Adventures by Morse
was a 52-episode syndicated adventure series produced, written and directed by Carlton E. Morse
shortly after NBC canceled his I Love a Mystery
Characters and stories
Captain Bart Friday was a globe-trotting San Francisco-based private investigator, portrayed during the series by Elliott Lewis
, David Ellis and Russell Thorson. Friday's sidekick from Texas, Skip Turner, was played mostly by Jack Edwards and occasionally by Barton Yarborough
. The tales covered such areas as espionage, kidnapping and murder, along with secret Nazi bases, snake worshipers and voodoo.
Dating problem and episode order
The 52 30-minute episodes (and two sales pitches) were produced in the mid-1940s. Dates of production and the earliest broadcasts are uncertain: several Internet sites mention that the entire series was broadcast in 1944, but in the final two chapters of It's Dismal to Die
, it is clearly stated that the Second World War has ended. Advertisements have been found for broadcasts in 1946 and 1949.
The series was presented in 13-episode blocks (each containing two stories), with each ten-chapter story ending with a teaser for the following three-chapter story. The City of the Dead
and A Coffin for the Lady
are mentioned in the promotional recordings as the first and second story respectively. The order used below is the one found most often on the Internet.
- 01 The City of the Dead (1 of 10)
- 02 The City of the Dead (2 of 10) "I've Dug Up......