In "How Long is the Night?, " Richard Widmark stars as a photographer stranded alone on a radioactive island. This episode is based on the true report by a man named Warner Taube Jr., although there doesn't appear to be a published account of his story. This episode takes place in the Enewetak Atoll, which was the site of atom bomb testing by the United States between 1948 and 1958.
As the episode opens, it is an early morning in May, and an American crew waits for the exlposion of an experimental atom bomb. Afterwards, Warner and his assistants will go to the island dressed in protective gear and photograph the results.
Later, when they arrive on what remains of Island 27, they are overwhelmed by the devastation. The three of them set out to photograph the results, but after a couple of hours, they realize they are short on film. Warner tells his two assistants to take the boat and go back to the ship to get supplies.
Warner remains behind, alone, on the dead island...or is he?
"How Long is the Night" was written for radio by television writer James Moser, and produced/directed by Elliott Lewis. Richard Widmark starred. Also appearing were Joseph Kearns, Herbert Butterfield, and Jack Kruschen. This episode aired on October 13, 1952.