Q & A: Outdoor Adventure Club; The Veil

I get a lot of e-mails from people asking me about television shows, made-for-TV movies or miniseries they remember from years or decades past. I try to answer each question as best I can. Every now and then I like to dig through my inbox and pull out a few choice e-mails to answer here at Television Obscurities for everyone to read. Keep reading for today’s questions and answers.

Back about 1956/1957 there was a LOCAL program on in Connecticut, I believe it was on WNHC, from New Haven, CT. The name of the show was either: Brace Gilson’s Outdoor Adventure Club or Brace Gilson’s Outdoor Club. Has anyone ever heard of this show?

I can confirm that a program titled Outdoor Adventure Club aired on WNHC in Connecticut during the mid-1950s and that Brace Gilson worked for the station but otherwise I know nothing about the show. Does anyone out there remember watching it?

I was reading in a catalog for old radio shows believe or not and they were selling a DVD collection of a show called THE VEIL starring Boris Karloff, can you tell me about the show?
Cee Jay

I’ve seen The Veil referred to as an “unsold series” given that it reportedly never saw the light of day on television (at least not in the United States). Hal Roach Studios announced on August 18th, 1958 that 39 episodes of the series would be produced; National Telefilm Associates would syndicate the series [1]. As the story goes financing fell through and only ten episodes were filmed, not nearly enough to distribute.

An outfit called Sinister Cinema released eight of the episodes on VHS in February of 1990 (four episodes were tape at $19 a tape) and in September of 2001 all ten episodes came out on DVD courtesy of Image Entertainment.

Works Cited:

1 Godbout, Oscar. “Hal Roach Studio Plans 20 Movies.” New York Times. 19 Aug. 1958: 23.
2 “Rare fright flicks now available.” Washington Times. 22 Feb. 1990: M23.


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