"Sometimes the best stories a reporter gets are the ones he can't print..."
Night Beat was a 1950s detective series that starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, the tough, street-wise reporter of Chicago Star. Sponsored by Wheaties and Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, the show is all about Stone and his encounters with criminals and strange stories. The show ran from February 6, 1950 to September 25, 1952 on NBC. Lovejoy’s portrayal of Randy Stone is said to be one of his best, as his delivery was nothing short of excellent.
Frank Lovejoy stars as Randy Stone, a toughened, street-wise Chicago Star reporter working the Nightbeat in the early 1950s.
Randy Stone's heart is in the right place, and sometimes he can make a difference. Sometimes it's just too late. And too bad. But he tells the story. That's life on the Nightbeat. As he finishes setting it down in words, Randy yells out, "Copy boy!" and the story rolls to print, and the newspaper hits the street as the sun come up.
Orchestra and sound effects are excellent. Frank Lovejoy is a seasoned pro of radio and film with an honest, gripping delivery. Solid supporting casts maintain the intensity of the noir theme. Good writing and direction keep the show moving, allowing the listener to witness another story from the Nightbeat.Click here to read more about Night Beat
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Please enjoy these 88 old time radio episodes:
|04.16.1950||a world all of his own||
+ Prizefighter Billy Candell, a punchy former middlewight champ, wants a final meeting with his lo...
|07.06.1950||bill perrin amnesia case||
+ Bill Perrin has been in the army hospital with head injuries and has lost his memory. Corporal Ben...
|09.04.1952||bomb on the denver plane||
+ The Chicago Star frequently receives crank calls but Randy couldn’t take any chances on this one...
|06.19.1952||dolly graham railroaded|
|06.26.1950||gus and jimmy reed||
+ Randy Stone covers the night beat for the Chicago Star. Stories begin in many different ways, and...
|08.21.1952||john and mary||
+ It’s Randy Stones’ night off from the newspaper he works on and he’s lost for what to do. He...
|05.22.1952||johnny liggets wife pauline||
+ Randy Stone who covers the night beat for the Chicago Star is surprised to find that he is the big...
|N/A||joys of fatherhood||
+ Randy Stone is sitting at his typewriter in the city room with no one around. He's finishing a rea...
|07.03.1950||lorraine adams execution||
+ A mysterious tale that begins with a kid carrying a $100 bill running into the path of Randy Ston...
|07.17.1950||night beat molly keller||
+ Randy didn’t have to go and look for his story tonight; it came in over the Teletype. Charles Ke...
|07.24.1950||night beat the devil's bible||
+ Stories begin in many different ways but when Randy Stone who covers the night beat for the Chicag...
|07.31.1950||night beat city at your fingertips||
+ Randy Stone covers the night beat for the Chicago Star. Stories begin in many different ways. This...
|09.18.1950||night beat wanna buy a story||
+ For Randy Stone of the Chicago Star, stories started in many ways and this one started with a girl...
|10.13.1950||night beat einar pierce||
+ For Randy Stone who covers the night beat for the Chicago Star stories begin in many different way...
|10.27.1950||night beat the doctor's daughter||
+ Randy Stone covers the night beat for the Chicago Star and this story began and ended inside a man...
|11.03.1950||night beat the black cat||
+ For Randy Stone of the Chicago Star story's begin in many ways. This one began with a Halloween ki...
|11.10.1950||night beat the slasher||
+ For Randy Stone, who covers the night beat for the Chicago Star, stories begin in many different w...
|06.01.1951||night beat will of mrs orloff||
+ It wasn’t much of a story just an obituary, Mrs. Martha Orloff, age 62, scrub woman, death by na...
|11.16.1951||night beat lost souls||
+ Randy Stone who covers the night beat for the Chicago Tribune discovers someone is behaving like a...
|06.26.1952||night beat reformer||
+ Kit Dehner on account of her charm and good looks has managed to get the only an exclusive story f...
|07.03.1952||night beat the old itch||
+ If you’ve ever doubted the power of people to change something they don’t like, if you’ve ev...
|08.14.1952||night beat his name was luke||
+ It was late afternoon, half past five to be exact. The pavement was crowded with weary wage earner...
|09.18.1952||night beat policy wheel racket||
+ Randy Stone who covers the night beat for the Chicago Tribune got a tip that brother James from th...
|09.25.1952||night beat the bug killings||
+ For Randy Stone of the Chicago Star it was getting to be a habit, a nightmarish habit standing bes...
|05.19.1949||night beat (00) the ted carter murder case (audition)||
+ An NBC audition recording. Edmond O'Brien appears as "Hank Mitchell," night reporter on "The Exami...
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