Target For A Week (Aired May 22, 1952)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and 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 pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects.
May 22, 1952. "Target For A Week"
- NBC network. Sustaining. Randy Stone is accused of being a killer by "Panagen," the mysterious muckraking columnist for the opposition Chicago paper. It appears Randy's going to be executed along with Johnny Liggett! Well written! Frank Lovejoy, Joan Banks, Peter Leeds, Lou Krugman, William Conrad, Warren Lewis (producer, director), Robert Armbruster (music), David Ellis (writer). 30:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.