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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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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The show was able to tap the talents and resources of the Broadway stage during its run. A number of well-known writers and players were able to work on the series. In its first two seasons, the writing staff included Willie Gilbert, George Lowther, Larry Weinstock and Carey Wilber, among others. From 1951 to 1955, the writers included James Blish, Arthur C. Clarke, Damon Knight, Cyril M. Kornbluth, J.T. McIntosh, Robert Sheckley and Jack Vance, among others. See more »

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Command Officer Rogers: Kismetized! Yesterday, to their horror, Captain Video and the Ranger learned the meaning of that strange word. Nargola, the power-mad dictator of the planet Heitok, has turned the machine against the people and by use of high-frequency oscillation is able to stun them into blindly obeying his every command. When Captain Video saw it happen to the Ranger, he was grimly determined to put an end to Nargola's evil power, but Nargola has other plans...
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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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