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CertFirstLines: Broadway's My Beat: Introduction


This series has been produced with two different spellings of the main title: Broadway's My Beat and Broadway Is My Beat. Both spellings are substantiated by various documents including scripts. Broadway's My Beat will be used as the primary series name for this certification because it is how the title was spoken in each broadcast episode.

Series Description:

A radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With music by Robert Stringer, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air, with Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb.

Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast with scripts by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of I'll Take Manhattan introduced Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world."

Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer.

The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft.

Stories came to a climax in the lonely hours just before dawn:

Broadway is sleeping now... the furious avenues of the night are still... only the sleepwalkers are there... the seekers, the sodden...
Lead Actor Began Ended Actor's First Episode
Anthony Ross February 27, 1949 May 29, 1949 First Episode
Larry Thor July 7, 1949 August 1, 1954 First Episode
Co-Star Actor Began Ended Actor's First Episode
Charles Calvert (Sergeant Gino Tartaglia) July 7, 1949 August 1, 1954 First Episode
Jack Kruschen (Sergeant Muggavan and Dr. Simsky) July 7, 1949 August 1, 1954 First Episode

"Broadway's My Beat" Broadcast Schedule
From: To: Network: Day: Time:
02/27/49 05/29/49 CBS Sunday 5:30 p.m.
07/07/49 07/21/49 CBS Thursday 8:00 p.m.
07/28/49 08/25/49 CBS Thursday 7:00 p.m.
11/05/49 01/21/50 CBS Saturday 9:30 p.m.
01/31/50 01/31/50 CBS Tuesday 10:30 p.m.
02/03/50 06/23/50 CBS Friday 9:30 p.m.
07/03/50 08/21/50 CBS Monday 8:30 p.m.
10/13/50 12/08/50 CBS Friday 9:30 p.m.
04/07/51 06/30/51 CBS Saturday 9:30 p.m.
07/08/51 08/26/51 CBS Sunday 9:00 p.m.
09/15/51 05/24/52 CBS Saturday 9:30 p.m.
06/02/52 07/28/52 CBS Monday 9:30 p.m.
08/02/52 10/03/53 CBS Saturday 9:30 p.m.
10/07/53 10/28/53 CBS Wednesday 9:30 p.m.
11/04/53 11/04/53 CBS Wednesday 10:00 p.m.
11/13/53 11/27/53 CBS Friday 8:30 p.m.
07/11/54 08/01/54 CBS Sunday 6:30 p.m.

To Continue:

Broadway's My Beat: Introduction (current page)

Broadway's My Beat: Episodes Listed by Date
Broadway's My Beat: Episodes Listed by Title

Broadway's My Beat: Episodes 001 NY - 016 NY (Feb 27, 1949 - Jun 12, 1949)
Broadway's My Beat: Episodes 001 - 100 (Jul 7, 1949 - Feb 16, 1952)
Broadway's My Beat: Episodes 101 - 196 (Feb 23, 1952 - Aug 1, 1954)


Broadway's My Beat: All Episodes Together

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