Escape's "Three Good Witnesses" was based on the short story by Harold Lamb, which first appeared in the January 1945 issue of Blue Book. The story can also be found in Midnight Specials: An Anthology for Train Buffs and Suspense Aficionados (1977). Escape's adaptation is a good one and only small changes were made to lengthen it for radio.
As the episode opens, Humphrey Ward is on his way home to the United States from business in Turkey. He works for an oil company, but wishes that he could be a part of the war.
Ward is booked on the Taurus Express, which will take him from Istanbul to Cairo. As he boards the train, he is overwhelmed by Mary, who is desperate for help. Ward helps hide her from the police, and so does the conductor, Kevorkian. Then, Ward meets Tom Hatfield, a fellow American who is traveling on official government business. Hatfield meets Mary when he finds her in his compartment.
As the train travels through the night, spies steal Hatfield's briefcase and Humphrey Ward takes it upon himself to get it back. The trouble that results can only be fixed by three good witnesses...Mary, Kevorkian, and Hatfield.
"Three Good Witnesses" was adapted for radio by John Dunkel, produced by William N. Robson, and directed by Norman MacDonnell. Morgan Farley played Humphrey Ward, Jack Webb played Tom Hatfield, Jeannette Nolan played Mary, and Harry Bartell played Kevorkian. Also appearing were Barton Yarborough and Jack Kruschen. This episode aired on January 28, 1948.
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