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Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere (1951)

Space hero Captain Video battles the evil Vultura on the planet Atoma.


Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet), Wallace Grissell (as Wallace A. Grissell)


Royal K. Cole (screenplay), Sherman L. Lowe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Judd Holdren ... Captain Video
Larry Stewart Larry Stewart ... Ranger
George Eldredge 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 Jimmy Stark ... Ranger Rogers
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Henchman Beal [Chs. 1, 7, 11]
Zon Murray ... Henchman Elko [Chs. 1, 7, 10-14]


Space hero Captain Video, the leader of a group of crime-fighters known as the Video Rangers. Who battles the evil interplanetary menace, dictator Vultura on the planet Atoma, and his lackey, the traitorous earth scientist Dr. Tobor who are planning to conquer the earth. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Tinted Sequences by CINECOLOR See more »


Sci-Fi | Adventure


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Release Date:

27 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Cinecolor sequences)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


New gadgets introduced during episodes of this serial include, in no particular order: an isotopic radiation curtain, a space platform, an atomic eye, a cloak of invisibility, an infracs projector, scanning goggles, an apex cannon, a diathermic impulsor, an electronic timelock, an optical scelometer, a sonic air cushion, a diathermic accelerator, a muray camera, a rombic materializer, an anadetonator, an electronic gun, a robot car, a super geiger counter, a sonic barrier, a jet mobile, mechanical men,a static beam,cosmic vision, paralysis gas, the Whitney eye, a scanning screen, a magnetic impulse detector, an infra x beam, a static beam, a flying disc, an astro viewer, a psychomatic weapon, a scanoscope and an electronic disintegrator. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Say Goodnight, Gracie (1983) See more »

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10 February 2006 | by bobsluckycatSee all my reviews

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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