I Led 3 Lives
|I Led 3 Lives|
Opening title screen
|Also known as||''I Led Three Lives''|
|Written by||Lee Berg|
|Directed by||Eddie Davis|
Henry S. Kesler
Herbert L. Strock
|Narrated by||Richard Carlson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||117|
|Executive producer(s)||Frederick W. Ziv|
Julius J. Epstein
Henry S. Kesler
Herbert L. Strock
|Cinematography||Monroe P. Askins|
John B. Woelz
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Ziv Television Programs|
|Distributor||Ziv Television Programs|
Peter Rodgers Organization
|Original release||October 1, 1953 –|
January 1, 1956
I Led 3 Lives (also known as I Led Three Lives) is an American drama series syndicated by Ziv Television Programs from October 1, 1953, to January 1, 1956. The series stars Richard Carlson. The show was a companion piece of sorts to the radio drama I Was a Communist for the FBI, which dealt with a similar subject and was also syndicated by Ziv from 1952 to 1954.
The series was loosely based on the life of Herbert Philbrick, a Boston advertising executive who infiltrated the U.S. Communist Party on behalf of the FBI in the 1940s and wrote a bestselling book on the topic, I Led Three Lives: Citizen, 'Communist', Counterspy (1952). The part of Philbrick was played by Richard Carlson. The "three lives" in the title are Philbrick's outward life as a white-collar worker, his secret life as a Communist agent, and his even more secret life as an FBI operative helping to foil Communist plots.
I Led 3 Lives lasted 117 episodes. Philbrick served as a technical consultant,:37 with Carlson narrating each episode.:86 The episodes often had very little to do with the actual events of Philbrick's life as related in his book—Philbrick is credited with only 5 of the 117 screenplays. Screenplays gradually became more and more outlandish, featuring, for example, such supposed "Communist plots" as the conversion of household vacuum cleaners into tactical missile launchers with which the Communists intended to destroy America's Nike anti-aircraft defensive missiles, and "ghost guns" (untraceable firearms) with which the Communists intended to assassinate their political enemies.
In popular culture
The title of the TV series I Had Three Wives, which aired briefly in 1985, is a pun on the name of the original; it was an otherwise unrelated comedy-drama about a private detective's three ex-wives, who cooperate on cases.
- Richard Carlson – Herbert Philbrick
- Virginia Stefan – Eva Philbrick
- Patricia Morrow – Constance Philbrick
- Charles Maxwell – Special Agent Joe Carney
- William Hudson – Special Agent Mike Andrews
- John Beradino – Special Agent Steve Daniels
- John Zaremba – Special Agent Jerry Dressler
- Ed Hinton – Special Agent Henderson
- Vivi Janiss as Comrade Elaine in "Gun Running" and Comrade Endora in "Counterfeit"
- Eve McVeagh as Miss Cutler in "Commie Dies"
- Ewing Mitchell as Mr. Collins in "Defense Plant Security"
- Victor Rodman as Comrade Arthur in "Commie Dies"
- "Herbert Philbrick, 78, F.B.I. Spy Who Inspired TV Series in the 50s". The New York Times. August 18, 1993. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- Grams Jr., Martin (2007). I Led 3 Lives: The True Story of Herbert A. Philbrick's Television Program (PDF). BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1593930929 – via martingrams.biz.
- "Freedom Awards Given To Host Of Americans". Sandusky Register. Sandusky, Ohio. February 22, 1956. p. 23. Retrieved November 27, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- Awards for I Led 3 Lives on IMDb
- Geerhart, Bill (January 23, 2011). "The Best of 'I Led Three Lives'". CONELRAD Adjacent. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
- Grams Jr., Martin (2007). I Led 3 Lives: The True Story of Herbert A. Philbrick's Television Program. BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1593930929.
- Kackman, Michael (1998). "Citizen, Communist, Counterspy: I Led 3 Lives and Television's Masculine Agent of History" (PDF). Cinema Journal. 38 (1): 98–114. doi:10.2307/1225737. JSTOR 1225737 – via Middlebury College Language Schools.