Cavalcade of America (1952–1957)
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Chicago 2-1-2 

Not Rated | | Drama | Episode aired 30 April 1957
"Chicago 2-1-2" is an episode of Cavalcade of America starring Frank Lovejoy, Roy Thinnes, and Curley Bradley. A Chicago fire investigator attempts to apprehend the arsonist who has set a series of blazes in run-down buildings near the river. He suspects that the perpetrator might be part of the ... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Inspector Ed McCook
... Mickey Hubbard
Curley Bradley ... Dobson
Tomi Thurston ... Judy
Franklyn MacCormack ... Jack Keno
Clifford Soubier ... Storekeeper
Fern Persons ... Mrs. Hubbard
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A Chicago fire investigator attempts to apprehend the arsonist who has set a series of blazes in run-down buildings near the river. He suspects that the perpetrator might be part of the throng of on-lookers that gawk at the firefighters battling the blazes. When a deaf woman is seriously injured in one of the torched buildings, the inspector redoubles his efforts to arrest the firebug before one of his blazes results in death. Written by David Bassler

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Intended as a pilot for a series, the episode name was "The Arsonist". See more »

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Inspector Ed McCook: [narrating] This is the fire alarm office located on the sixth floor of City Hall, Chicago. This is the nerve center of fire safety of four million people. Last year, 75,000 calls were handled right here. A call is received, the company nearest is notified and help is on the way - and fast. By the time the alarm box is pulled and the trucks are on the street, only an average of fourteen seconds have elapsed
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A failed pilot starring Frank Lovejoy.
2 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

Frank Lovejoy was a very popular TV actor in the 1950s, though he made only a few films and died relatively young. It's a shame...he was pretty good and often played interesting and gritty characters.

Here in "Chicago 2-1-2", Lovejoy plays a fire investigator. The plan was to make a television series out of it...but the networks never picked up the series. And, like was so often the case, eventually the pilot episode was shown on another show. No use not trying to recoup the cost of producing the pilot!

The show is just okay. Nothing particularly outstanding but nothing poor either. The only interesting thing about it was the deaf lady...you don't see deaf characters very often on TV...particularly back in the 1950s. Watchable but nothing special.


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