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A pilot for a radio series based on stories from the Post Office’s Dead Letter office.
Audition Date: 1948
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I finally got around to listening to this episode on the way to work. It is an interesting episode but, like you, I’m not sure how it would have worked as a regular series. The format of the pilot reminds me of shows like “Behind The Mike” but I feel like the material would be more interesting in a “This Is Your FBI” or even “Dragnet” kind of show where each episode centered on the impact and successful delivery (or not) of a piece of dead mail and the work of the ever vigilant postal clerk to make it happen.
I confess that, sitting in my car, I was confused by the uneven diligence given to the letters. The man with the cat-allergic boss had his mail almost heroically delivered. Meanwhile, the letter from the woman who broke off her engagement was neither delivered nor successfully returned. Since that letter included a wedding invitation, I would think that it would provide plenty of clues to find her such as the woman’s name, fiancé’s name as a reference, and a venue to narrow down location in conjunction with the original post mark. The story of the people in Cleveland, TN who lost their house also made it seem like the Dead Letter Office took wild stabs, rather than doing basic investigation such as calling the Post Offices in other cities named Cleveland. Great detectives, they are not.
Thanks for the great podcast.