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Captain Midnight (1942)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 15 February 1942 (USA)
Secret Service Major Steel (Joseph W. Girard), is one of the few men in American aware of the fact that Captain Albright (Dave O'Brien) is also Captain Midnight, daring masked aviator ... See full summary »



(screenplay), (screenplay) (as George Plympton) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Short ...
James Craven ...
Guy Wilkerson ...
Luana Walters ...
Joseph W. Girard ...
Major Steel (as Joe Girard)
Borgman- Henchman #8
George Pembroke ...
Dr. James Jordan
Chuck Hamilton ...
Martel- Henchman #7 (as Charles Hamilton)
Al Ferguson ...
Gardo- Henchman #5


Secret Service Major Steel (Joseph W. Girard), is one of the few men in American aware of the fact that Captain Albright (Dave O'Brien) is also Captain Midnight, daring masked aviator dedicated to fighting gangsters and enemies of America. When murderous bombing attacks are made on West Coast munitions plants, Steel sends for Albright and asks him to track down the mysterious Ivan Shark (James Craven), the foreign agent mastermind behind the attacks. Shary has learned about an ingenious range finder, invented by John Edwards (Bryant Washburn, and makes plans to obtain a model of the invention. Edwards instructs his daughter, Joyce (Dorothy Short), to bring the model to Albright for safekeeping in his mountain laboratory. Shark takes Edwards prisoner by Albright assures Joyce that her father will be saved and an end put to Shark's reign of terror. Dressing as Captain Midnight and enlisting the aid of his friends, Chuck (Sam Edwards) and Ichabod Mudd (Guy Wilkerson), Captain Midnight ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ENEMY SPIES DREAD HIM...GANGS BATTLE HIM...YOU'LL THRILL TO HIM! Radio's ace fighting aviator...in a great action serial! See more »


Action | Adventure


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Release Date:

15 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitán de media noche  »

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Technical Specs


(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter 7: Menacing Fates (Certificate #7867) See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Captain Midnight! His country calls and aviation's greatest hero flies again in a one-man war against crime. The odds seem unsurmountable, yet his courage never flags. Single-handed, through fog and sleet and snow, he daily risks his life in the cause of justice. And while he lives, the underworld dares not rest!
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Referenced in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) See more »

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I wish all Columbia serials were this good
2 November 2002 | by (Dunstable, Ma) – See all my reviews

I believe, like most serial buffs, that Republic made the best serials. After watching the 1948 Columbia serial Superman which was mostly talk and poor special effects, I was reluctant in purchasing the 1942 Captain Midnight. Boy! was I surprised. This serial did not let up for a minute. Dave O'Brien was perfect as Captain Midnight and James Craven was one of the best heavies ever. Something must have happened after 1942 because all the Columbia serials that I saw from that time on were cheasy. If Superman had been made with the Captain Midnight production values and stuntman Ted Mapes as Superman, that would have been a great serial.

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