Escape's "Abominable Snowman" begins in Darjeeling, India as three men are about to embark on an expedition to capture one of the Yeti, the mysterious creatures reported by mountain climbing expeditions in the Himalayas since the early Twentieth Century. They hire a sherpa guide named Nasang who claims to have seen one. We learn from Nasang that the Yeti, also called the "Metoh-Kangmi", have evil faces. They sometimes leap and sometimes they run in great strides. He warns them that trying to capture one "will be a difficult thing."
The three Americans--Alan, Frank and Lane--are determined to capture a Yeti for their research into prehistoric animals. After four weeks of travel from Darjeeling, they arrive at the Rongbuk Monastery to interview with the lama. He grants them access on the condition that they do not kill anything on the mountain. Nasang informs them that he is unable to hire any porters for their expedition because the locals are afraid of upsetting the Yeti, who are cannibals. So, the four men start climbing Mt. Everest on their own. One by one, their small expedition faces the challenges of the mountain and an Abominable Snowman.
This episode was written and directed by Antony Ellis for Escape. It starred William Conrad as Lane, Anthony Berrett, Hy Averback, Jack Kruschen, and Edgar Barrier. Escape presented "The Abominable Snowman" on September 13, 1953. It is not to be confused with the 1957 British horror movie The Abominable Snowman.
The World Adventurer's Club was an early radio program from the 1930's that presented the adventure stories of its members, a seasoned group of daredevil gentleman and cosmopolites.
Sometimes these tales are pretty fantastic, but the episode "Hairy Wild Man" is just absurd. It begins as a Yeti story, but then becomes a story about a crazed Darwinist who kidnaps two missionaries in Mongolia to mate them with monkeys. Instead of looking for the "missing link," he wants to create one.
None of this rattles the sophisticates of the World Adventurer's Club one bit. After the story, they resume their brandy and cigars while their club quartet sings another hymnal.
"Hairy Wild Man" aired on December 20, 1932.
(Image of Mount Everest and the Rongbuk Monastery from Wikimedia Commons)