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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?

The theatrical posters featured artwork by Hollywood poster artist and commercial illustrator Glenn Cravath.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999) (TV)See more »


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I like Serials but..., 10 February 2006
Author: bobsluckycat from Holiday FL

I missed Captain Video in the theatre in 1951. It played on an usual morning bill (for our town)for 15 weeks with cartoons and shorts. This was before most of the hinterlands had TV. We had heard about Captain Video, even seen the comic book, however this serial, even with the tinted sequences now available on DVD, bears absolutely no relationship to the TV series except for the name. I recently bought the DVD set and I must say even for Columbia and Sam Katzman this is just about, no make that the worst serial they even put out. Judd Holdren as the Captain comes across as very gay at times, not a lot of character development. Not much outer space goings on either. The villains on the red tinted sequences (especially poor Gene Roth)are dressed as Mongolian Tartars. The good guys on the green tinted sequences are all dressed as Arabs, everything else in outer space and on earth is in black and white. Special effects? Don't ask. The episodes and the cliff-hangers (where you can call them that) are just ridiculous by any standards. Knowing full well that this was directed towards 8 year old kids of 1951 and written by a veteran crew of serial writers, its an ungodly disaster! Approach it at your own risk.

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