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The Secret Files of Captain Video 

This innovative half-hour science-fiction anthology aired live each Saturday morning. Captain Video (Al Hodge) was the catalyst that brought science-fiction and reality together in a ... See full summary »
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Al Hodge ...  Captain Video 12 episodes, 1953-1954
Don Hastings Don Hastings ...  The Video Ranger 10 episodes, 1953-1954
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This innovative half-hour science-fiction anthology aired live each Saturday morning. Captain Video (Al Hodge) was the catalyst that brought science-fiction and reality together in a creative showcase for dramatization of the works of well known authors. Strong character development and adult themes, a hallmark of the two Captain Video series, kept a positive look of quality within the storyline threads. Written by Louis Rugani

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USA

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English

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5 September 1953 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Episode titles include "The Box"; "Revolt of the Machines"; "His First Command"; "Blaster Martin"; "Envoy of Death"; "The Glop"; "Into Thin Space"; "The Plague Ship"; "Tooth and Claw"; "The Wendigo"; and "The Q Effect", episodes one and two. Some of the episodes were either untitled or their titles have not yet surfaced. See more »

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Spun-off from Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949) See more »

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An innovative and interpersonal, almost-interactive prequel to the "Captain Video" series.
28 March 2000 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

I recall the Captain, seated in a vacant theatre stage setting, talking directly to the audience about his past experiences and adventures in command of the spaceship Galaxy, and later the Galaxy II. He would speak of his first meetings with friends, colleagues and enemies ... and the scene would dissolve into the prequel sequences, and then we'd flash back to those earlier times, seeing those first-time interactions with already-familiar characters developing for ourselves.

It was a creative time for live television. Those involved strove for excellence. And this series, "The Secret Files of Captain Video", told its stories intelligently and most imaginatively, which explains the great appeal it held for fans of all ages, as had its parent program "Captain Video and His Video Rangers".

To mix the one-on-one reality of a stage setting with the fictional locales of high space adventure was daring, but the Captain made it happen with aplomb.

In this age of formulaic Saturday-morning pap, this early-television creativity takes on a lot of credit from those of us who saw it as it happened. Unfortunately, there are no known surviving kinescopes, so our numbers will dwindle away eventually. But perhaps some new-generation producer will catch the spark and carry it on. It could happen; it happened before.


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