Adventurer/Explorer series (1932)
Another of the fine early shows of radio, this 15-minute
series was created and transcribed by the Los Angeles company
Transco, an un-heralded early pioneer of radio production. It
first was aired on radio station KFWB in Los Angeles. Unfortunately,
the names of the many talents who created this show are lost like
a ruin in the steamy jungles of time.
The setting is the plush and highly
decorated World Adventurer's Club, where members
relax and regale each other with their exploits
in distant and exotic places. One can imagine that
Phineas Fogg's Explorer's Club in London might have
been a model. In our World Adventurer's Club (in
San Francisco, perhaps next door to the hotel where
once stayed the man called Paladin)
one can imagine gentleman with brandy and cigars
reclining in overstuffed leather couches and chairs,
the room lined with mahogany bookcases. Tall red
velvet draped windows throw dim sunlight on walls
covered with strangle masks and hand weapons, while
statues in the corners stare out between potted
palm fronds. There's even an Explorer Quartet to
sing of adventure! Ah, the wild world that still
lay in wait in 1932! In fact, alternate titles for
the show were "Adventures in a Strange Land,"
as well as "The Adventurer's Club."
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These hearty souls coerce each other
into tales of amazing adventure. Titles such as
"Land of Doomed Souls," "Fire Dog,"
"Living Shroud," "Hairy Wild Man,"
"Muckin' In The Khyber," "Pancho
Villa's Treasure," and " Mad Monk Of Ankor
Wat" simply thrill and amaze! Some are supposedly
based on reality. Enjoy listening to these tales
of action and adventure, and you be the judge!
For more tales of action and adventure,
you have only to click on Escape,
which tells classic tales of mysterious places and adventure to perfection. The
Voyages of the Scarlet Queen is a great sailing
adventure show in the Far East. Also on the adventure
list would be Adventures by Morse,
Venture, Cloak and Dagger,
The Adventures of Frank Race,
the classic serial I Love
a Mystery, Jungle
Jim, Tarzan, Moon
Over Africa, and You
Are There, which features true history stories
from many times and places. Many of the radio serials
for kids are high adventure, especially Speed
Gibson of the International Police, Terry
and the Pirates and Sergeant
Preston of the Yukon.