Escape's "Night in Havana" was adapted fom the short story by Burnham Carter, which was first published in the Saturday Evening Post (May 6, 1939). Their adaptation kept the basics intact, but some changes were made to the original story.
The episode opens on a quiet street in Havana as Tio encounters his friend, the Dutch smuggler, Maru. Soon, they realize the stillness around them has been caused by the police. Two officers stop and search Tio because he is a well known thief, but finding nothing, they move on.
Tio then leaves Maru to go to the Cafe Mosca to see his fiance, Amelia. She tells him that a lieutenant visited earlier because the police are searching for a valuable emerald that was lost by an American tourist. She warns him to stay out of trouble because they are soon to get married. Tio tells her not to worry, and that he will stay within the law.
Tio takes the lieutenant's business card and goes off to visit the owner of the lost emerald. If the reward for finding the lost jewel is large enough, it just may be worth the risk of breaking the law. Then, he would be able to start married life without having to rely on Amelia's income.
Will Tio take the risk of getting caught? Or, is he clever enough to find a way to profit from the lost emerald?
"Night in Havana" was adapted for radio by Walter Brown Newman. William N. Robson produced and directed. Tony Barrett, Alan Reed, Jeannette Nolan were featured. Also appearing were William Conrad, Ted Von Eltz , Jeff Corey, and Jack Webb . This episode aired on October 22, 1949.
(Image of Havana from Wikipedia)