OLD TIME RADIO - 12 AUDIO CD - 24 Shows
Total Playtime: 11:34:37
Nightbeat was a radio drama series that aired on NBC from February 6, 1950 until September 25, 1952, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and Wheaties.
Frank Lovejoy starred as Randy (originally "Lucky") Stone, a reporter who covered the nightbeat for the Chicago Star, encountering criminals and troubled souls. Listeners were invited to join Stone as he "searches through the city for the strange stories waiting for him in the darkness."
Ripperologist editor Paul Begg offered this description of the series:
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat... starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star, looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a "quality" show, and it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to cover much in a short time. There was a good supporting cast, orchestra and sound effects. "The Slasher," broadcast on 10 November 1950, the last show of season one, has a very loosely Ripper-derived plot in which Stone searches for an artist.
Supporting actors included Joan Banks, Parley Baer, William Conrad, Jeff Corey, Lawrence Dobkin, Paul Frees, Jack Kruschen, Peter Leeds, Howard McNear, Lurene Tuttle, Martha Wentworth and Ben Wright.
The format was recreated, with Lovejoy as Stone, on an episode of the television anthology series, Four Star Playhouse ("Search in the Night" 5 November 1953).
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500724 (25) The Devil's Bible
500731 (26) City at Your Fingertips
500807 (27) Old Blind Pop
500814 (28) Gunner's Last Fight
500821 (29) Doctor's Secret
500113 (Audition) The Elevator Caper
500904 (31) Old Home Week
500911 (32) The Hunter Becomes the Hunted
500918 (33) Wanna Buy a Story
500925 (34) A Case of Butter
501006 (35) The Kenny Day Amnesia Case
501013 (36) Elinar Pierce and Family
501020 (37) Judge Arnold's Daughter
501027 (38) The Doctor's Daughter
501103 (39) The Black Cat
501110 (40) The Slasher
510304 (41) Big John McMasters
510518 (42) Juke Box Romance
510525 (43) Fear
510601 (44) Will of Mrs Orloff
510608 (45) The Search for Fred
510615 (46) Otto, The Music Man
510622 (47) Sanctuary
510629 (48) Byline for Frank