BW – EP112—005: Drama At NBC—Glenn Ford and High Adventure



With Sunday’s prime time ratings all but lost, NBC turned their attention to Sunday afternoons. They acquired High Adventure from The Mutual Broadcasting system and debuted it with “Flight to Renyar” on January 29th, 1950.

The show was geared towards men with a deep-voiced narrator, sketching the story in a few sentences. It was set at a “High Adventure Society,” where people told tales of “hard action, hard men, and smooth women.” High Adventure would run on NBC until October 8th, 1950. It returned to Mutual on January 13th, 1953 before leaving the airwaves for good on September 21st, 1954.

In January of 1950, NBC canceled Hollywood Calling and replaced it with a new series produced and directed by radio legend William N. Robson.

The Adventures of Christopher London took to the air on January 22nd at 7PM, opposite Jack Benny on CBS. It was written by Earl Stanley Gardner, of Perry Mason fame, and starred Glenn Ford.

London was a globetrotting investigator who tackled a weekly “excursion against crime.” Against Jack Benny, The Adventures of Christopher London managed a Nielsen rating of only 6.9. Radio Daily soon reported that it would be dropped in favor of The Falcon which was moving over from Mutual.

The last episode aired on April 30th, 1950.

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