The Man Called X

The Man Called X is an espionage radio drama that aired on CBS and NBC from July 10, 1944, to May 20, 1952.[1] The radio series was later adapted for television and was broadcast on the "small screen" for one season, 1956-1957.


Herbert Marshall had the lead role of agent Ken Thurston/"Mr. X" who took on dangerous cases in a variety of exotic locations.[1] Leon Belasco played Mr. X's comedic sidekick, Pegon Zellschmidt,[1] who always turned up in remote parts of the world because he had a "cousin" there. Pegon would annoy and help Mr. X. Wendell Niles was the announcer from 1947 to 1948.[1][2] Gordon Jenkins Orchestra supplied the background music.[1]

The series was created by Jay Richard Kennedy who later adapted The Man Called X to a 39-episode syndicated television series (1956–1957) starring Barry Sullivan as Thurston for Ziv Television.


  1. Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 431–432. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. Wilk, Ralph (January 2, 1948). "Los Angeles" (PDF). Radio Daily. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 November 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
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