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Action in the Afternoon – western TV show

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Action in the Afternoon.

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-TV, Channel 10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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.

Barry Cassell … Sheriff Ace Bancroft
Harriss Forrest … Ozzie Matthews
Jack Valentine … Himself
John Zacherle … The Coroner
Mary Elaine Watts … Kate
Blake Ritter … Narrator
Chris Keegan
Sam Kressen
Creighton Stewart
Tommy Ferguson … Himself (leader, Tommy Ferguson Trio)

Directed By Bill Bode, John Ulrich
Created By Charles Vanda
Writers: Leslie Urlbach, William Cox, Dean Owens, John Fleming
Writers: Don Prindle, Clair Roskam, Richard Strome
Executive Producer Hubbell Robinson
Produced By Harry Omerle, Don Lenox
Cinematography By Dan Falzani, Ed Harper

Country: USA
Filming Locations: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Production Co: WCAU Philadelphia



  1. Action in the Afternoon is the one that started it all for me. I would race home from school to watch it every day and the storyline inspired me to begin a series of novels of my own based on the development of a town like Huberle. Are any more of these episodes available? I’d love to reconnect with the show.

    1. Thanks for the post. Sorry to say this is the only episode we could find at this time!

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