Veteran and reporter confront issues of peace and war

The Internet Archive copy of this “Judgement Day” episode of “Douglas of the World” spells “judgment” with the central “e,” British style, which is appropriately international.

The archive and the script itself identify this as the last show of the series — which was about the adventures of a Cold-War-Era foreign correspondent for The New York World.
The flag of the New York World before its many mergers

The actual newspaper by that name had closed by the time the short-lived 1952-53 series began, but this episode starts at its city desk, with Brad Douglas home from a tour of 25 countries long enough to investigate why a Korean War veteran was threatening to jump off the brand-new United Nations building.

The series, you should know, was produced for the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS). I’d love to see some production notes or discussion by the script writers about the amount of foreign-policy (or propaganda) advice they received.

First impression: I couldn’t help noticing the mutual respect of the police and the newspaper reporters, none of that “sensational press mob” image that the past few decades of Hollywood movies make us expect. Or is it just that television news hadn’t taken over yet?

Other than that, I’m posting this episode here without discussion, hoping to let some Peace Studies and World Affairs faculty and students to share it without overwhelming the item with my inexpert interpretation. I’ll write about it more when I get to a tabbed “page” (rather than this date-stamped “post”) about the series.

I went a little overboard on research and speculation the last time I posted a Douglas episode on Douglas, terrorists and the Shah.

For more episodes, here are the Old Time Radio Researchers Group library uploads of “Douglas of the World” stored at the Internet Archive:

See more background in DigitalDeliToo’s excellent research page.

About Bob Stepno

mild-mannered reporter who found computers & the Web in grad school in the 1980s (Wesleyan) and '90s (UNC); taught journalism, media studies, Web production; retired to write, make music, photograph sunsets & walks in the woods.
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