Action in the Afternoon
|Action in the Afternoon|
|Created by||Charles Vanda|
|Written by||Leslie Urbach
William R. Cox
|Directed by||Bill Bode
Mary Elaine Watts
|Narrated by||Blake Ritter|
|Opening theme||Aaron Copland, Billy the Kid (Ballet Suite)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Hubbell Robinson
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||February 2, 1953 – January 29, 1954|
Action in the Afternoon is an American western television series that aired live on CBS from February 2, 1953 to January 29, 1954. The series originated from the studios and back lot of WCAU, Channel 10 in Philadelphia, and was broadcast Monday through Friday regardless of the weather. The half-hour series aired variously at 3:30 pm or 4:00 pm, throughout its run.
While ad-libbing his pitch for the series to the executives at CBS, Charles Vanda set the story in the fictional town of Huberle, Montana, a name derived from CBS executives Hubbell Robinson and Harry Omerle.
Action in the Afternoon is the only live outdoor western ever to appear on network television in the United States. Other live westerns existed, however Action in the Afternoon was the only one that did not include prerecorded film segments in the program. If things moved along too fast, or actors needed time to move between the indoor and outdoor sets, the time would be filled by Jack Valentine singing with The Tommy Ferguson Trio playing along.
Because the program was live and outdoors, music director Richard Lester (later to direct two Beatles movies) made every effort to hide the sounds of the world beyond the back lot. The sounds of airplanes overhead and trucks backfiring as they drove past the studio were covered with appropriate music. However, during one particular broadcast a very loud unscripted sound was heard, and was soon discovered to be a horse biting one of the many microphones hidden around the outdoor set.
- 1953: Action In the Afternoon - Video Vault News Story - WCAU - Philadelphia - Includes a streaming episode of Action in the Afternoon.
- Action in the Afternoon at the Internet Movie Database