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 far-away
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 getting
in and out of jams happy.
It took Ian Fleming to put this genre back on the
international map "big time" with his 1952
debut Bond novel, Casino Royale. First Bond novel,
perhaps the best, with the most atmosphere, the most
violence and Bond at his coldest and most ruthless
- ridiculous Bond flick, even with Orson
Welles. Fleming had passed on prior to the film's
release, so he was one Bond fan who wasn't upset.
For more espionage and adventure see: The
Silent Men, Spy
was a Communist for the FBI, Cloak
and Dagger, Counterspy
- David Harding!, The
Adventures of Frank Race, Top
Secret, Harry Lime
(The Third Man),
Secret Agent K7 Returns,
and The Man Called X.