Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949–1955)

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"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off ... See full summary »

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Captain Video, late of the expansive and immensely popular TV science-fiction series "Captain Video and His Video Rangers", addressed the audience from his secret mountain headquarters to ... See full summary »

Stars: Al Hodge
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Don Hastings ...
 The Video Ranger (44 episodes, 1949-1955)
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 Captain Video (42 episodes, 1951-1955)
Ben Lackland ...
 Commissioner of Public Safety Charles Carey (30 episodes, 1951-1955)
Hal Conklin ...
 Dr. Pauli (28 episodes, 1949-1954)
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"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off future, fighting the evil Dr. Pauli of the Astroidal Society and a bunch of other baddies (Nargola, Mook, Kul, Clysmok). The show appeared nightly Mon-Fri, featured many outlandish weapons and techno-gimmicks, and was run on a minuscule prop budget. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Death-Defying Danger... Awe-Inspiring Thrills Await the Courage and Genius of Captain Video and His Video Rangers!


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Set in the 22nd century, there were 51+ serialized stories in all, totaling 1,537 episodes. The show was 30 minutes in length, but for the first few years approximately half of the program consisted of serialized excerpts from old B-Westerns. Thes segments were supposed to depict Video's "agents". Eventually - likely by Summer, 1952 - these clips were phased out in favor of full length Captain Video adventures. In mid-September, 1953, the program reverted to a 15 minutes running time. Until late in 1950 there was no Wednesday episode, but it was seen on Saturday. (NOTE: This statement is questionable.) By 1951, the series' level of sophistication had become much more finely-honed. Scripts came from top science-fiction writers and consultants, and many Broadway stage actors were cast. At its peak, over 125 stations carried the series, including many non-DuMont affiliates. The first TV-to-Hollywood spin-off, a 15-chapter serial from Columbia Pictures (Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere (1951) with a different cast), came from this program in 1951, and a Saturday-morning TV series (The Secret Files of Captain Video (1953)) began in 1953. However, despite the program's immense popularity, the DuMont network's insurmountable problems caused it to cease operations by 1955. While other DuMont programs were continued on other networks, DuMont refused to sell "Captain Video" to NBC, and Al Hodge returned as the Captain to host a local cartoon/documentary film series over New York station WABD, the former DuMont flagship. DuMont's television archive was destroyed by a successor after it's collapse. The total number of stories is probably closer to 100, and the episodes may number higher than 1,537, but remaining information only accounts for 51 stories. See more »

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Command Officer Rogers: Captain Video! Electronic wizard! Master of time and space! Guardian of the safety of the world! Fighting for law and order, Captain Video operates from a mountain retreat with secret agents at all points of the globe. Possessing scientific secrets and scientific weapons, Captain Video asks no quarter and gives none to the forces of evil. Stand by for Captain Video and his Video Rangers!
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: U.N., the Night and the Music (1983) See more »

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Overture to The Flying Dutchman
by Richard Wagner
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The Pioneer!
1 April 2000 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Who would have thought that a space adventure show could be done with (1) no special effects budget, (2) no prop department, (3) no wardrobe department, (4) sets that generally consisted of blank walls, (5) no space suits or space ships, and (6) a minimum of action? Well, Captain Video for its first year fit these conditions precisely! Yet it became wildly popular. It was more like radio than television, with the active imaginations of the young viewers having to fill in the many blanks. It would have probably continued to be broadcast indefinitely, 30 to 15 min per day, 3 to 5 days per week, if the always underfunded DuMont network had not gone bankrupt in 1955.


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