Frank Race
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The Adventures of Frank Race was a syndicated show, out of Bruce Ells Productions in Hollywood, and began airing on radio in the spring of " (. A total of 43 episodes were produced, broadcast first on the East coast " (-50, and then on the West coast 1951-52. The title hero was described in the introduction by announcer Art Gilmore with these words: "Before the war, FRANK RACE worked as an attorney, but he traded his law books for the cloak-and-dagger of the OSS. When the war was over, his former life was over too....adventure became his business!"

Although Race ran his investigative business out of a New York City office, he and his sidekick, Mark Donovan, were seldom there. Their pursuit of wrong-doers led them to ex-Nazi jewel robbers in Berlin and Monte Carlo, import thieves in Tunis, etc. Most of his assignments came from international insurance companies thus making Race a combination of James Bond and Johnny Dollar.

Tom Collins played the lead for the first half of the run and then Paul Debrov took his place. Donovan was the voice of Tony Barrett. The series had a repertory cast who could do the international accents required, including Jack Kruschen, Wilms Herbert, Lillian Buyeff, and Harry Lang. Joel Murcott and Buckley Angel shared the writing and directing duties while Ivan Ditmar composed and performed the music on the organ. Since this was a syndicated series, all episodes survived and are in trading currency today.

RADIO

  • THE ADVENTURES OF FRANK RACE
    (" (-52, syndicated)
    43 30-minute episodes
    Writers: Joel Murcott, Buckley Angel
    Directors: Joel Murcott, Buckley Angel
    Produced by Bruce Ells Productions in Hollywood
    Music: Ivan Ditmar
    Announcer:
    Art Gilmore
    Starring
    Tom Collins as FRANK RACE
    (later played by Paul Debrov)
    and Tony Barrett as Mark Donovan
    Also starring
    Jack Kruschen, Wilms Herbert, Lillian Buyeff, Harry Lang
  • "The Hackensack Victory" (May 1, 1949)
  • "The Darling Debutante" (May 8, 1949)
  • "The Istanbul Adventure " (May 15, 1949)
  • "The Seventeen Black" (May 22, 1949)
  • "The Enoch Arden Adventure" (May 29, 1949)
  • "The Vanishing President" (June 5, 1949)
  • "The Baradian Letters" (June 12, 1949)
  • "The Airborne Adventure" (June 19, 1949)
  • "The Shanghai Incident" (June 26, 1949)
  • "The Juvenile Passenger" (July 3, 1949)
  • "The Reckless Daughter" (July 10, 1949)
  • "The Silent Heart" (July 17, 1949)
  • "The Garrulous Bartender " (-07-24, 1949)
  • "The Vanishing Favorite" (July 31, 1949)
  • "The Embittered Secretary" (August 7, 1949)
  • "The Talking Bullet" (August 14, 1949)
  • "The Fat Man's Loot" (August 21, 1949)
  • "The General's Lady" (August 28, 1949)
  • "The Violent Virtuoso" (September 4, " ()
  • "The Fourth Rd Knockout" (September 11, 1949)
  • "The Three on a Match" (September 18, 1949)
  • "The Roughnecks Will" (September 25, 1949)
  • "The Green Doubloon" (October 2, 1949)
  • "The Sobbing Bodyguards" (October 9, 1949)
  • "The Divers Loot " (October 18, 1949)
  • "The Adventure in Mormon Country " (October 25, 1949)
  • "The Brooklyn Accent" (November 1, 1949)
  • "The Six Week Cure" (November 6, 1949)
  • "The Fairway Beauty" (November 13, 1949)
  • "The Runway Queen" (November 20, 1949)
  • "The Lady in the Dark" (November 27, 1949)
  • "The Silent Tongue" (December 4, 1949)
  • "The Kandy Killing" (December 11, 1949)
  • "The Undecided Bride" (December 18, 1949)
  • "The Gold Worshipper " (December 25, 1949)
  • "The House Divided " (January 1, 1950)
  • "The Pharaohs Staff " (January 8, 1950)
  • "The Count Trefanno Crest " (January 15, 1950)
  • "The Night Crawler" January 22, 1950)
  • "The Kettle Drum" (January 29, 1950)
  • "The Loveable Character " (-02-05, 1950)
  • "The Black Friars Bridge" (-02-12, 1950)
  • "The Big Top " (February19, 1950)

Adventures of
Frank Race
From Old Time Radio

Contributed by Jack French.


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