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Royal K. Cole (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
27 December 1951 (USA) See more »
The hottest hero of all, in the greatest of all serials! See more »
Space hero Captain Video battles the evil Vultura on the planet Atoma. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Judd Holdren ... Captain Video
Larry Stewart ... Ranger
George Eldredge ... Dr. Tobor
Gene Roth ... Vultura

Don C. Harvey ... Gallagher (as Don Harvey)

William Fawcett ... Alpha [Chs. 1-3, 7, 15]

Jack Ingram ... Henchman Aker [Chs. 1, 7, 10-14]

I. Stanford Jolley ... Zarol [Chs. 8-9]
Skelton Knaggs ... Retner
Jimmy Stark ... Ranger Rogers
Rusty Wescoatt ... Henchman Beal [Chs. 1, 7, 11]

Zon Murray ... Henchman Elko [Chs. 1, 7, 10-14]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bailey ... Prof. Dean's Butler [Chs. 4-5, 11] (uncredited)
Roy Butler ... Real Vault Guard [Ch. 9] (uncredited)

Tristram Coffin ... Prof. Anton Dean [Chs. 4-5, 11] (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Prof. Felix Markham [Chs. 4-5] (uncredited)

Bruce Edwards ... Agent 34 [Ch. 4] (uncredited)

Frank Ellis ... First Hijack Thug [Ch. 9] (uncredited)

Tommy Farrell ... Atoma Head Soldier [Ch. 2] (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Charlie - Janitor Thug [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)

Terry Frost ... Agent 29 [Ch. 1] / Agent 172 [Ch. 3] (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Theros Man (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Henchman [Ch. 14] (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... J. R. Wade - Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety [Chs.11-13] (uncredited)

Fred Kelsey ... Laboratory Guard [Ch. 1] (uncredited)

Pierce Lyden ... Space Platform Operator [Chs. 4-5] (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... Henchman [Chs. 13-14] (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Vulturian Soldier [Ch. 15] (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Hijacked Truck Passenger [Ch. 9] (uncredited)

Lee Roberts ... Henchman [Chs. 1, 7] (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Space Platform Operator-Observer [Chs. 4-5] (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Theros Man (uncredited)

Rick Vallin ... Ranger Brown [Chs. 7-8, 11, 13] (uncredited)

Wally West ... Henchman [Chs. 10-12] (uncredited)

Directed by
Spencer Gordon Bennet  (as Spencer Bennet)
Wallace Grissell  (as Wallace A. Grissell)
Writing credits
Royal K. Cole (screenplay) and
Sherman L. Lowe (screenplay) and
Joseph F. Poland (screenplay)

George H. Plympton  story (based on characters from Captain Video and His Space Rangers) (uncredited)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Cinematography by
Fayte M. Browne  (as Fayte Browne)
Film Editing by
Earl Turner 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
Production Management
Herbert B. Leonard .... production manager (as Herbert Leonard)
Art Department
Glenn Cravath .... poster artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jack Erickson .... special effects
Franz Dallons .... props (uncredited)
Oscar Dallons .... props (uncredited)
Paul Dallons .... props (uncredited)
Howard Swift .... special animation effects (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Moree Herring .... set continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Captain Video" - USA (short title)
"Captain Video, Hero of Outer Space!" - USA (reissue title)
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287 min
Color (Cinecolor sequences) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

In the first chapter, one of the shots establishing the headquarters of Captain Video, is stock footage of the Alabama Hills, California.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In chapter 11, Captain Video slightly stumbles over his line "in this area" while being secretly recorded. However, during the playback, the Captain says his line perfectly.See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Fun with Gadgets, 3 June 2002
Author: Ged-12 from Stourbridge, England

I've yet to see a really great Columbia serial, they all seem to go on too long, and this didn't break the mould. It took me a long time to track down a copy (thank God for video) and it was black & white, missing the Cinecolor tinted sequences, but beggars can't be choosers. Planet Atoma looks dusty, and is ruled by despot Vultura, everyone is dressed in costumes left over from a "Buck Rogers" serial and he wants to rule the universe, starting with Earth! Captain Video and a young man who every one calls "Ranger" take him on. Between them they have a Gadget for every emergency and some left over, and space flight is as easy as catching the local bus.....but It's fun. By the way in all of the 15 episodes there's not one girl.

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