Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as
Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the Nightbeat for the
Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people,
most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to
help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a ‘quality’ show and
it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today,
but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his
portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts
were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there
was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. ‘The Slasher’,
broadcast on November 10th 1950, the last show of season one, has a very
loosely Ripper-derived plot in which Stone searches for an artist.
NIGHTBEAT was produced and directed by Warren Lewis. Supporting
roles were portrayed by Lorain Tuttle, Joan Banks, Herb Butterfield
and Peter Leeds. The series was unsponsored, except for brief times
by Wheaties and Pabst.