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The Adventures of Bill Lance Radio Program

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Background


Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Mystery Dramas
Network(s): CBS; NBC; ABC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 44-04-23 01 Title Unknown (CBS)
45-09-15 01
Title Unknown (NBC)
47-06-14 01 Escaped Maniac (ABC)
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 44-04-23 to 45-09-09; CBS West Net; Seventy-three, 30-minute programs;
45-09-15
to 46-09-07; NBC; Fifty-two, 30-minute programs;
47-06-14
to 48-01-04; ABC; Twenty-six, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: CBS; NBC; ABC
Sponsors: Planters Peanuts
Director(s): Dwight Hauser
J. Donald Wilson [Creator]
Principal Actors: John McIntyre (CBS), Pat McGeehan (NBC), Gerald Mohr (ABC), Howard McNear (NBC/ABC), Herb Butterfield, Bill Bouche, Georgia Ellis, Anne Stone, Jack Carrington, Leon Belasco, Lois Corbett, Cliff Clark, Paul McVey, Charles Talbot, Bill Conrad, Jeanne Bates,
Recurring Character(s): Composer/Behavioral Criminologist William Ferdinand 'Bill' Lance [John McIntyre (CBS), Pat McGeehan (NBC), Gerald Mohr (ABC) ]; Professor Ulysses Higgins [Howard McNear (NBC/ABC) ];
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Jan Slott, Milton Merlin, Barbara Merlin, Dwight Hauser
Music Direction: Rex Koury [Composer/Organist/Pianist]
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): James Owen
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
151
Episodes in Circulation: 0
Total Episodes in Collection: 3
Provenances:
Contributor Doug Hopkinson; The Thousand Oaks Library (Milton and Barbara Merlin Collection); .

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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The Adventures of Bill Lance Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-04-16
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44-04-23
1
Title Unknown
N
[Premiere on CBS West Coast Net; Sundays at 9:30pm; Stations (KQW, KARM, KROY, KGDM, KNX; Starring John McIntyre}

44-04-24 Broadcasting Magazine

Planters On Coast
PLANTERS Nut & Chocolate Co.,
San Francisco (salted peanuts, edible peanut oil), on April 23 started a weekly half-hour detective mystery program, Adventures of Bill Lance, on 5 CBS Calif. stations (KQW, KARM, KROY, KGDM, KNX), Sun., 9:30-10 p.m. (PWT). Contract is for 52 weeks. Agency is Erwin Wasey, San Francisco.

44-04-30
2
Title Unknown
N
[ KOIN in Oregon aired it by transcription on Mondays at 9pm]

44-04-30 Oregon Statesman
Monday
9:00--Adventures of Bill Lance.

44-05-07
3
Title Unknown
N
44-05-07 Oregon Statesman
Monday
9:00--Adventures of Bill Lance.

44-05-14
4
Title Unknown
N
44-05-14 Oregon Statesman
Monday
9:00--Adventures of Bill Lance.

44-05-21
5
Title Unknown
N
44-05-21 Oregon Statesman
Monday
9:00--Adventures of Bill Lance.

44-05-28
6
Title Unknown
N
44-05-28 Oregon Statesman
Monday
9:00--Adventures of Bill Lance.

44-05-29 The Oregonian
Columbia Notes
The Adventures of Bill Lance, a detective thriller
which KOIN plays by transcription at 9 P. M. is broadcast originally on other station of the CBS coast net Sundays at 9:30 P. M.

44-06-04
7
Title Unknown
N
44-06-04 Oregon Statesman
Monday
9:00--Adventures of Bill Lance.

44-06-11
8
Title Unknown
N
44-06-12 Medford Mail Tribune
9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance CBS.

44-06-18
9
Title Unknown
N
44-06-19 Medford Mail Tribune - 9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance CBS.

44-06-25
10
Title Unknown
N
44-06-26 Medford Mail Tribune - 9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance CBS.

44-07-02
11
Title Unknown
N
44-07-02 Medford Mail Tribune
Monday
9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance CBS.

44-07-09
12
Title Unknown
N
44-07-09 Medford Mail Tribune
Monday
9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance CBS.

44-07-16
13
Title Unknown
N
44-07-16 Fresno Bee
KARM--9:30, Adventures Of Bill Lance.

44-07-17 Medford Mail Tribune
9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance CBS.

44-07-23
14
Title Unknown
N
44-07-23 Fresno Bee the Republican
KARM 9:30, Adventures Of Bill Lance.

44-07-24 Medford Mail Tribune
9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance CBS.

44-07-30
15
Title Unknown
N
44-07-30 Fresno Bee The Republican - KARM 9:30 Adventures Of Bill Lance.

44-07-26 Hayward Daily Review
9:30 P.M.--KQW; Bill Lance

44-07-26 Santa Cruz Sentinel
9:30 KWQ--Bill Lance Adv.

44-08-06
16
Title Unknown
N
44-08-06 Medford Mail Tribune
Monday
9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance CBS.

44-08-13
17
Title Unknown
N
44-08-12 San Mateo Times
Sunday
9:30 KQW--Bill Lance Adv.

44-08-20
18
Title Unknown
N
44-08-19 San Mateo Times
Sunday
9:30 KQW--Bill Lance Adv.

44-08-27
19
Title Unknown
N
44-08-28 Medford Mail Tribune
9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance, CBS.

44-09-03
20
Title Unknown
N
44-09-03 Medford Mail Tribune
9:00 p.m.--Adventures of Bill Lance CBS.

44-09-10
21
Title Unknown
N
44-09-10 Fresno Bee The Republican
KARM 9:30 Adventures of Bill Lance.

44-09-17
22
Title Unknown
N
44-09-17 Fresno Bee The Republican
KARM 9:30, Adventures Of Bill Lance.
44-09-24
23
Title Unknown
N
44-09-24 Santa Cruz Sentinel
9 P.M. KQW--Bill Lance Adv

44-10-01
24
Title Unknown
N
44-10-01 Fresno Bee The Republican
KARM--9:00 Adventures Of Bill Lance

44-10-08
25
Title Unknown
N
44-10-15
26
Title Unknown
N
44-10-22
27
Title Unknown
N
44-10-21 San Mateo TImes
Sunday
9 pm
KQW -- Adv Bill Lance

44-10-29
28
Title Unknown
N
44-11-05
29
Title Unknown
N
44-11-12
30
Title Unknown
N
44-11-19
31
Title Unknown
N
44-11-17 Corona Daily Independent
Sunday 9 P.M.
KNX -- Bill Lance Adv.

44-11-26
32
Title Unknown
N
44-11-26 Oakland Tribune
9:00 p.m.
KQW -- Bill Lance Mystery

44-12-03
33
Title Unknown
N
44-12-03 Oakland Tribune
9:00 p.m.
KQW -- Bill Lance Mystery

44-12-10
34
Title Unknown
N
44-12-17
35
Title Unknown
N
44-12-24
36
Title Unknown
N
44-12-31
37
Title Unknown
N
44-12-30 San Mateo TImes
Sunday
9 pm
KQW -- Adv Bill Lance

45-01-07
38
Title Unknown
N
45-01-07 Oakland Tribune
9:00 p.m.
KQW -- Bill Lance Mystery

45-01-14
39
Title Unknown
N
45-01-21
40
Title Unknown
N
45-01-28
41
Title Unknown
N
45-02-04
42
Title Unknown
N
45-02-04 Oakland Tribune
9:00 p.m.
KQW -- Bill Lance Mystery

45-02-11
43
Title Unknown
N
45-02-10 San Mateo TImes
Sunday
9 pm
KQW -- Adv Bill Lance

45-02-18
44
Title Unknown
N
45-02-25
45
Title Unknown
N
45-03-04
46
Title Unknown
N
45-03-11
47
Title Unknown
N
45-03-18
48
Title Unknown
N
45-03-17 Oxnard Press-Courier
Sunday
9 P.M.
KNX -- Bill Lance Adv.

45-03-25
49
Title Unknown
N
45-04-01
50
Title Unknown
N
45-04-08
51
Title Unknown
N
45-04-15
52
Title Unknown
N
45-04-15 Oakland Tribune
9:00 p.m.
KQW -- Bill Lance Mystery

45-04-22
53
Title Unknown
N
45-04-29
54
Title Unknown
N
45-05-06
55
Title Unknown
N
45-05-13
56
Title Unknown
N
45-05-20
57
Title Unknown
N
45-05-27
58
Title Unknown
N
45-06-03
59
Title Unknown
N
45-06-10
60
Title Unknown
N
45-06-17
61
Title Unknown
N
45-06-24
62
Title Unknown
N
45-06-23 Tucson Daily Citizen
SUNDAY NIGHT
8:30 -- Adventures of Bill Lance KTUC

45-07-01
63
Title Unknown
N
45-07-08
64
Title Unknown
N
45-07-15
65
Title Unknown
N
45-07-22
66
Title Unknown
N
45-07-29
67
Title Unknown
N
45-08-05
68
Title Unknown
N
45-08-12
69
Title Unknown
N
45-08-19
70
Title Unknown
N
45-08-26
71
Title Unknown
N
45-08-04 San Mateo TImes
Sunday
9 pm
KQW -- Adv Bill Lance

45-09-02
72
Title Unknown
N
45-09-09
73
Title Unknown
N
45-09-09 Walla Walla Bulletin
9:00-C Adventures of Bill Lance





45-09-08
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45-09-10 Broadcasting Magazine
PLANTERS NUT & CHOCOLATE, CO., San Francisco, on Sept 15 shifts Adventures of Bill Lance on 13 CBS Western stations, Sun 9-9:30 p.m. (PWT) to 15 NBC Western stations, Sat. 9-9:30 p.m. (PWT). Agency: Richmond R. Morgan Co., Hollywood.

45-09-15
1
Title Unknown
N
[ NBC Premiere of The Adventures of Bill Lance starring Pat McGeehan; Saturdays from 9-9:30 pm]

45-09-22
2
Title Unknown
N
45-09-22 Oakland Tribune
9:00 P.M.
KPO -- Bill Lance

45-09-29
3
Title Unknown
N
45-09-29 Oakland Tribune
9:00 P.M.
KPO -- Bill Lance

45-10-06
4
Title Unknown
N
45-10-13
5
Title Unknown
N
45-10-13 Tucson Daily Citizen
10:00 -- Adventures of Bill Lance KVOA

45-10-20
6
Title Unknown
N
45-10-27
7
Title Unknown
N
45-11-03
8
Title Unknown
N
45-11-10
9
Title Unknown
N
45-11-10 Oakland Tribune
9:00 P.M.
KPO -- Adv. Bill Lance

45-11-17
10
Title Unknown
N
45-11-24
11
Title Unknown
N
45-12-01
12
Title Unknown
N
45-12-08
13
Title Unknown
N
45-12-15
14
Title Unknown
N
45-12-22
15
Title Unknown
N
45-12-29
16
Title Unknown
N
46-01-05
17
Death in the Back Forty
N
46-01-05 Fresno Bee
Bill Lance discovers magnesium while uncovering a murder on a ranch in the desert on "The Adventures of Bill Lance" tonight at 9 on KMJ. Pat McGeehan and Howard McNear are the stars of hte latest Bill Lance adventure titled "
Death in the Back Forty," written by Jan Slott and based on characters created by J. Donald Wilson.

46-01-12
18
Title Unknown
N
46-01-12 Fresno Bee
Also the story on "Bill Lance" at 9:00, in which the radio sleuth uncovers a plot to start more racial prejudice, with consequent complications.

46-01-19
19
Title Unknown
N
46-01-26
20
Title Unknown
N
46-02-02
21
The Case of the Stolen Blood
N
46-02-02 Fresno Bee
Bill Lance comes to the aid of one of his radio fans when he is called in on "
The Case of the Stolen Blood," tonight at 9:00 P.M.

46-02-09
22
Title Unknown
N
46-02-16
23
A Regrettable Case of Murder
N
46-02-16 Fresno Bee
Bill Lance discovers that blood isn't thicker than water in "
A Regretable Case of Murder" tonight at 9:00 over KMJ.

46-02-23
24
Title Unknown
N
46-03-02
25
Title Unknown
N
46-03-09
26
Title Unknown
N
46-03-16
27
Title Unknown
N
46-03-23
28
Title Unknown
N
46-03-23 Oakland Tribune
9:00 P.M.
KPO -- Adv. Bill Lance

46-03-30
29
Title Unknown
N
46-04-06
30
Title Unknown
N
46-04-13
31
Title Unknown
N
46-04-20
32
Title Unknown
N
46-04-27
33
Title Unknown
N
46-05-04
34
Title Unknown
N
46-05-11
35
Title Unknown
N
46-05-11 Oakland Tribune
8:00 P.M.
KPO -- Adv. Bill Lance

46-05-18
36
Title Unknown
N
46-05-25
37
Title Unknown
N
46-06-01
38
Title Unknown
N
46-06-08
39
Title Unknown
N
46-06-15
40
Title Unknown
N
46-06-15 Oakland Tribune
8:00 P.M.
KPO -- Adv. Bill Lance

46-06-22
41
Title Unknown
N
46-06-29
42
Title Unknown
N
46-07-06
43
Title Unknown
N
46-07-13
44
Title Unknown
N
46-07-20
45
Title Unknown
N
46-07-20 Oakland Tribune
8:00 P.M.
KPO -- Adv. Bill Lance

46-07-27
46
Title Unknown
N
46-08-03
47
Title Unknown
N
46-08-10
48
Title Unknown
N
46-08-17
49
Title Unknown
N
46-08-24
50
Title Unknown
N
46-08-31
51
Title Unknown
N
46-08-31 Oakland Tribune
8:00 P.M.
KPO -- Adv. Bill Lance

46-09-07
52
Title Unknown
N
46-09-07 Oakland Tribune
8:00 P.M.
KPO -- Adv. Bill Lance

46-09-14
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--
46-09-14 Oakland Tribune
8:00 P.M.
KPO -- Orchestral Music

46-09-14Tucson Daily Citizen
10:00 -- Muelbach Orchestra KVOA

46-09-21
--
--
46-09-21 Oakland Tribune
8:00 P.M.
KPO -- Orchestral Music






47-06-07
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--
47-06-13 Franklin News-Herald - "The Adventures of Bill Lance," a new half-hour series revolving around a wealthy expert on arts and sciences, will be premiered Saturday at 9 p.m. over ABC. The star of the drama is called in as a criminologist on unusual cases and the plot centers about his experiences.

47-06-14
1
Title Unknown
N
[ ABC Premiere of The Adventures of Bill Lance; Saturdays at 8 or 9 pm; Replaces Gangbusters]

47-06-14 Winona Republican
Adventures of Bill Lance
New KWNO Feature
A radio amateur sleuth makes his initial appearance over a coast-to-coast network when "
The Adventure of Bill Lance" begins a nine-week series tonight from 8 to 8:30 o'clock over KWNO. Starring in the title role of Lance will be Gerald Mohr, Columbia Pictures star of "The Lone Wolf" movie series and well known radio actor. Mohr will be assisted by another Hollywood radio artist, Howard McNear, who will portray Lance's close friend and roommate--the eccentric Professor Ulysses Higgins. The Adventures of Bill Lance and the characters were created by J. Donald Wilson, and the scripts for this new series will be written by various writers specializing in criminology. Dwight Hauser will be the ABC producer and music will be furnished by Rex Koury, organist. The Adventues Of Bill Lance replaces Gangbusters.

47-06-14 Bloomington Pantagraph
Premiere broadcast of "The Adventures of Bill Lance," starring Gerald Mohr, Columbia pictures star, in the title role of Lance: 8 p.m. WJBC: SATURDAY.

47-06-21
2
Title Unknown
N
47-06-28
3
Title Unknown
N
47-07-05
4
Title Unknown
N
47-07-05 Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Bill Lance Hollywood radio and screen actor Gerald Mohr is heard as the music loving criminologist Bill Lance in the new WJZ crime foiling series The Adventures of Bill Lance. The switch in this crime adventure series is that the criminologist hero is called in on his unusual cases much against his will as he'd rather compose music than solve crimes.

47-07-12
5
Title Unknown
N
47-07-10 Klamath Herald and News
STATIC
By VAN HEMERT
Contrary to my usual policy, I'm going to mention a who-don't today. If you happen to be up at 9 p.m. Saturday night, tune in on the "Adventures of Bill Lance." The blurb promises a really mysterious mystery. It also says Mr. Lance is kept on his toes throughout. Honest, it says exactly that. Can you picture the poor man up on his toes for a full half hour? Radio is getting gruesome.

47-07-19
6
Title Unknown
N
47-07-19 Klamath Herald and News
STATIC
By VAN HEMERT
. . . For today, you'll have to be satisfied with a short one on Bill Lance--it seems that in his adventure tonight
Bill finds a suit of clothes hanging in a closet. Nothing unusual about that, except there is a man in the suit and he's suspended by a rope around his neck.

47-07-26
7
Title Unknown
N
47-08-02
8
Title Unknown
N
47-08-09
9
Title Unknown
N





47-09-15
10
The Movie Mogul Murder
N
47-08-31 San Bernardino County Sun
A.B.C. will maintain some of its summer fare through October and will make permanent features out of Phil Silvers, Mr. President, Candid Microphone, Treasury Agent, "The Clock," and
"The Adventures of Bill Lance".

47-09-06 Circleville Herald
"Adventures of Bill Lance" returns in a Monday night ABC time slot Sept. 15.

47-09-15 Anniston Star
WHMA The adventures of Bill Lance, starring Gerald Mohr in the title role and Howard McNear as Ulysses Higgins, return to the air over ABC and WHMA tonight at 8 o'clock.
The series gets underway with a drama concerning the surprise murder of a motion picture executive. Created by J. Donald Wilson and produced by Dwight Hauser, the Adventures of Bill Lance will go on the nationwide netowrk of ABC for two successive Mondays before moving into a Sunday schedule starting Sept. 28 at 4 to 4:30 p.m. CST.

47-09-15 Cumberland News
Over on ABC, the Adventures of Bill Lance, a detective series, is being revived at 9 after a brief lapse from its Summer filling-in on the Saturday list.

47-09-22
11
Title Unknown
N





47-09-28
12
Escaped Maniac
Y
Teases "A man's fear that his wife and her lover will kill him" as next

47-10-05
13
The Case of The Empty Closet
N
47-10-12
14
Death Wears A New Dress
Y
Announces "Special Delivery" as next.

47-10-19
15
The Case of The Stolen Necklace
Special Delivery
Y
Teases "A bridegroom has disappeared" as next.

47-10-26
16
The Missing Bridegroom
N
47-10-26 Anniston Star
Hilarious soliloquies, little men who aren't there and a little woman whose heart belongs to somebody else occupy the time of Movie Star Gerald Mohr when he plays the title role in the latest episode of "The Adventures of Bill Lance," this afternoon at 4 o'clock over WHMA.

47-11-02
17
The Body In the Basement
N
47-11-09
18
Title Unknown
N
47-11-16
19
Title Unknown
N
47-11-23
20
Title Unknown
N
47-11-30
21
Title Unknown
N
47-12-07
22
Title Unknown
N
47-12-14
23
Title Unknown
N
47-12-21
24
The Case of The Two Pennies
N
47-12-21 Bloomington Pantagraph
WJBC 4:00--Adventures of Bill Lance Starring Gerald Mohr in "
The Case of the Two Pennies."

47-12-28
25
Title Unknown
N
48-01-04
26
The Man Who Murdered Himself
N
48-01-03 Klamath Herald and News
Bill Lance, another of the knot-headed (from being beaten) private eyes that have the radio audiences of the world ga-ga, comes on again on Sunday (KFLW--2 p.m.) with
a twisted-up affair involving a dead body and two opposing theories--murder or suicide.

48-01-11
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The Adventures of Bill Lance Radio Program Biographies




Gerald Mohr
(William Ferdinand 'Bill' Lance)

Stage, Screen, Radio and Television Actor, Stage Director and Producer
(1914-1968)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Education: The Dwight School, NYC, NY
Columbia University

Radiography:

1935 That Was the Year
1935 Anne Of the Airlanes
1935 The Adventures Of Jungle Jim
1938 Front Page Drama
1938 Dr Christian
1939 Lux Radio Theatre
1939 The Shadow Of Fu Manchu
1941 Forecast
1941 Cavalcade Of America
1942 Command Performance
1942 The Adventures Of Red Ryder
1942 This Is Our America
1942 Hello Americans
1942 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1942 Mayor Of the Town
1943 The Whistler
1943 The Bob Burns Show
1943 Wings To Victory
1944 Lest We Forget
1944 American School Of the Air
1945 Mystery Is My Hobby
1945 Rogue's Gallery
1945 Arch Oboler's Plays
1945 Suspense
1945 Theatre Of Romance
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1946 Encore Theatre
1946 Academy Award
1946 The Cresta Blanca Hollywood Players
1946 This Is Hollywood
1946 The Lucky Strike Program
1947 Holiday Wilde (Audition)
1947 The Adventures of Bill Lance
1947 The Story Of Holiday Wilde
1947 The Alan Young Show
1947 Family Theatre
1947 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1947 Sound Stage For Joan Crawford
1947 Criminal At Large
1947 The Man Called X
1947 The Judy Canova Show
1948 Damon Runyon Theatre
1948 The Private Practice Of Dr Dana
1948 In Your Name
1948 Shorty Bell, Cub Reporter
1948 Hallmark Playhouse
1948 The Adventures Of Superman
1948 Errand Of Mercy
1948 Guest Star
1948 Let George Do It
1949 Sam Pilgrim's Progress
1949 Our Miss Brooks
1949 My Favorite Husband
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 Camel Screen Guild Theatre
1949 The Adventures Of Frank Race
1949 Box Thirteen
1949 Gunsmoke
1949 Escape
1949 Broadway Is My Beat
1949 The Lone Ranger
1949 NBC Little Theatre
1950 For the Living
1950 The Ammident Show
1950 The Scarlet Cloak
1950 The Prudential Family Hour Of Stars
1950 Night Beat
1950 Sara's Private Caper
1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1950 Front Page Drama
1950 Screen Guild Theatre
1950 Tales Of the Texas Rangers
1951 Your Voice Of America
1951 The Adventures Of Nero Wolfe
1951 The Amazing Nero Wolfe
1951 The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe
1951 The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show
1951 Crime Does Not Pay
1951 Adventure Is Your Heritage
1951 Rocky Jordan
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1951 The Railroad Hour
1952 The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet
1952 Freedom U.S.A.
1952 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1953 The First Nighter Program
1953 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1953 You Were There
1954 That's Rich
1954 The Six-Shooter
1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1959 The Jack Benny Program
I Was A Communist For the FBI
Little Theatre Workshop Players
The Adventures Of Maisie
Bold Venture
Easy Aces
Mandrake the Magician

Gerald Mohr in recording session for CBS, ca. 1950
Gerald Mohr in recording session for CBS, ca. 1950

Gerry Mohr entry from the October 1940 edition of Lew Lauria's Radio Artists Directory
Gerry Mohr entry from the October 1940 edition of Lew Lauria's Radio Artists Directory

Gerald Mohr as the infamous Dr. Zodiac, from 1939's Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
Gerald Mohr as the infamous Dr. Zodiac (uncredited), from 1939's Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

Mohr's first credited Film performance in 1941's Jungle Girl Serial
Mohr's first credited Film performance in 1941's Jungle Girl Serial
Gerald Mohr as The Lone Wolf, ca. 1947
Gerald Mohr as The Lone Wolf, ca. 1947

Gerald Mohr Publicity photo, ca. 1948
Gerald Mohr Publicity photo, ca. 1948
Mohr appeared as both a Film version and Radio version of Michael Lanyard, 'The Lone Wolf'
Mohr appeared as both a Film version and Radio version of Michael Lanyard, 'The Lone Wolf'

Gerald Mohr as Crimp Ward in Bat Masterson, ca. 1961
Gerald Mohr as Crimp Ward in Bat Masterson, ca. 1961

Mohr as Courtney Shepard in Bat Masterson, ca. 1959
Mohr as Courtney Shepard in Bat Masterson, ca. 1959

Gerald Mohr as Doc Holiday in Maverick, ca.
Gerald Mohr as Doc Holiday in Maverick, ca.

Promo still from Foreign Intrigue, ca. 1955
Promo still from Foreign Intrigue, ca. 1955

Mohr as Joe Medici in Perry mason, ca. 1961
Mohr as Joe Medici in Perry mason, ca. 1961

Two great stars of Stage, Screen, Radio and Television--Gerald Mohr and Estelle Winwood, in Perry Mason, ca. 1966
Two great stars of Stage, Screen,
Radio and Television--Gerald Mohr and Estelle Winwood, in Perry Mason, ca. 1966

A native New Yorker, Gerald Mohr was born into comfortable privilege. Educated at the prestigious Dwight Preparatory School in New York, Mohr became fluent in French and German as well as learning to ride horses and play the piano. Upon graduating from The Dwight School, Gerald Mohr attended Columbia University, ostensibly for Pre-Med. Ironically, about the same time, Mohr was stricken with appendicitis. It was while recovering in the hospital that he met another patient--a radio broadcaster. Mohr's ward-mate recognised the potential in Mohr's distnctive baritone voice and suggested Mohr consider a career in Radio.

Mohr joined his new friend's radio station, becoming a junior reporter. By the mid-1930s Orson Welles had invited him to join Welles' and John Houseman's fledgling Mercury Theatre Repertory. It was during Mohr's apprenticeship with The Mercury Theatre that he gained his first theatrical experience on the Broadway--in The Petrified Forest.

By 1935 Mohr had become the co-lead in Anne of the Airlanes, a juvenile adventure serial. That led to his first Radio lead in The Adventures of Jungle Jim (1935). From that point forward there was no stopping Mohr's relentless Radio career. It's estimated that Mohr appeared well over 4,000 times in various Radio roles over his twenty-five year career.

As comfortable with character roles as he was in lead roles, Gerald Mohr was one of Radio's more versatile voice talents. Perhaps best remembered for his numerous radio noir roles, Gerald Mohr enjoyed lead roles in The Adventures of Bill Lance (1947), The Lone Wolf (1948), Philip Marlowe (1949), and Johnny Dollar (1954). But Mohr was also Nero Wolfe's right hand man, Archie Goodwin in The Adventures of Nero Wolfe (1951) . Indeed, Gerald Mohr's frequent recurring roles in a myriad of popular radio thrillers, comedies, westerns and straight drama anthologies, made him Radio's go-to guy for any role.

Mohr made several appearances each in The Whistler, The Adventures of Maisie, Dr. Christian, Rogue's Gallery, Suspense, The Man Called 'X', The Damon Runyon Theatre, The Adventures of Superman, Our Miss Brooks, Escape, The Lone Ranger, Night Beat, Richard Diamond, The Adventures of Rocky Jordan, Box 13 and Gunsmoke, to mention only a notable few. In several of the above programs, Mohr was heard so often that he was considered more an ensemble player in them.

Rarely skipping a beat in his numerous careers, Mohr did take some time out for a three year tour with The Army Air Forces from 1942-1945, which explains the absence of his appearances in Radio for that period. But his Radio voice wasn't silent during his time in the Service. Mohr voiced several public service announcements (P.S.A.s), training recordings, and appeared in several patriotic specials and appeals during the period.

Indeed the only career his Service time slowed a bit was his Film career. He'd gotten his start in Film as the villain in the fifteen-part Serial Film Jungle Girl (1941). Upon his return to civilian life he jumped right back into Film, picking up from Warren William as Michael Lanyard in the long running franchise, The Lone Wolfe. Mohr starred in three of The Lone Wolfe films between 1946 and 1947. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed Rita Hayworth vehicle, Gilda (1946) and co-starred in The Magnificent Rogue (1946).

Busy now on several fronts, the 1950s found Mohr starring in two Radio dramas, Humphrey Bogart's Sirocco (1951), The Detective Story (1951), and The Sniper (1952). It was reported at the time that Mohr was so concerned that The Lone Wolf films and Radio role had typecast him that he had some minor facial surgery performed to narrow his nose a bit and he began wearing something of a crew-cut. Whether either step was really needed was open to conjecture, but success is its own reward, and doors began opening for him on Stage, in Film, in Radio and on Television.

His leap into Television was as prolific as his other media successes had been. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Mohr appeared in over 200 Television episodes in character, co-star or starring roles in every genre imaginable. His numerous guest appearances in many of the formulaic situation comedies of the era showed his natural comedic versatility to a new generation of fans. By the mid-1950s Mohr had been seen on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1951), I Love Lucy (1953), Our Miss Brooks (1952), My Friend Irma (1952), Private Secretary (1953), and The Red Skelton Show (1957).

From 1954 to 1955, Gerald Mohr starred as Christopher Storm in 41 episodes of the third series of Foreign Intrigue, a critically acclaimed espionage pot-boiler produced in Stockholm, Sweden for American distribution. His contribution to Foreign Intrigue saw it nominated for Emmy Awards in 1954 and 1955.

The second half of the 1950s saw him appearing--and reappearing--in most of the more popular adult westerns of the day. But throughout, Gerald Mohr continued to appear in most of the more prestigious straight dramatic anthologies of the early Television era.

Gerald Mohr soon became a Warner Bros. Television staple, as well as one of Dick Powell's--and his Four Star Productions--favorite performers. Those relationships paved the way for Mohr to appear in virtually every significant production from both of the Television giants for their day.

As busy as Gerald Mohr had become in Radio and Television, his Film career stalled at the 'B' Movie stage. For the remainder of his Film career, Mohr appeared in no less than twelve more 'B' Movie horror, terror, thriller, sci-fi and psychological Saturday afternoon churners. But clearly he was laughing all the way to the bank.

Hoping to strike out on his own, Mohr and his wife Mai, began developing their own international Film company based out of Stockholm. With a ready supply of gifted American and Swedish writers, performers and technicians, the stars seemed aligned for a very successful production company. The company planned to feature syndicated comedy, adventure, crime and drama shows for worldwide distribution. Mohr, already fluent in his fourth language--Swedish--was also preparing to star in a made for Television film for Swedish audiences.

He'd already co-produced--and acted in--a comedic Western called Wild West Story (1964) and he continued to market his amazing voice via important voice credits in several animated super-hero series'. In 1968 Mohr appeared in a cameo role as Tom Branca in Funny Girl and was preparing to guest star in another The Big Valley episode with friend Barbara Stanwyck.

He'd flown back to Stockholm, Sweden, in September 1968, to star in the pilot of a proposed new TV series called Private Entrance. But not long after completing principal cinematography for theTV film, Mohr succumbed to a massive heart attack in Södermalm, Stockholm, at the age of only 54.

Gerald Mohr was one of those actors who left an indelible impression on the viewer or listener. Given the dizzying array of villains Mohr portrayed over the years, likely as not, for many of his most ardent admirers he was the man they loved to hate. But there are just as many of his admirers that watched and listened to the greater range of his roles, loving both his villainous roles and heroic and comedic roles with equal gusto.

I'd have to say we fall into the latter category. Mohr's Radio work especially, was some of the finest work ever aired over Radio. And without diminishing Mohr's lifetime body of work in the least, it goes without saying that his Radio fans are unquestionably his most ardent. He was a giant in Radio--or should that be is a giant in Radio. We still have literally thousands of his recordings from which to remember his incomparable voice and his amazing talent.

And we do . . . and we will continue to.



Howard NcNear
(
Professor Ulysses Higgins)
Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television Actor
(1905-1969)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Radiography:
1937 Calling All Cars
1937 The Cinnamon Bear
1937 White Fires Of Inspiration
1938-1942 Speed Gibson of the International Police
1939 The Shadow of Fu Manchu
1939 Lux Radio Theatre
1940 The American Challenge
1941 Romance of the Ranchos
1941 Cavalcade of America
1943 Homicide O'Kane
1943 Wings To Victory
1945 Suspense
1945 Twelve Players
1946 Lum and Abner
1946 Pacific Story
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1946 Let George Do It
1946 The Fifth Horseman
1946 The Casebook of Gregory Hood
1946 The New Adventures of Michael Shayne
1946 The Adventures of BIll Lance
1947 The Smiths of Hollywood
1947 The Whistler
1947 Family Theatre
1947 United States Postal Inspector
1948 Doorway To Life
1948 Diary of Fate
1948 The Sweeney and March Show
1948 Hallmark Playhouse
1948 Proudly We Hail
1949 NBC University Theater
1949 Hopalong Cassidy
1949 The Adventures of Philip Marlowe


Howard McNear c. 1958

Radiography (cont'd):
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse

1949 Our Miss Brooks
1949 The Amident Show
1949 Broadway Is My Beat
1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1950 Frontier Town
1950 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar 1950 Much Ado About Doolittle 1950 The Line-Up 1950 Escape 1950 The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe
1950 The Amazing Nero Wolfe
1951 The Railroad Hour
1951 The Adventures of the Saint
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1951 Romance
1951 Wild Bill Hickok
1951 Escape
1951 Tarzan
1951 The Roy Rogers Show
1951 The Silent Men


and hundreds more . . .
Howard McNear began his career in Radio during the mid-1930s, distinguishing himself in both The Cinnamon Bear (1937) and Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police (1938-1940) as ace operator Clint Barlow.

While McNear could be effect authoritative roles with ease, his true calling was in comedic character roles. He created the role of 'Doc' Charles Adams in CBS Radio's Gunsmoke (1952-1961). Under contract to CBS for most of his career, McNear was featured in many of the network's radio and television programs. From 1955 to 1960 he appeared frequently, in various quirky roles, in the popular radio detective series Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. In the TV sitcom Leave It to Beaver, McNear made an early appearance as a barber named Andy, quite ironic, given his long-running character, Floyd The Barber would eventually become his signature contribution to The Golden Age of Television in The Andy Griffith Show.

But radio icon, Howard McNear, made a name for himself on network radio in a vast array of characterizations, from snivelling murderers to dapper French detectives. In films from 1954, the bespecled, mustachioed McNear was usually cast as a querulous fussbudget. He was spotlighted as Dr. Dompierre in Otto Preminger's
Anatomy of a Murder (1959), and was prominently featured in three Billy Wilder comedies: Irma La Douce (1963), Kiss Me Stupid (1964) and The Fortune Cookie (1966).

He appeared with great frequency on Television in the 1950s and 1960s, often as a foil to such comedians as Jack Benny and Burns and Allen, but Howard McNear's most beloved television characterization was as Mayberry barber Floyd Lawson on The Andy Griffith Show. Indeed, when McNear suffered a debilitating stroke in 1967, Griffith kept him on the payroll, re-writing the scripts to allow Floyd the Barber to be seated and non-ambulatory without drawing undue attention to McNear's affliction. As a tribute to both McNear's professionalism and Griffith's compassion, his performances as Floyd continued to draw laughs, in spite of the circumstances.

Quiet, unassuming Howard McNear remains a giant of both Radio and Television Legend and his memory lives on through some of the most enduring, popular Golden Age entertainment of the 20th century.



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