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Night Beat - May 19, 1949 - Ted Carter Murder Case - Audition No. 1

May 6th, 2008

Here's another program that should be an upgrade in sound quality for many otr enthusiasts. It's the first audition program created for the series "Night Beat", transferred directly from an original NBC reference acetate. My apologies for the skip on side two, but I couldn't figure out a way to play through that one.

This was the first pilot for the series. Rather than Frank Lovejoy playing a character named Randy Stone, the audition features Edmond O'Brien as Hank Mitchell. Episodic logs for "Night Beat" I've seen date this audition to September 15, 1949, but the label is dated May 19, 1949. (Was it recorded in May and aired in September?) In the show, titled "The Ted Carter Murder Case", an old friend of Mitchell's who is mixed up with a gangster is killed and Mitchell, feeling responsible, goes after the killer.

Many thanks to collector and otr fan Paul in Montreal who was kind enough to trade me this rare disc for another in my own collection.

Fans of "Night Beat" that are curious about the origins of the show can also see a special 45 rpm set that NBC created for potential advertisers that contains the episode "Zero" from the series in this older post from my personal blog. The blog entry contains a sound clip of the opening of the show from the set that includes a commercial announcement, inviting advertisers to sponsor the program.


  • LeaderOfTheArgonauts

    Thank you so much for this, and all of your postings. Would it be possible to post higher encodes or the .wav files for your other postings (other than the Lost Suspense episode). If not, no matter, thank you again so much for all of the OTR you’ve elected to share.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm
  • D Fries

    I just recently discovered your site - thanks so much for taking the time and effort to encode these original discs. I really like obscure 30s shows, and you have some real treasures on here - but I’m also a big fan of NIGHTBEAT, and it’s great to hear the audition show in such nice quality….

    May 8, 2008 at 5:08 am
  • jim

    Good show. Thanks Randy.

    May 12, 2008 at 12:54 pm
  • KL from NYC

    In the sound editing program that I use, I can take a section from another copy and paste it over a skip. It turns out OK (even if the other copy is somewhat inferior) as long as the sound levels match.

    Jun 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm