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Terry and the Pirates 

Colonel Terry Lee travels to the orient in search of a gold mine left to him by his grandfather. While searching, he is a pilot employed by a "no questions asked" airline run by Chopstick ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
John Baer ...  Terry Lee 17 episodes, 1952-1953
Jack Reitzen ...  Chopstick Joe 15 episodes, 1953
Gloria Saunders ...  Dragon Lady 13 episodes, 1952-1953
William Tracy ...  Hotshot Charlie / ... 13 episodes, 1952-1953


Colonel Terry Lee travels to the orient in search of a gold mine left to him by his grandfather. While searching, he is a pilot employed by a "no questions asked" airline run by Chopstick Joe. His friend and co-pilot is Hotshot Charlie. His love interest is a girl named Burma. He and his friends are constantly in hot water, thanks to the mysterious Dragon Lady, as they fly from one exotic location to the next. Written by anonymous

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25 November 1952 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Tracy played Terry Lee's sidekick, Hotshot Charlie, in this TV series, but in the serial version of Milton Caniff's comic strip, Terry and the Pirates (1940), he played the title role. See more »


Referenced in The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (2008) See more »

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An American adventurer enjoys romance and excitement in the East.
23 April 2006 | by dougbrodeSee all my reviews

I was maybe seven years old . . . we had one of the first TV sets on the block . . . and I heard a promo for a new series called TERRY AND THE PIRATES. There wasn't much for a kid to watch in 1952, so being a big fan of TREASURE ISLAND, I literally began doing a dance . . . until my father explained that these weren't "those kind of pirates . . . but modern ones . . . after WWII" . . . when the East was alive with turmoil. Sounded way too political for me, but I figured I'd give it a chance. Two minutes in, I was hooked. Big time. There was Terry, the typical American he-man hero, flying planes for a none too trustworthy Asian owner of a seedy airline. And Terry's sidekick Hot-Shot Charlie, who reminded me of Mickey Rooney. Or a road company version thereof. But what made the show click was the villainess . . . The Dragon Lady. It was love at first sight. Most of my buddies had a crush on Burma, the slightly soiled American blonde night club singer who resembled Marilyn Monroe. Or a road company version thereof. Not me. It was the evil, if irresistibly so, Dragon Lady from day one. She slithered about in silk skirts. One year later I'd discover the Catwoman in BATMAN comics, and Dragon Lady would have some real competition when it came to my fantasy dreams of gorgeous bad girls. For a brief while, the Dragon Lady ruled supreme. She'd be up to her nefarious crimes and always slip away at the last moment, to strike again. The following week, I'd be there waiting to watch. In the old days, TERRY ran Sunday afternoons in New York on the old Dumont Channel 5. A ginger ale company sponsored the show and gave away free TERRY comics with a sixpack. THE DRAGON LADY STRIKES BACK was my all time favorite. Does a copy still exist anywhere in the world? I'm sure I'm not the only collector who would love to get ahold of it again! Several years later, when LAWMAN premiered on ABC, the publicity said young star Peter Brown was the son of the woman who had played The Dragon Lady. I never believed them.

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