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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 »

Director:

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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RADIO'S GREATEST THRILL SHOW ZOOMS TO GLORY ON THE SCREEN! Captain Midnight battles enemy plotters in the mightiest of serials! See more »

Genres:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures 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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Chapter 11: Sky Terror (Certificate #7871) See more »

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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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Captain Superman?
29 July 2006 | by malvernpSee all my reviews

A friend of mine once attempted to explain to me the basic difference between the Republic and Columbia serials. Both had lots of slam bang action and great stunt work. But generally, the Republic serials placed their hero in great peril---and somehow allowed him/her to escape the danger at the last minute through an ingenious solution. On the other hand, the Columbia serials placed their hero in similar great peril----but more often than not----he/she actually went through the exposed danger---and escaped unharmed!

Now how could this happen to mere mortals-----unless these folks were really unknown relatives of Superman? Of course we were led to believe that Columbia's heroes (like Captain Midnight) were just like you and me---except that somehow they were endowed with a special gift allowing them to walk out of plane crashes, auto explosions and collapsed buildings with nothing more than dirty clothes and occasional wooziness! We should all be so lucky!

This serial is very representative of those from Columbia at its peak. Such an observation is not necessarily a compliment. The continuing displays of immortality by a "regular" human being can get a bit tiresome after awhile, and the viewer often longs for a more clever resolution of the cliffhanger situation than just for the hero to experience it without major consequences.

"Captain Midnight" has the usual low budget assortment of cheesy sets, repetitious situations, low-grade special effects and varying degrees of non-acting. But it sure does move along! In its own low-key corny way, "Captain Midnight" can be great fun to someone who is willing to suspend belief and a critical eye for 15 chapters of pure escapism!


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