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BOB BARKLEY

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Full Name: Bob Barkley
Nationality: American
Organization: American Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: George W. Trendle
Time Span: 1950 - 1951

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Bob Barkley is an agent with American Intelligence.
       It should be stated that there is some disagreement as to whether this agent's last name is spelled as shown or as "Barclay". What is not debatable, though, is that he is, or at least becomes, an undercover operative for the American Intelligence community though even here, exactly whom he works for is not clear.
       Before he is brought into the clandestine world, Barkley was a very experienced, very well-known foreign correspondent for a media company known as Amalgamated. He was also said to be a successful author having at least one and likely several books to his name. He is very well traveled and his name is recognized by people he deals with.
       His entry into intelligence work comes about as a result of a meeting between a chief intelligence officer and the CEO of Amalgamated when they decided a lone wolf operative working under the cover of a correspondent was needed to help counter-espionage activity around the world. Both men had their own choice for the best man for the job and both had the name of Bob Barkley in mind.
       It is likely that Barkley was a reasonably tall (6') man in his mid-30's with short, light brown hair. He is a good looking man in better than average shape. [This from a picture of the man portraying him on radio].
       Barkley is single with no long-term attachments. He is not looking for one, either, as he has truly enjoyed his globe-trotting as a reporter and plans on continuing both the travel and the reporting, along with the spy-hunting duties he has just taken on.

RADIO / AUDIO


Number of Episodes:50
First Appearance:1950
Last Appearance:1951
Network:ABC

REGULAR CAST
Jack McCarthyBob Barkley [ 1 ]

     Searching the Internet for information on this series, I was intrigued by the variety of names for the actual program. Trying to find an answer to this question, I did research via newspapers.com, looking for how the various newspapers handled the weekly listings for this show.

     Each Wednesday around 8:00 pm (7 in Central time) or 8:30, depending on the station, the show ran almost without break for nearly a year. I found a good number of papers showing times and stations for the show throughout the life of the program and discovered that even back then there was variety.
Bob Barkley, Undercover Agent
Bob Barkley, American Agent
Bob Barclay, American Agent
American Agent

     Those were the different names I found for it. There may have been more that I missed. Seeing that back then there was no definite name, it is hardly surprising the Internet has no set name.


     An interesting notation on the show given by Wikipedia in its write-up on the creator, George Trendle, states: "Trendle received complaints from the U.S. Government because the stories sounded too much like actual cases. The American press also complained that the series was hurting the real-life situation of William Oatis. Oatis was a reporter being held on espionage charges in Czechoslovakia. The series was cancelled at the end of its first season."


     I was able to find only one episode available for free listening, that being the first one. I am looking for more to get more synopses.


     I have listed 50 episodes, said list coming from the one I found at the Audio-Classics.com website. Jim Cox in his excellent reference book Radio Crime Fighters says there were 58 episodes in all.
1 Woman Of Mystery
Episode S1-1, first aired 10/11/1950
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[plot unknown]

2 Honolulu Death Trap
Episode S1-2, first aired 10/18/1950
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[plot unknown]

3 The Papers And The Cast
Episode S1-3, first aired 11/01/1950
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[plot unknown]

4 Shanghai Crossing
Episode S1-4, first aired 11/08/1950
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[plot unknown]

5 The Double-Switch Trick
Episode S1-5, first aired 11/15/1950
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[plot unknown]

6 Yokohama Operation
Episode S1-6, first aired 11/22/1950
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[plot unknown]

7 The Black Dragon
Episode S1-7, first aired 11/29/1950
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[plot unknown]

8 Tiger Bait
Episode S1-8, first aired 12/06/1950
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[plot unknown]

9 Paris Calling
Episode S1-9, first aired 12/13/1950
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[plot unknown]

10 The Red Danube
Episode S1-10, first aired 12/20/1950
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[plot unknown]

11 Streets Of The Jade Mongers
Episode S1-11, first aired 12/27/1950
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[plot unknown]

12 The Iranian Files
Episode S1-12, first aired 01/03/1951
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Barclay finds himself in Iran. "[He] finds Flora Belmonte alluring and puzzling. When he receives word that he must attend her party to discover who has the files containing valuable Iranian oil information, he goes to see what he can find out about Flora; but stays to investigate her unattractive middle-aged main, Lena."

13 Death Mask
Episode S1-13, first aired 01/10/1951
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[plot unknown]

14 The Georgetown Robbery
Episode S1-14, first aired 01/17/1951
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[plot unknown]

15 The Brussels Underground
Episode S1-15, first aired 01/24/1951
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[plot unknown]

16 Dead Man's Diary
Episode S1-16, first aired 01/31/1951
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[plot unknown]

17 Destination Algiers
Episode S1-17, first aired 02/07/1951
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[plot unknown]

18 Channel Rendezvous
Episode S1-18, first aired 02/14/1951
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[plot unknown]

19 Treason’s Ally
Episode S1-19, first aired 02/21/1951
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"Barclay, foreign correspondent playing a dual role as an American undercover agent, goes to Douamont to investigate a group of sinister men named 'The Moles' thought to be of Communist leaning. At the famed fortifications of Verdun, Barclay meets a lovely fellow journalist, Simone LeClaire. Theire investigation is interrupted by their guide when he turns on them with a gun."

20 See Douaumont & Die
Episode S1-20, first aired 02/28/1951
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[plot unknown]

21 La Bedouina
Episode S1-21, first aired 03/07/1951
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[plot unknown]

22 The Surgeon And The Sword
Episode S1-22, first aired 03/14/1951
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[plot unknown]

23 Storm In Algeria
Episode S1-23, first aired 03/21/1951
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[plot unknown]

24 Mutiny On The Madame X
Episode S1-24, first aired 03/28/1951
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[plot unknown]

25 Turkish Trophy
Episode S1-25, first aired 04/04/1951
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[plot unknown]

26 Madrid Transfer
Episode S1-26, first aired 04/11/1951
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[plot unknown]

26 Climax In Istanbul
Episode S1-27, first aired 04/11/1951
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[plot unknown]

27 Death On The Campus
Episode S1-28, first aired 04/18/1951
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[plot unknown]

28 The Underground Trail
Episode S1-29, first aired 04/25/1951
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[plot unknown]

29 The House On The Hill
Episode S1-30, first aired 05/02/1951
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[plot unknown]

30 The Man With The Camera Mind
Episode S1-31, first aired 05/09/1951
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[plot unknown]

31 She Danced For Stalin
Episode S1-32, first aired 05/16/1951
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[plot unknown]

32 The Siamese Twin-Plot
Episode S1-33, first aired 05/23/1951
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[plot unknown]

33 Idol Of Death
Episode S1-34, first aired 05/30/1951
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[plot unknown]

34 The Red Impersonation
Episode S1-35, first aired 06/06/1951
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[plot unknown]

35 Hong Kong Film Search
Episode S1-36, first aired 06/13/1951
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[plot unknown]

36 Packet C-1
Episode S1-37, first aired 06/20/1951
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[plot unknown]

38 The Traitor
Episode S1-38, first aired 07/04/1951
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[plot unknown]

39 Monsoon
Episode S1-39, first aired 07/11/1951
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[plot unknown]

40 Singapore Fling
Episode S1-40, first aired 07/18/1951
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[plot unknown]

41 The Scourge
Episode S1-41, first aired 07/25/1951
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[plot unknown]

42 Jungle Rendezvous
Episode S1-42, first aired 08/01/1951
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[plot unknown]

43 Barclay, Target
Episode S1-43, first aired 08/08/1951
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[plot unknown]

44 Night In The Jungle
Episode S1-44, first aired 08/15/1951
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[plot unknown]

45 Shanghai Explosion
Episode S1-45, first aired 08/22/1951
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[plot unknown]

46 Out Of The Fog
Episode S1-46, first aired 08/29/1951
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[plot unknown]

47 Round Trip To Macao
Episode S1-47, first aired 09/05/1951
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[plot unknown]

48 Flight Of The High Lama
Episode S1-48, first aired 09/12/1951
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[plot unknown]

49 The Shanghai Cigarette Case
Episode S1-49, first aired 09/19/1951
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[plot unknown]

50 Tokyo Dinner Date
Episode S1-50, first aired 09/26/1951
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[plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

     I have only been able to listen to one episode (the first one) but it was very enjoyable and I definitely would like to listen to more should the opportunity (and finances) permit. The actor portraying Barkley, Jack McCarthy, makes the character sound like someone who is serious about what he is doing but also having a good time doing it. There was no "just the facts, ma'am" vibe nor any "the only good commie is a dead commie". Of course, the Cold War was only just heating up.
     I did get a kick out of reading how the creator's idea of an Intelligence agent traveling the world using a foreign correspondent gig as a cover did cause some consternation in both the journalist and espionage communities. While both the trope of a spy using reporting as a blind and the one of foreign officials suspecting any reporter of being a spy have become common place in the genre, they had to have started somewhere. Why not here?

GRADE

My Grade: B

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