Escape's "A Tooth for Paul Revere" tells the endearing story of a Massachusetts farmer who becomes involved with the events leading to the American Revolutionary War. This episode is based on the 1937 short story by Stephen Vincent Benet.
Lige Butterwick has a terrible toothache. His tooth has become so troublesome that it is necessary for him to leave his farm and ride into Lexington for help from the local barber. In Lexington, he finds that there is political unrest all around him, but his concern is his tooth. The barber refers him to a silversmith in Boston named Paul Revere who is known for making excellent artificial teeth. The barber swears that Revere is a wizard!
Lige travels to Boston to get his new tooth, but along the way, his experiences transform him from a farmer to an American revolutionary.
"A Tooth for Paul Revere" was written by Stephen Vincent Benet and adapted for radio by John Dunkel. Norman MacDonnell produced/directed. Harry Bartell played Lige Butterwick, Parley Baer played Paul Revere, and Barry Kroeger was the narrator. This episode aired on July 4, 1948.
(Image of Paul Revere by J.S. Copley from Wikimedia)