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Series: The Big Story
Show: The Bitterest Man on Earth
Date: Jun 08 1949

CAST:
NARRATOR (SLOANE)
MAN
BERTHA
MRS. GOODWIN, Jamie's mother
ELDER WOMAN
JULIAN
JAMIE, convicted of murder
OLD MAN, Tenny's father
DAWSON, rural postmaster
MAN II, handwriting expert
BALLIS, Commonwealth Attorney
FIRST
SECOND
SAGER, gruff farmer
VOICE (NEWSIE)
JUDGE
and two ANNOUNCERS (ERNEST CHAPPELL, CY HARRICE)

CHAPPELL:

PELL MELL FAMOUS CIGARETTES present THE BIG STORY!

MUSIC:

FANFARE UNDER: THEN SEGUE TO REAL LOWDOWN FIVE PIECE COMBO JAZZ BAND. ("WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN") TRUMPET SHOULD BE PROMINENT)

(SMALL GROUP OF COUPLES ARE DANCING. THIS IS HARLEM)

MAN:

Ain't that sweet, baby? Ain't that hot?

BERTHA:

(NOT LISTENING TO HIM OR MUSIC) Yeah --

MAN:

Baby you ain't got your mind on it. Come on, we dancing -- or what?

MUSIC:

THE TRUMPET IN A HIGH PASSAGE

MAN:

Don't that send you, don't that --

BERTHA:

(SUDDENLY) Stop! Dat's him! Right dare, sitting dere - see him - (EXCITED) He getting up now. Stop dat man! Stop him! He killed my best friend.

MUSIC:

THE TRUMPET STABS. THEN OUT

BERTHA:

That man wanted for murder. Dat him! Get him! STOP HIM!

MUSIC:

UNDER FOR:

CHAPPELL:

THE BIG STORY! Here is America - its sound and its fury, its joy and its sorrow, as faithfully reported by the men and women of the great American newspapers. (FLAT) Richmond, Virginia -- the story of a murder, and of a man, convicted for that murder, who became the bitterest man on earth.

And for his contribution, not only in writing a great story, but in re-affirming a great truth: that every person on earth is a human being and has a right to human dignity -- to Reporter Julian C. Houseman of the Richmond, Virginia, News-Leader for his Big Story goes the PELL MELL Award!

(COMMERCIAL)

 

CHAPPELL:

Guard against throat-scratch!

HARRICE:

Enjoy smooth smoking!

CHAPPELL:

PELL MELL'S greater length of traditionally fine tobaccos travels the smoke further....

HARRICE:

Filters the smoke and makes it mild.

CHAPPELL:

Puff by puff you're always ahead when you smoke PELL MELL. At the first puff PELL MELL smoke is filtered further than that of any other leading cigarette. Moreover, after 5 puffs, or 10, or 15, or 17, PELL MELL still gives you a longer filter of fine tobaccos - to guard against throat-scratch.

HARRICE:

For PELL MELL'S greater length travels the smoke further on its way to your throat - filters it naturally through PELL MELL'S traditionally fine, mellow tobaccos - guards against throat-scratch.

CHAPPELL:

Yes, PELL MELL'S fine tobaccos give you a smoothness, mildness and satisfaction no other cigarette offers you. Guard against throat-scratch!

HARRICE:

Enjoy smooth smoking!

CHAPPELL:

Ask for the longer, finer cigarette in the distinguished red package. PELL MELL FAMOUS CIGARETTES - "Outstanding!"

HARRICE:

And - they are mild!

MUSIC:

THEME: LONELY, LOW DOWN. (SUGGEST BLUES THROUGHOUT)

CHAPPELL:

Now, the story as it actually happened. Reporter Julian Houseman's story as he lived it. Richmond, Virginia -

MUSIC:

PUNCTUATES AND GOES UNDER

SLOANE:

It began with a letter from a woman in Harlem, at 2581 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York; to the postmaster at Brodnax, in Mechlinburg County, Virginia...

MRS. GOODWIN:

Dear Mr. Dawson, sir: I got to make myself known to you and maybe you remember me, Daniel Grain's daughter Mamie, now name of Goodwin since I married. I hope you will not think me being forward to write, sir Mr. Dawson, but my son Jamie got himself in trouble. He is in Richmond in the Henrico County Jail - accuse of murder and sentence to 40 year hard labor. Now the man did that crime is name of Arthur Tenny and some swears my Jamie is that Arthur Tenny. Which he is not. He is my son and never murdered no one. Now, Mr. Dawson, you know my family and when I work for your wife 20 year ago and then move from Brodnax to New York and Jamie come with me. He never kill no one -- but I can't come and prove it, so would you please, sir, get in touch with the Sheriff, Mr. Ray, and tell them that Jamie ain't this Arthur Tenny and help him get off. (FADING) I will be so grateful, Mr. Dawson sir, and thank you in advance, your humble servant, Mamie Grain Goodwin.

MUSIC:

IN SLOWLY AND BACK

SLOANE:

It began for you, Julian Houseman, reporter for the Richmond News-Leader, when Postmaster Dawson of Brodnax happened to have some business in Richmond, happened to have a spare half-hour and happened, by accident, to walk into the newspaper office....

DAWSON:

(SLOW DRAWL. DISINTERESTED) Mr. Houseman?

JULIAN:

(YOUTHFUL, ALERT) That's right.

DAWSON:

Name's Dawson, postmaster in Brodnax. Got something here might be of interest. Girl outside says you handle this kind of thing.

JULIAN:

What is it, a crime story?

DAWSON:

Dunno as it's any kind of story - Just a letter I got. Old woman I used to know 20 odd years ago, up Mechlinburg County (where Brodnax is). Used to do washing for my wife.

JULIAN:

Well, I'm on a story right now, Mr. Dawson and --

DAWSON:

Oh, thass all right. Won't take your time. Just, why don't I leave the letter and if you think it's anything, why, go ahead do what you like? If not, guess the wastebasket's good a place as any place.

SLOANE:

Three hours later (after you've finished work) you read the letter. It moves you strongly: the woman's plight, her dependence on Dawson, the helplessness in every line. Could it be as she had written? You call Sheriff Jeff Ray, a good friend, out at Henrico County Prison --

JULIAN:

Then there's nothing in it, Jeff, about his being Goodwin and not Tenny?

JEFF:

Sure. Had that boy in jail one day, six years ago, right after he killed his wife. He escaped that first day. But I remember him.

JULIAN:

Couldn't you compare his prints?

JEFF:

(LAUGHS) Tell you little secret, Julian. Never did get a chance to take his prints. Was going to do that second morning, but, (LAUGHS) darned if he didn't escape that night. -- But we got him now. Had a fair trial, got convicted and (LAUGHS) That's that. (SUDDEN THOUGHT) Julian, he ain't pulling the wool over your eyes now is he, with that story of being someone else? (PAUSE) Hello, Julian, you hear me?

JULIAN:

Yeah. I hear you, Jeff. No, he isn't. Well, so long.

MUSIC:

BRIDGE

JAMIE:

(BITTER..LOW VOICED) Thass right, Mr. Houseman, my name's Jamie Goodwin. But whut's the difference? Ain't nobody gone believe me. Ain't nobody care.

JULIAN:

Well, what proof do you have?

JAMIE:

Proof? What's date proof? I say who I am. I got papers from the Merchant Marine ..... Jury say "Dat's Arthur Tenny. 40 years hard labor" - dat's yo proof.

JULIAN:

And you're not Arthur Tenny, [you say] you're Jamie Goodwin?

JAMIE:

["I say". What's the difference what I say? Witness say, court say, judge says - that what counts.] Mister, go won away. Who cares ef a backwoods boy like me live or die? Go won away - leave me be. [I don't want no truck with the idea - maybe I prove who I is, maybe I git out. I don't want no truck with hopes, mister.]

MUSIC:

UP AND THEN UNDER

SLOANE:

For a moment you think "Oh, what is the difference?" And then you stop. He's a man, isn't he? A human being, with the same hopes and desires and fears as you, or anyone else - and you think: Suppose I spend a little time on this, find out. (PAUSE) You start with Bertha Jarvis, the girl who identified him.

BERTHA:

I was up New York visiting friends. We went dancing and that's where I saw him -- Tenny.

JULIAN:

You're sure it was Tenny?

BERTHA:

(BITTER) Sure, I'm sure.

JULIAN:

How'd you know?

BERTHA:

His wife was my girl friend. I grew up with her. My best friend. He promise to "love, honor 'n' cherish" her. Stead he killed her. She was a good girl, Marie. He's bad. How I know? Marie's dead, thass how I know!

MUSIC:

HITS LIGHTLY AND OUT

JULIAN:

You're Marie's mother?

ELDERWOMAN:

Who you?

JULIAN:

I'm a reporter. Tenny was your son-in-law?

ELDER:

I got nothing to say 'bout him, 'cept they should of 'lectrocuted him, not gie him 40 years.

JULIAN:

You identified him at the trial?

ELDER:

(BITTER) Shore, saying his name is Goodwin. (MOCKING) "I ain't Tenny, I'm Goodwin". (VIOLENT) Liar! Know what a liar that boy was? Come here -- look --

JULIAN:

What's that?

ELDER:

Bible. Look a here. Wrote on the inside: (BITTER) "To my darling sweetheart, Marie." Give it to her, (BREAKING) the same day he done it. Killt her. That how bad he was.

JULIAN:

You sure there couldn't be any mistake?

ELDER:

I swore in the courtroom and I'll put my hand on this Book now. God's my witness that boy in jail kill my daughter. God's my witness.

MUSIC:

SAME THEN UNDER

SLOANE:

You wonder about him now, Jamie Goodwin (or Arthur Tenny) you wonder - but you go on. Other witnesses say the same. And then, after searching a week, you find the Tenny family -- a woman sick in bed (who can't talk) and an old bent man who listens to your mission and shakes his head...

OLD MAN:

He's my son, don't want talk about him.

JULIAN:

But you weren't at the trial, were you, Mr. Tenny? You didn't see him.

OLD MAN:

Whut I want to see? Boy disgrace his family? Mister, since he done that - six year ago - his mama nore me ain't been out this house. Live in disgrace, thass all. Don't want to talk about him.

JULIAN:

But this man may not be your son.

OLD MAN:

Killed his wife, that's all I know.

JULIAN:

But maybe he didn't do it. I don't say your son didn't kill his wife, I say maybe this man isn't your son.

OLD MAN:

What you want me to do?

JULIAN:

Come down to the jail - see him - you may be able to set an innocent man free. You wouldn't want an innocent man to pay for your son's crime. Would you?

OLD MAN:

(SLOWLY) Enough trouble in the world without some poor boy pay for something my son done. I'll go.

MUSIC:

QUICK BRIDGE

JULIAN:

You know this man, Jamie?

JAMIE:

No, sir, never seen him before in mah life.

JULIAN:

Well, Mr. Tenny?

JAMIE:

(SURPRISED) Mr. Tenny?

JULIAN:

This is Arthur Tenny's father. (PAUSE) Well --?

OLD MAN:

(SLOWLY) Look like him. Talk like him. Even stand like Arthur. Look enough to be him -- or else'n his twin. (PAUSE) But he ain't my son. He somebody else.

MUSIC:

BRIDGE

VOICE:

(NEWSIE) Read about it. Man sentenced in Henrico County Jail for Murder as Arthur Tenny says that's not his name. Read about it? (FADE)

SLOANE:

(OVER FADE) You set down the facts as you got them - the assertions and the denials - and next morning you get a call: the Commonwealth Attorney, George Ballis, the man who tried the case, tells you to come in..tells you you better come in.

BALLIS:

(EVEN TEMPERED, BUT SURE OF HIMSELF) (IRONIC) That's a great story you wrote, great public service.

JULIAN:

What's the matter, Mr. Ballis?

BALLIS:

You think I try cases and send men to prison for 40 years for the fun of it? I don't.

JULIAN:

But I wrote that --

BALLIS:

Suppose you listen, Houseman, and I talk. Eight witnesses and a sheriff of this county identified this man as Tenny. One witness, the man's father (and of course the man himself) say he's not Tenny. Ask yourself this: does the Tenny family stand to gain by lying? Does Tenny stand to gain by sticking to his story that he's Goodwin? Of course.

JULIAN:

But I saw them together - Tenny's father and --

BALLIS:

I saw Bertha Jarvis and the murdered girl's mother and all the rest. Suppose you were accused of being someone you're not. Could you prove who you were? Would it he so difficult?

JULIAN:

What about the papers from the merchant marine?

BALLIS:

Look, I walk into a shipping office in New York and say my name is Goodwin. Do they ask for proof? No. They issue me papers in the name of Goodwin. Does that make me Goodwin? No.

JULIAN:

I see all that, but --

BALLIS:

(INTERRUPTS) There are no buts, no ifs or ands or buts. That boy raised the noise that he was Goodwin in court. We proved who he was. If he hadn't raised that doubt that he was someone else -- he'd have been sentenced to death, not 40 years. Instead of an innocent man being unjustly jailed - I tell you a guilty man has gotten off easy.

JULIAN:

You think that?

BALLIS:

I know it. Now why don't you go on back to your paper and write the second part of that story -- that Tenny is Tenny, (SMILING) no ifs, ands or buts.

JULIAN:

No, I can't do that, Mr. Ballis -- I can't because, after all you've said and all the other witnesses have said -- I think I'm right. I think I can prove that Jamie Goodwin is not the murderer.

MUSIC:

TO TAG

(MIDDLE COMMERCIAL)

 

CHAPPELL:

Guard against throat-scratch!

HARRICE:

Enjoy smooth smoking!

CHAPPELL:

PELL MELL'S greater length of traditionally fine tobaccos travels the smoke further....

HARRICE:

Filters the smoke and makes it mild.

CHAPPELL:

Puff by puff you're always ahead when you smoke PELL MELL. At the first puff PELL MELL smoke is filtered further than that of any other leading cigarette. Moreover, after 5 puffs, or 10, or 15, or 17, PELL MELL still gives you a longer filter of fine tobaccos - to guard against throat-scratch.

HARRICE:

For PELL MELL'S greater length travels the smoke further on its way to your throat - filters it naturally through PELL MELL'S traditionally fine, mellow tobaccos - guards against throat-scratch.

CHAPPELL:

Yes, PELL MELL'S fine tobaccos give you a smoothness, mildness and satisfaction no other cigarette offers you. Guard against throat-scratch!

HARRICE:

Enjoy smooth smoking!

CHAPPELL:

Ask for the longer, finer cigarette in the distinguished red package. PELL MELL FAMOUS CIGARETTES - "Outstanding!"

HARRICE:

And - they are mild!

MUSIC:

SAME AS ORIGINAL THEME AND UNDER

HARRICE:

This is Cy Harrice returning you to your narrator and THE BIG STORY of Julian Houseman, as he lived it and wrote it --

SLOANE:

The facts seem all against you, Julian Houseman, reporter for the Richmond News-Leader; witnesses swear that the man who says he's Jamie Goodwin is really Arthur Tenny, murderer. The sheriff says so, Commonwealth's Attorney Ballis insists so, and all you have to go on is the word of the man himself, the murderer's father and your own stubborn belief. (PAUSE) You go back to Henrico County Jail, to the innocent man (or the murderer) and talk...

JULIAN:

Jamie, I need to know more. I've got to know more about you. You've got to talk to me.

JAMIE:

(STILL BITTER AND LOW) What for, Mr. Houseman?

JULIAN:

Don't sit there like that. So we can free you. Don't you want to get out of prison?

JAMIE:

Don't I want to get out? (ANSWER) Don't I want to breathe? Look, mister, you been good, real good taking time - but nobody cares what happens to me. That old man says I wasn't his son. Anybody listen to him? Sheriff listen? Mr. Ballis, he listen? Nah - what's the good?

JULIAN:

I tell you if we can get proof, you can be free.

JAMIE:

Naw - they put me away. (They treat me good in here, I ain't complaining, food's good and all like that) - but they put me away, ain't gonna bother taking me out.

JULIAN:

I tell you you're wrong, Ballis is an honest man.

JAMIE:

I ain't say he's not honest. I say -- (STOPS) -- (PLEADING NOW) Mister, look - I want to git out, git in the sun, go on a ship maybe, see a girl, git married, have kids -- shore I want that. But I ain't gonna let you come in here, stir up my hopes, maybe git me to think that's what I gonna have. I ain't gonna let you do that. I'm gonna rot in here and ain't nothing you nor nobody in the whole world can do t'help me. (BREAKING ALMOST) Dat's why I say leave me alone. Please, I'm begging you - leave me alone. Don't raise me up, then dash me down more harder than before.

JULIAN:

You're wrong, Jamie, how can I make you believe you're wrong? (PAUSE) Jamie, I'm going to write a story about what you just told me. Maybe somebody'll read it and come forward and say who you really are. What else should I say in that story?

JAMIE:

I told you all I'm gonna say.

JULIAN:

You asked who cares? I care, Jamie, and I think others will care when they hear your story.

JAMIE:

Do you? For true? Honest?

JULIAN:

For true, Jamie.

JAMIE:

All right, say dis: Jamie Goodwin's got a bad name. Jamie Goodwin rob a car, stole money for food. But he didn't kill no woman. Didn't kill no wife. Never was married, say dat, say ef he got married [he'd] treat his woman right. That ain't gonna help maybe, but dat de truth.

JULIAN:

Anything else?

JAMIE:

Yeah, Mr. Houseman. Say Jamie Goodwin worked lots of places: Brodnax, Detroit, Baltimore, Boston. Must be some folks know him. Must be one man somewhere stop what he doing, take a day out, come down here prove I ain't no murderer. Prove I just plain Jamie Goodwin.

MUSIC:

BRIDGE

FIRST:

Read your story, mister, thought maybe I knew that man you wrote about. Two years ago lent him $75 dollars. He paid me back too. Here's the note he signed. See -- Jamie Goodwin. Maybe you can use that.

MUSIC:

TOUCH

SECOND:

I just come from the jail, Mr. Houseman, where I saw that man. The man they say's Arthur Tenny. Funny, I remember when I talked to Tenny (knew him years ago) used to have to look up to that man. Tall. Dis one I didn't have to look up to. Now he must of growed shorter, cause I ain't grown no taller. (PAUSE) Less, of course, like I think: he ain't Arthur Tenny, but someone else.

MUSIC:

SAME AS ABOVE LONGER INTO

(DOOR OPENS AND SHUTS)

SAGER:

(STRONG, BELLIGERENT MAN) You Houseman?

JULIAN:

That's right.

SAGER:

My name is C.B. Sager, planter up Brodnax way. Had an article in the paper, read it: spoke to the postmaster in our town 'bout this Goodwin-Tenny feller - says come see you, so here I am.

JULIAN:

What do you think about it?

SAGER:

Thinking's something I don't go in for much: theories. But tell you what I believe in. Believe in facts. I lived in Brodnax all my life, know everyone. Man worked for me, name of Goodwin, years back. Maybe that's the boy you got in jail here. Ef it is, I'll prove it: I'll ax that boy six questions 'bout Brodnax. He answers them, he's Goodwin. He don't - let him stay in jail (GRUFF) Now I ain't got all day, let's go.

MUSIC:

EXPECTANT INTO:

(SIX MEN MOVE INTO AN AREA. FOOTSTEPS. STOP ON ORDER)

JULIAN:

Stand still, you men.

SAGER:

What's dis? What you got all those men here for?

JULIAN:

Can you pick out -- one you ever saw before, Mr. Sager?

SAGER:

(LAUGHS) Testing me - well, I'll be. Shore. There he is. You, you're Goodwin, right?

JAMIE:

Yasshuh.

SAGER:

(CHUCKLING) Testing me.

JULIAN:

All right, the rest of you men can go.

(MEN GET OFF QUICKLY)

JULIAN:

Jamie, this man has come --

SAGER:

(INTERRUPTS) Lemme do the talking, son.

JULIAN:

Okay.

SAGER:

(GRUFF) Look at me, Jamie, who am I?

JAMIE:

I remember you, sir, but, I -- (THEN) You Mr. Sager.

SAGER:

That's right. Where am I from?

JAMIE:

(OBVIOUSLY) Why, Brodnax, sir.

SAGER:

(STILL SHARP) When you last see me?

JAMIE:

(PUZZLED) Uh -- lemme see I -- seven year ago, sir -- last July.

SAGER:

Why do you say July?

JAMIE:

Cause you - (LAUGHS) you fired me July the 1st and then you hired me back July the 4th. Says you was being patriotic hiring me back.

SAGER:

Never mind, never mind. What's my brother-in-law's name?

JAMIE:

Your brother-in -- why, that's the doctor. Dr. Payne.

SAGER:

What he tell you last time he saw you?

JAMIE:

He says - I think it was the last time - he says -- "Don't you go walking on no more roofs, cause next time you fall off, you might not be lucky and just break one leg."

SAGER:

(PLEASANT FOR THE FIRST TIME) That's him. That's Jamie Goodwin. No theories. Facts. I'll swear -- heck, I don't need to swear. Jamie, when they let you out, you come on back to Brodnax, I got a good job waiting.

MUSIC:

UP AND UNDER

SLOANE:

But it's not so simple. There are eight witnesses and a sheriff to shake; there is a decision of a judge and jury to reverse - and there is Attorney Ballis, the Commonwealth Attorney. You bring the new information to him. He looks it over, listens, then says --

BALLIS:

I take back some of what I said, Houseman. Your story was not irresponsible.

JULIAN:

Thank you.

BALLIS:

I said I take back some of what I said. There is still the testimony of eight witn-----

JULIAN:

(CUTS) I know.

BALLIS:

But you think, nevertheless, this information warrants a new trial?

JULIAN:

Yes, Mr. Ballis, I do. What do you think?

BALLIS:

Houseman, I want you to know I'll fight you - I mean you and Tenny (or Goodwin) and his attorney, fight you with all I've got. You know, I'm a funny duck, one of those throwbacks to another period when people had a sense of duty and a sense of honesty. If you win this case, you'll know you've been in a fight. You'll get a new trial.

MUSIC:

QUICK BRIDGE TO

(GAVEL RAPS)

BERTHA:

As the Lord's my witness, Judge, that man sitting right over there was married to my girlfriend Marie. That man is Arthur Tenny.

MUSIC:

MONTAGE

ELDERWOMAN:

I swear he killed my daughter. That Tenny, I swear he don't deserve to live.

MUSIC:

SAME

OLD MAN:

Yes, sir, mister Lawyer, I respects what that pore old woman said - 'bout Marie - and I ain't forgetting Marie was mah daughter-in-law -- but that man sitting there ain't mah son. He look like him all right, but he ain't my boy.

MUSIC:

SAME

SAGER:

My name's Sager, and I say any man answer my six questions, the way that boy done - I know he's who I say he is. He's Jamie Goodwin.

MUSIC:

SAME

MRS. GOODWIN:

I'm the boy's mother, sir, yes sir, and no matter what I say, I know, few people ain't gonna think I ain't sticking up for my son. I is. But I say this: how come that pore woman on the stand (whose daughter got killed) don't know me? How come the man who say he's Arthur Tenny's father never seen me before? If I is the mother of this man, then they my kinfolks. How come my kinfolks don't know me? (PAUSE) Reason is - he's Jamie Goodwin. Thass why.

MUSIC:

SAME

MAN II:

(JOE LOQUACIOUS) I am a handwriting expert. I have testified in many trials in professional capacity including the Lindbergh case. I have examined a sheet of paper torn from a Bible on which Arthur Tenny wrote a few words. I have also examined a note, admittedly signed by Jamie Goodwin. In my honest and positive opinion, the possibility of Tenny writing like Goodwin (or Goodwin writing like Tenny) is so highly unlikely that it becomes almost a practical certainty that they are very different people. (PAUSE) In short, that's Goodwin, Your Honor, not Tenny.

MUSIC:

UP AND OUT

(GAVEL 3 TIMES)

 

JUDGE:

Jamie Goodwin.

JAMIE:

Yes, sir. Your Honor.

JUDGE:

Case dismissed.

JAMIE:

(NOT UNDERSTANDING QUITE) Sir?

JULIAN:

(LITTLE OFF) You're free, Jamie, you're free!

JUDGE:

(SMILING BROADLY) Please, Mr. Houseman, a little respect for the dignity of this court. (THEN) Jamie Goodwin, you ARE free.

MUSIC:

UP INTO:

JAMIE:

I don't know what to say, Mr. Houseman.

JULIAN:

You don't have to say anything, Jamie.

JAMIE:

I gotta somehow - I got to thank you. You see, I learned that people does care; people like you and the postmaster from Brodnax and Mr. Sager -- yes, and Mr. Ballis too, them folks on the other side, they care too. What's true counts with folks, don't it?

JULIAN:

That's right.

JAMIE:

And, see, Mr. Houseman, something else too - I mean - I learned - ef you believe in something, don't put yo head down and say "Nah, dat can't be". Put yo face up and fight for what yo believe. Ef you do that, people cares, cause they see you cares. That's what dis show, now, ain't it, Mr. Houseman?

JULIAN:

That's what it shows, Jamie. That's just what it shows.

MUSIC:

UP TO TAG

CHAPPELL:

In just a moment we will read you a telegram from Julian C. Houseman of the Richmond Virginia News-Leader with the final outcome of tonight's BIG STORY!

(CLOSING COMMERCIAL)

 

CHAPPELL:

Guard against throat-scratch!

HARRICE:

Enjoy smooth smoking!

CHAPPELL:

PELL MELL'S greater length of traditionally fine tobaccos travels the smoke further....

HARRICE:

Filters the smoke and makes it mild.

CHAPPELL:

Puff by puff you're always ahead when you smoke PELL MELL. At the first puff PELL MELL smoke is filtered further than that of any other leading cigarette. Moreover, after 5 puffs, or 10, or 15, or 17, PELL MELL still gives you a longer filter of traditionally fine, mellow tobaccos - to guard against throat-scratch.

HARRICE:

Yes, PELL MELL'S fine tobaccos give you a smoothness, mildness and satisfaction no other cigarette offers you.

CHAPPELL:

Guard against throat-scratch!

HARRICE:

Enjoy smooth smoking!

CHAPPELL:

Ask for the longer, finer cigarette in the distinguished red package. PELL MELL FAMOUS CIGARETTES - "Outstanding!"

HARRICE:

And - they are mild!

ORCH:

TAG...

CHAPPELL:

Now we read you that telegram from Julian C. Houseman of the Richmond Virginia News-Leader.

HOUSEMAN:

Day after trial Goodwin visited the paper and said, "I just wanted to come to the people who got me out of this jam...I needed assistance and it's to the News-Leader that I owe my freedom". Authorities are still searching for the actual murderer in tonight's Big Story. Thanks a lot for tonight's Pell Mell Award.

CHAPPELL:

Thank you, Mr. Houseman...the makers of PELL MELL FAMOUS CIGARETTES are proud to present you the PELL MELL $500 Award for notable service in the field of journalism.

HARRICE:

Listen again next week, same time, same station, when PELL MELL FAMOUS CIGARETTES will present another BIG STORY - A BIG STORY from the front pages of the Columbus Ohio Dispatch -- by-line, Bill Foley. A BIG STORY - about a phantom killer and a reporter who didn't believe in ghosts.

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The BIG STORY is produced by Bernard J. Prockter with music by Vladimir Selinsky. Tonight's program was written by Arnold Perl, and your narrator was Bob Sloane. John Sylvester played the part of Julian C. Houseman. And Canada Lee played Jamie. In order to protect the names of people actually involved in tonight's authentic BIG STORY the names of all characters in the dramatization were changed with the exception of the reporter, Mr. Houseman.

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This is Ernest Chappell speaking for the makers of PELL MELL FAMOUS CIGARETTES.

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