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BIG TOWN was a series that ran for 249 episodes from 1950 to 1956. It is about the managing editor of a "Big Town" newspaper. The city is never named. For the first four years the editor was played by Patrick McVey. For the last two seasons the lead was played by Mark Stevens. This episode is from 1955 with Mark Stevens. It is episode 203 of the production run.
One of the Illustrated Press reporters, Anne Barton, gets involved in a story on the State Parole Board. A new parolee has taken up the gun again and killed several people. Barton digs into the matter to see how the board works.
Barton finds a family that has been waiting 10 years for the man of the house, Tom Avera to get out of jail. He is always getting turned down while killer types get out.
Newspaper Editor, Mark Stevens, knows a good story when he sees it and throws some of the paper's big hitters at the story to help Miss Barton. This turns up the heat on the State Governor and his crew. They in turn come down on the Parole board.
Defecation of course rolls downhill and the problem soon lands at the feet of prison guard, Jack Kruschen. Kruschen it seems has taken a dislike to certain inmates and gives them bad reviews to the Parole Board. He is also guilty of giving good reports on killer types.
This one is a rather weak episode of what is generally a good series. This episode was directed by Mark Stevens who also produced and wrote this particular episode.
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