"The Truth About Jerry Baxter" stars Gregory Peck in a dramatic report about teenage narcotics use in the United States circa 1951. The story is "taken from life" and "suggested by actual events."
As the episode opens, a juvenile investigator named Mr. MacIntire is caught in a life or death struggle with a teenage criminal named Jerry Baxter. We then drift back in time, and Mr. MacIntire explains how the trouble began...
MacIntire met Jerry at the corrections school and asked the parole board to take a kinder view of the young man's situation. The parole board agreed to give him a chance, but the same day Jerry left the facility, he was again in trouble with the police! MacIntire believes he is innocent, but will anyone else?
"The Truth About Jerry Baxter" was adapted for radio by Antony Ellis from a story by Forest Barnes and Roxy Roth. Elliott Lewis produced/directed. Gregory Peck starred as Mr. MacIntire. Also appearing were Hy Averback, Joan Banks, John Dehner, Shepard Menken, Clayton Post, Joseph Kearns, and William Tracy. This episode aired on June 14, 1951.
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