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The Chase

T H E C H A S E
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1952 - 1953

First Show: Apr 27, 1952 Last Show: Jun 28, 1953
Number Shows: 59 Audition Show: none known


Series Description:

THE CHASE was an NBC anthology series that had stories of mystery,
adventure, drama, fantasy, crime, horror and science fiction. None
of the plots had much to do with the series title and signature
chase scene.

The series was created by Lawrence Klee, of MR. KEEN fame. Fred
Weihe, who directed X MINUS ONE, was the director. It had many of
the same actors and production qualities as X MINUS ONE. The
announcer was Fred Collins.


Log Comments:

Ron B. Hare supplied information upon which I based the Description
section. The broadcast date for the first show date and number of
shows in the series are from Jay Hickerson's "Ultimate History" (See
"References" section). Two sources had "last show" comments but the
AVPRO catalog listed two shows beyond this date.

Titles used are the most common found. Those titles without dates
that couldn't be matched to others are listed at the end of the list.


Log:

Date Day Num Title Src Key
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1952 ........ mid-season opening ........
Apr 27 Sun 1 The Big Cat 2 67
Alt: Tales
May 04 Sun 2 Harry Troll's Diamond 67
May 11 Sun 3 Countess Treanna 67
May 18 Sun 4 Elliott Preston Is Framed For Murder 67
May 25 Sun 5 They Thought He Was Dead 12 67
Alt: Newspaper Reporter After
Germans
Alt: Reporter Pursued by Sudden
Death
Jun 01 Sun 6 Sunken Gold 1 67
Alt: Easy Riches, Sudden Death
Alt: A Search For Gold Bars
Alt: Sunken Nazi Treasure
Jun 08 Sun 7 Strictly For The Horses 1 67
Alt: Hardluck Ethel
Jun 15 Sun 8 Spy 1 3 67
Alt: Terminate Professor Kolcheck
Alt: Assassination Plot
Alt: Termination
Jun 22 Sun 9 Bald Artie Bender 67
Jun 29 Sun 10 Stephen, Monica and $1,000,000 67

1952 .......... Summer Series ...........
Jul 03 Thu 11 ... missing, title not known ...
Jul 10 Thu 12 Doug Burton and a Mysterious Letter 23 678
Alt: Agents In Havana
Jul 17 Thu 13 Joey 67
Jul 24 Thu 14 The Apprentice 67
Jul 31 Thu ... pre-empted ...
Aug 07 Thu 15 The Painting 67
Aug 14 Thu 16 The Amusement Park 67
Aug 21 Thu 17 The Promotion 67
Aug 28 Thu ... no show ...
Sep 04 Thu ... no show ...
Sep 11 Thu ... no show ...

......... Regular Season ..........
......... first usage of ..........
1952 ... "running footsteps" opening ...
Sep 21 Sun 18 Chinese Buddha 23 67
Alt: The Golden Buddha
Sep 28 Sun 19 Twenty Million Bum 67
Alt: Philip Courtland, $20 Million
Bum
Oct 05 Sun 20 Flight From Istanbul 1 67
Oct 12 Sun 21 The Cat's Meow 12 567
Oct 19 Sun 22 Manhunt 123 5678
Oct 26 Sun 23 Iron Curtain Express 123 5678
Nov 02 Sun 24 Long Distance 123 5678
Nov 09 Sun 25 Career Girl 123 5678
Nov 16 Sun 26 My Love Is A Ghost 123 5678
Nov 23 Sun 27 Blackout 123 5678
Nov 30 Sun 28 The Most Dangerous Game 123 5678
Dec 07 Sun 29 Dangerous Journey 123 5678
Dec 14 Sun 30 The Murder 123 5678
Alt: Murder In His Heart
Dec 21 Sun 31 The Sound of Murder
Dec 28 Sun 32 No Contact 123 5678
Alt: Volta
1953
Jan 04 Sun 33 Fortune Hunter 123 5678
Jan 11 Sun 34 Professor Calvin And The Voice 123 5678
Jan 18 Sun 35 Killer At Large 12345678
Jan 25 Sun 36 The Creeper 12345678
Feb 01 Sun 37 Little Woman Who Wasn't There 12345678
Alt: Corpus Delicti
Feb 08 Sun 38 Worth More Than Life Itself 12345678
Alt: Pennypinching Boarding House
Owners
Feb 15 Sun 39 The Million Dollar Chase 12345678
Alt: The Will
Feb 22 Sun 40 Jailbreak 12345678
Mar 01 Sun 41 Frame For A Murder 12345678
Mar 08 Sun 42 Special Delivery 12345678
Mar 15 Sun 43 The Lady Is A Corpse 123 567
Mar 22 Sun 44 Woman For Man 1 34567
Alt: Cathy Sutter Meets James Carter
Mar 29 Sun 45 Murder Row 1 3 5678
Apr 05 Sun 46 Bank Robbery, Kidnapping 12345678
Alt: Johnny and Ellen, Killer and
Hostage
Apr 12 Sun 47 ... missing, title not known ...
Apr 19 Sun 48 Kingdom Lost 1 34567
Alt: King Danno
Apr 26 Sun 49 Leading Man Search 123 567
May 03 Sun 50 Circumstantial Evidence 1 3 567
May 10 Sun ... pre-empted ...
May 17 Sun 51 The Holdup 123 567
May 24 Sun 52 Tiger Lily 1234567
May 31 Sun 53 The Evil Puppet 123 567
Alt: Lucifer
Jun 07 Sun 54 Million Dollar Hunt 67
Jun 14 Sun 55 The Playboy 1 3 567
Jun 21 Sun 56 The Monster 1 3 567
Jun 28 Sun 57 Harry, The Talking Horse 1 3 567
58 (last show)

1953 ........ questionable dates ........
Sep 20 The Empty Ash Tray Murder Case 5
Sep 27 The Society Writer Murder Case 5

...... unknown broadcast dates .....
Money Up In Smoke 4
Greed 4


Additional:

The Radio Showcase catalog also lists "NBC EXPERIMENT IN DRAMA:
Experiment 2 - Long Distance", 12/22/63. Steve Kelez comments that
"This is probably a rebroadcast of an episode of The Chase."


Information Sources:

The information above was obtained from the following OTR vendors
and clubs. Contact them directly for more information.

Key Source
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1 Edward J. Carr, 216 Shaner Street, Boyertown, PA 19512
2 Radio Showcase, Steve Kelez, PO Box 4357, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
3 Great American Radio, Gary Kramer, PO Box 504, Genesee, MI 48437
4 North American Radio Archives, 134 Vincewood Dr., Nicolasville,
KY 40356
5 AVPRO, Don Aston, PO Box 1392, Lake Elsinore, CA 92531-1392
6 Jerry Haendiges Productions, Jerry Haendiges, 13808 Sunset Dr.,
Whittier, CA 90602
7 Radio Memories, Ted Davenport, 1600 Wewoka St., North Little
Rock, AR 72116
8 Vintage Broadcasts, Andy Blatt, PO Box 50065, Staten Island, NY
10305

To be fair to all, this is not an endorsement of the above vendors
and clubs. I receive nothing by mentioning them. They help keep
OTR alive. Please support them.


References:

* "The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide To
All Circulating Shows", third edition, by Jay Hickerson, Box 4321,
Hamden, CT 06514


Other Logs or Books:

* THE CHASE log, Jerry Haendiges Productions, 13808 Sunset Dr.,
Whittier, CA 90602 (available from the Internet at The Vintage
Radio Place, http://www.otrsite.com)


Reader Feedback:

* Dick Judge corrected the date for "Agents in Havana" and some
alternate titles.


Last Update: Feb 27, 2001


This log is informational only and does not imply that I, or the
information sources mentioned, have these shows for trade or
sale. The shows may still be protected under copyright law and
should be obtained only from authorized dealers.

Please send error corrections or additional information to Frank
Passage, 109 Elmwood Road, Verona, NJ 07044 or via e-mail to
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