Front Page Farrell

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Front Page Farrell

Postby Lou » Tue Oct 25, 2005 12:32 pm

On the Air: June 23, 1941-Mar. 13, 1942, MBS, 1:30 p.m. ET; Sept. 14, 1942-June 29, 1951, NBC, 5:45 p.m.; July 2, 1951-March 26, 1954, NBC, 5:15 p.m.

David Farrell: Richard Widmark, Carleton Young, Staats Cotsworth ... Sally Farrell: Virginia Dwyer, Florence Williams

Announcers: Bill Bond, Larry Elliott, Ed Fleming, Don Hancock

Theme Song: "You and I Know"

Epigraph: We now present the exciting, unforgettable radio drama Front Page Farrell, the story of a crack newspaperman and his wife -- the story of David and Sally Farrell.

Premise: Centerting on a newspaper reporter and his wife, David and Sally Farrell, Front Page Farrell was launched as a melodrama, heavy on domestic crises while thin on journalistic exposes -- precisely what anyone would expect from the Hummert production factory. Somewhere in the late 1940s, however, the serial took a bolder stance toward thugs in the Big Apple. David's efforts intensified, his persistence in uncovering the truth turning relentless as he sought to unveil legions of evildoers and place them behind bars. Perhaps in an effort to combat audience slippage to television, this "get-tough" policy became even more pronounced as time went on, moving almost exclusively from matters of the heart to hysteria and homicide. By the 1950s new five-part episodes were launched every Monday. David was on a tear to solve mysteries, expose corruption and deal with crooks of every persuasion. By Friday evening he and Sally had helped remove that week's culprit from the streets, giving him another page-one byline. Infrequent listeners who missed an episode now and then found it simpler to keep up with the story line when the serial offered a new case every week. Because Farrell aired well within the hearing range of millions of men, it enjoyed the added benefit of being listened to by commuters.

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