Big Town - The Harding Factory Fire aka: Fire Trap (10-26-37)


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The Harding Factory Fire" aka: Fire Trap (Aired October 26, 1937)
Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. THIS EPISODE: October 26, 1937. Program #2. CBS network. "The Harding Factory Fire" aka: Fire Trap. Sponsored by: Rinso. The Illustrated Press is being sued for libel by William Harding. Lorelei has called the Harding factory fire, "Harding's Inferno." Steve Wilson is an even bigger louse than his boss Peabody. He organizes a divorce scandal to bring down Harding. Steve is such a rat, that his actions shame himself! He plans to resign from The Illustrated Press and Lorelei plans to do so as well. The middle Rinso commercial dramatizes a scene in which a society lady complains that before Rinso, her servant Bertha was always so cross on laundry day. Steve also has a Swedish maid named Mina (whose accent is thick enough to be cut with a linotype machine). Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Hanley Stafford, Carlton KaDell (announcer), Victor Rodman, Don Wilson, Ellen Brown, Beaudelann Rosing. 29:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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