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Dangerous Assignment

(1952-53) Brian Donlevy stars as Steve Mitchell, an undercover agent for the U.S. government. In each episode he is sent off by "The Commissioner" to some foreign place like Burma, Mexico City or whatever set they could borrow that week. Syndicated.

Brian Donlevy

Vol. 1 The Alien Smuggler Story Steve travels to Portugal to help an old friend investigate a scam whereby illegal aliens are smuggled into the United States as political refugees.
The Submarine Story Steve tries to determine the identity of a person who has been smuggling guns and other contraband into China.
Displaced Persons Story Steve helps a shipful of Eastern European refugees whose attempt to reach the refuge of a small Mediterranean island is imperiled by a saboteur.
The Memory Chain Steve goes to Munich, Germany, to disrupt a chain of spies who transmit vital U.S. secrets to foreign agents by word of mouth.

Vol. 2 The Manger Story Steve goes to Stockholm, Sweden, to determine which member of an organization of lecturers is ferrying U.S. secrets to foreign spies, but to do so he must rescue an informant's kidnapped child.
The Key Story Steve must risk his life in the Swiss Alps to recover a document that proves a country's recently deceased leader was murdered.
The Bhandara Story In Bombay, India, Steve tries to solve a case of sabotage and murder to clear an American citizen.
The Salami Story Steve searches for a killer at a plastics manufacturing conference in France.

Vol. 3: The Pat and Mike Story Steve is sent into the African jungle to break up a feud between rival witch doctors.
The Lagoon Story In Africa, Steve tries to track down two missing agents who were looking for a secret germ warfare lab.
The Mine Story Steve infiltrates a slave labor camp in Eastern Europe, but is then unable to get out.
The Italian Movie Story In Rome, Steve tries to recover a stolen roll of movie film that has already caused the death of one agent.

Vol. 4: The Blood-Stained Feather Story In Cairo, Steve has a showdown with a secret society of assassins.
The Burma Temple Story In Rangoon, Burma, Steve tries to find out who killed a newspaperman who was trying to expose a racket involving political refugees.
The Sunflower Seed Story In South America, Steve investigates a political leader's murder, of which a U.S. citizen has been accused.
The Caboose Story In Japan, Steve sets a trap for an ex-girlfriend whom he suspects of sabotage.

Vol. 5: The Missing Diplomat Story In Barcelona, Spain, Steve hunts for a missing diplomat who has records of all the conversations at a top-secret conference.
The Briefcase Story In Paris, Steve tries to determine who has set a time bomb to disrupt an important secret conference between the U.S. and three countries of Eastern Europe.
The Civil War Map Story Steve goes to Richmond, Virginia, in hope of discovering why a murdered foreign agent stole an ancient Civil War map.
The Piece of String Story In Panama, Steve tries to determine the link between stolen dynamite and a length of string found on a corpse.

Vol. 6: The Iron Banner Story The recent murder of a man who was supposed to have died six years ago sends Steve to Greece in search of a cast-iron swastika supposedly containing the location of Hitler's secret bank accounts.
The Dead General Story Posing as a journalist in the Balkans, Steve tries to keep a murdered general's secret documents from falling into the hands of enemy agents.
The Parachute Story Steve parachutes into an Eastern European country to search for a confession that will exonerate the country's leader of false charges of being a spy for the U.S.
The Paris Sewer Story Steve must travel though the famous sewers of Paris to rescue a colleague whose identity was discovered after he infiltrated a European spy ring.

Vol. 7: The Atomic Mine Story In Nevada, Steve boards a train in pursuit of a thief who is carrying an atomic-powered land mine.
The Bodyguard Story In Paris, Steve must protect a young French woman who witnessed a political assassination.
The Art Treasure Story Steve takes a train to Mexico in pursuit of killers who have discovered the whereabouts of Hapsburg art treasures stolen by the Nazis.
The Blue Chip Story At a casino in Macao, Steve poses as a crook to track down counterfeit U.S. currency.

Vol. 8: The Red Queen Story Steve goes to the Far East to the island state of Singapore in search of a woman who can tell him the location of a million dollars worth of stolen rubber.
The Knitting Needle Story When a Mafia informant is murdered on board an international flight, Steve must protect the only person left who knows who is financing a vote-fraud operation in Italy.
The Assassin Ring Story Steve goes to the Middle East to prove that the U.S. was not responsible for an Arab king's assassination, but to do so he has to find the real killer.
The Havana Microfilm Story Steve negotiates the dangerous back alleys of Havana in search of a spy in possession of stolen documents on microfilm.

Vol. 9: The Death in the Morgue Story Steve visits a morgue in Morocco to determine who has been sabotaging the expansion of an American air base.
The Stolen Letter Steve goes to South America to retrieve a letter that will expose a plot against the U.S.
The Venetian Story When a vital part of a U.S. code machine is stolen, Steve is sent to Venice, Italy, to locate it and buy it back before its secrets end up in enemy hands.
The Black Hood Story In Berlin, Steve must recover confidential diplomatic papers stolen from a courier by a masked gang.

Vol. 10: The Archaeological Story Steve travels to Portugal to help an old friend investigate a scam whereby illegal aliens are smuggled into the United States as political refugees.
The Decoy Story Steve tries to determine the identity of a person who has been smuggling guns and other contraband into China.
The Perfect Alibi Steve helps a shipful of Eastern European refugees whose attempt to reach the refuge of a small Mediterranean island is imperiled by a saboteur.

Bonus: Seahunt Starring Lloyd Bridges. The only episode that is in the public domain.

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