Action In The Afternoon (1953-54)

Western shot on the back lot of WCAU-TV, Channel 10 in Philadelphia. Wonder if the traffic from City Avenue ever leaked through? One of the extras on the show playing a coroner was John Zacherle who became famous locally as horror film host Roland before goiing to New York. His career really took off on radio as The Cool Ghoul. He also had a big hit reord, “Dinner With Drac.” It was considered too graphic and was re-recorded but the original is the version everyone bought.

The show is so hilariously bad it has to be seen at least once. A typical episode opens with a townsman sitting on a porch. He says the bank has been robbed and a lynching was narrowly avoided. Singing cowboy Jack Valentine brought the robbers back. They got out of jail and start a looooong fight scene. It finally ends wheh someone shoots them both from the roof of the bank.

Jack investigates. He tells his dim pal Ozzie Matthews to fire a shot if anyone heads for the roof. Town bad guy Simpson chases Ozzie away. Jack found a piece of a boot and in the saloon he wants everyone to show him the bottom of their footwear. What a surprise! The guilty party is Simpson. He’s the one that set up the bank robbery and also tried to Lynch Ozzie since he spotted him with the robbers outside of town.

Jack then sings a few numbers. The scenes are so drawn out the script must have been almost a full page.

About vintage45

I'm a big fan of vintage books,movies,TV shows and music. I encourage everyone to patronize your local used book/record store and pick up some of the good stuff. My posts are capsule reviews of some favorites that you may want to investigate. The albums posted aren't really reviews but items from my collection that are still available. I try and point out highlights of each one and let the music speak for itself. Thanks to all for checking out the blog.
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