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NED JORDAN

 
Full Name: Ned Jordan
Nationality: American
Organization: Unnamed Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Fran Striker
Time Span: 1940 - 1941

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Ned Jordan is an agent for an unspecified agency.
       I have seen a reference that mentions he works for the FBI but I am more inclined to believe that guesswork on the part of the article writer than anything else. What is known comes to us from the announcer of his adventures.
       To the sound of a train moving down the tracks, the voice of the announcer tells us, "Speeding from coast to coast, the Federal Express thunders through the night. Adventure, thrills, romance. Ride the rails with Ned Jordan, Secret Agent".
       He goes on to inform the listener, "Under the guise of settling labor and accident claims for the Consolidated American Railroad, Ned Jordan secretly investigates the activities of foreign agents and other federal enemies - missions known only J.B. Medwick, president of the railroad. Government agents act on the information gathered by Jordan, who steps quietly out of the picture".
       Now that would lead one to believe that Jordan was more of a private investigator than a government operative but that is contradicted, in my opinion, by Jordan when he is able to call upon federal authorities to aid in one of the missions; a private citizen would not have been afforded such accommodations.
       Whatever department, agency, or bureau he worked for, Jordan, from the couple of adventures we still have of him, was an energetic, action-loving operative who relished the danger that comes from hunting down and confronting foreign spies and saboteurs.
     In the one episode I was able to get hold of, Jordan worked with a woman named Judy who, while probably not an agent herself (considering the era), was definitely capable and interested enough to be one and deported herself extremely well, enough to make me wish I could learn more.
     

RADIO / AUDIO


Number of Episodes:2
First Appearance:1940
Last Appearance:1941
Network:Mutual

REGULAR CAST
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     Very little is known about this spy/mystery/suspense series which aired on the Mutual Radio Network. Only a couple of episodes are available to listen to today and a couple more one-liner descriptions of others can be found.

     I have seen references to the show running from 1938 to 1940. I have also seen mention of one or more episodes airing in 1941.
     Since I have no evidence to back me up, anything I say is opinion so I will opine that there were not many episodes made and these were repeated often or in syndication.
1 Adventure of the True Light Cult
Episode 1-1, first aired 1940

[plot unknown]

2 Tank Trap For Terrrorists
Episode 1-2, first aired 1940

An American tank expert is the target of would-be terrorists.

3 [Title Unknown]
Episode 1-3, first aired 1940

A secret society is working hard behind the scenes to push the US into a war.

MY COMMENTS

       When I heard of this radio spy series, written by the same man who gave us The Lone Ranger, which I remember most fondly listening to on the radio and watching on my grandmother's television back when I lived on the farm in the mid 50's, and then created his descendent, The Green Hornet, which for one (sadly only) season in the late 60s, well, I was stoked.
       I was also stunned that I was learning about it so many years after I had started my lengthy study of spy series. Why was I just hearing about it now?
     My answer to my own question seems to be that it was because the series was not around for very long and so little of it remains, there just ain't a whole lot to know.
     Which is sad because the one program I was able to listen to online was really quite enjoyable.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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