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Captain Midnight (1942)

Secret Service Major Steel (Joseph W. Girard), is one of the few men in America aware of the fact that Captain Albright (Dave O'Brien) is also Captain Midnight, daring masked aviator ... See full summary »

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James W. Horne

Writers:

Basil Dickey (screenplay), George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dave O'Brien ... Captain Albright / Captain Midnight
Dorothy Short Dorothy Short ... Joyce Edwards
James Craven James Craven ... Ivan Shark
Sam Edwards ... Chuck Ramsey
Guy Wilkerson ... Ichabod 'Icky' Mudd
Bryant Washburn ... John Edwards
Luana Walters ... Fury Shark
Joseph W. Girard ... Major Steel (as Joe Girard)
Ray Teal ... Borgman- Henchman #8
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... Dr. James Jordan
Chuck Hamilton ... Martel- Henchman #7 (as Charles Hamilton)
Al Ferguson Al Ferguson ... Gardo- Henchman #5
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Secret Service Major Steel (Joseph W. Girard), is one of the few men in America aware of the fact that Captain Albright (Dave O'Brien) is also Captain Midnight, daring masked aviator dedicated to fighting gangsters and enemies of America. When murderous bombing attacks are made on West Coast munitions plants, Steel sends for Albright and asks him to track down the mysterious Ivan Shark (James Craven), the foreign agent mastermind behind the attacks. Shark has learned about an ingenious range finder, invented by John Edwards (Bryant Washburn, and makes plans to obtain a model of the invention. Edwards instructs his daughter, Joyce (Dorothy Short), to bring the model to Albright for safekeeping in his mountain laboratory. Shark takes Edwards prisoner by Albright assures Joyce that her father will be saved and an end put to Shark's reign of terror. Dressing as Captain Midnight and enlisting the aid of his friends, Chuck (Sam Edwards) and Ichabod Mudd (Guy Wilkerson), Captain Midnight ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Zooming into new and ever greater perils, Captain Midnight fights on! See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitán de media noche See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Narrator: Captain Midnight! His country calls and aviation's greatest hero flies again in a one-man war against crime. The odds seem unsurmountable, yet his courage never flags. Single-handed, through fog and sleet and snow, he daily risks his life in the cause of justice. And while he lives, the underworld dares not rest!
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I'm still waiting for something to happen...
12 December 1999 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

It's been two weeks since I watched Captain Midnight...and I'm still waiting for one thing to happen: Have a plot develop.

Now don't get me wrong, Dave O'Brien was great in the title role. This stuntman deserved another shot in front of the camera with his face unmasked for all the great work he's done over the years. But, I wish it could have been in something good.

Let's see, at the start there is some bombing being done, in such a way you can't tell if you should be cheering or jeering the bombers. Of course, the bombers are only mentioned again once later in the serial. There are a lot of bad interior plane sets, a lot of thugs going in and out of jail, a lot of impersonations with voice-overs, and the good Captain and Ikky, whose only real similarities to the radio series characters are their names and the fact they fly planes.

I love Columbia's serials...they produced by all-time favorite, The Vigilante, but this is definitely not one of their best efforts. Someone somewhere was definitely not drinking their Ovaltine.


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