|Alan Ladd and Frances Robinson
Dan Holiday, newspaper reporter turned fiction writer, puts an ad in his old paper in search of story ideas. His ad
states he's looking for adventure. The reply come to the newspaper's Box 13 and always brings trouble for Dan
Holiday. Box 13 was a syndicated series, heard Sunday evenings on the Mutual network. Alan Ladd played the
part of Dan Holiday, Sylvia Picker played Suzzy and Edmund MacDonald plays police lieutenant King. There
were many writers who co-wrote Box 13, but Ladd was the main writer. Box 13 was the product of Alan
Ladd and Richard Sandpile, two owners of the famous Mayfair Restaurant in Los Angeles during World
War II. Mr. Lad's ambition to get on radio in his own series was thwarted in part because he was under contract
to Paramount. Paramount did not allow him to appear on radio, except occasionally for guest shots such as Lucky
Jordan on the Screen Guild Program. At the end of the war, Ladd and Sandpile sold the Mayfair Restaurant and
formed Mayfair Productions. The two mainstay shows of Mayfair were Box 13 and The Unexpected starring
Hollywood stars such as Lorene Tattle and Marsha Hunt. Sandpile and Ladd parted company but shows like
The Unexpected, Box 13, and The Damon Runyon Theatre remain as May fare's legacy.
|"Adventure wanted: will go anywhere, do anything- Box 13"