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Space Hero Files
"I Was There!"
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Master of space! Hero of science! Captain of the Video
Rangers! Operating from his secret mountain headquarters on
the planet Earth, Captain Video rallies men of good will and
leads them against the forces of evil everywhere! As he
rockets from planet to planet, let us follow the champion of
justice, truth and freedom throughout the universe! Stand
by for CAAAAAPTAAAAAIIIN VIIIIIIIDEEEEEOOOO... and his Video
COOOOOORRRBEEEETTTTT! SPACE CADET! Stand by to raise ship!
Blast-off minus five... four... three... two... one...
ZEEERRRROOOOOO! As roaring rockets blast off to distant
planets and far-flung stars, we take you to the age of the
Conquest of Space... with TOOOOOOOOMMMMM
COOOOORRBEEETTTTT, SPACE CADET!"
High adventure in the wild, vast reaches of space! Missions
of daring in the name of Interplanetary Justice! Travel
into the future with Buzz Corry, Commander-in-Chief of
the... SPAAAAAAAAACE PATROOOOOOOLL!"
If your 10th birthday fell between
the years 1949 to 1955, and your family (or the family of
your best friend!) was lucky enough to have a TV set, and
your fantasies were fuelled by planets, rockets and
dinosaurs, then you watched and loved the three great live
Golden-Age television programs aimed squarely at you:
CAPTAIN VIDEO AND HIS VIDEO RANGERS, TOM CORBETT SPACE
CADET, and SPACE PATROL.
The fact that the shows were done live, with Captain Video
on 5 or 6 days per week, Tom Corbett on 3, and Space Patrol
on Saturdays only, meant that kids could watch sometimes 10
programs per week! Being live meant that special effects
and sets were primitive, camera angles were straightforward,
and Space Heros were often hampered by space hatches that
refused to open on cue, space helmets that fell off, or
guest stars who forgot all their lines or recited the lines
for another part. This only added to the charm of the
broadcasts. Each show, apart from the thrills that were
scripted, was a breathless race to end on time while
overcoming all technical or human obstacles that cropped up.
Over the years I have managed to collect and preserve some
photos that bring these programs back to me vividly in
memory, and I would like to share them with you here.
Space Navigation Decoder Key
Space Hero Files
A fond tip of the plastic bubble space helmet with crazy inflatable vinyl tubes and air tanks to Jean-Noel Bassior for valuable information, corrections and commentary; and, to Allen Harris for information and many rare photos; and, to Beth Flood for incredible one-of-a-kind photos; and, to George Proctor for lovely computer artwork. Most of all, our undying gratitude to Frankie Thomas (Tom Corbett himself!) and to Jan Merlin (Roger Manning in the flesh!) for their indispensable personal contributions to this website.
For time-sensitive space scoop, check out our
SPACE NOTICE BOARD.
Comments? Corrections? Criticisms? Memories to share?
The most detailed and accurate Web source for correct
information about the Golden Age of Space Adventure TV
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET,
ROCKY JONES SPACE RANGER,
ROD BROWN OF THE ROCKET RANGERS,
MEN INTO SPACE,
and of course
Also, follow these links for the radio adventures of
TOM CORBETT and
Offers exclusive interviews with pioneers of the Golden Age
of Television who worked on science fiction and space
"I Was There!"
Frankie Thomas and Jan Merlin recall the daily grind of
being TV space heroes.
News You Can Use
Frequently updated, current to the week and the moment, fast-breaking news of interest to old Space Rovers can be found here.
Reports on the current
activities and whereabouts, including personal appearances,
of the pioneering TV spacemen.
Need a video tape of one of the early 1950s space adventure
programs, do you? Good luck! But here are a few sources to
get you started.
Offers a collection of rare and unusual snapshots related to
the Space Hero era... including one-of-a-kind action
Offers unusual, unpublished artwork, as well as ultra-rare
photographs and images related to the Space Hero era.
Space Toy Box
Surveys briefly the box-top premiums offered by, and store
toys tied into, the Space Hero programs.
Discusses plastic model kits (or the lack thereof) inspired
by the Space Adventure movies and TV programs of the early
Offers a quick jump into the Time Machine. Believe us, and
forget modern films and TV programs supposedly set in the
1950s... This is really what the 1950s were like. We all
Discusses the (surprisingly few) printed and filmed sources
for much of the design and imagery seen in the early 1950s
Space Adventure TV programs.
Devoted to e-mail and other input from our treasured
readers. The information-packed, memory-rich cosmic
correspondence is in the order received, archived by year.
Devoted to the very brief but vivid overlap between movie
serials and space adventure on TV.
Honest, accurate reviews of recently available items
of interest to old Cadets, Patrollers, and Rangers.
A sort of trading card collection provided directly from us
to you. No mail-in quarters or boxtops needed! Enjoy!
Space Hero Files II
A grab-bag of information, particularly on book and comic
book tie-ins to the Space Adventure programs, as well as the
very few (and generally unreliable) "reference" books
Directs you to other worthy (and other-worldly) sites
devoted to early 1950s space adventurers, and related
Space Roll Call
Our attempt to contact anyone with a vivid memory from
CAPTAIN VIDEO or any other live 1950s space adventure
program, as well as any surviving members of cast and crew,
or friends or family of cast and crew, or owners of artwork
and props. Let us hear from you!!!
Intergalactic dispatches here.