Petri Wines, which at the time sponsored the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes over the Mutual Network, wanted a similar program to replace the show in the summer of 1946. The current writers of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Denis Green and Anthony Boucher, were asked to come up with another detective drama which would fit into the framework created for their Holmes series.
Gregory Hood, starring Gale Gordon, was a globe-trotting importer of antiquities, which gave him the urbane characterization and also provided a hook into the crimes he solved. During his working with antiquities, he often was pulled into the criminal aspect of the item he worked with. He was also often assisted by his attorney, Sanderon “Sandy” Taylor – a rather odd combination of crime solvers.