"The Red Forest" is one of Escape's better tales of epic adventure.The story begins on a mountain road in the Idaho wilderness where Wally Pindell is driving towards Montana. Along the way he picks up a female hitch-hiker named Jan. They notice an ominous glow in the distance, but they don't know what it is until they reach a road block. A ranger explains to them that a forest fire is burning out of control and it isn't possible to go any farther. Wally and Jan are then pressed into service to help fight the fire. Somehow, they have to escape the deadly forest and make their way to safety.
"The Red Forest" was written by Antony Ellis and produced/directed by William N. Robson. This story was presented twice with William Conrad in the role of Wally and Georgia Ellis as Jan. The casting of the support roles in the two versions includes many of Escape's regular performers. The story aired the first time on August 11, 1950, with Paul Frees, Ben Wright, Jay Novello, and Will Geer.
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