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The Tenth Man Radio Program

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Background

We doubt seriously that The National Mental Health Foundation set out to create a particularly historic set of dramas in producing this series, but upon reflection, its reach certainly exceeded its grasp in this instance. This often overlooked series of social dramas is remarkable in several respects. As with, for example, The Encore Theatre, it unites the 13 dramas of the run with a unique, unifying theme--dramatic mental health situations. In Encore Theatre it's medical breakthroughs that are the focus of each dramatic presentation

But these were not simply infomercials by any stretch. Each drama creates its own, compelling case for one mental health issue or another, and while never preachy about its resolution--or lack of resolution--it does indeed illustrate, through drama, a poignant mental health issue demanding further examination by Post-War America.

To those ends, this series both accomplishes its mandate, and delivers some very compelling dramatic entertainment at the same time. Each production was well directed, produced and voiced by some of the finest talent in Radio.

Indeed, despite the years of advances in the treatment of Mental Health issues, it becomes obvious listening to each new episode that we still have a great distance to cover in fully resolving the Mental Health issues confronting the Nation even now. This series wears well in that respect, and fills an interesting niche of any collection of Golden Age Radio. It's brief enough to listen to the entire run, as well as rewarding for it's gentle but effective reminders of the mental health challenges that still face at least one in ten of our fellow citizens.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Social Dramas with a uniting Mental Illness theme.
Network(s): National Broadcasting Corporation (Sustaining).
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 47-10-17 01 Punishment Without Crime (the story of Dorothea Dix)
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 47-10-17 to 48-01-09; NBC; Thirteen, 15-minute programs; Fridays, 10:00 p.m. or 10:15 p.m..
Syndication: The National Mental Health Foundation.
Sponsors: The National Mental Health Foundation.
Director(s): Drex Hines
Principal Actors: Jackson Beck and others
Recurring Character(s): None.
Protagonist(s): Each episode highlighted either victims of mental illness or champions of mental health reform.
Author(s): Technical Advisor: Dr. Dallas Pratt
Writer(s) Jack Nair
Music Direction: Unknown
Musical Theme(s): Unknown Organ Music
Announcer(s): Jackson Beck; Ralph Bellamy [Narrator]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
13
Episodes in Circulation: 13
Total Episodes in Collection: 13
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Webster University and newspaper listings.

Notes on Provenances:

We invite you to compare our fully provenanced research with the '1,500 expert researchers' at the OTRR and their The Tenth Man 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.

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OTRisms:

We're bewildered as to how the OTRR arrived at their obviously arbitrary dating and sequencing of The Tenth Man:

  • The references they provide on their OTRRpedia The Tenth Man References tab provide absolutely no substantiation for their log. The radioGOLDINdex cites no such dating. Their own 'Radio Times' reference is simply a reprint of their 'Certified Complete' statement from their 'Certified Complete' archive.org posting--which is equally, and understandably, inaccurate.
  • There were only thirteen programs to research. How hard can it be to find thirteen programs in their correct order, given the vast resources of 1,500 'expert researchers'?
  • As is their practice, they never disclose their own, 'original' research sources or methodology. Completely understandable, given that they almost never really do any of their own, original research in the first place.
  • The title of Episode No. 8 is Out of the Shadow, not Out of the Shadows

For a thirteen episode run, the OTRR scored 92% on titles and can't even remotely substantiate their dating sequence beyond the first date.

Even more bewildering is the OTRR's continuing practice of monkeying with the encodes that they post on archive.org. Here's what their current encodes on archive.org really look like in either OTTER or many devices that fraudulently misled downloaders use, to attempt to play, or display, anything from the OTRR's various archive.org 'Certified Collections':

Date Ep. Title Encode Duration
47-10-17 01 Punishment Without Crime 40-44 23m43s
47-10-31 02 The Silent Men 32-44 29m21s
47-11-07 03 The Child Is Father to the Man 56-44 16m53s
47-11-14 04 The Old Folks at Home 40-44 24m51s
47-11-21 05 Which World for Susan 48-44 18m56s
47-11-28 06 Love Without Words 32-44 27m44s
47-12-05 07 On Wings of Clay 32-44 28m30s
47-12-12 08 Out of the Shadows [sic] 32-44 29m14s
47-12-19 09 Figs from Thistles 32-44 29m05s
47-12-26 10 Doctor Troubleshooter 48-44 19m11s
48-01-02 11 The Tie That Binds 32-44 29m13s
48-01-09 12 Out of Sight out of Mind 32-44 28m52s
48-01-16 13 The Lady and the Lawmakers 32-44 28m36s

ALL of The Tenth Man episodes were around 13 minutes in actual duration. The last two fields in the above table have lost favor with .mp3 collectors over the years. They waste space on a portable device and they don't add any practical labelling information to an .mp3 collection on an iPod or other such device. They can, however, determine what a portable device displays on its screen or other display device as it's playing. Those two fields are usually 'gearhead' stuff. The very fact that they've lost favor with the majority of contemporary otr .mp3 collectors, is the reason that the braintrust at the OTRR figured they could get away with this kind of nonsense.

The 'Encode' column above discloses the actual encode rate that the OTRR messes with before posting any of their "Certified, super-duper accurate" series to archive.org. The last column discloses the 'duration' that a decoding device 'thinks' the recording is--and displays--based on the OTRR's exceedingly petty encoding ploys. Note that after the OTRR monkeys around with the encodes, it's impossible for a portable device like an iPod or Zune or other .mp3 player to determine the actual duration of any of the OTRR's encodes. It can only interpolate or extrapolate it, depending on the sophistication of the decoder. And, of course, being what they are, the OTRR withholds the fact that they've monkeyed with their archive.org-posted encodes to intentionally deceive people foolish enough to download any of their nonsense. Compare the table above to the following table from our own Definitive Collection of The Tenth Man:

Date Ep. Title Encode Duration
47-10-17 01 Punishment Without Crime 64-44 13m05s
47-10-24 02 The Silent Men 64-44 13m10s
47-10-31 03 The Child Is Father to the Man 64-44 13m17s
47-11-07 04 The Old Folks at Home 64-44 13m15s
47-11-14 05 Which World for Susan 64-44 13m19s
47-11-21 06 Love Without Words 64-44 13m07s
47-11-28 07 On Wings of Clay 64-44 13m14s
47-12-05 08 Out of the Shadow 64-44 13m21s
47-12-12 09 Figs from Thistles 64-44 13m07s
47-12-19 10 Doctor Troubleshooter 64-44 13m12s
48-12-26 11 The Tie That Binds 64-44 13m10s
48-01-02 12 Out of Sight out of Mind 64-44 13m13s
48-01-09 13 The Lady and the Lawmakers 64-44 13m13s

Note that with the correct encoding restored to the recordings, any device, portable or otherwise--even OTTER--can decode--and display--the correct duration of the recording. Is that important? To many collectors and avid .mp3 player users it's every important indeed. To the OTRR, not so much. After all, what do they care what this nonsense does to your own catalogs and playlists? In their view, leaving their 'unmistakeable mark' on a recording is more important than preserving these recordings' integrity.

One can't help but wonder whether the Old Time Radio Researchers might actually one day find the time to do actual research if they weren't devoting so much of their effort to grandstanding or devising ways to deceive everyone who downloads their hobbled nonsense from archive.org.


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The Tenth Man Series Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
47-10-17
1
Punishment Without Crime
Y
[First Episode]

Dorothea Dix

47-10-17 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—PREMIERE 'The Tenth Man' with Ralph Bellamy, Documentary Drama for National Mental Health Foundation—WNEW.
47-10-24
2
The Silent Men Profound Depression

47-10-24 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
47-10-31
3
The Child Is Father to the Man
Y
Child Psychology

47-10-31 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
47-11-07
4
The Old Folks at Home
Y
Mental Health in the Aged

47-11-07 Bridgeport Telegram
10:15—'The Tenth Man'
47-11-14
5
Which World for Susan?
Y
Adolescent Psychology

47-11-14 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
47-11-21
6
Love Without Words
Y
Communication in Relationships

47-11-21 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
47-11-28
7
On Wings of Clay
Y
Occupational Therapy

47-11-28 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
47-12-05
8
Out of the Shadow
Y
Stigma of Mental Illness

47-12-05 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
47-12-12
9
Figs from Thistles
Y
Coping with Mental Retardation

47-12-12 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
47-12-19
10
Doctor Troubleshooter
Y
Coping with Stress

47-12-19 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
47-12-26
11
The Tie That Binds
Y
Recovering from Mental Illness

47-12-26 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
48-01-02
12
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Y
Ignoring Mental Illness

48-01-02 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
48-01-09
13
The Lady and The Lawmakers
Y
Public Indifference to Mental Illness

48-01-09 Bridgeport Telegram
10:00—'The Tenth Man'
[ Last Episode ]






The Tenth Man Biographies




Dorothea Lynde Dix
(Teacher, Nurse, and Mental Health Reformer)

(1802-1887)
Birthplace:
Hampden, Maine
Education: Tutored and self-educated



"Man is not made better by being degraded; he is seldom restrained from crime by harsh measures, except the principle of fear predominates in his character; and then he is never made radically better for its influence."
-- Dorothea Dix c. 1861


Dorothea Dix has been referred to as "the most effective advocate of humanitarian reform in American mental institutions during the nineteenth century". Her extraordinarily unique career was shaped almost entirely by her formative years.

Born to an itinerant Methodist preacher and his wife, she was the first of three children born to Joseph Dix and Mary Bigelow Dix. Her father was an abusive alcoholic and her mother was an often battered wife.

Her toxic and unstable family situation eventually led her to live at her paternal grandmother's home in Boston. Her grandmother, a wealthy Boston Society matron, undertook her private education and social upbringing at the family mansion.

Stricken with as yet undiagnosed tuberculosis during her adolescence, the stresses of her abusive childhood and the pressures of conforming to her grandmother's notions of what was best for her during her adolescent years left her often ill and the victim of infrequent bouts of internal hemhorrhaging throughout her life.

Despite these debilitating circumstances, Dorothea Dix embarked on a career of often frustrated attempts to create mental health reform throughout Europe and the United States.

Her initial inspiration had been an 1841 visit to the East Cambridge Jail when she was 39. Having volunteered to teach Sunday School classes to the female inmates, her first impressions of the jail were utter shock and despair. The conditions were abominable, with mentally ill inmates co-mingled with the criminal population. When she asked why there was neither heat, furnishings of any kind, nor sanitation in the jail she was simply told that "the insane do not feel heat or cold".

Radical for their time, her views on the care of the mentally ill met great resistance throughout her career as a mental health reformer, but she managed to demonstrate, over and over again, the beneficial effects of humane mental health treatement and it's ability to rehabilitate thousands of mentally ill patients that modern society throughout the world had traditionally written off as incurable.



Ralph Rexford Bellamy
(Narrator)

Radio, Television, Film and Stage Actor
(1904-1999)

Birthplace: Chicago, IL

Radiography:
1937
The Baker's Broadcast
1938
Chase and Sanborn Hour
1938
National Mobilization For Human Needs
1939
Lux Radio Theatre
1940
Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1943
Cavalcade Of America
1944
Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1945
War Town
1945
Theatre Of Romance
1945
Harold Lloyd Comedy Theatre
1945
Sing For The Seventh
1945
We The People
1946
Radio Reader's Digest
1947
Lest We Forget
1947
Our Town
1947
The Tenth Man
1947
Studio One
1948
Marine Story
1949
Turning Points
1952
Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street
1955
Biography In Sound
1957
It Can Happen To You


Ralph Bellamy c. 1942
Ralph Bellamy c. 1942

Bellamy entering The Philharmonic Auditorium, c. 1932
Bellamy entering The Philharmonic Auditorium, c. 1932

Ralph Bellamy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Greer Garson, filming 'Sunrise At Campobello' at Hyde Park in 1960
One of the great supporting actors of all time, Ralph Bellamy lends an authoritative, sympathetic, and commanding narration to this important, public service series. As can be seen in his radiography at the left, Ralph Bellamy's radio work comprised predominately social or patriotic themed, public service radio programs. This is a direct reflection of Bellamy's long history of championing worthy social causes.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bellamy embarked on an acting career right out of high school, joining a traveling Shakespeare company of actors and, over the next five years appearing with stock and repertory companies affiliated with the Chautauqua Road Company, bringing classic stage plays and dramas thoughout the Wheat Belt of America. By 1927 he'd formed his own small repertory troupe.

In 1929 he made his first Broadway appearance in 'Town Boy' and by 1931 he'd made his first film appearance in 'The Secret Six', as the bootlegging gangster, Johnny Franks. This was the first of over 100 films he'd undertake during his highly successful career as a solid, versatile, A-List supporting actor. His wide range of characterizations became widely respected throughout the industry.

Golden Age film buffs will remember him for Best Supporting Actor nomination for 1937's 'The Awful Truth' and his four 'Ellery Queen' movies in 1940 and 1941. His brilliant characterization of F.D.R. in Dore Schary's play 'Sunrise at Campobello' brought him a Tony award in 1958 for Best Dramatic Actor, and he later reprised that role in the 1960 movie of the same name.

An early champion of actor's rights, he was one of the founding members of The Screen Actors' Guild, and served four terms as the President of Actor's Equity between 1949 and 1954 . Indeed, Bellamy's courage in positioning Actors' Equity well to the left of Hollywood by resisting blacklisting, ensured that many of those blacklisted in Hollywood found work in The Theater. Under Bellamy, Actors Equity developed standards to protect members against charges of Communist Party membership or showing left-wing sympathies.

Ralph Bellamy's television career spanned the entire era of the Golden Age of Television, beginning with his starring role in the long running 'Man Against Crime' series from 1949-1954. This was one of the better early crime series of the era, with Bellamy as Mike Barnett, a gritty, clever New York Detective. Bellamy appeared in well over 200 more television episodes throughout the second half of his acting career.



Jackson Beck
(Announcer)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1912-2004)
Birthplace:
New York City, NY

Radiography:
1936
The March of Time
1937
Other People's Lives
1939
Ideas That Came True
1941
We, The People
1942
Soldiers of The Press
1942
Superman
1942
The Columbia Workshop
1942
Hop Harrigan
1942
The Cisco Kid
1943
Todd Grant Gets the Story
1943
Lest We Forget
1943
This Is Our Enemy
1943
Words At War
1944
The Man Behind The Gun
1944
Inner Sanctum

1944
Creeps By Night
1944
Dangerously Yours
1945
The Brownstone Theatre
1945
Hercule Poirot
1945
The Adventures of The Falcon
1946
Boston Blackie
1947
The Tenth Man
1947
CBS Is There
1948
Philo Vance

. . . and literally hundreds more.

Jackson Beck as 'Cisco Kid', c. 1942


Jackson Beck, c. 2000

I should probably have recused myself from writing this piece about Jackson Beck. He's one of my three favorite voice actors of all time--via any medium. From 'The Cisco Kid', to 'Superman', to 'Philo Vance' and on through innumerable radio, television and film roles, Jackson Beck's voice remains one of the top ten most recognized voices of the twentieth century. The irony is, I doubt that one out of ten people who've heard his voice would know who they'd just listened to. When prompted they'd simply refer to that guy with the deep, commanding voice.

'The Tenth Man' brought together two of the great voice talents of the era--Jackson Beck and Ralph Bellamy. Hearing Jackson Beck as the announcer and Ralph Bellamy as the narrator during all 13 episodes is a very rare opportunity. Two highly accomplished and acclaimed actors, both at the very height of their popularity and influence, lending their combined skills to such a noble effort, speaks volumes about the social commitment of actors of their calibre.

A New York City native from birth, Jackson Beck epitomized the stereotypical, cosmopolitan, big-city, impeccably dressed, know-it-all New Yorker of legend. But his versatility as a voice talent always showed a commanding ability to capture the complete attention and imagination of the listener, no matter the medium. During a career spanning almost 69 years Jackson Beck lent that commanding, compelling, reassuring voice to thousands of radio episodes and literally hundreds of film and television projects. Indeed, The RadiGOLDINdex site cites almost 1,400 individual entries in it's database for Jackson Beck appearances in Golden Age Radio era episodes.

Always in demand, Jackson Beck never wanted for work his entire career. Both a quick study, as well as a versatile ad-libber and expositionist, he rarely--if ever--broke character, and built a long-standing reputation as one of the rocks of the industry. From roles as fanciful as Walt Disney's 'Prince Charming', and 'Brutus' or 'Bluto' from the Popeye series', to the weightiest narrations of serious, patriotic documentaries, his delivery was always spot on, commanding, rivetting, and most of all--memorable.

Jackson Beck's work on 'The Tenth Man' was typical of the many social and patriotic series that Beck undertook throughout his career. In this public service series Beck doubled as announcer and performer in several episodes, lending his weighty presence to the roles that demanded the authority of his voice.

Jackson Beck was interred in Brooklyn, next to his father, Max Beck, and his grandfather, Joseph Beck, an emigre from Saxony, who founded the Joseph Beck and Sons Distillery.

He's already dearly missed, but thousands of his admirers are diligently working to ensure that his body of work will never be forgotten.



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