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The Man Called X

The Man Called X is an espionage radio drama which aired on CBS and NBC from July 10, 1944 to May 20, 1952.[1]


Herbert Marshall had the lead role of agent Ken Thurston/"Mr. X" who took on dangerous cases in a variety of exotic locations.[1] Leon Belasco played Mr. X's comedic sidekick, Pegon Zellschmidt,[1] who always turned up in remote parts of the world because he had a "cousin" there. Pegon would annoy and help Mr. X. Wendell Niles was the announcer from 1947 to 1948.[1][2] Gordon Jenkins Orchestra supplied the background music.[1]

The series was created by Jay Richard Kennedy who later adapted The Man Called X as a 39 episode syndicated television series (1956-57) starring Barry Sullivan as Thurston for Ziv Television.


  1. ^ a b c d e Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 431–432. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. 
  2. ^ Wilk, Ralph (January 2, 1948). "Los Angeles" (PDF). Radio Daily. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 

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