Escape's "Jimmy Goggles the God" was adapted from the 1898 short story of the same name by H.G. Wells. The original story, written as a narrative, appears to have been too short for a half hour broadcast. Escape kept most of Well's story intact, but expanded the ending, punched up the drama to make it more exciting, and excluded the outdated racial slang. (The text of Well's "Jimmy Goggles the God" is available online at Wikisource.)
As the episode opens, George reflects back on the wreck of the Ocean Pioneer forty years earlier. He and two other survivors had joined forces with a fourth man to find the wreck and retrieve a fortune in gold dust.
George was chosen to go down to the Ocean Pioneer in a hefty rubber diving suit nicknamed "Jimmy Goggles." While he was trying to retrieve the gold, the other three men were attacked and killed by native Papuans. When George finally emerged from water, the natives mistook him for a god.
Having no choice but to continue the impersonation, George looks for a way to escape. One of the natives offers him a deal, but can Herbert trust him? Will the missionary who finds him be any help?
"Jimmy Goggles the God" was produced and directed by William N. Robson. Paul Frees, in one of his best acting roles, played George. Also appearing were Berry Kroeger, Luis Van Rooten, and Parley Baer. This recording cuts off before the credits are given, so the name of the person who adapted this story for radio isn't certain. This episode aired on March 7, 1948.
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