The Man Called X

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The Man Called X is an espionage radio drama that aired on CBS and NBC from July 10, 1944, to May 20, 1952.[1] The radio series was later adapted for television and was broadcast for one season, 1956–1957.

People[edit]

Herbert Marshall had the lead role of agent Ken Thurston/"Mr. X", an American intelligence agent[2] who took on dangerous cases in a variety of exotic locations.[1] Leon Belasco played Mr. X's comedic sidekick, Pegon Zellschmidt,[1] who always turned up in remote parts of the world because he had a "cousin" there. Zellschmidt annoyed and helped Mr. X.

Jack Latham was an announcer for the program,[2] and Wendell Niles was the announcer from 1947 to 1948.[1][3] Orchestras led by Milton Charles, Johnny Green, Felix Mills,[2] and Gordon Jenkins supplied the background music.[1]

The series was created by Jay Richard Kennedy[citation needed] who later adapted The Man Called X to a 39-episode syndicated television series (1956–1957) starring Barry Sullivan as Thurston for Ziv Television.[4]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1956)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"For External Use Only"Eddie DavisStory by : Ladislas Farago
Teleplay by : Stuart Jerome, Harold Swanton, and William P. Templeton
January 27, 1956 (1956-01-27)
22"Ballerina Story"Eddie DavisLeonard HeidemanFebruary 3, 1956 (1956-02-03)
33"Extradition"Eddie DavisEllis MarcusFebruary 10, 1956 (1956-02-10)
44"Assassination"William CastleStuart JeromeFebruary 17, 1956 (1956-02-17)
55"Truth Serum"Eddie DavisHarold SwantonFebruary 24, 1956 (1956-02-24)
66"Afghanistan"Eddie DavisLeonard HeidmanMarch 2, 1956 (1956-03-02)
77"Embassy"Herbert L. StrockLaurence Heath and Jack RockMarch 9, 1956 (1956-03-09)
88"Dangerous"Eddie DavisGeorge CallahanMarch 16, 1956 (1956-03-16)
99"Provocateur"Eddie DavisArthur WeissMarch 23, 1956 (1956-03-23)
1010"Local Hero"Leon BensonEllis MarcusMarch 30, 1956 (1956-03-30)
1111"Maps"Eddie DavisJack RockMay 4, 1956 (1956-05-04)
1212"U.S. Planes"Eddie DavisWilliam L. StuartApril 13, 1956 (1956-04-13)
1313"Acoustics"Eddie DavisOrville H. HamptonApril 20, 1956 (1956-04-20)
1414"The General"Eddie DavisLeonard HeidemanApril 27, 1956 (1956-04-27)

Season 2 (1956-1957)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
151"Missing Plates"Eddie DavisJack RockSeptember 27, 1956 (1956-09-27)
162"Enemy Agent"Eddie DavisTeleplay by : Gene LevittOctober 4, 1956 (1956-10-04)
173"Gold"Eddie DavisJack LairdOctober 11, 1956 (1956-10-11)
184"Operation Janus"Eddie DavisTeleplay by : Jack Rock and Art WallaceOctober 18, 1956 (1956-10-18)
195"Staff Headquarters"Eddie DavisLeonard HeidemanOctober 25, 1956 (1956-10-25)
206"Underground"Eddie DavisWilliam L. StuartNovember 1, 1956 (1956-11-01)
217"Spare Parts"Eddie DavisJack LairdNovember 8, 1956 (1956-11-08)
228"Fallout"Eddie DavisTeleplay by : Arthur WeissNovember 15, 1956 (1956-11-15)
239"Speech"Eddie DavisTeleplay by : Ande LambNovember 22, 1956 (1956-11-22)
2410"Ship Sabotage"Eddie DavisJack RockNovember 29, 1956 (1956-11-29)
2511"Rendezvous"Eddie DavisEllis MarcusDecember 5, 1956 (1956-12-05)
2612"Switzerland"Eddie DavisLeonard HeidemanDecember 12, 1956 (1956-12-12)
2713"Voice On Tape"Eddie DavisTeleplay by : Leonard HeidemanDecember 19, 1956 (1956-12-19)
2814"Code W"Eddie DavisArthur WeissDecember 26, 1956 (1956-12-26)
2915"Gas Masks"Eddie DavisTeleplay by : Jack RockJanuary 3, 1957 (1957-01-03)
3016"Murder"Eddie DavisLee BergJanuary 10, 1957 (1957-01-10)
3117"Train Blow-Up"Eddie DavisEllis MarcusFebruary 6, 1957 (1957-02-06)
3218"Powder Keg"Jack HerzbergLes Crutchfield and Jack RockFebruary 13, 1957 (1957-02-13)
3319"Passport"Eddie DavisNorman JolleyFebruary 20, 1957 (1957-02-20)
3420"Forged Documents"Eddie DavisCharles MergendahlFebruary 27, 1957 (1957-02-27)
3521"Australia"Lambert HillJack RockMarch 6, 1957 (1957-03-06)
3622"Radio"Eddie DavisGeorge CallahanMarch 13, 1957 (1957-03-13)
3723"Business Empire"Leslie GoodwinsHerbert Purdum and Jack RockMarch 20, 1957 (1957-03-20)
3824"Hungary"Eddie DavisFritz Blocki and George CallahanMarch 27, 1957 (1957-03-27)
3925"Kidnap"Eddie DavisGeorge CallahanApril 4, 1957 (1957-04-04)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 431-432. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. man called x espionage.
  2. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2015). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-4766-0528-9. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  3. ^ Wilk, Ralph (January 2, 1948). "Los Angeles" (PDF). Radio Daily. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 November 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal (1989). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987'. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 35. ISBN 0-7864-1198-8.

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