Escape's "The Target" is the story of a hunt through South America for a criminal. The story opens in Tolten, Chile, where an insurance investigator named Vic Kennedy is looking for a fellow American named Arthur Madson. His search has not gone well. Is Vic really trying to find Madson or was he paid off not to find him? There are suspicions because Arthur Madson had been in Vic's custody when he disappeared with $100,000 of his bank's money. The insurance company that Vic works for has received a new tip that Madson is hiding on an island 300 miles off the coast of Santiago. They give him one last chance to find Arthur Madson.
Vic sets off for Santiago and along the way becomes involved with a beautiful woman. As it turns out, she knows more about Madson and the stolen bank money than she lets on.
"The Target" was written by Tony Barrett, who later wrote scripts for a number of television shows including The Untouchables, Peter Gunn and The Mod Squad. It was produced by David Friedkin and Morton Fine who later went on to write and produce many television programs including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, I Spy and Kojak. This episode starred Whitfield Connor and Mary Jane Croft and aired on September 18, 1954. The sound quality of this recording isn't the best.
It is interesting to note that the town of Tolten in which this story begins, no longer exists. It disappeared in 1960 during the Great Chilean Earthquake. The town of Nueva Tolten (New Tolten) was founded afterwards.
(Image of Chile from Wikimedia Commons)