|Action in the Afternoon
The western series ACTION IN THE AFTERNOON/CBS/1953-54 was telecast
live weekday afternoons from the backlot of TV station WCAU in
Set in the 1890s town of Huberle, Montana (altitude 2,291 feet,
population 486), the program starred Jack
Valentine as a guitar playing, singing cowboy. Blake Ritter was the
Businesses on Main Street consisted of the
Huberle Record, the local newspaper, The Huberle Bank, The
General Store and Supplies, the Sheriff's office and Jail, the Wells
Fargo office, the Cooper Cup Saloon and a Blacksmith shop and
Residents of Huberle included:
- Ben Johnson, the blacksmith
- Mary Elaine Watts as Kate, ehe Huberle
- Sam Kressen as Sheriff Sam Mitchell
- Jean Corbett as Amy, the sheriff's wife
- John Zacherle as Grimy James, the Coroner
- Barry Cassell as Ace Bancroft, a sinister guy
- Walter "Piggy" Barnes as recurring various roles
- Creighton Stewart as Banker Grimes
- Harriss Forrest as Ozzie Matthews, Jack's partner
TRIVIA NOTE: ACTION IN THE AFTERNOON
was the first and only all-live western of national television.
The logo for the series was designed by John Ferlaine who was
the art director..
The town's name of "Huberle" was a blending of CBS programming vice
president Hubbell Robinson Jr. and his chief associate Harry Ommerle.
The theme for the show was Aaron Copeland's ballet suite "Billy the
Kid." As the theme song played, all the actors stood perfectly
on the streets of Huberle until a sound of a gunshot set things into
here were also two other westerns that aired in Philadelphia: "Kid West" on WCAU,
a short-lived children's version of "Action in the Afternoon"
that aired on December 29, 1959; and a western kid's show called "Sheriff Smith" that aired on
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