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 wasnt. It
is generally regarded as a "quality" show, and it stands
up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isnt 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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Nightbeat episode list
50.02.20 A WORLD ALL OF HIS.mp3
50.03.06 NIGHT BEAT.mp3
50.04.16 A WORLD ALL HIS OW.mp3
50.05.01 MENTALLO THE MENTA.mp3
50.05.01 NIGHTMEAT 013 MENT.mp3
50.05.08 ELEVATOR CAPER.mp3
50.05.15 THE NIGHT WATCHMAN.mp3
50.05.22 I WISH YOU WERE DE.mp3
50.05.22 NIGHTBEAT 016 IWIS.mp3
50.05.29 HARLAN MATTHEWS ST.mp3
50.06.05 THE GIRL FROM KANS.mp3
50.06.12 FOOTBALL PLAYER AN.mp3
50.06.19 VINCENT AND THE PA.mp3
50.06.26 THE JUVENILLE GANG.mp3
50.07.03 LORAINNE ADAMS EXE.mp3
50.07.10 TWILL BE THE DEATH.mp3
50.07.17 MOLLY KELLER.mp3
50.07.31 CITY AT YOUR FINGE.mp3
50.07.31 NIGHTBEAT 026 THEC.mp3 50.07.31 TELEPHONE.mp3
50.08.07 NIGHT BEAT.mp3
50.08.07 OLD BLIND POP.mp3
50.08.14 GUNNER'S LAST FIGH.mp3
50.08.21 DOCTOR'S SECRET.mp3
50.09.04 OLD HOME WEEK.mp3
50.09.11 THE HUNTED BECOMES.mp3
50.09.18 WANNA BUY A STORY .mp3
50.09.25 A CASE OF BUTTER.mp3
50.10.06 KENNY DAY'S AMNESI.mp3
50.10.27 DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER .mp3
50.11.03 THE BLACK CAT RA.mp3
50.11.10 THE SLASHER.mp3
50.12.28 THE EXPECTANT FATH.mp3
51.03.04 BIG JOHN MCMASTERS.mp3
51.05.18 JUKEBOX ROMANCE.mp3
51.06.01 THE WILL OF MRS OR.mp3
51.06.08 THE SEARCH FOR FRE.mp3
51.06.15 OTTO, THE MUSIC MA.mp3
51.06.22 SANTUARY RA.mp3
51.06.29 A BYLINE FOR FRANK.mp3 (duplicate) 51.06.29 BYLINE FOR FRANK R.mp3
51.07.13 ANTON'S RETURN.mp3
51.12.28 EXPECTANT FATHER.mp3
51.12.28 REPORTER BECOMES A.mp3
52.06.01 DOLLY GRAHEM RAILR.mp3
52.06.19 DOLLY GRAHEM RAILR.mp3
52.07.31 FLIGHT FROM FEAR.mp3
52.08.14 HIS NAME WAS LUKE.mp3
52.08.21 THE MAN WITH THE R.mp3 52.09.04 BOMB ON THE DENVER.mp3
52.09.11 UNDERSTUDY.mp3 52.09.25 THE BUG KILLINGS R.mp3