None of the Old Time Radio networks had a hold on romantic adventure like the Columbia Broadcasting System. The other networks
certainly made the attempt to get a foot hold in the genre, but it would have been difficult for anyone to compete with The Whistler, Suspense, and Escape.
High Adventure is sometimes billed "The Mutual Network's answer to Escape!" In fact, the Mutual anthology premiered on March 1, 1947. There were audition
episodes for Escape at the end of February and the middle of March, 1947, but the program did not begin regular broadcast until July. Some reviewers consider
Escape to be Suspense's little brother. In that line of thinking, High Adventure could be thought of as a distant cousin. Mutual started the show in the
Saturday evening, 9:30 time slot, and bounced it around until Jan 21, 1949, when the show moved to Sunday afternoons on NBC (Mutual Network shows were
notorious for developing a following and then moving to one of the more established networks). They landed Old Spice Aftershave as a sponsor. The High
Adventure scripts were based on original stories, in contrast to the many adaptations found on Escape. The shows used little subtlety in reaching towards
a masculine audience. The stories were written in a realistic, remarkably believable style. High Adventure was the defining moment in the protagonist's
life, and the outcome of the story would often hinge on his strength of character as much as his luck or expertise. The episodes feature the music of the
High Adventure orchestra, but the music takes a backseat to the language of the characters and the sound effects in establishing an extraordinarily realistic
atmosphere. The realism is the most striking element of High Adventure. A major league baseball catcher and pitcher in one episode play for a fictional team,
but the pennant race and locker room interaction are highly believable. In another episode, the hiss of air-compressors and the clanging of brass dive helmets
in a deep-sea diving episode take the listener to the deck of the boat in the sunny Caribbean. Listeners hear a cross-country semi-truck going through its upshifts.
NBC dropped High Adventure at the end of the 1950 season. Mutual retooled the show in January, 1953. The new version of the program featured George Sanders