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DOUGLAS OF THE WORLD

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Full Name: Bradford Douglas
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Reporter

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1953 - 1953

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Bradford 'Brad' Douglas is a reporter for the New York World.
       His moniker those following his adventures known him as 'Douglas of the World' which not only points to the newspaper for which he is a very famous and highly respected foreign correspondent but also clearly indicates what in the business is known as his 'beat'. He is on good terms with his managing editor, Mike Shaughnessy, which is good because whenever Douglas gets to thinking he may be able to stay in one place for more than a couple days or, heavens forbid actually go back home for a time, he is told to get on the next available plane to yet another locale and another trouble spot.
       In the two dozen stories that were aired about this intrepid reporter, the extents that this man will go to for his story are truly global. Whether it be Europe, with tales coming from Norway, Austria, Finland, Russia, Greece, and Turkey, or Asia, with Indonesia and Malaysia and Burma, Douglas has no hesitation to go where the news is or will be. He even hits a few places in his own home continent. Not sure if he ever makes it to South America but with a half dozen having still unknown locales, his passport must be quite full.
       Douglas' journeys and his reporting are not, however, the reason for his inclusion here. Douglas has a tendency, or perhaps proclivity, for landing in the middle of the trouble he is in town to report.
       Heading to Moscow to report on the funeral of Josef Stalin, Douglas ends up in trouble with authorities because he tangles with the KGB operatives tasked with following all American visitors. His journey to Iran to interview the sitting President of that country, Douglas will have a run-in with those labeled terrorists. He doesn't just write about smuggling in Vienna, he goes in search of those doing the illegal transport.
       [Note: in what is somewhat of a rarity, real country leaders like Stalin and Mossadegh and Nehru are mentioned, lending a tremendous amount of authenticity to the tales.]

       On a personal note, while we do not know that much about the personal life (what there is of it), we do know that he has a very good eye for spotting any lovely lady that comes near him and his ability with words definitely translates into getting to know them better. Since, however, we know of no recurring women in his life, we are left with the idea of Douglas being a confirmed bachelor.

RADIO / AUDIO


Number of Episodes:26
First Appearance:1953
Last Appearance:1953
Network:Syndicated

REGULAR CAST
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       For what I have been able to deduce from the few sites on the web which discuss this character/show, Douglas of the World was a syndicated presentation which means that the different stations airing the programs did so on their own schedules. Therefore, the dates mentioned with each adventure is open to argument.

       Those dates come from the always terrific The Digital Deli Too.

       There are only 4 of the episodes available on the web but each one clearly shows how entertaining this series was. They are available on several sites so just do a search for Douglas of the World to be able to listen online or download one of these stories.

       Note that there, from the best guess, 26 episodes made. Below you will see a 27th listed. I believe that this one is really one of those list as 'Title Unknown'.


1 The Golden Treasure
Episode 1-01, first aired 03/07/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

2 Title Unknown
Episode 1-02, first aired 03/14/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

3 The Terrorists
Episode 1-03, first aired 03/21/1953
Director: -
Writer: William Tundberg

Foreign correspondent Brad Douglas heads to Tehran to research a story for the the Iranian President, Mohammed Mossadegh.
This episode is available for actual listening on numerous sites.

4 Title Unknown
Episode 1-04, first aired 03/28/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

5 The Prime Minister Nehru Story
Episode 1-05, first aired 04/04/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

Brad Douglas heads to India to get an interview with Prime Minister Nehru.

6 Title Unknown
Episode 1-06, first aired 04/11/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

7 Title Unknown
Episode 1-07, first aired 04/18/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown] - Deals with "the recapture of a fugitive from communism".

8 Title Unknown
Episode 1-08, first aired 04/25/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

9 Title Unknown
Episode 1-09, first aired 05/02/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

10 Istanbul
Episode 1-10, first aired 05/09/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

Brad "Douglas of the World" heads to Istanbul to get a news story about "an international narcotics ring".

11 Title Unknown
Episode 1-11, first aired 05/16/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

12 The Second Socrates
Episode 1-12, first aired 05/23/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

In Greece, Brad 'Douglas of the World' is out to get a story about a man being dubbed "a second Socrates".

13 Norway
Episode 1-13, first aired 05/30/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

Attending a press conference in Oslo, Norway, Brad Douglas of The World "runs into trouble with the reporter from Moscow".

14 Finland
Episode 1-14, first aired 06/06/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

Brad Douglas of the World heads to Finland to report on how those citizens deal with their proximity to the Soviet Russia.

15 Vienna
Episode 1-15, first aired 06/13/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

Heading to Vienna, Austria, Brad Douglas of The World is out for a story dealing with "international smugglers".

16 The Murder Rap
Episode 1-16, first aired 06/20/1953
Director: -
Writer: John Blahos

While in Soviet Russia to report on Josef Stalin's funeral, Brad Douglas will encounter trouble with the authorities when he connects with a beautiful Russian woman and with the "underground".
This episode is available for actual listening on numerous sites.

17 New York
Episode 1-17, first aired 06/27/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

Heading to a new assignment in the Far East, foreign correspondent Brad Douglas is in New York where he finds a story worthy of his time.

18 Hawaii
Episode 1-18, first aired 07/04/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

Still heading to the Far East, Brad Douglas has a stop over in Hawaii where trouble finds him as usual.

19 French Indochina
Episode 1-19, first aired 07/11/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown] - Brad Douglas is in Indochina for a story.

20 Mandalay
Episode 1-20, first aired 07/18/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

21 Malaya
Episode 1-21, first aired 07/25/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

22 Indonesia
Episode 1-22, first aired 08/01/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

23 Title Unknown
Episode 1-23, first aired 08/08/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

24 Australia
Episode 1-24, first aired 08/15/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

25 Central America
Episode 1-25, first aired 08/22/1953
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]

26 The Judgement Day
Episode 1-26, first aired 08/29/1953
Director: Steven R. Callahan
Writer: John Blahos

A one-legged veteran of the Korean War wants to commit suicide by leaping off the top of the United Nations building.
This episode is available for actual listening on numerous sites.

27 Double Trouble
Episode 1-xx, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: -
Writer: -

Takes place in Delft, Holland
This episode is available for actual listening on numerous sites.

MY COMMENTS

       I really enjoyed the four adventures that I found and wished I had more. Good writing and good acting made for darn good listening and the stories were filled with excitement and romance and danger and, well, everything you would look for in a spy-fi drama. The actor playing Brad Douglas especially does a good job of portraying an interesting and entertaining fellow.

       I will not speculate as to why there were not any more of the tales or why they were not better known. Perhaps it just wasn't in the stars for this series but it certainly was not due to any lack on the producers' parts.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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