The Man Without A City
Saturday, December 31, 1949
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
A drama with the moral of "be careful what you wish for, you might get it..." Jeremiah P. Driftwood is visited by a ghost/his conscience who bades him to turn off the faucet he left running. He is told there is a shortage but he refuses to cooperate. He wishes he had nothing to do with the city and his wish is granted. He then finds he can't accomplish anything. His trash won't be picked up by the sanitation department; the subway turnstile won't turn for him because it is run by the transportation department; the taxi's meter won't run because the driver reports to the hack bureau, etc. The turning point comes when he discovers he can't get a marriage license without the city's help. He wakes up from what was a dream, immediately turns off his dripping faucet, and all is right with the world.
During the day, Driftwood talks to a woman who throws around a handful of zingers about being a woman. Later, a bit of commentary from his fiancee about getting married.
Characters played by: Jim Bose, Anne Toviak (?), Arthur Anderson, and Ed Latimer.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 33746
Municipal archives id: LT1014