Dangerous Assignment was a spy mystery drama that followed the success of the Man Called X from 1944-48 and also preceded its 1950 revival. The series starred Hollywood veteran Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, who works undercover for an unnamed intelligence bureau at the command of the Commissioner (played by Herb Butterfield).
The series began as a seven-episode summer replacement in 1949 but was not picked up for the fall schedule. However, it did come to the network in February 1950 and would remain for three years. There was also a television version of the series that was produced by Donlevy and syndicated mostly to NBC local affiliates.
Unlike the Man Called X, the series was light on sermonizing and was less direct about the Cold War. There was also a less direct focus on fighting Communism in the Cold War.
About the Star:
Brian Donlevy (1901-71): Donlevy began his career in New York in the 1920s as a model and silent film star before featuring in a string of Broadway hits. In 1935, he broke into Hollywood, starring in films such as The Great McGinty. In 1939, he netted an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his performance as a villain in Beau Geste. He continued to appear in a variety of big Hollywood pictures throughout the 1940s. In the 1950s, he starred in the television version of Dangerous Assignment in addition to guest starring on a wide variety of television programs, and in 1960, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television. He also starred in two film adaptations of the British Quatermass TV serials for Hammer Film Productions in the mid-1950s.
- Thropp Foundation Relief Supplies (Original Air Date: July 9, 1949)
- Malayan Line Sabotage (Original Air Date: July 16, 1949)
- On Safari for Nigerian Manganese (Original Air Date: July 23, 1949)
- Millionaire: Murder Conspiracy (Original Air Date: August 6, 1949)
- Smash Alien Smuggling Racket (Original Air Date: August 13, 1949)
- File No. 307 (Original Air Date: August 20, 1949)
- Find Missing Japanese Weapons (Original Air Date: February 6, 1950)
- Who Killed Captain Rocq? (Original Air Date: February 13, 1950)
- Recover Stolen Radar Plans (Original Air Date: February 20, 1950)
- White Jade (Original Air Date: February 27, 1950)
- Recover Wire Recorder Spool (Original Air Date: March 6, 1950)
- International Blackmail (Original Air Date: March 20, 1950)
- Renew Sheik Haroun’s Uranium Deal (Original Air Date: March 27, 1950)
- The Alien Smuggler Story (Original Air Date: Fall 1951)
- The Submarine Story (Original Air Date: Fall 1951)
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