Captain Midnight was a daring, jut-jawed war hero who led a mysterious government group known as the Secret Squadron. Midnight, his comic sidekick Icky, and the rest of the Squadron ... See full summary »
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 Aristotle 'Tut' Jones (24 episodes, 1954-1956)
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Captain Midnight was a daring, jut-jawed war hero who led a mysterious government group known as the Secret Squadron. Midnight, his comic sidekick Icky, and the rest of the Squadron traveled around the globe stomping out evil. When the show went into syndication, Midnight's name became Jet Jackson, and the show's title was changed. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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(39 episodes)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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In the 1950s, there was an earlier "Captain Midnight" weekly TV series. As in the later series, starring Richard Webb in the title role, this program was also sponsored "Ovaltine". It aired Saturdays on CBS TV, with an (uncredited) "Captain Midnight",as the show's host. This version presented several Republic theatrical serials , with one episode, aired each week. One serial that was featured, "The Crimson Ghost" (1946), is still one of the rarest and scariest, with the arch enemy Ash, played by an "unmasked "Clayton Moore. See more »

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Aristotle 'Tut' Jones: You were my friend when nobody else knew I was alive. We were an odd combinaton: the campus hero and the greasy grind.
Captain Midnight: You taught me all I know about science; I could never teach you anything about football.
Ichabod Mudd: Gosh! Nobody could teach me anything.
Captain Midnight: Ikky, if you weren't the best flight engineer in 70 states, I'd never made it back from that last recon run in Korea.
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Referenced in The Bob Cummings Show: Bob Gets Harvey a Raise (1958) See more »

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This was one of the shows I watched religiously after school.
27 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Does anybody remember what kind of plane Captain Midnight flew in the 50's show? They used to identify it in the closing credits--as I recall it was a Douglas aircraft. I barely remember the show from it's run as "Captain Midnight". I watched it quite a bit when it was syndicated as "Jet Jackson".

Looking back, the convenient appearances of Secret Squadron members whenever and wherever Captain Midnight got into trouble was pretty contrived. I remember an episode where the Captain and Icky were locked in a basement. A sweet little old lady was toddling by, saw them through the window, reached into her little bag, and pulled out her Squadron communicator to call SQ 3. From the perspective of the paranoid 21sr century it seems sort of creepy. Loved it at the time, though.


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