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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Stars: Al Hodge, Don Hastings, Werner Klemperer
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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 »

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Don Hastings ...
 The Video Ranger (32 episodes, 1949-1955)
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 Captain Video (30 episodes, 1951-1955)
Ben Lackland ...
 Commissioner of Public Safety Charles Carey (29 episodes, 1951-1955)
Hal Conklin ...
 Dr. Pauli (27 episodes, 1949-1954)
Fred Scott ...
 Communications Officer Rogers / ... (14 episodes, 1949-1955)
Ed Condit ...
 Announcer / ... (13 episodes, 1951-1955)
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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 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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On one occasion, an episode ended with "Captain Video" and "The Video Ranger" encountering a lab explosion. As this was strictly live TV, and "Captain Video" had to go quickly from one scene to another, the next days' episode began with "Captain Video", as usual, in the control tower, with facial bandages quite visible, under his helmet. 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 They Went to the Stars (1980) See more »

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Overture to The Flying Dutchman
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My first larger-than-life hero
1 October 2006 | by (Western PA, United States) – See all my reviews

Captain Video, flying fearlessly from planet to planet, protecting the universe from evil, introducing a little child to space ships, exotic peoples and worlds, robots, science, and science fiction. What a legacy to the world! Captain Video is the pioneer who made possible Star Trek and Star Wars and countless other flights of the imagination.

The stories were hokey, the special effects were nonexistent, even the Polaris and the Galaxy were obviously little plastic models with sparks coming out their exhausts, but none of that was important. The courage and the excitement of traveling to strange places and meeting exotic people and bravely defending the weak and the helpless were the things that mattered, the things that lasted through the years, the things that inspired the future.


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