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DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT

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Full Name: Steve Mitchell
Nationality: American
Organization: State Department
Occupation Agent

Creator: Brian Donlevy
Time Span: 1949 - 1953

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Steve Mitchell is an agent with the State Department.
       Exactly what section inside that large organization he works for is not mentioned but considering the large number of missions he is handed and the importance of those assignments, it has to be one of some considerable weight. In the several years we are able to follow his activities, he will visit dozens of different countries on every inhabited continent, putting his life on the line more times than he would like to remember.
       Mitchell, a graduate years before from the U.S. Naval Academy, answers to a man with the title of Commissioner (though as I indicated, we do not know what commission he is in charge of). The two show from the very beginning that they are very friendly with each other, at ease when orders are handed out and when reports are handed in. It is obvious that they have been doing this sort of work together for some time and have the utmost confidence in each other; the Commissioner knowing that Mitchell will do whatever it takes to get the job done and Mitchell certain the Commissioner would never send him into danger unless the stakes more than demanded it.
       In the office of the Commissioner, his secretary is a woman named Ruth and as close as Mitchell is with his boss, he is even closer with Ruth. Whether their relationship has ever crossed the line of flirtatious banter is not known but they both obviously enjoy the repartee. She is very much there in the office setting up his travel arrangement for a lot of the earlier missions, even having to track Mitchell down when he is out of pocket. As time passes, her actual presence is not heard but she is mentioned at the beginning of many episodes. Towards the end, sadly, however, she is nowhere to be found.
       When he is out in the field on assignment, Mitchell "as usual" uses the cover of a foreign correspondent. That normally works like a charm, getting him close to whatever is going on before the other party knows he is something else. When it does go wrong, of course, it does so suddenly and violently. Luckily for Mitchell, he has been down that road a time or three.
       Mitchell is most certainly an excitement junkie considering the many times he throws himself into the path of danger without hesitation. He is also definitely a man quite interested in getting to know as many beautiful women around the world as he can; he does not pass up any opportunity to use his glib patter to get to know them and from the frequent responses we hear, his advances are appreciated. It is important to note, though, that Mitchell is never crude or obnoxious or demanding. He truly enjoys the company of women.
       On quite a few of the many adventures we follow Mitchell, there are references by the Commissioner or Ruth or even Mitchell himself to various "deals" he is involved in which routinely get interrupted by the call to duty. They are never explained in any detail although their nature is shown in the second adventure when the Commissioner admonishes "there is to be no women and no gambling". I mention this because not only does the matter get mentioned often, at least in the earlier missions, it shows clearly that while we do not get to follow Mitchell on many of his outside-work activities, he most certainly that him. Mitchell not only works hard, he knows how to play hard as well. While "deals" might make it sound like he is handling business transactions, when the term is used, mention is always made of a blonde or brunette or redhead.

       When we are able to view Mitchell's adventures instead of listening to them, we are shown that the door to the Commissioner's office has on its glazed glass the emblem of the unnamed department; a octagon with a scale in the center and words on the periphery: Justice at the top, Peace at the bottom, Honor and Strength on the sides.

Good lines:

"Trouble usually starts from empty stomachs."
"That gun's safer with me."
Complaining about being always on the go, Mitchell laments, "I've a dirty shirt in practically every city in the world."

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:39
First Appearance:1951
Last Appearance:1952
Network:Syndicated

REGULAR CAST

       Even as he was continuing to be a part of the radio broadcasts, Brian Donlevy in 1951 started shopping the idea of a televised version of Dangerous Assignment. According to reports I read, all three networks in existence at the time passed on it so Donley decided to go the syndicated route and he financed a lot of the production costs himself.
       39 episodes were produced. Since it was in syndication, exact first aired dates are not possible so the dates given with each episode are approximate.

       Each episode started with Steve Mitchell walking down a darkened foggy street dressed to the nines with a top hat (not the normal attire for an operative). He stops for a moment to light a cigarette when from off to the viewer's right comes a thrown knife lodging in the lamppost quite close to Mitchell's head. In an instant Mitchell is heading into danger.

Note: the plot synopses are taken from the Wikipedia page on this show.


1 Alien Smuggling Ring Story
Episode 1-01, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writer: Robert Ryf

Steve Mitchell is sent to Portugal to assist in finding out who is smuggling refugees into the States.

2 The Submarine Story
Episode 1-02, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve tries to discover the identity of the leader of some gunrunners.

3 The Displaced Persons Story
Episode 1-03, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Refugees on a ship bound for a new home are terrorized by an unknown saboteur.

4 The Memory Chain Story
Episode 1-04, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve Mitchell is assigned to smash a spy ring that works only by word of mouth.

5 The Manager Story
Episode 1-05, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve, in Stockholm to investigate a college professor who is running secrets from the United States, meets a European scientist desperate for the safe return of his kidnapped son.

6 The Key Story
Episode 1-06, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In the Swiss Alps, Steve is sent to find a document that proves the leader of a country friendly with the United States didn't commit suicide, but was murdered.

7 The Bhandara Story
Episode 1-07, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Bombay, India, Steve tries to clear an imprisoned American citizen charged with sabotage.

8 The Salami Story
Episode 1-08, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve accompanies the head of an American plastics company to a conference in France.

9 The Pat and Mike Story
Episode 1-09, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve travels to an African jungle to stop a man causing trouble between local shamans.

10 The Lagoon Story
Episode 1-10, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Africa, Steve tries to locate two missing agents sent there to find a powerful germ culture.

11 The Italian Movie Story
Episode 1-11, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Rome, Steve tries to recover a roll of film stolen from a movie company.

12 The Blood-Stained Feather Story
Episode 1-12, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Cairo, Steve tries to dismantle the Order of the Sacred Dove, a dangerous secret society of assassins.

13 The Burma Temple Story
Episode 1-13, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve travels to Burma to find out the truth behind the death of a newspaper correspondent who had been posing as a political refugee.

14 Title Unknown
Episode 1-14, first aired 09/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

[plot unknown]

15 The Sunflower Seed Story
Episode 1-15, first aired 12/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In South America, Steve tries to clear an American citizen accused of the murder of a man heading a major political party.

16 The Caboose Story
Episode 1-16, first aired 12/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve must find out if an old girlfriend, now a dangerous spy, is behind many recent acts of sabotage in Japan.

17 The Missing Diplomat Story
Episode 1-17, first aired 12/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Barcelona, Spain, Steve must retrieve records of top-secret conversations from a European diplomat who has disappeared, along with his daughter.

18 The Briefcase Story
Episode 1-18, first aired 12/01/1951
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve must discover who is trying to sabotage a meeting in Paris between representatives from the United States and three Eastern European countries.

19 The Civil War Map Story
Episode 1-19, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve goes to Richmond, Virginia, to find out why a foreign agent has stolen a 90-year-old Civil War map.

20 The Piece of String Story
Episode 1-20, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Panama, Steve must find out who has been stealing dynamite.

21 The Iron Banner Story
Episode 1-21, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Greece, Steve, investigating how a man dead for six years could have recently been murdered, discovers a cast-iron swastika with details on Hitler's secret bank accounts.

22 The Dead General's Story
Episode 1-22, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In the Balkans, Steve poses as a journalist to locate a murdered general's secret documents before enemy agents can get them.

23 The Parachute Story
Episode 1-23, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve parachutes into Eastern Europe to search for a confession that will clear the U.S. in an international scandal.

24 The Paris Sewer Story
Episode 1-24, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

The sewers of Paris lead Steve to the underground quarters of a spy ring.

25 The Atomic Mine Story
Episode 1-25, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve uses a Geiger counter to find a bomb-carrying killer aboard a speeding train.

26 The Bodyguard Story
Episode 1-26, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Paris, a bowl of cold stew gives Steve a clue to a political assassin's identity.

27 The Art Treasure Story
Episode 1-27, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Mexico, Steve is in search of Habsburg art treasures hidden by Nazis.

28 The Blue Chip Story
Episode 1-28, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve, posing as a criminal, infiltrates a counterfeiting ring in a Macao casino.

29 The Red Queen Story
Episode 1-29, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

In Singapore, Steve searches for $1 million cache of rubber stolen from the United States.

30 The Knitting Needle Story
Episode 1-30, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

On an airflight to Rome, Steve protects a journalist who is about to write articles about a criminal organization that controls voters and elections in Italy.

31 The Assassin Ring Story
Episode 1-31, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve travels to the Middle East to prove that the United States has nothing to do with the assassination of the king.

32 The Decoy Story
Episode 1-32, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

While Steve is occupied smuggling a wounded U.S. attache out of Eastern Europe, an international opportunist masquerades as Steve Mitchell.

33 Death in the Morgue Story
Episode 1-33, first aired 01/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

A morgue in Morocco is Steve's headquarters as he probes sabotage at an American air base.

34 The Stolen Letter Story
Episode 1-34, first aired 04/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve is sent to South America to expose a plot against the U.S.

35 The Venetian Story
Episode 1-35, first aired 04/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve travels to Venice to find and buy back a vital part of the agency's code machines.

36 The Black Hood Story
Episode 1-36, first aired 04/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve travels to Berlin, Germany, to recover confidential papers stolen from a diplomatic courier.

37 The Archeaological Story
Episode 1-37, first aired 04/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve travels to Trans-Jordan in the Middle East to find and protect a missing goddess.

38 The Perfect Alibi Story
Episode 1-38, first aired 04/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

A political informer's murder in Rome leads to the discovery that an unknown opportunist is impersonating Steve.

39 The Mine Story
Episode 1-39, first aired 04/01/1952
Director: Bill Karn
Writers: Robert Ryf , Adrian Gendot

Steve is smuggled into a slave labor camp In Eastern Europe to get vital information.

RADIO / AUDIO


Number of Episodes:167
First Appearance:1949
Last Appearance:1953
Network:Syndicated

REGULAR CAST
Brian DonlevySteve Mitchell [ 1 ]
Herb ButterfieldThe Commissioner [ 1 ]

       The history of this exciting and very, very enjoyable series starts, apparently, with the star, Brian Donlevy, having an idea for a radio broadcast that he shopped around. NBC, which had success already with A Man Called X, picked it up for a summer replacement. The initial run was seven episodes running in 1949 from to August 20.


Standard tag line at the beginning of most broadcasts starting with #19:
"Yeah, danger is my assignment. I get sent to a lot of places I can't even pronounce, they all spell the same thing, though - trouble." This is followed by a pithy introduction starting with Mitchell's entrance into the Commissioner's office. I have noted those at the beginning of the synopsis.


1 Sicily - Relief Supplies
Episode 001, first aired 07/09/1949
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: Robert Ryf

To find who is stealing relief supplies in Sicily, Steve Mitchell heads to the mountains and a fight with the bandit Laranzo.

2 Vietnam - Sunken Ships
Episode 002, first aired 07/16/1949
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

Three ships carrying needed supplies have been sunk off Saigon so Steve Mitchell is sent to investigate.

3 Nigeria - Safari
Episode 003, first aired 07/23/1949
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

It is Steve Mitchell's job to get the rights to a new lode of manganese in Nigeria and to find why the previous agent was murdered.

4 Mexico - [Title Unknown]
Episode 004, first aired 07/30/1949
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

[plot unknown]

5 France - Millionaire Murders
Episode 005, first aired 08/06/1949
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

Several millionaires have been violent ends in Paris so Steve Mitchell is sent to catch the killer(s).

6 Portugal - Alien Smuggling
Episode 006, first aired 08/13/1949
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

A fellow agent and friend of Steve Mitchell is found hanging in a bell tower in a Portuguese fishing village.

7 Switzerland - File #307
Episode 007, first aired 08/20/1949
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: Robert Ryf

It is to Zurich that Steve Mitchell is sent to recover a recently stolen top secret file containing defense plans.

8 Panama - Missing Japanese Weapons
Episode 008, first aired 02/06/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

Japanese weapons have been stolen and Steve Mitchell is sent to Panama to recover them.

9 Morocco - Captain Rock
Episode 009, first aired 02/13/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

To find out who killed a soldier of fortune in Tangiers, Steve Mitchell heads there to pretend to be him to get the killers to try again.

10 Greece - Stolen Radar Plans
Episode 010, first aired 02/20/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

Steve Mitchell heads to Greece to recover stolen radar plans.

11 China - China
Episode 011, first aired 02/27/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

[plot unknown]

12 California - Wire Spool
Episode 012, first aired 03/06/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

A spool of wire holds a recording that has a threat to world security and Steve Mitchell must find it in San Diego.

13 Switzerland - International Blackmail
Episode 013, first aired 03/20/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

A popular leader of a European country is being blackmailed and Steve Mitchell is asked to help him.

14 Egypt - The Sheik's Secret
Episode 014, first aired 03/27/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

Steve Mitchell heads to Egypt to convince a sheik there to renew uranium treaties.

15 Trinidad - Pirate Loot
Episode 015, first aired 04/10/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

To rest and have fun, Steve Mitchell heads to Trinidad to join in a sunken treasure hunt. It is not so relaxing.

16 Ecuador - UFO's
Episode 016, first aired 04/17/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

Are the reports of flying saucers in Ecuador for real?

17 Alaska - Missing Scientists
Episode 018, first aired 04/24/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

It is to Alaska that Steve Mitchell heads to find a missing nuclear physicist.

18 France - Sabotage In Paris
Episode 019, first aired 05/03/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

Before a major atomic inspection conference, a representative from the Balkans goes missing.

19 Sweden - Lecturing Professors
Episode 020, first aired 05/10/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't expect this assignment is going to involve using a 10-year-old boy as a cross on which to crucify his father."
One of six professors on an international lecture tour is really a spy, which Steve Mitchell must uncover.

20 Arabia - Missing Oil
Episode 021, first aired 05/17/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment is going to end up with me depending for my life on my own cigarette lighter."
Steve Mitchell heads to Saudi Arabia to find what happened to 100,000 barrels of oil that has gone missing.

21 Burma - The Murder of Ken Jackson
Episode 022, first aired 05/24/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize this assignment is going to involve a dead correspondent, a Burmese girl, a trip through the jungle, and a fallen idol." It is to Mandalay that Steve Mitchell heads next, the mission to stop valuable supplies from being rerouted to Burma.

22 Balkans - Little White Pill
Episode 023, first aired 05/31/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment is going to involve my trying to poke a hole in the Iron Curtain with just one weapon: a little white pill."
To free a fellow agent held in a jail behind the Iron Curtain, Steve Mitchell must find a way in and slip the man a little white pill.

23 Turkey - Deadly Bacteria
Episode 024, first aired 06/07/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment is going to involve my trying to save the lives of several thousand people with just a ferryboat whistle, a window, and a hunk of table."
The job is for Steve Mitchell to go to Istanbul, find a fellow named Champlin, and get a valuable reel of tape.

24 Indochina - Guerilla Leader
Episode 025, first aired 07/26/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment is going to plunk me right in the middle of a juicy war."
A rebel leader in the area has been raiding arms shipments from the US to that country in order to stockpile enough munitions to start his own war there. Steve Mitchell is sent to stop him.

25 Austria - Troop Movement Papers
Episode 026, first aired 08/02/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment is going to involve my trying to hide three divisions of troops behind an empty water glass."
A secret document dealing with US troop movements in Europe has been stolen in Vienna. The man who stole it was found murdered. Steve Mitchell is sent there to deal with a siren who is up to her pretty neck in the matter.

26 Ghana - Witch Doctor
Episode 027, first aired 08/09/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment is going to end up with my having to decide who to hand my gun to, the guy who's trying to help me or the guy who's trying to kill me."
Steve Mitchell is sent to port city of Sekondi to counter the actions of a foreign agent who is trying to turn a local witch doctor against the United Nations and America.

27 France - Hired Killer
Episode 028, first aired 08/16/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that it's going to involve my trying to hold Western Europe together with two mirrors, a book of matches, and a rusty razorblade."
A Swiss version of Sherlock Holmes was murdered in Paris by a hired killer that the Commissioner wants to catch because he has been disrupting a vital meeting of Western delegates by attacking them.

28 India - Bombay Gun Runners
Episode 029, first aired 08/23/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

[No preamble] An American selling farm equipment in India was arrested when the crates he had with him turned out to be munitions. The chief witness against him, a man named Gouda, has gone into hiding and wants to talk in private. Steve Mitchell is the man chosen.

29 Ireland - Guided Missile
Episode 030, first aired 08/30/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment is going to involve an innocent little picture postcard that almost turns out to be my death warrant."
Plans for the latest guided missile have been stolen and must be retrieved.

30 Balkans - Mine Disaster
Episode 031, first aired 09/06/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment is going to end up with me trying to blast myself right out of existence."
A newly discovered vein of chromite, needed in steel manufactoring, has been discovered in a pass between two Balkan nations very much unfriendly with each other. The US has a deal with one of them but someone is trying to stop production.

31 Turkey - Lefty and Sam
Episode 032, first aired 09/20/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment is going to end up with me smashing a spy ring because a trained seal gets a bad case of the blues."
Steve Mitchell heads to Istanbul to break up a spy ring responsible for a large amount of classified intelligence being stolen and a key Turkish spy master murdered when he got too close.

32 Latin America - Get Slarga Out
Episode 033, first aired 09/27/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with me trying to preserve my life with a can of embalming fluid."
A foreign agent named Slarga, known for being tough and tricky, wants to give himself up to the US authorities but the people he worked with now want him dead. Steve Mitchell must locate him and get him back to the States.

33 Florida - Forged Papers
Episode 034, first aired 09/29/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with me staking my life on a bluff, and then finding out, much to my surprise, that I wasn't bluffing at all!"
Three men were killed avoiding arrest soon after arriving in Miami. One was a known foreign spy, the other two were using passports belonging to Americans traveling abroad and now thought dead. Steve Mitchell must find who is behind this new scheme for smuggling agents into the US.

34 Japan - Sabotage Ring
Episode 035, first aired 10/06/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to involve my racing to crack a case before a killer pulls the trigger on me, then having that race end up a dead heat."
Marta Gelber was a beautiful woman that Steve Mitchell had trouble with in pre-War Vienna when she turned out to be a Nazi. Now years later she turns up Tokyo, likely involved in a spate of recent sabotages there.

35 Germany - Memory Chain
Episode 036, first aired 11/18/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with me dangling from the wrong end of a rope!"
Steve Mitchell is heading to Munich to find the 'memory chain', a very dangerous spy ring sneaking intelligence out of the West using no documents, just people's memory.

36 Indochina - Sarvich Framed
Episode 037, first aired 11/25/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with me saving three lives by me calling the right football play."
Paul Savich was a government clerk discharged three months earlier suspected of being connected to a spy ring. He claimed innocence. Now it is discovered that he was telling the truth and Steve Mitchell must locate him to learn what else he knew.

37 South America - Fake Letters
Episode 038, first aired 12/02/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to involve my trying the prevent a revolution with just two weapons, an old beat-up time table, and an empty matchbook."
In South America, two nations are upset with each other. One, unfriendly to the US, is accusing the other, which is friendly, of plotting against them with US aid.

38 Germany - Berlin Kidnapping
Episode 039, first aired 12/09/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with me trying my level best to shoot myself!"
Steve Mitchell is heading to Berlin to set himself up to be kidnapped in order to find out who has been kidnapping people inside the American zone of that city with the demand that if the ransom was not paid, the victim would be turned over to the Eastern side of the city.

39 Virginia - Civil War Map
Episode 040, first aired 12/16/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to involve a worthless scrap of paper which almost turns out to be my own death warrant."
Eckman is a part-time espionage agent who has been a pain in the organization's side for some time. Now he is reported to be in Richmond, Virginia, stealing an old Civil War map. Besides catching him, Steve Mitchell wants to know what is so valuable about that map.

40 Eastern Europe - Dr Corvair
Episode 042, first aired 12/30/1950
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to have me asking when is a friend not a friend - answer: when he's tickling your ribs with a gun."
A country in Eastern Europe is being torn apart with two political factions fighting each other and a minority doing its best to keep them angry. The one man who can unite the factions is a Doctor Korvel who has been in America for some time. It is Steve Mitchell's job to get him to his homeland alive in time for a summit.

41 Haiti - Anti-Sub Plans
Episode 043, first aired 01/06/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with me having someone take a picture of my own murder!"
A few months before, a small team of scientists headed to Haiti to run tests on a new form of anti-submarine warfare, Operation Fish Hook, a self-propelled torpedo with a proximity detonator. Once done, they boarded a plane with their results and disappeared. Steve Mitchell is to follow a lead to find them.

42 Spain - Missing Scientist
Episode 044, first aired 01/13/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to give me a lesson in etiquette. I'd always thought it was rude to turn down a free drink. Now I know it can be fatal."
The best electronics scientist in Europe had agreed to travel to America to help in developing revolutionary radio tubes but now he has gone missing and Steve Mitchell travels to Madrid to track him down.

43 Cananda - Arctic Plastic Report
Episode 045, first aired 01/20/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with me depending for my life on the only weapon I've got - a mighty powder puff."
A new liquid has been developed to help protect weaponry and electronics from the sub-zero temperatures of the frozen Arctic. The man who wrote up the report detailing the facts on the recent testing of the liquid has turned up dead and the report missing. Steve Mitchell is on the hunt.

44 Egypt - Treason Scandal
Episode 046, first aired 01/27/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to involve my trying to prevent a revolution with just one weapon, a box of busted bells."
In a Middle East country with a political struggle ongoing. The head of the majority party has been accused of treason and the man making the accusation has disappeared. Since the majority party is willing to make a deal with the US, it is important for Steve Mitchell to find what happened to the critic.

45 West Africa - Nazi Fugitive
Episode 047, first aired 02/03/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

[plot unknown]

46 Eastern Europe - Kroner Cutlass
Episode 048, first aired 02/10/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to involve trying to hold an Eastern European country together with my finger ring."
An Eastern European country is in trouble and a strong leader is needed. That country had a treasured relic called the Kroner Cutlass, a sword which was given to an American during the War for safekeeping. The American then disappeared. Steve Mitchell must try to find the missing sword to help one side solidify power.

47 Malaya - Rubber
Episode 049, first aired 02/17/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with a native bandit giving me a big break by heaving a knife at me."
In Malaya, rebel bandits have been attacking many of the rubber plantations resulting in a major disruption in the rubber supply. Since it is said the head of the rebels is an American, Steve Mitchell heads to find out for sure and stop him if needed.

48 New York - Nazi Buzz Bomb Plans
Episode 050, first aired 02/24/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with the guy I'm looking for shoving a gun in my back and my doing my best to help him."
At the end of the War there were rumors that Germany was nearing completion of a new set of buzz bombs far superior to the ones used during the Blitz. Then the weapons disappeared, stolen by a couple of enterprising fellows. Steve Mitchell is sent to New York to track down one of the thieves living there now.

49 England - Secret Code Broken
Episode 051, first aired 03/03/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to have me playing a friendly little game of who's who - the only trouble with is the guy who loses gets killed."
The US has learned that a foreign enemy country has managed to break an important diplomatic code. America is using that to send fake data to the enemy. Soon, however, the fact that the US has been doing just that will get to the enemy unless Steve Mitchell can prevent it.

50 South America - Solve Your Own Murder - - 001
Episode 052, first aired 03/10/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to involve my trying to solve my own murder!"
Roquel is the name of a town in South America where the night before a man was murdered. That man had a complete set of credentials proving he was Steve Mitchell, US Agent. The real Mitchell heads there to learn who killed him.

51 Indonesia - Stolen Atomic Formula
Episode 053, first aired 03/17/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

[plot unknown]

52 Panama - Load of Dynamite With A Lit Fuse
Episode 054, first aired 03/24/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with someone trying his best to hand me a present, a load of dynamite with a lit fuse."
One of Steve Mitchell's best friend was killed on a mission to Panama looking into thefts of dynamite which shows the Canal is in peril. Mitchell is sent to finish his assignment.

53 China - Stolen Medical Records
Episode 055, first aired 03/31/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

[plot unknown]

54 Balkans - File 72
Episode 056, first aired 04/07/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with my saving a guy's life by punching him right in the face."
In the Balkans, representatives from two countries there are meeting iron out long standing differences. One of the sides is not really that interested in peace and a General Traska from that nation wants to meet with an agent from the U.S., reason unknown. Steve Mitchell is chosen.

55 Middle East - Military Installation Doc Stolen
Episode 057, first aired 04/14/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with me depending for life on a tray full of dirty dishes."
For some time secret negotiations have been ongoing in a Middle Eastern country for the right to set up 'U.N.' bases there. Now a document contains all the preliminary discussions has turned up in the hands of a rival nation against the idea. Steve Mitchell's job is to find out how the document was leaked.

56 France - Gouczek
Episode 058, first aired 04/21/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, the ink bottle's mightier than the gun."
It is on the French Riviera that Steve Mitchell is supposed to find a way to help an Iron Curtain atomic scientist named Gouczek defect.

57 Balkans - Outlaw Radio
Episode 059, first aired 04/28/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with my getting shot at just for trying to turn off a radio program."
Steve Mitchell is heading to the Balkans and probably the one friendly country left there, to put a stop to an outlaw radio station broadcasting a string of anti-U.S. propaganda.

58 Netherlands - War Criminals
Episode 060, first aired 05/04/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to my catching a bored criminal because a china shop vanishes into thin air."
It is to the Netherlands that Steve Mitchell will head to work with a team of female amateur track stars as a cover to catch a notorious war criminal.

59 Germany - Causing Epidemic
Episode 061, first aired 05/11/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to have me looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack - the only difference is the needle I'm looking for means death to about 3,000 people."
In a small town in the American-controlled area of Germany has half the population down with a strange ailment. Steve Mitchell's impossible job is to find out what the ailment is and who is causing it.

60 Trinidad - Operation Hotfoot
Episode 062, first aired 05/18/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with my giving our defense industries a shot in the arm by falling into a hole in the ground."
Two American scientists dealing with needed sulfur microbes near Trinidad have made a breakthrough but then disappeared. Mitchell is sent to find them.

61 Japan - Nationalist Fanatics Explosions
Episode 063, first aired 06/19/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with me in a spot where if I play my cards just right, only one guy will get killed - me."
An updated peace agreement with Japan has hit a snag because two factions are diametrically opposed to one another. In the last week three explosions have taken place in Tokyo and in each a man involved in the negotiations has been killed. Steve Mitchell's job is to find who is behind it all.

62 Italy - The Worthless Dictaphone Cylinder
Episode 064, first aired 06/26/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with my life being saved ... by a ghost."
Headquarters has received a dictaphone cylinder with apparently worthless information on it. The puzzling fact is that a young college student is offering to smuggle it out of the U.S. for $5k. HQ is curious why someone would think the whole matter so important.

63 Philippines - Smuggling Operation
Episode 066, first aired 07/10/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to drop me into a spot where a kiss is either going to cure me ... or kill me."
Jaeger is a notorious American sailor-of-fortune along the China coast running a set of boats involved in contraband running. Steve Mitchell is told to use this man to lead him to whoever is in charge of the operation.

64 Senegal - Hunt For Captain Schiller
Episode 077, first aired 11/03/1951
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up just where it started, which is nowhere."
It had been a theory that the leader of the Nazis (Hitler, though unnamed) had actually gotten smuggled out. Involved in the escape was a Uboat commander named Schiller, himself thought to have died in the Berlin Blitz. Now someone has reported seeing Schiller in Dakar and Steve Mitchell is sent to check it out.

65 Australia - Traitor
Episode 100, first aired 03/10/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with my life being saved by a handful of cigars."
Steve Mitchell is going ghost hunting, looking for a man named Eli Bryant, an American traitor helping the Japanese and thought killed in 1944. Now he is said to be living in Australia after plastic surgery.

66 Austria - Underground Press
Episode 128, first aired 10/08/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to teach me that you can sometimes find your only chance dangling from the end of a rope."
Steve Mitchell is being sent to Vienna to pick up a newspaper, a dummy edition created specifically to pass along the identities of Iron Curtain agents working in the U.S.

67 New Guinea - Gun Running
Episode 129, first aired 10/15/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to show me that sometimes the only way you can come out of one of these deals alive is to ask a guy to shoot you."
A man named Vance Morgan had been the prime suspect in the disappearance of medical supplies in the Far East shortly after the War. He claims he was innocent, set up by an organization led by a person named Yin Yee Hop. Steve Mitchell is sent to New Guinea to look into the chance that this Hop was really another American now involved in gun running.

68 Brazil - Butterfly Chasers
Episode 130, first aired 10/22/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to make a flower hater out of me - a sunflower almost has me putting up daisies."
A South American country (unnamed) is on the fence politically. The majority party is friendly to the U.S. while the minority party is not. When the leader of the minority party is murdered and the chief suspect is an American, Steve Mitchell is sent to learn the truth.

69 Cuba - The Jai-Alai Smuggling Ring
Episode 131, first aired 11/05/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to show that sometimes the only way you can win is to let the whole deal go up in smoke."
Steve Mitchell must attend a jai-alai match in Havana as the first step to breaking up a smuggling ring.

70 Turkey - Secret Survey File
Episode 132-, first aired 11/12/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with my life depending on a handful of ashes."
Steve Mitchell is heading to Istanbul where a foreign agent will be pointed out for Mitchell to follow. That agent is on his way to a resort town nearby to pick up a stolen classified U.S. government report.

71 Germany - Bring Back Emerson
Episode 133, first aired 11/19/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that sometimes the best way to stop a guy cold is to step on the gas."
Steve Mitchell is being sent to a private sanitarium in Bavaria to rescue an American journalist held there after being kidnapped by possibly Czech government agents.

72 Sweden - Peddling Secret Information
Episode 134, first aired 11/26/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to have me trying to trap a killer with a new kind of weapon, a nursery rhyme."
A team analyzing Scandanavian defenses has discovered that someone has been sneaking out details of their discussions in coded messages. Steve Mitchell is sent there to find who and to stop them.

73 France - Protection Racket
Episode 135, first aired 12/03/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that you can sometimes hang a killer sky high with a little piece of string."
An German Nazi racket from before the War involved extorting Americans with relatives in the old country to pay large amounts to keep those loved ones safe. That scheme has returned as a private enterprise and Steve Mitchell is sent to the French Riviera to put a stop to it.

74 Austria - Riot
Episode 136, first aired 12/10/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to show me that sometimes the best thing that can happen to a guy is to get caught in the middle of a riot."
A score of Austrians have crossed into Hungarian territory and attacked facilities there, burning and looting and killing. Three of the attackers were also found dead and they were identified as being off-duty American soldiers. Steve Mitchell is sent to learn what happened.

75 Turkey - Road Sabotage
Episode 137, first aired 12/17/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to put a new switch on an old saying - not only is the pen mightier than the sword, the paint brush is mightier than dynamite."
While most of the road projects being done in Turkey with American help, all have gone very well except one in the eastern mountains of that country. Major accidents and injuries has stimied progress. Steve Mitchell is sent to see what is causing the trouble.

76 Sweden - Lecture Circuit Spy Ring
Episode 138, first aired 12/24/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with me getting the best Christmas present I've ever had right when I'm staring down the barrel of a gun."
International Lecture Tours is an organization of 6 European professors giving speeches all over the world. One is suspected of being a spy, picking up classified intel while in this country and passing back to the Iron Curtain.

77 Italy - Atomic Secrets
Episode 139, first aired 12/31/1952
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to show me that sometimes the only way to let a little light in on a deal is through a bullet hole."
Steve Mitchell is heading to Trieste to meet a man who is conveying a report from behind the Iron Curtain smuggled out by the underground. The document lays out how much the East knows about the West's atomic weapons program.

78 New Guinea - Colonel Chan Gun Smuggling
Episode 140, first aired 01/07/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that sometimes the nicest thing that can happen to a guy is to get kidnapped."
A gun runner in the South China Sea named Colonel Chan has been on the radar of US Intelligence for some time. Now he is in custody since his plane crashed into the ocean and he is in rough shape. Steve Mitchell is sent there to find out from him where the guns he handles are coming from.

79 England - The Blue Lion
Episode 141, first aired 01/14/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that sometimes the guy whose tries to take somebody for a ride ends up getting taken."
The Blue Lion is a pub in London from where several foreign agents have picked up their phoney passports and other documents. It is to there that Steve Mitchell is sent to learn who is behind the racket and to stop them.

80 Mandalay - Leak Of Strategic Material
Episode 142, first aired 01/21/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

[plot unknown]

81 Mexico City - Nail Cold Blooded Killer
Episode 143, first aired 01/28/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to show that sometimes the only way to catch the right guy is to chase the wrong one."
A Mr. Karin is a notorious international assassin who has bothered the US one too many times. He is rumored to be in Mexico City and it is there that Steve Mitchell is sent to meet a man who knows where the killer is.

82 Greece - Missing Scientist
Episode 144, first aired 02/04/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that sometimes the best way to catch a fish is to let him off the hook."
Steve Mitchell is heading to Athens to find a missing American physicist who disappeared a couple days before as he headed to the South of France after being lured there on word his son had been injured.

83 Belgian Congo - Patch Up Quarrel
Episode 145, first aired 02/11/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that sometimes the best way to stop one fight is to start another one."
Steve Mitchell is being told to step in between two squabbling sisters. A strategic mining lease in the Belgian Congo has expired and efforts to get it renewed have failed because two factions of the family controlling the land are at odds with each other.

84 Japan - American Kidnappers
Episode 146, first aired 02/18/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that sometimes the best way to win a fight is to get knocked flat on your back."
In Tokyo a prominent Japanese scientist was kidnapped and beaten by apparently agents from an American spy organization. This has cause tensions with the people of Japan to worsen. Steve Mitchell is told to find out who really did the kidnapping and then defuse the situation.

85 France - Mediterranean Black Market
Episode 147, first aired 02/25/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to end up with my life getting saved because I shoot my only friend in the deal."
Steve Mitchell is going after a smuggling operation in the south of France that is disrupting recovery operations. The gang is bankrolling their activities through bank robberies.

86 Germany - Find Peter Metnich
Episode 148, first aired 03/04/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to show me that sometimes the witness is harder to find than the killer."
Seven former Nazis were recently arrested trying to restore power. Steve Mitchell is told that an 8th, Henrich Schwandorf, might be the overall leader. This man is suspected of the murder of an American a few years back but to arrest him needs a witness that is hard to find, as Steve Mitchell will discover.

87 Philippines - A Ghost Ship
Episode 149, first aired 03/11/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that sometimes what goes up never comes down."
Steve Mitchell is sent after a ghost ship that has been running supplies and munitions to rebels in the Philippines.

88 Norway - Bureau Of Stolen Information
Episode 150, first aired 03/18/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with me exactly one foot ... from death!"
It is to Oslo that Steve Mitchell heads to get on the trail of the head of an organization called the Bureau, an international clearinghouse for stolen information.

89 Portugal - Diplomat Kidnap Attempt
Episode 151, first aired 03/25/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I can't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with me trying to decide if I rather get run over or shot."
The beautiful Antonina Aguirre is the target for Steve Mitchell to follow. She is being deported back to Portugal after an anonymous tip led to her arrest. The confusing thing is that the tip apparently came from her!

90 Venezuela - The Caribbean Legion
Episode 152, first aired 04/01/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that sometimes the best way to get a pal out of a trap is to get chased into it yourself."
Rick Perez is a fellow agent who needs help investigating an organization called the Caribbean Legion. That group has been training people to lead revolts around Central and South America.

91 France - Governess and Spy Ring
Episode 153, first aired 04/08/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove that sometimes the nicest thing that can happen to a guy is to get shot at."
A famous magician is going to hire Steve Mitchell as a cover to allow Mitchell to infiltrate the household to keep an eye on the governess of the man's son, a woman suspected of being a conduit for stolen classified intelligence.

92 Tibet - The Flying Fenway's
Episode 154, first aired 04/15/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with my life getting saved because someone dropped a bomb on me."
Lenny Fenway is an American pilot running a small airline business in India. He was conveying an agent into Tibet to help organize the various anti-Chinese rebels. Then his plane crashed. The agent barely got out but but Fenway needs Steve Mitchell's help.

93 England - Friendship Centers Infiltrated
Episode 155, first aired 04/22/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to prove you can sometimes hit a home run with the swing of a rusty gate."
The Friendship Centers are facilities around Western Europe helping refugees. Now it looks like someone is using these good people for doing bad things and Steve Mitchell is sent to check things out.

94 New Guinea - Sabotage - - 001
Episode 156, first aired 04/29/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to do my level best to get blown up."
The U.S. has joined with Austrailia and New Zealond to improve bases around that region dedicated to anti-submarine warfare. On one of the islands involved, massive sabotage has derailed things and Steve Mitchell is sent to sort it out.

95 Italy - Smuggling Strategic Materials
Episode 157, first aired 05/06/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

[no preamble found] Steve Mitchell is on the hunt for a group smuggling strategic American goods behind the Iron Curtain.

96 Egypt - USA Accused Of Assassination Attempt
Episode 158, first aired 05/13/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to teach me never to ask to see a knife in a shop window - you may get it in the back."
An assassination attempt on a prominent Egyptian leader in Cairo has the gossip buzzing that it was done by an American agent. The US has been involved in secret talks to shore up relations with that country and this murder attempt is certainly a plan to disrupt those talks.

97 Norway - Stolen Computer Blueprints
Episode 159, first aired 05/20/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to xxx that trying to break up an information pipeline is no pipe."
Steve Mitchell heads to a train station in Oslo to intersect a man who will be carrying a set of blueprints of a top-secret computer unit from a firm working on the Navy's guided missile program.

98 Cuba - Cold Blooded Poisoner
Episode 160, first aired 05/27/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that I going to wind up catching a killer by playing parlor games."
When his organization finally gets a lead on an international killer who uses poison as the weapon. Steve Mitchell is heading to Havana to meet with a man who believes he knows the identity of the killer.

99 Syria - Grab Stoller
Episode 163, first aired 06/24/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with me doing my best to pull a building down on my head."
A meeting in Damascus is about to happen between a desert tribe and an Iron Curtain nation to exchange prisoners. The tribe had caught a spy and the nation snatched someone important to the tribe to use in bargaining. The agent turns out to be an American traitor named Stroller.

100 Canada - Finding Anthony Targu
Episode 164, first aired 07/01/1953
Director: Bill Cairn
Writer: --

"When I walk into the Commissioner's office, I don't realize that this assignment's going to wind up with my life dangling by a cobweb."
A notorious gangster had been deported some time back but a year ago he was said to have smuggled his way into Canada where he was killed in a car accident. Now there is a rumor the man is still alive and Steve Mitchell is sent to learn the truth.

MY COMMENTS

       From the first of the radio episodes I heard, I was a big fan of the series. I really enjoyed spending the time to listen to so many of these in order to get the synopses and was a tad saddened when I reached the last one I could find. The humor of the character and the talented way his banter was delivered was quite appealing and the stories were very entertaining and varied.
       The television show suffered, though. Mitchell on the screen was not as energized ad Mitchell on the radiowaves was. Even though most of the plots on the small screen were the same as on the radio, they did not grab me anywhere near as much.
       Still, just like what was really a sister show, A Man Called X, this series deserves to be remembered fondly and periodically listened to again.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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