A Tiger For The Lady (Aired February 8, 1948)
The Man Called X started over Radio with the 1944 CBS Summer replacement run for Lux Radio Theatre, comprising a total of eight episodes. The only circulating exemplar from the first run is contained within the AFRS Globe Theatre canon of transcriptions. So, yet again, we are indebted to the incredible output of AFRS and AFRTS transcriptions over the years in preserving some of Radio's rarest exemplars from The Golden Age of Radio. But if one compares that circulating episode to the spot ad for the summer run in the sidebar, one sees the program promoted as a comedy-mystery. The 1944 CBS Summer season finale, Murder, Music and A Blonde Madonna, gives some credence to the way CBS promoted this first run. Starring Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, a private operative, with Han Conried as Egon Zellschmidt in this first incarnation of Ken Thurston's nemesis, and Mary Jane Croft appearing in the role of Ken's love interest, Show Notes From The Digital Deli.
February 8, 1948. CBS network. "A Tiger For The Lady". Commercials deleted. Ken Thurston traces a shipment of explosives to Porto Columbre, Panama, and crosses "El Tigre," the revolutionary. Herbert Marshall, Leon Belasco, Jack Johnstone (director), Sidney Marshall (writer), Johnny Green (composer, conductor), Wendell Niles (announcer). 27:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.