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Cavalcade of America: Chicago 2-1-2

According to Jack Sullivan, who uploaded this to YouTube on Monday, this aired in 1957 as a pilot that was not bought.


The IMDB plot summary by David Bassler:

"A Chicago fire investigator attempts to apprehend the arsonist who has set a series of blazes in run-down buildings near the river. He suspects that the perpetrator might be part of the throng of on-lookers that gawk at the firefighters battling the blazes. When a deaf woman is seriously injured in one of the torched buildings, the inspector redoubles his efforts to arrest the firebug before one of his blazes results in death."


The clip has been uploaded and commented on before.

Whet Moser of Chicago magazine called the show "the proto-Chicago Fire" in 2012.

Lee Bey, then of WBEZ, wrote in 2011 that "54 Years Ago, The Chicago Code Was 2-1-2," which isn't actually an apt comparison.

As Moser noted, 2-1-2 "celebrates a time when men were men, public-safety officials were stiff bureaucrats in gray suits, and propaganda was really boring."

Chicago Code, on the other hand, was about a time when the police chief was a woman, public-safety officials were thoroughly corrupt, and Delroy Lindo was perhaps the best Chicago alderman portrayed on camera.

2-1-2 does feature "Square-jawed, intense, no-nonsense Frank Lovejoy [who] played a succession of detectives, street cops, reporters, soldiers and such over his career," according to IMDB.

We'll take Lindo.


Comments welcome.


Posted on May 20, 2014

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