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John Steele, Adventurer

John Steele, Adventurer

First broadcast in 1949, John Steele, Adventurer was a thriller/drama that wasn’t considered a major force in the world of radio although it is considered to have offered great entertainment. Jungles and deserts made up the eerie background sounds of the series that featured Don Douglas as John Steele.

John Steele was the type of roving adventurer and thrill seeker who held various jobs in exotic locations. Among his career paths were country sheriff, special agent in Turkey and a ship’s captain.

The stories were narrated by a friend of Steele’s, with Steele making cameo appearances throughout. Ted Mallie, of The Shadow and I Love a Mystery announcing fame also landed the job of the announcer for John Steele, Adventurer, which featured Elliot Drake as the director.

John Larkin, Jack Edwards, Bryna Raeburn and other radio personalities were also featured in the series as supporting actors. Music for the series added tones of mystery and adventure and was produced by Sylvan Levin and later, Doc Whipple.

Fans of the John Steele, Adventurer enjoyed the hard and fast-paced action and the stories seemed to be lifted off the pages from popular action magazines of the time such as All-Story and Argosy. To overcome the challenges of a radio show featuring a person who couldn’t speak, the producers represented the boy’s thoughts (rather than speaking voice) by using an echo chamber. It was considered a very moving and adventurous story of the series. 

At the end of each story in the series, John Steele’s voice would comment, “A life of adventure is yours for the asking, but don’t look for it; it may find you! Happy hunting!”

John Steele, Adventurer made lots of fans during its time on the air and even though its overall rating wasn’t as high as other radio shows it was very entertaining.

At least 43 episodes extant.
Broadcast: 12th July 1949
Added: Feb 24 2011
Broadcast: 30th August 1949
Added: Feb 25 2011
Broadcast: 1st November 1949
Added: May 19 2011
Broadcast: 8th November 1949
Added: Sep 29 2011
Broadcast: 3rd December 1949
Added: Dec 01 2011
Broadcast: 17th January 1950
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Feb 28 2011
Broadcast: 29th January 1950
Added: Jan 13 2012
Broadcast: 7th February 1950
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Feb 27 2011
Broadcast: 28th February 2011
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Jan 23 2012
Broadcast: 7th March 1950
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Mar 17 2011
Broadcast: 18th April 1950
Added: Apr 02 2011
Broadcast: 6th May 1950
Added: Apr 07 2011
Broadcast: 23rd May 1950
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Apr 14 2011
Broadcast: 20th June 1950
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Apr 21 2011
Broadcast: 25th July 1950
Added: Apr 28 2011
Broadcast: 6th August 1950
Added: May 03 2011
Broadcast: 22nd August 1950
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: May 05 2011
Broadcast: 3rd November 1950
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: May 10 2011
Broadcast: 28th November 1950
Added: Jun 14 2011
Broadcast: 26th December 1950
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Dec 29 2011
Broadcast: 30th January 1951
Added: Jun 19 2011
Broadcast: 13th March 1951
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Mar 18 2011
Broadcast: 3rd July 1951
Added: Jun 27 2011
Broadcast: 8th July 1951
Added: Sep 01 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Jul 02 2011
Broadcast: Not Known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Feb 26 2011
Broadcast: Not Known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Mar 03 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Added: Jun 30 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Aug 19 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Added: Aug 26 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Sep 15 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Oct 20 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Added: Oct 07 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Oct 27 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Added: Mar 01 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Nov 04 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Nov 17 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Nov 25 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Dec 22 2011
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Jan 05 2012
Broadcast: Not known
Starring: Don Douglas
Added: Feb 09 2012