave, cultured, man-of-the-world, who plays the title role in CBS' new dramatic series, "The Man Called X," began his theatrical career playing the front part of a horse.  The records fail to state, however, who played the rear end. 
   Marshall the youth was a clerk for a firm of chartered accountants in London, his birthplace.  At the age of 19, however, he entered the theater, first as an assistant stage manager, then as a boxoffice man, and finally as the forelegs of the horse. 
   Following that debut, Marshall played a succession of small parts--count, butler, soldier, sailor in repertory and stock companies.  Finally he reached London, where in the role of Tommy in "Brewster's Millions" he first gained recognition.
   While playing in "Brewster's Millions" Marshall caught the attention of Cyril Maude, subsequently joining the celebrated British actor in "Grumpy," both in London and in the United States.  Marshall appeared as Ernest Haron, "a very nervous character."  Marshall says he was so nervous at the audition, Maude thought he played the part to perfection.
   During World War I, Marshall served with the British army and was severely wounded in the battle of Arras in 1915.  Two months after the Armistice, he joined Sir Nigel Playfair's repertory troupe, and in the following years played in various productions with Marie Lohr, Tallulah Bankhead and other stars.  His first appearance on he screen was with Pauline Frederick, in a silent film.
   In 1925, Marshall appeared on Broadway in "These Charming People," and for the next seven years led the life of a transatlantic commuter, playing in both New York and London.  "Interference" in London and "The High Road" in New York, were among his greatest successes during this period.
   Marshall's final stage appearance was with his first wife, Edna Best, in "There's Always Juliet," on Broadway.  In 1929 he was signed to a picture contract, making his first talking film with Jeanne Eagles in "The Letter."  Last year he again appeared in "The Letter," this time with Bette Davis.  Among his other films are "Rip Tide," with Norma Shearer, "The Painted Veil," with Greta Garbo, "Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble," with Mickey Rooney, and innumerable others.
   By his first marriage, Marshall has one daughter, Sarah.  In February, 1930, the actor was married a second time to Lee Russell.  His second child, Ann, was born June, 1942.  Marshall, nicknamed "Bart" by his friends, is 6 feet tall, weighs 170 pounds, likes dogs, fishing and boating, and belongs to the Green Room club in New York and the Garrick club in London.  He still maintains a family home in Cornwall, England, although he hasn't been there for the last eight years.  "A Man Called X" is heard over WMT, Mondays at 8:30 p.m

As indicated above, Herbert Marshall had trained to become a certified accountant, but it was The Stage that intrigued him the most. What the article didn't mention--out of obvious deference to Marshall's ongoing successful career--is that he lost a leg while serving in World War I, rehabilitating himself with a wooden leg. This didn't dissuade him in the least from continuing to make The Stage his life's work. Marshall simply adjusted for it by employing a deliberately "square-shouldered and guided walk" which remained almost imperceptible to a growing number of his most ardent fans throughout the world.

Herbert Marshall spent fifteen years on The London Stage before making his first film appearance in the British silent film, Mumsie (1927). He seamlessly transitioned directly into talkies once they arrived, and never looked back.

Marshall's highly distinctive, smooth, baritone British accent, combined with an equally distinctive nonchalance in most of his deliveries created an on-screen persona that quickly propelled him onto the 'A' List of both leads and key supporting character roles. His blasé demeanor proved equally effective in light comedy, romantic drama, or in the most foreboding or villainous roles.

By the time he appeared in his first Hollywood film he was almost 40. That film was 1929's The Letter. The comparisons and contrasts between that early performance and his later, more famous and critically acclaimed performance with Bette Davis in 1940's The Letter make for some interesting observations about Marshall's range. In 1929's The Letter he was the murder victim, but by the 1940, at the age of 50, he portrayed the betrayed husband to even greater effect.

Herbert Marshall found himself in great demand throughout the 1930s, appearing in as many as five or six features a year during the period. His most affectionately remembered--and critically acclaimed--roles during the 1930s were Trouble in Paradise (1932) for Ernst Lubitsch and Blonde Venus (1932) with Marlene Dietrich.

Throughout the 1940s Marshall's Film roles naturally evolved into a string of character roles, albeit almost always highly effective and substantive. Alfred Hitchcock cast Marshall as the brilliantly devious pre-World War II peace leader secretly working against peace for the Third Reich. It was a predictably brilliant casting choice by Hitchcock and an equally brilliant opportunity for Marshall to perform against-type, in Hitch's 1940 classic Foreign Correspondent.

In yet another surprise for his adoring fans, Marshall portrayed the malevolent Scott Chavez in 1946's Duel In The Sun. With the nonchalance only a Herbert Marshall could deliver, Marshall quite casually shoots his Indian wife, a cantina entertainer, over her very public cheating.

Some reflection on Marshall's extraordinary Radio career might help to explain why these against-type performances were all the more effective, especially in Marshall's film roles.

Herbert Marshall's Radio career spanned the breadth and depth of The Golden Age of Radio. Indeed, if it's even possible, one might easily conclude that Herbert Marshall found an even more ardent and sympathetic audience over Radio than he ever acquired in Film. His appearances in the finest drama anthologies of the 1930s through 1950s were always greatly anticipated and highly promoted. Marshall's unstinting contributions to the War Effort were equally noteworthy--and utterly altruistic. One is reminded that Marshall lent his efforts to at least twenty Screen Guild Theatre performances in support of the Motion Picture Relief Fund. In addition, Marshall hosted the long-running Globe Theatre for the AFRS for some 180 performances.

Marshall also made Radio history by ushering in the long-running Suspense series with his stirring narration of The Lodger, as directed by Alfred Hitchcock, in 1940's CBS Forecast Season One, Week Two. Suspense wasn't immediately picked up for production, but within two years it was on its way to becoming a Radio legend.

But far and away Marshall's most engaging role was as Ken Thurston throughout the run of The Man Called X (1944-1952). Again, Marshall's nonchalance and unflappable demeanor lent a supreme confidence to Marshall's Ken Thurston character. Marshall's equal facility with the occasional light-comedy elements of the series, playing as he was off of the slippery, yet resourceful, Pegon Zellschmidt made for eight years of some of Radio's most compelling and entertaining espionage drama.

When the 1950s--and Television--arrived, Marshall was entering his 60s. Although his film appearances began to tend toward exploitation, he continued to deliver both highly sympathetic and highly effective performances for his age and maturity in Film. But it was Television through which Marshall found and even greater audience during the remainder of his performing years.

The proliferation of 1950s Playhouse-type drama anthologies seemed designed for his talents and throughout his Television career his performances were anticipated with the same excitement that his first Radio appearances had created. He didn't get the chance to reprise his Ken Thurston character over Television's The Man Called X (1956-57). That role fell to Barry Sullivan. But in one remarkable arc of five episodes of 77 Sunset Strip (1958) Marhsall's performances as Father Anthony, remain five of that series' most sought-after episodes.

Marshall's last Film performance was in 1965's The Third Day, released just a few months before Marshall's passing in January of 1966. His last Television role was in the made for TV movie The Presidency: A Splendid Misery (1964).

Herbert Marshall was married five times, the second time to Edna Best, an extraordinarily gifted actress in her own right. Their union produced the equally successful Sarah Marshall, most remembered for her 1960 Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Goodbye Charlie. The spouse most associated with the era of Marshall's greatest successes in Radio and Film was Boots [Patricia] Mallory, to whom Marshall was married for eleven years until her passing in 1958.

With a career on The Stage of almost 25 years, a Film career of almost 40 years, a Radio career spanning the entire Golden Age of Radio, and a Television career of 15 years, it's easy to understand Herbert Marshall's almost universal appeal to a worldwide audience. The exemplars of his craft in Film, Radio and Television stand as an eduring tribute to Marshall's well-earned--and deserved--reputation as one of America's most beloved and respected actors.




Leon Belasco
[
Leonid Simeonovich Berladsky ]
(Pegon Zellschmidt )

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1902-1988)

Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine, Russia

Radiography:
1941 Nothing But The Truth
1945 Mail Call
1946 The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1947 The Man Called X
1951 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Leon Belasco circa 1930
Leon Belasco circa 1930

Leon Belasco performs before the mike (1934)
Leon Belasco performs before the mike (1934)

Sheet Music for 1934's Where There's Smoke There's Fire, featuring Leon Belasco and his Orchestra
Sheet Music for 1934's Where There's Smoke There's Fire, featuring Leon Belasco and his Orchestra

Leon Belasco appeared in 478 Stage appearances of Silk Stockings as Brankov (1955)
Leon Belasco appeared in 478 Stage appearances of Silk Stockings as Brankov (1955)

Leon Belasco was immortalized in this Al Hirschfeld illustration of the original Stage cast of Silk Stockings with Hildegarde, Don Ameche, David Opatashu and Philip Sterling
Leon Belasco was immortalized in this Al Hirschfeld illustration of the original Stage cast of Silk Stockings with Hildegarde, Don Ameche, David Opatashu and Philip Sterling

Leon Belasco as Babu in Son of Ali Baba (1952)
Leon Belasco as Babu in Son of Ali Baba (1952)
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Leon Belasco was prepared for a musical career at several music schools throughout Japan and Manchuria. Belasco's musical training eventually took him to First Violin for the Tokyo Symphony. Leon Balasco later formed and led his own orchestra. Though he made his first film in 1926, his Film, Stage and Radio careers didn't take off until 1939.

Together with Leonid Kinsky and Mischa Auer, Belasco was one of Hollywood's favorite comic Russians, invariably cast as an excitable musician, choreographer or aesthete. He also registered well in sinister roles, especially in World War II and Cold War espionage features.

On Radio, Leon Belasco enjoyed a seven-year run as Pegon Zellschmidt on The Man Called X (1945-1952), as the weasily black marketeer, informant, neer-do-well foil to Herbert Marshall's Ken Thurston, The Man Called X.

In Film, Leon Belasco enjoyed a 35-year career spanning some 110 feature films in a bewildering array of eccentric, villainous, or ethnic character roles.

On the Stage, Belasco's career almost ended before it started. His portrayal of Ezequiel in 1942's The Flowers of Virtue opened, then closed after only four performances. But Belasco recovered very nicely thirteen years later with his appearance in Silk Stockings (1955-56), most remembered for his character, Brankov, and his 478 performances of the song Hail, Bibinski!.

Belasco returned to the Stage a year later as Arturo in Happy Hunting (1956-57), and two years later as Gendels in the comedy Once More With Feeling (1957-58).

Belasco's most fondly remembered Television role was as the exasperating landlord, Appopoplous, on My Sister Eileen (1960), but his Television career was as ambitious as his Film career, posting some fifty, highly varied appearances over a 27-year career on the small screen. His Television credits included I Love Lucy, Maverick, The Twilight Zone, Chrysler Theatre, My Favorite Martian, The Dick Van Dyke Show, My Three Sons, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Beverly Hillbillies, Little House on The Prairie, and Trapper John, M.D.

Given the breadth and versatility of Leon Belasco's multi-faceted career it's dfficult to choose one of his triumphal characterizations or talents over the other, but for hundreds of thousands of The Man Called X fans throughout the world, it has to be his fascinating characterizations as Pegon Zellschmidt for at least 60+ appearances during The Golden Age of Radio.

Leon Belasco passed away in 1988 at the age of 85, only eight years after his last appearance on Television. A lasting tribute to one of the Entertainment Industry's most versatile, enjoyable artists--and characters.



William Henry 'Will' Wright
(The Chief )
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1891-1962)

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.A

Radiography:
1942 Mayor Of the Town
1943 This Is My Story
1943 Cavalcade Of America
1944 Suspense
1944 Harold Lloyd Comedy Theatre
1945 The Eddie Bracken Show
1946 The Jack Kirkwood Show
1947 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1948 Your Movietown Radio Theatre
1948 In Your Name
1948 The Amazing Mr Tuft
1948 The Baby Snooks Show
1948 Errand Of Mercy
1948 The Amos 'n' Andy Show
1949 My Home Town
1949 Camel Screen Guild Theatre
1949 Four Star Playhouse
1949 Let George Do It
1950 The Adventures Of Christopher London
1950 Night Beat
1950 The Story Of Doctor Kildare
1950 The Man Called X
1950 Here Comes Mr Kitzel
1951 Guest Star
1951 Tales Of the Texas Rangers
1951 The Lucky Strike Program
1951 Romance
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1951 Wild Bill Hickok
1951 The Railroad Hour
1951 The Pendleton Story
1952 The Great Gildersleeve
1952 My Little Margie
1953 The Roy Rogers Show
1953 Bakers' Theatre Of Stars
1953 Rogers Of the Gazette
1953 Lux Radio Theatre
1953 The Six Shooter
1953 You Were There
1953 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1954 That's Rich
1954 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1955 The Lone Ranger
1955 Our Miss Brooks
1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1956 Gunsmoke
1958 Frontier Gentleman
1958 Heartbeat Theater
1959 The Jack Benny Program
The Adventures Of Maisie

Will Wright circa 1959
Will Wright circa 1959

Will Wright as John Chamberlain in Sugarfoot from December 24, 1957
Will Wright as John Chamberlain in Sugarfoot from December 24, 1957

Will Wright as Pete, at Firehouse 7 from Leave It To Beaver from February 7, 1958
Will Wright as Pete, at Firehouse 7 from Leave It To Beaver from February 7, 1958

Will Wright as Frank Goody from The Real McCoys, January 30, 1958
Will Wright as Frank Goody from The Real McCoys, January 30, 1958

Will Wright circa 1958
Will Wright circa 1958

Will Wright as Chuck Clark in the Perry Mason episode The Case of The Petulant Partner (1959)
Will Wright as Chuck Clark in the Perry Mason episode The Case of The Petulant Partner (1959)

Will Wright circa 1961
Will Wright circa 1961

Will Wright as Ben Weaver from The Andy Griffith Show of March 5, 1962, which aired three months before Will Wright's passing
Will Wright as Ben Weaver from The Andy Griffith Show of March 5, 1962, which aired three months before Will Wright's passing.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Will Wright was a newspaper reporter before he caught the Vaudeville bug and took to the Stage. After both appearing in, and staging several plays throughout America, he eventually found his way to Hollywood during the late 1930s. By the 1940s he was finding regular work as a durable and versatile character actor.

Will Wright's Stage career didn't end with those first productions between 1920 and 1930. During the late 1950s, Will Wright [as William H. Wright] co-wrote The Man In The Dog Suit with Albert Belch. The play was an adaptation of the Edwin Corle novel of the same name. It ran for 58 performances at the Coronet Theatre. As Will Wright, he later appeared as 'Doc' Spooner in Happy Town (1959) at the 54th Street Theatre, closing after only five performances.

Wright's Film career spanned twenty years and 140 feature films, beginning as Mr. Tucker in Blondie Plays Cupid (1940) and ending with his role as Dr. Pearsall in the original Cape Fear, which premiered in April 1962, just two months before Will Wright's death in June of 1962. One of Hollywood's more ubiquitous character actors of the period, Wright most often appeared as crusty, world-weary, or irrascible older characters, ranging from sod-busters and house-dicks to judges and generals--and virtually every crusty codger in-between. In one of his most memorable roles, Wright appeared as the duplicitous House Detective, 'Dad' Newell in The Blue Dahlia (1946) with Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and William Bendix.

Will Wright's voice was clearly one of his greatest assets, despite that wonderful, craggy, dour, and elastic face. He was heard as Friend Owl in Walt Disney's classic animated feature, Bambi (1942), but that same unmistakable voice also propelled him into a Radio career at the same time he began his Film career. Wright's Radio career was as versatile and far-reaching as his Film career.

In addition to reprising his screen role as 'Doc' Newell in the Camel Screen Guild Theatre production of The Blue Dahlia (49-04-21), Wright regularly appeared in an extraordinary array of character roles between 1941 and 1961, a radiography spanning some 2,000 appearances over Radio. Wright was a returning ensemble player in some of Radio's most popular programs throughout his remarkable career. With recurring credits in Suspense, Let George Do It, The Adventures of Maisie (he'd also appeared with Ann Sothern in Maisie Was A Lady in 1941), The Adventures of Christopher London, Here Comes Mr. Kitzel, Tales of The Texas Rangers, Wild Bill Hickok, The Great Gildersleeve, The Roy Rogers Show, Rogers of The Gazette, The Six Shooter, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Our Miss Brooks, and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

Will Wright starred in The Amazing Mr. Tuft (1948) over Radio. But Will Wright's most memorable recurring role for many of his Radio fans was as the The Chief in The Man Called X (1949-1952). Never really identified, The Chief was ostensibly one of the State Department's most powerful intelligence directors--if one accepted the premise of the program.

One of those all too familiar character actors, Will Wright, God bless his memory, seemed to have been born old. Even in his mid-40s he seemed as if he'd seen everything a man could see of the world. That craggy, elastic, world-wizened face seemed capable of expressing every nuance any senior citizen could conjure up. And yet, he wasn't that chronologically old during his most successful early years in Film and Radio.

But Will Wright wasn't done yet. When Television took off, Will Wright took off with it. Again quickly becoming one of the new popular medium's most recognizable faces, Will Wright appeared in virtually every successful recurring Television program from The Golden Age of Television.

With at least 140 known Television credits, that number will more likely rise to 300-400 as more of his exemplar appearances reenter circulation. Wright's range in Television was certainly the equal of his Film and Radio careers. But Television simply underscored what many of his Film fans had already learned--Wright was a regular scene-stealer. That fact can't have escaped the notice of the producers of the many 'laugh track' and live audience situation comedies he appeared in over the years. But even in straight dramatic roles, one couldn't help but notice every nuance of his performances.

His versatility and popularity as a character actor found him returning over and over in recurring roles in Television. He appeared regularly in Fury, Sugarfoot, Bat Masterson, Ozzie and Harriett, General Electric Theatre, Dennis The Menace, Rawhide, Perry Mason, Maverick, Laramie, Bonanza, and perhaps most memorably in The Andy Griffith Show.

Widely beloved, gifted, durable character actor, Will Wright, passed away from cancer in 1962 at the age of 71. And yet despite the appearance of advanced age in virtually every role he undertook throughout his extraordinary career, the exemplars of his work, in Radio especially, remind us that he possessed one of Radio's strongest, most authoritative and unmistakable voices.



William N. Robson
(Producer)

(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


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.




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