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"Supercar" (1961) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1961-1962

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Supercar: Season 2: Episode 13 -- The famous ape jazz drummer King Kool lives near a friend of Beaker's. When the Doctor visits his friend, Mitch sneaks into his car to visit his drumming idol.
Supercar: Season 2: Episode 13 -- The famous ape jazz drummer King Kool lives near a friend of Beaker's.
Supercar: Season 2: Episode 12 -- The undersea transatlantic phone cable is being tampered with. Two divers in the employ of Masterspy are tapping onto it to get top secret information. Supercar is called in to stop them.
Supercar: Season 2: Episode 11 -- An alien from a planet of dreams lands on Earth. Mike goes to sleep and begins to dream.


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Release Date:
28 January 1961 (UK) See more »
Gerry Anderson's first science fiction Supermarionation series. Super Car was a prototype vehicle that could travel in the air... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 5)
David Graham ... Dr. Horatio Beaker / ... (39 episodes, 1961-1962)
Graydon Gould ... Mike Mercury / ... (39 episodes, 1961-1962)
Sylvia Anderson ... Jimmy Gibson / ... (39 episodes, 1961-1962)
George Murcell ... Professor Rudolph Popkiss / ... (26 episodes, 1961)

Series Directed by
Alan Pattillo (13 episodes, 1961-1962)
David Elliott (12 episodes, 1961-1962)
Desmond Saunders (10 episodes, 1961-1962)
Bill Harris (4 episodes, 1962)
Series Writing credits
Gerry Anderson (25 episodes, 1961-1962)
Hugh Woodhouse (22 episodes, 1961)
Martin Woodhouse (22 episodes, 1961)
Sylvia Anderson (17 episodes, 1961-1962)
Reg Hill (8 episodes, 1961)

Series Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... producer (39 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Original Music by
Barry Gray (4 episodes, 1961)
Series Cinematography by
John Read (4 episodes, 1961)
Series Film Editing by
Gordon Davie (4 episodes, 1961)
Series Art Direction by
Reg Hill (4 episodes, 1961)
Series Sound Department
Archie Ludski .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1961)
Series Special Effects by
Derek Meddings .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Julien Lugrin .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1961)
Series Music Department
Mike Sammes .... singer: theme song / singers: theme song (38 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Scott .... musician: flute & saxohone (4 episodes, 1961)
Barry Gray .... conductor (3 episodes, 1961)

Edwin Astley .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Sylvia Anderson .... dialogue director / dialogue direction (4 episodes, 1961)
Christine Glanville .... puppeteer (4 episodes, 1961)
Cecil Stavordale .... puppeteer (4 episodes, 1961)
Mary Turner .... puppeteer (4 episodes, 1961)
Roger Woodburn .... puppeteer (3 episodes, 1961)

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Additional Details

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30 min (39 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Although Gerry Anderson had been developing the process on previous TV series for several years, Supercar is considered the first true Supermarionation TV series. The format would continue (with continuous improvements over the years) until "The Secret Service" (1969).See more »
Doctor Beaker:Curious, most curious! The rubbish people do write. What can this man possibly know about 'Neurotic Anxieties in the New England Squirrel'?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Drawn in Supermarionation (2009) (V)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I had always thought that there would be a REAL Supercar by the 21st century, 8 October 2010
Author: texford1940 from Texas, United States

Supercar was my absolute favorite show when I was around eight or nine years of age in 1962-63. I had enough knowledge to understand even at that age, exactly what this vehicle was. It was the first anti gravity aircraft. I knew what turbines were, and I loved the sound of them, and Supercar Had them! But what made Supercar levitate was NOT jet propulsion (as a Harrier jet uses now), but you could hear another certain sound it made like a bunch of gyros all spinning in hyper-unison velocity or something along with the turbines, and in my young mind that produced this anti-gravity. And that music throughout each episode was so perfect! Every time the spacey sounding organ music started as they slowly opened the roof doors and the clouds above came into view in anticipation of another flight, my eyes were as big as saucers, and you could'nt have pulled me away from the t.v. for ANYTHING! And even to this day..true anti gravity is elusive. And there has'nt been anything like it since (Thunderbirds, Stingray, Fireball XL5 was good, but of a different caliber as was other Sci-fi's).

I had thought about Supercar at times all my life afterwards, and never got to see it again for decades until around 1998, when I found Gerry Anderson in the library book of "Who's Who", and after a little detective work, I found the first English PAL VHS video versions of the first 16 episodes, and had them converted to NTFS so they could play in U.S. VHS players, and once again even now at age still fascinated at what Supercar is, and the adventures & characters that surround it, and was stunned when the entire series of 39 episodes finally came out on DVD, and was so clear and sharp that you could see the strings on the puppets even better than before! Ha! (love it, LOVE IT!). You should hear Supercar fire up it's engines on a 200 watt 12 inch woofer tower speaker stereo system cranked up enough to rattle the windows and vibrate right through your gut! (I guess i'm a big kid at heart, ha!)

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