Frank Merriwell is a fictional character appearing in a series of novels and short stories by Gilbert
Patten, who wrote under the pseudonym Burt L. Standish. The character appeared in over 200 dime novels between 1896 and 1930 (some
between 1927 and 1930 were written by other authors with the same pen name), numerous radio dramas in 1934 and again from 1946 through
1949, a comic strip from 1928 through 1936, a comic book (four issues) Frank Merriwell At Yale, and a 12-episode serialized film in 1936.
The book series was relaunched (with a different author) in 1965, but only three books were published. The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
first ran on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 as a 15-minute serial airing three times a week at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Dr. West's
Toothpaste, this program starred Donald Briggs in the title role. Harlow Wilcox was the announcer. After a 12-year gap, the series returned
October 5, 1946 as a 30-minute Saturday morning show on NBC, continuing until June 4, 1949. Lawson Zerbe starred as Merriwell, Jean Gillespie
and Elaine Rostas as Inza Burrage, Harold Studer as Bart Hodge and Patricia Hosley as Elsie Belwood. Announcers were Mel Brandt and Harlow
Wilcox, and the Paul Taubman Orchestra supplied the background music.