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Brian Donlevy Dangerous Assignment Otr

In the old time radio show Dangerous Assignment International Operative Steve Mitchell had only two jobs, to get in and out of danger. This old time radio spy series was well-received by listener's across America, despite the fact that it dealt with your typical Cold War fare. Veteran film actor Brian Donlevy breathed life into the character of Mitchell and convincingly portrayed the dangerous lifestyle the espionage had. The Commisioner, played by Herb Butterfield was a mysterious politician shrouded in intrigue. His plots and machinations would often land Mitchell in all sorts of hair-raising situations that would quickly snowball from bad to worse. However, Mitchell's quick wit and sharp reflexes would often allow him to escape safe and whole, if not a little unscathed. Needless to say, Dangerous Assignment with its high drama and fast-paced action sequences will always have a place in the list of the best loved old radio shows for all time.

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Topics OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Single Episodes, Dangerous Assignment, detective, mystery, espionage, foreign intrigue, Brian Donlevy, Donlevy, Brian, Herb Butterfield, Butterfield, Herb, 1940s, 1950s, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, OTRR - 2014-12


Film actor Brian Donlevy played Steve Mitchell, international operative whose had two jobs. Get in and out of danger. Donlevy had the voice and delivery to make the show sound plausible, even if it was routine Cold War brush fire stuff. Herb Butterfield was the Commissioner, a taskmaster shrouded in secrecy who served up the situations that Mitchell seems never to refuse. The Commissioner's secretary is played by Betty Moran. She actually seems to care about the Steve's welfare. The Commissioner is just concerned about the fare.

The worldwide locations are dealt up with a feeling of local, and the characters that inhabit these faraway places with strange sounding names are solid and capably acted by veterans. Music is an almost harsh orchestra. Donlevy carries the plots with a world-weary and wary tone that makes sense, based on his occupation.

Though not top-drawer adventure like Escape, nor character more fully developed like The Third Man, Harry Lime (and not having the benefit of decades to develop or great talent like these two did), Dangerous Assignment carries enough radio punch to keep the fan of tough-guys

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OTRR Certification Information:

Series Name: Dangerous Assignment
Certification Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Certification Date: June 24, 2014
Certification Version: Version 1
Number of CDs: 5

From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.  See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.



This is a production of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group located at Old Time Radio Researchers Website and the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.

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This is the Single Episode Page. The Certified Set includes extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Certified Set. This page is provided in case you want to sample the shows.

Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to naming requirements.

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OTRR Definitions:

OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that is Certified Accurate indicates that all the episodes are properly identified and labeled but that the series does not contain all known extant episodes.

OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that is Certified Complete is the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implies that all the files in the series are Certified Accurate but also indicates that the series is as complete as possible – it includes all extant episodes.