Chicago Deadline (Aired March 24, 1950)
Screen Director's Playhouse is a popular radio anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, and original directors of the films were sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations, and a brief "curtain call" with the cast and host at the end of the program. The series later had a brief run on television. The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. THIS EPISODE: March 24, 1950. NBC network. "Chicago Deadline". Sponsored by: RCA. The case of the murder of a girl that nobody every heard of! Alan Ladd, Raymond Burr, Lewis Allen (guest screen director), Jim Backus, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), William Lava (composer, conductor), Howard Wiley (producer), Tiffany Thayer (author), Bill Cairn (director), Richard Allen (adaptor). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index. Tough reporter Ed Adams (Alan Ladd) wants to get the full story behind the apparent suicide of a young woman. It seems that the girl left behind a notebook with a list of seemingly unrelated names. Adams tracks down each one of the persons cited in the notebook, slowly but surely putting the pieces together. Once the basic mystery is solved, however, there's one surprising loose end left to be tied up.