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Rod Brown's spaceship was the Beta.
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Last broadcast: 29 May 1954.
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Cliff Robertson was emphatic that this was to be his only TV series. He would rise on Saturdays at 4 a.m., drive to the CBS studios in uptown New York, go through dress rehearsal, and do the live broadcast at 11:30 a.m. EST. After the program he went over to the theatre where he was performing in "Late Love" with 'Elizabeth Montgomery' for a matinee and then an evening show. By 11pm he would be "stumbling around", as he later said. Robertson was also attending the Actors Workshop at the time. His salary for the part of "Rod Brown" was approximately $175 weekly.
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A lawsuit was filed against CBS shortly after this program aired, claiming that the similarities between this series and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950) were more than coincidental. These similarities included an identical cast structure (three young characters mentored by a veteran commander and the use of analogous terminology. The records concerning the lawsuit's outcome are nowhere to be found, but apparently, the show's producers were forced to destroy all of its kinescopes by court order: none survive today.
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