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The Adventures of Bill Lance

The Adventures of Bill Lance was a 30-minute radio crime drama, created by J. Donald Wilson, which aired on two networks in two runs between 1944 and 1948.

The Adventures of Bill Lance
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Gerald Mohr played Bill Lance in the 1947-1948 version of the program.
Genre Detective drama
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates CBS West Coast (1944-1945)
ABC (1947-1948)
Starring John McIntire
Pat McGeehan
Gerald Mohr
Announcer Dick Joy
Owen James
Created by J. Donald Wilson
Written by J. Donald Wilson
Stewart Sterling
Sylvia Richards
Maurice Zimm
Martha Chapin
Directed by Mel Williamson
Original release April 23, 1944 – January 4, 1948
Sponsored by Planters Peanuts

Initially heard on CBS West Coast Sundays at 9 p.m., the series began April 23, 1944, with John McIntire as Bill Lance, a detective who traveled to exotic locales. Pat McGeehan took over the role the following March until the series ended September 9, 1945. Howard McNear played Lance's pal, Ulysses Higgins. Others in the cast included Mercedes McCambridge, Cathy Lewis, Joseph Kearns and Frank Graham. The announcers were Dick Joy and Owen James. Milton Charles supplied the music. The program was sponsored by Planters peanuts.[1]

With Gerald Mohr in the title role, the series returned on ABC June 14, 1947 (the first time it was broadcast nationwide),[2] airing Saturdays at 9pm until August, then Mondays at 9 p.m. until September, then Sundays at 5 p.m.[3] Produced by Dwight Hauser, with music by organist Rex Koury,[2] this series ran until January 4, 1948.[1]


  1. ^ a b Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 7.
  2. ^ a b "Adventures of Bill Lance New KWNO Feature". The Winona Republican-Herald. June 14, 1947. p. 10. Retrieved April 10, 2015 – via  
  3. ^ "WHMA". The Anniston Star. September 15, 1947. p. 2. Retrieved April 10, 2015 – via  

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