One in this series of dramatic thrillers. In this dramatization of James M. Cain's novel "Love's Lovely Counterfeit," James Cagney stars as Ben Grace, a gangster torn between his love for June Lyons, a reform politician's campaign manager, and his desire for money and power. In Act I, he sets up the arrest of racketeer Sol Caspar, ensuring that June's candidate is elected mayor. In Act II, Ben uses June's love for him and her new influence at City Hall when he takes over Sol's crime syndicate. When June kills Sol, Ben, dying of a gunshot wound, saves her from being tried for murder. The program is introduced by Robert Montgomery, who also reads an excerpt of Cain's novel between acts and talks to Cain and Cagney at the end of the show.


  • DATE: January 17, 1948 Saturday
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:00:00
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R88:0065
  • GENRE: Drama, mystery/suspense
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, mystery/suspense
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - Radio series, 1942-1962


  • William Spier … Producer, Director, Editor
  • James M. Cain … Writer, Based on the novel "Love's Lovely Counterfeit" by, Special Guest
  • Robert Richards … Adapted by
  • Jason James … Adapted by
  • Lucien Moraweck … Composer
  • Lud Gluskin … Conductor
  • Robert Montgomery … Host
  • James Cagney … Cast, Ben Grace
  • Cathy Lewis … Cast, June Lyons
  • Wally Meyer … Cast, Lefty
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