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A MAN CALLED X

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Full Name: Ken Thurston
Series Name: A Man Called X
Codename: X
Nationality: American
Organization: Intelligence Bureau
Occupation Agent

Creator: Jay Richard Kennedy
Time Span: 1944 - 1957

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Ken Thurston is an agent with the Intelligence Bureau.
       "Wherever there is mystery, intrigue, romance, in all the strange and mysterious places of the world, there you will find 'The Man Called X'". Such was the normal introduction to the adventures of Thurston that were made available to his followers via the airwaves rather than the printed page. Another intro mentions that these tales were about "The Man Called X, international troubleshooter who flies the oceans at the drop of a hat, who charms the ladies, but who is death to crooks".
       Why he was called 'X' when his true name was so readily known is not mentioned but each of the scores of adventures refer to him as such.
       The name of the department for whom Thurston worked is clearly designated the Intelligence Bureau in the television episodes and might be so called in the radio broadcasts; it definitely is referred to as 'the Bureau' in the latter often enough but it is definitely not the FBI. The territory reached by this agency is clearly the entire world because there seemed to be nowhere that he might not be sent, including to the desolate frozen reaches of the bottom of the world, Antarctica.
       We never learn a great deal about the man himself, at least not his origins or personal life. We meet in the fourth adventure Nancy Bessington, his fiancee and someone who knows about him and his proclivity for getting involved in "one of those things of yours". As far as I could tell, we never hear about her again and from then on, it is as if he has no real home life. He, of course, has a home, an apartment in the nation's capital but since he is on the go so often, moving from one exotic locale to another, he likely never spends much time there. He does, however, have time to chat up a large number of alluring women all over the globe.
       We do learn from his exploits that he is definitely a man of action and he loves it. While there may be prudence shown when needed, there is never a reluctance to walk into danger. He is even willing from time to time to knowingly step into a trap when he believes it is the fastest or surest way to find who might be behind a problem.
       Thurston has a sense of humor and a wry one at times. He also loves the mysterious and the offbeat. For example, when a woman he has never met and thus does not know steps up to him at a show's intermission and grabs him for a kiss, he is both pleased and intrigued and uses it as an invitation to learn more, all pleasantly aware that he is walking treacherous steps.
       He 'enjoys' the frequent 'assistance' of Pegon Zellschmidts, a young and extremely cautious young man who might have been called a scamp in his youth but who now would easily invite less kind adjectives. The word 'enjoys' is in quotes because there are many times that Thurston grudgingly make use of Pegon for this or that but seldom it seems does he ask for it. The 'assistance' is marked because Pegon is not always the most capable or trustworthy of companions. Conman is a word that often comes to mind. Unprincipled is another. In one adventure when it is believed that Thurston had been gunned down, Pegon's first action is to tell Thurston's boss that his dear friend Thurston had many times insisted that Pegon be his sole heir and Pegon would be very pleased to have his financial assets transferred right away.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:39
First Appearance:1956
Last Appearance:1957
Network:Syndicated

REGULAR CAST
Barry SullivanKen Thurston [ 1-2 ]





Note: the terrific Uncle Earl's Classic TV Channel provided much need intel on the contents of most of the episodes. My words - his synopsis.
Also providing terrific intel is The Classic TV Archive.


1 For External Use Only
Episode 1-01, first aired 01/27/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writers: Ladislas Farago, Stuart Jerome, William Templeton

Ken Thurston is in Vienna to meet with an informant to get intel vital to the West but the contact has vanished.

2 Ballerina Story
Episode 1-02, first aired 02/03/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Laurence Heath

A famous ballerina wants to defect to the West and tell the truth about how her countrymen were being treated. Ken Thurston is on hand to help her.

3 Extradition
Episode 1-03, first aired 02/10/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Ellis Marcus

In Honduras reports come in that rebels are using American made arms and Ken Thurston heads there to investigate. He goes undercover as a bank robber on the run.

4 Assassination
Episode 1-04, first aired 02/17/1956
Director: William Castle
Writer: Stuart Jerome

In Singapore, Ken Thurston, the Man Called X, must stop the planned assassination of a Free China general.

5 Truth Serum
Episode 1-05, first aired 02/24/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Harold Swanton

A Czech underground leader has been unmasked and he and his team, about to take one a mission, will be killed unless Ken Thurston gets the word to him

6 Afghanistan
Episode 1-06, first aired 03/02/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Laurence Heath

Ken Thurston heads to Kabul to find out if a tunnel disaster was caused by accident or sabotage.

7 Embassy
Episode 1-07, first aired 03/09/1956
Director: Herbert L. Strock
Writer: Laurence Heath

There is a security leak at a military mission in Costa Rica and Ken Thurston is sent there to find out which of three suspects is at fault.

8 Dangerous
Episode 1-08, first aired 03/16/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: George Callahan

In Trieste, Ken Thurston must find out why intelligence has stopped coming in from agents there after the death of one of them.

9 Provocateur
Episode 1-09, first aired 03/23/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Arthur Weiss

In Iran, an anti-American country is working hard to keep the US from landing any oil deals. Ken Thurston is sent there to stop them.

10 Local Hero
Episode 1-10, first aired 03/30/1956
Director: Leon Benson
Writer: Ellis Marcus

A group of refugees are trying to flee China. Ken Thurston joins them in disguise in order to discover which of them is a traitor.

11 U.S. Planes
Episode 1-11, first aired 04/13/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: -

There is a plot underway to discredit the US in South America over bombers being sold to a tiny nation.

12 Acoustics
Episode 1-12, first aired 04/20/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: William L. Stuart

There is a rumor that a famous rocket scientist has died in Europe. To find the truth, Ken Thurston has to head to Amsterdam.

13 The General
Episode 1-13, first aired 04/27/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Orville H. Hampton

Word comes that two Balkan nations are about to go to war with each other and Ken Thurston is sent to that region to find a way to calm things down.

14 Maps
Episode 1-14, first aired 05/04/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Leonard Heideman

An American woman has gotten hold maps showing military bases behind the Iron Curtain. Enemy agents want to get them from her and Ken Thursten heads to Prague to help her.

15 Missing Plates
Episode 2-01, first aired 09/27/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Jack Rock

Suspected counterfeit American currency is being spread in Europe. It is believed they were made using old plates which were supposed to have been destroyed. Ken Thurston heads to Brussels to track them down.

16 Enemy Agent
Episode 2-02, first aired 10/04/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Gene Levitt

To Stockholm Ken Thurston heads to find a way to get a dangerous spy out of that country. His plan involves stealing government secrets and then selling them to the agent.

17 Gold
Episode 2-03, first aired 10/11/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Jack Laird

Ken Thurston finds a difficult choice to be made when he heads to the Philippines to recover a lot of American gold lost when the Japanese took over the island it was on. Unfortunately a young Dutch girl is in need of rescuing and doing both missions seems out of the question.

18 Operation Janus
Episode 2-04, first aired 10/18/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Jack Rock

An American spy working in Istanbul needs help proving that a watch maker is spying on America. Ken Thurston heads there to lend a hand.

19 Staff Headquarters
Episode 2-05, first aired 10/25/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Laurence Heath

Hearing that the Communists were practicing a naval attack on the U.S., Ken Thurston travels via submarine to the Baltic island where the operation is running.

20 Underground
Episode 2-06, first aired 11/01/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: William L. Stuart

Posing as a reporter, Ken Thurston parachutes into Poland with a lot of cash to pass around to anti-Red fighters.

21 Spare Parts
Episode 2-07, first aired 11/08/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Jack Laird

Reports that a Czech plant making ball bearings had ceased operations due to broken machinery might not be true. Ken Thurston heads there to make it a fact.

22 Fallout
Episode 2-08, first aired 11/15/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Arthur Weiss

Foreign agents are planning to cause trouble during an upcoming H-bomb test and Ken Thurston is told to get onboard the freighter they are said to be using.

23 Speech
Episode 2-09, first aired 11/22/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Ande Lamb

The prince of a small Himalayan country is in danger of being assassinated as he prepares to deliver a speech reporting the signing of an oil treaty with the US.

24 Ship Sabotage
Episode 2-10, first aired 11/29/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Jack Rock

Ships are being sabotaged while in port in Manila. Ken Thurston is sent there undercover as a sailor to learn who is behind it.

25 Rendezvous
Episode 2-11, first aired 12/05/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Ellis Marcus

The presence of an American fleet near the coast of a Communist country is giving that nation's dictator ammunition to use against the US. Ken Thurston is told to find a way to discredit him.

26 Switzerland
Episode 2-12, first aired 12/12/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Laurence Heath

A famous communist spy named Lubbock wants to quit but his bosses won't let him. At the same time Ken Thurston heads to Geneva to find a way to entice him using American cars as bait.

27 Voice on Tape
Episode 2-13, first aired 12/19/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Laurence Heath

The voice of a dead man is part of a very unusual Xmas present to the man who betrayed him.

28 Code W
Episode 2-14, first aired 12/26/1956
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Arthur Weiss

In Copenhagen, Ken Thurston looks into how a foreign embassy is able to get hold of US coded messages.

29 Gas Masks
Episode 2-15, first aired 01/03/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Jack Rock

When word comes that a foreign country has been making weaponized gas to kill soldiers and to frighten the populace, Ken Thurston is sent to put a stop to it.

30 Murder
Episode 2-16, first aired 01/10/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Lee Berg

A scientist who has been forced to work on guided missiles by the communists has managed to escape to Turkey but their agents are closing in on him. To help, Ken Thurston heads there disguised as a scientist himself to attract the agents' attentions.

31 Train Blow Up
Episode 2-17, first aired 02/06/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Ellis Marcus

A lovely US envoy in Paris is approached by an Iron Curtain diplomat who offers to pass along vital intelligence.

32 Powder Keg
Episode 2-18, first aired 02/13/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writers: Les Crutchfield, Jack Rock

Someone in Morocco is illegally selling American rifles and it is the mission of Ken Thurston to find out who and to stop it.

33 Passport
Episode 2-19, first aired 02/20/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Norman Jolley

In Egypt, an American has been arrested as a spy. Ken Thurston is sent to learn who the man was thought an operative when apparently he was not.

34 Forged Documents
Episode 2-20, first aired 02/27/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Charles Mergendahl

A planned anti-Communist conference by Middle East countries in Tangier has been cancelled. Ken Thurston is sent there to learn why.

35 Australia
Episode 2-21, first aired 03/06/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: Jack Rock

Someone has found a way to get hold of vital secrets in Australia. Ken Thurston is but one of the agents from three different countries of the West sent to figure out how they are being stolen.

36 Radio
Episode 2-22, first aired 03/13/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: George Callahan

Ken Thurston is ordered to stop a scheme to sabotage a foreign country's battleship and put the blame on the U.S.

37 Business Empire
Episode 2-23, first aired 03/20/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writers: H. Purdum, Jack Rock

While in Guatemala to investigate an anti-Community vigilante group which is being lead by an American, Ken Thurston finds a spy ring at work.

38 Hungary
Episode 2-24, first aired 03/27/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writers: Fritz Blocki, George Callahan

An undercover agent in a Communist country has been providing excellent intel but now he is in danger of being captured and unfortunately only one person knows who he is. Ken Thurston must learn the truth and get the word to that agent.

39 Kidnap
Episode 2-25, first aired 04/04/1957
Director: Eddie Davis
Writer: George Callahan

The daughter of an important US scientist has been lured to a Communist country and now she is being held by the authorities to get what they want from him.

RADIO / AUDIO


Number of Episodes:112
First Appearance:1944
Last Appearance:1952
Network:NBC,CBS

REGULAR CAST
Herbert MarshallKen Thurston [ All ]
1 Murder Music and a Blonde Madonna
Episode --, first aired 08/28/1944
Director: -
Writer: -

Investigation of the murder of an old friend in New York will eventually take Ken Thurston to Italy.

2 Indian Quinine Contract
Episode --, first aired 09/30/1944
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston, the Man Called X, heads to India when he learns that the person he was to give a contract to has been murdered.

3 My Sweet Misses Me
Episode --, first aired 10/07/1944
Director: -
Writer: -

When Ken Thurston spots an old friend and decides to follow him home, he is surprised to find the man murdered. To learn why will take the Man called X to Bulgaria.

4 International Blackmail Racket
Episode --, first aired 10/15/1944
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is in a music shop listening to a record with his fiancee, Nancy Bessington, when he spots a man he is certain is an friend named Petco Dudorovich whom he knew in school in Switzerland. That man is soon discovered dead from a gun shot to the heart.

5 Stolen Diamonds
Episode --, first aired 11/25/1944
Director: -
Writer: -

It is up to Ken Thurston to find a way to stop two priceless industrial diamonds from being sent to the Nazis.

6 Into Berlin
Episode --, first aired 03/03/1945
Director: -
Writer: -

To make sure that a Nazi does not escape capture as the Allies near, Ken Thurston heads to Berlin to catch him himself.

7 Stolen Lavaliers in France
Episode --, first aired 07/23/1946
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is at the theater enjoying a revue when a woman he has never met walks up and gives him an enjoyable kiss. That naturally makes him take notice and will land him in a mess where the bodies start to pile up.

8 Turtle Island Vacation
Episode --, first aired 07/30/1946
Director: -
Writer: -

Even while on a vacation on a tiny island off the coast of Maine, Ken Thurston is able to find something suspicious taking place.

9 Antarctic Expedition
Episode --, first aired 04/03/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

A scientist who is expert in uranium disappears while on an expedition to Antarctica, prompting Ken Thurston, the Man Called X, to investigate.

10 Acme Oil Refinery
Episode --, first aired 04/17/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston investigates instances of sabotage at oil refineries in the Middle East.

11 Mr Messler And The Insurance Policy
Episode --, first aired 04/24/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

A ship which was travelling in company with another vessel disappears and Ken Thurston, the Man Called X, is sent in to investigate.

12 The Stamp Story
Episode --, first aired 05/15/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

It is to Central America that Ken Thurston is sent to help prevent a coup of a friendly nation.

13 Swindle To Honolulu
Episode --, first aired 06/05/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

More than a couple US servicemen have been offered a great deal on homes in Hawaii only to find they have been bilked. Ken Thurston is sent to that territory to learn who and to stop them.

14 The Silver Scarab
Episode --, first aired 06/19/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is murdered in Cairo investigating stolen shipments to refugees. It was a man working with him on the case but Thurston lets the world think he is dead to throw off his enemies. The criminal behind it all is obsessed with bullets, including bullets made of them.

15 Rembrandt In Rio
Episode --, first aired 06/26/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

A cousin of Pegon informs Ken Thurston that three Rembrandts hanging in a gallery in New York are really fakes. This news will take Ken Thurston to Brazil in search of the real ones.

16 Destination Manila
Episode --, first aired 07/24/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

It is the mission of Ken Thurston, the Man Called X, to make sure that a shipment of radium reaches a hospital in Manila.

17 Till Death Do Us Part
Episode --, first aired 08/07/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston heads to Lisbon to find out more about the scheme to fraudulently get women into the US through phony marriages to GI's.

18 The Lost Ones
Episode --, first aired 08/21/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

A smallpox outbreak along the Mexican border in Arizona is tied to a spate of illegals crossing over. Ken Thurston is sent there to stop it.

19 The Throne Of Tayneen
Episode --, first aired 09/18/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Six weeks ago, an anthropologist working in Vietnam disappears. When his body is found recently murdered, Ken Thurston is sent to Saigon to investigate.

20 No One Wins On Zero
Episode --, first aired 10/02/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Pegon informs Ken Thurston that he has information being offered to him regarding atomic energy. The Man Called X heads to Monte Carlo to check it out.

21 All That Glitters
Episode --, first aired 10/09/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

The theft of a gold shipment in the Philippines gets Ken Thurston sent to that island chain to find the culprits.

22 Timber Country
Episode --, first aired 10/16/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is back home in the States when he is sent to Oregon to investigate sabotage at a lumber mill.

23 Ashes To Ashes
Episode --, first aired 11/02/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

It is while at a demonstration of new aviation technology that Ken Thurston recognizes one of the leading scientists. Unfortunately, that man died in WWII.

24 Written In The Sand
Episode --, first aired 11/09/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

When the archaeologist excavating a set of ruins in Algiers contacts American Intelligence, it is to report the finding of something that threatens the peace around the world.

25 Trip To Xenephon
Episode --, first aired 11/16/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

The disappearance of a large quantity of a rare drug named "streptomycin" while en route to Greece gets Ken Thurston on its trail.

26 Report From The Arctic
Episode --, first aired 11/23/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

A scientist recently on an expedition to the Arctic reports that the data they had gathered on that trip has done missing. When one of the scientists on the trip is found murdered, Ken Thurston is sent to investigate.

27 Checkmate In Tahiti
Episode --, first aired 11/30/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

A series of strange accidents have been plaguing a phospate mine in Tahiti. Then the man who first contacted Ken Thurston about it is murdered.

28 Shipment Condemned
Episode --, first aired 12/07/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston wants to know what happened when a friend of his in Uruguay is murdered while inspecting a shipment of meat. The product had been marked as bad by someone calling himself Pegon Zellschmidt.

29 Delta Concerto
Episode --, first aired 12/14/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston has to head to Columbia where rumors of a plot to destabilize the country are heard. He learns the plot extends to more than just that one country.

30 From A Starlit Hill
Episode --, first aired 12/21/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is flying a plane whose instruments have failed in terrible storm. It crashes. Thurston has the strangest experience upon waking from the accident, meeting 'a strange little girl' named Peace.
Note: this was a special Christmas episode.

31 Assignment Naples
Episode --, first aired 12/28/1947
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston goes to Naples to investigate hijacking of relief shipments, and is robbed by two juvenile war orphans.

32 Spot The Eight Ball
Episode --, first aired 01/04/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston and his Chief watch the plane carrying Sir Robert Beaumont leave. That diplomat had been in Washington to pick up secret plans from the Army for the new supersonic missile. Then Pegon, working as a taxi driver, informs them that the man they just saw off was really a foreign spy Pegon knew from years before.

33 Spirit Of The Snows
Episode --, first aired 01/11/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is in Bhutan looking for a Nazi biological weapons expert when a rash of parrot fever strikes the region - and there are no parrots in the mountains.

34 Ranee Of Shalakar
Episode --, first aired 01/18/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

When an American businessman is tossed out of the country of Shalakar on fake charges, Ken Thurston goes there to learn why.

35 Carbon 14
Episode --, first aired 01/25/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

A physics teacher in Los Angeles is shot right after he tells Ken Thurston missing radioactive isotopes.

36 The Fish Peddler
Episode --, first aired 02/01/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston and Pagon board a ship heading to the East Indies to trap an international gang leader called "The Fish Peddler".

37 A Tiger For The Lady
Episode --, first aired 02/08/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Pegon passes on to the Man Called X info on a shipment of explosives heading to Panama to be used by the rebel known as El Tigre.

38 Guns On The Niger
Episode --, first aired 02/15/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is on the hunt for a stolen shipment of guns worth $2 million. The search takes him to the jungles of Africa and a trip on "The Niger Queen".

39 Operation Silver
Episode --, first aired 02/22/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is in Philadelphia to recover a pair of candlesticks once belonging to George Washington. They may hold the key to finding lost Nazi loot.

40 Storm Over The Alps
Episode --, first aired 02/29/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is on the hunt for whoever is spreading a lot of counterfeit American currency in Europe. His search narrows to Switzerland.

41 Passport To Danger
Episode --, first aired 03/07/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston had just wrapped up a counterfeit case in Switzerland when he gets a call from an old friend. He is told that several of "the worst war criminals and international crooks" still at large are about to sneak into the US.

42 The Pickled Chemist
Episode --, first aired 03/14/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

A man is murdered in New York having just arrived from Venezuela. His last words were to pass on to Ken Thurston, the Man Called X, the initials 'DDT'. The man had been part of a partnership paid to spray DDT over the forests in that country to kill mosquitoes but the shipments of chemicals were phony.

43 One Sailor Died Twice
Episode --, first aired 03/21/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Pegan wakes Ken Thurston in the late night to report having just seen an old sailor buddy who died when, six months before, the ship he served on sunk from a mine. Pegan is certain he had seen a ghost but Thurston thought otherwise as that ship had been carrying medicine to Greece.

44 A Ruby For Pearl
Episode --, first aired 03/28/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

The mystery started with Ken Thurston running into Pegan and his latest girl, Pearl. Pegan had just bought a cheap necklace for her for $10 (he claimed $200). Imagine their surprise when Thurston buys it from her right there for $250. It seems the jewels on it were real and stolen.

45 Mekong River Dam
Episode --, first aired 08/08/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Yet another 'accident' has again delayed completion of a much needed dam over the Mekong River. Ken Thurston is sent by the Bureau to that region to learn who is behind the sabotages.

46 The Girl Who Couldn't Remember
Episode --, first aired 08/15/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

A young woman visibly upset approaches Ken Thurston at an elevator. She wants help to recover stolen Italian artwork in the hopes of using them to fund relief for refugee children.

47 Burma Peninsula
Episode --, first aired 08/22/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Serious unrest is going on in the small principality of Tivoy, south of Rangoon. It started with the murder of a man there and has spread rapidly. The man had been the leader of Polish refugees trying to start a new life there. Ken Thurston heads there to find the killer.

48 Contraband
Episode --, first aired 08/29/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Pegan calls long distance to Ken Thurston wanting help to get him out of jail over a case of smuggling in Monterey, Mexico. While Thurston is not concerned with Pegan's well-being, stopping the smuggling is important to him so he heads to Mexico.

49 Worth Her Weight In Gold
Episode --, first aired 09/05/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Pirates. The matter for Ken Thurston to look into is the piracy along the south China coast where pirates have hijacked several gold shipments.

50 Kangaroo Bay, Australia
Episode --, first aired 09/12/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston wants to head to Kangaroo Bay, Australia, where reports of sightings of sea monsters are getting notoriety. It is also where a friend of his named Kirby is working on a way of converting sea water into fresh. The monster reports are complicating his work.

51 Madagascar Physicist
Episode --, first aired 09/19/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

A nuclear physicist named Brenner who had retired many years before is supposedly back into research and about to make a major breakthrough. His assistant is caught trying to break into the office of the Bureau's Chief with warning that Brenner and his discovery are both in danger.

52 The Laughing Lady
Episode --, first aired 09/26/1948
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is in Sicily trying to buy a bankrupt circus. It is part of a mission to learn who from America is smuggling guns to the Mafia

53 Custom Cigarettes
Episode --, first aired 10/13/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston is on the Istanbul Express heading from Baghdad to Ankara when a woman rushes into his compartment with a box of cigarettes. A moment later she is shot dead.

54 [Unknown Title]
Episode --, first aired 10/20/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

[plot unknown]
Note a couple sites have this listed as a duplicate of 'The Fish Peddler'

55 Journey To Xenephon
Episode --, first aired 10/27/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

A plane crashes off the islands of Greece and with it disappears a shipment of isotopes. Ken Thurston gets involved when a researcher into a cure for cancer is murdered and his mother asks for help finding justice.

56 Professor Charney Has Disappeared
Episode --, first aired 11/03/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

An atomic scientist named Professor Czornyy has disappeared while in Austria. Ken Thurston is sent there to find him.

57 Rendezvous With Death
Episode --, first aired 11/11/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

Ken Thurston must head to Burma to learn what happened to one of his fellow agents who has disappeared.

58 Warm Welcome, Sudden Death
Episode --, first aired 11/18/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

A Tibetan prayer wheel plays a major role in the latest mission for Ken Thurston.

59 Missing Deciphering Machine Plans
Episode --, first aired 11/25/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

An expert in code-breaking has developed an electronic deciphering machine. Ken Thurston is sent to Alexandria, Virginia to meet with him but finds the man has vanished, his 'wife' is fake, and the plans are gone.

60 Dr Alvarez's Laboratory
Episode --, first aired 12/02/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

A serum for fighting cholera has gone missing in Guatemala and Ken Thurston is sent there to locate it.

61 Mr X Goes To Syria
Episode --, first aired 12/09/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

There is trouble with a Syrian oil pipeline and Ken Thurston is sent to clear the matter up.

62 Red Messenger
Episode --, first aired 12/16/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

A renown nuclear physicist appeals for help from the Bureau. In Strasbourg, a man was shot while resisting arrest. The man was known to be a Red messenger, a courier for the Communists. On him was information about the physicist's experiments. Ken Thurston is sent to learn how the man got that intel.

63 From A Starlit Hill
Episode --, first aired 12/23/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

The Man Called X is flying a plane around Christmas time in the Middle East when it crashes and he takes part in a yuletime adventure.

64 Rhythm Of Death
Episode --, first aired 12/30/1950
Director: -
Writer: -

The title refers to the drums beating during the religious rites of the natives in the Congo where Ken Thurston heads to investigate trouble at a uranium mine.

65 Operation Fifty
Episode --, first aired 01/06/1951
Director: -
Writer: -

The $50 bills came from the legendary 'Himmler Plates' from near the end of the War. Now reports of their return have come to the Intelligence Bureau and Ken Thurston heads to Uruguay to learn more.

66 Five Ounces Of Treason
Episode --, first aired 01/13/1951
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A man who met his end by a airplane propeller at LaGuardia had pamphlets on him teaching how to conduct sabotage. To learn who was behind them, Ken Thurston has to travel to Cuba.

67 Japan Underground
Episode --, first aired 01/20/1951
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Professor Reynolds was a researcher into a cure for radiation
poisoning until someone killed him. Ken Thurston heads to Japan learn who and why.

68 Orient Express
Episode --, first aired 01/27/1951
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As the saboteur lay dying, his final words were "Zardoff, Friday, Orient Express." It falls to Ken Thurston to learn what that means and to stop any trouble.

69 Pirates Off The Coast Of India
Episode --, first aired 02/03/1951
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Pirates operating around India sink yet another ship and Ken Thurston is sent to that country to stop the activity because the submarine that was used was supposedly flying an American flag.

70 The Black Of Diamonds
Episode --, first aired 02/10/1951
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Ken Thurston heads to Bierkenfeld in western Germany to investigate trouble in a coal mine there.

71 North Of Thirty Eight
Episode --, first aired 02/17/1951
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Ken Thurston must go north of the 38th parallel on a rescue mission.

72 A Tiny Bit Of Microfilm
Episode --, first aired 02/24/1951
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There is vital information on a tiny piece of film that may point to an invasion of the Middle East oil fields from the Soviet Union.

73 Dope Smuggling
Episode --, first aired 03/03/1951
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Is Ken Thurston's 'friend' Pegon actually involved in drug smuggling or was he set up? The answer lies in Los Angeles so that is what the Man Called X heads.

74 Cargo Confidant
Episode --, first aired 03/10/1951
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A ranch outside of Helena, Montana, is the landing area for a plane possibly carrying illegal aliens. Ken Thurston and immigration officers head there.

75 University Of Leiden
Episode --, first aired 03/17/1951
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A professor friend of Ken Thurston, a man who has no hesitation speaking his mind, is killed in Leiden, Holland. Thurston goes there to catch the killer.

76 Missing Witness
Episode --, first aired 03/24/1951
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Ken Thurston is sent to Guayaquil, Ecuador to hunt down a missing witness.

77 The Blue Unicorn
Episode --, first aired 03/31/1951
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Ken Thurston heads to The Blue Unicorn in Dublin, Ireland, where an auction of some secret documents is going on. Others there do not want him to win.

78 India
Episode --, first aired 04/07/1951
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A land reclamation project in India is being hampered by sabotage so Ken Thurston is sent there to stop it.

79 Treason At White Sands
Episode --, first aired 04/14/1951
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Ken Thurston heads to Alamagordo, New Mexico, to stop a leak of secrets at the missile test facility there.

80 Race Against Death
Episode --, first aired 04/21/1951
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In Puerto Rico, the Nationalista Party has problems with what a reporter has been writing so they eliminated him. Ken Thurston is sent there to get justice.

81 Terror Across The Nation
Episode --, first aired 04/28/1951
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Ken Thurston is in Ankara, Turkey to meet with an old friend who has recently moved to Israel. The man is concerned that the sporadic border clashes with Syria are being prompted by someone with far more sinister intentions.

82 Monte Carlo
Episode --, first aired 05/04/1951
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There is a lot of trouble brewing in the tiny idyllic setting of Monaco and Ken Thurston is sent there to try and stop it.

83 Knocked Off His Feet
Episode --, first aired 05/11/1951
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On a cruise ship to Hawaii, Ken Thurston encounters a mysterious and interesting countess. He also spots a spy who has been quite troublesome in the past, at least until he supposedly died six months before.

84 Enough Intrigue To Fill A Book
Episode --, first aired 05/18/1951
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Ken Thurston is sent to Haiti where the voodoo drums speak of a danger for the entire country. Several government officials have been murdered and Thurston, when he arrives, finds he is on the same list.

85 A Man, A Girl And A Plot
Episode --, first aired 05/25/1951
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An associate of Ken Thurston's is in Hong Kong trying to stop pharmaceuticals from being smuggled into Red China. Thurston must go there to help.

86 Stalin Plus Seven
Episode --, first aired 06/01/1951
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An American businessman was arrested in Romania and later confessed to being a spy. Ken Thurston and Pegan head there to find a way to get him free.

87 Grain Black Market In India
Episode --, first aired 06/08/1951
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A famine in India provides a great opportunity for black market activity and Ken Thurston is sent there to stop one case of it.

88 Amazon River
Episode --, first aired 06/15/1951
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Ken Thurston must travel up the Amazon in Brazil to help stop an uprising by the natives that is threatening American rubber plantations from providing needed material.

89 Vienna
Episode --, first aired 06/22/1951
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The owner of the last free newspaper in Vienna has been murdered and Ken Thurston is determined to find who did it and why.

90 Operation Zero
Episode --, first aired 06/29/1951
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An agent named Slade contacts Ken Thurston and his Chief to let them know that two men deeply involved in a project called Operation Zero had gone missing and might have been kidnapped and taken to Moscow.

91 The Casbah
Episode --, first aired 07/06/1951
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With Ken Thurston unavailable, another Bureau agent named Joe is given the job of investigating a bombing of an airliner carrying a very important UN official, and possibly Pegan.
Note: the actor Herbert Marshall was recuperating so could not be in the episode.

92 Flying Trip To Indonesia
Episode --, first aired 07/13/1951
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The new nation of Indonesia is being threatened with trouble. One hotspot is on the island of Sumatra where oil fields have been plagued with mishaps and accidents. Ken Thurston is sent to investigate.

93 The Big Lie
Episode --, first aired 10/01/1951
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Some group is using propaganda and lies to undermine several government programs and it falls to Ken Thurston to find out who.

94 Petroleum Sabotage In Lima
Episode --, first aired 01/01/1952
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Betty, a former secretary with the Bureau, is married to one of the world's most renown petroleum engineers. That man, working on a possible new oil discovery in Lima, Peru, is murdered in his own home. Betty appeals to Ken Thurston to come to investigate.

95 Flying Trip To Nowhere
Episode --, first aired 01/08/1952
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To discover which of three renown nuclear scientists might have stolen a highly valuable formula known simply as Formula H, Ken Thurston goes undercover as an airline pilot.

96 Icy Slopes Of The Matterhorn
Episode --, first aired 01/15/1952
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Ken Thurston heads to Luxembourg to learn who might be behind a rash of 'accidents' at the offices of 'Radio Freedom', there to broadcast the truth to counter the Eastern Bloc's propaganda.

97 Casablanca
Episode --, first aired 01/22/1952
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Ken Thurston is on the hunt for a spy cell operating possibly out of the cafe 'Sword Of Allah' in Casablanca.

98 Dirty Racket
Episode --, first aired 01/29/1952
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A friend of Ken Thurston, Bill Thompson, has been investigating some criminal activities targeting veterans just home from the Korean War. When Thompson is murdered in his own home, Thurston wants justice.

99 The Clicking Buddha
Episode --, first aired 02/05/1952
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Ken Thurston has gone missing while in Tokyo. When a body was discovered in a park in that city, the identification on him says it is Thurston.

100 Italy
Episode --, first aired 02/12/1952
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A series of floods in Italy has brought a lot of relief supplies to the area and a lot of crime as well. Ken Thurston is sent there to investigate the murder of the head of the relief mission and to find out why feelings among the people against America is so high.

101 Ha'penny Stamp
Episode --, first aired 02/19/1952
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Ken Thurston is in Egypt to locate a half penny which has valuable information inscribed on the back but there he must also deal with a murder on a train.

102 Orinoco River Basin
Episode --, first aired 02/26/1952
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Ken Thurston has been sent to Venezuela to help make sure that the problems plaguing a major construction project are brought to an end.

103 Alaska Weather Station
Episode --, first aired 03/04/1952
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Pegan Zellschmidt is standing on a pier in Yokohama when a man is shot in front of him. The man's dying works were, "Ken Thurston". There was little to go on except his hands were recently frostbitten.

104 Plan To Kill Nato Pact
Episode --, first aired 03/11/1952
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The escape of Doctor Franz Sarley, notorious Nazi war criminal held in a psychiatric hospital, only attracted minor attention but his plans after getting out involved destroying NATO and bringing about World War III.

105 Tanganyika
Episode --, first aired 03/18/1952
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It is in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika, that Ken Thurston is approached by the elderly chief of a major tribe in the jungles of that country. Some group is fomenting revolution among that tribe and the man needs Thurston to put an end to it.

106 Sicilian Farmland
Episode --, first aired 04/15/1952
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It is to the island of Sicily that Ken Thurston comes to stop a major case of propaganda and sabotage among the farmers of that region.

107 The Maverick Steer
Episode --, first aired 04/22/1952
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A potentially major case of foot-and-mouth disease has cropped up in a ghost town named Morton, Wyoming. Ken Thurston heads there to see how the disease made its way there.

108 Cholera Epidemic
Episode --, first aired 04/29/1952
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In Malaya, a landmine destroys another shipment of vital medicine needed to fight a cholera outbreak. The rebels behind it do not want help; they want the English and Americans to be hated by spreading false rumors of the cause of the illness. Ken Thurston heads there to stop them.

109 The Desert of Death
Episode --, first aired 05/06/1952
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The frantic radio call from an agent in the deserts of Afghanistan talks of an impending peril for the planet. Then the agent is murdered. He had been looking into rumors of a radioactive material coming in from Siberia called 'M-5', more potent than uranium. Ken Thurston is sent there to finish the mission.

110 Rescue From Czech Uranium Mine
Episode --, first aired 05/13/1952
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Ken Thurston is parachuting into Czechoslovakia to rescue an old friend sentenced by the government to work in a uranium mine.

111 Ancient Byzantine Bible
Episode --, first aired 05/20/1952
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Athens. Pegan is offered by a cousin the chance to buy from a bookseller for nothing an ancient Byzantine bible work a great deal. Things never go well for him, starting with the bookseller being murdered before Pegan even enters the store.

112 Operation Cabal
Episode --, first aired 05/27/1952
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The city of Paranta (?), capital of one of the most democratic republics in the southern hemisphere, is being torn apart by agitators prompted by the leader of the General Staff who wants to seize power. Ken Thurston is sent to stop him.

MY COMMENTS

       This is one excellent series to listen to. Since I wanted to include a brief synopsis of each episode, I chose to spend a few minutes listening to the opening lines to get an idea what the main gist was going to be but each story drew me in and a couple minutes became a whole lot more. I could easily have presented this series over a month ago but for this 'dedication' to learning more.
       Ken Thurston, the Man Called X, certainly got around and we the listeners, and later the viewers, got to travel with him. Luckily for those of us who were too young to have not been in front of the radio or television back then, almost all of them are still available and I strongly recommend taking the time to listen to at least a couple.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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