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Captain Video and His Video Rangers 

"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Don Hastings Don Hastings ...  The Video Ranger / ... 63 episodes, 1949-1955
Al Hodge ...  Captain Video / ... 58 episodes, 1950-1955
Ben Lackland Ben Lackland ...  Commissioner of Public Safety Charles Carey 30 episodes, 1951-1955
Hal Conklin Hal Conklin ...  Dr. Pauli 30 episodes, 1949-1955
Fred Scott Fred Scott ...  Communications Officer Rogers / ... 29 episodes, 1949-1955
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"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off future, fighting the evil Dr. Pauli of the Astroidal Society and a bunch of other baddies (Nargola, Mook, Kul, Clysmok). The show appeared nightly Mon-Fri, featured many outlandish weapons and techno-gimmicks, and was run on a minuscule prop budget. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Death-Defying Danger... Awe-Inspiring Thrills Await the Courage and Genius of Captain Video and His Video Rangers! See more »


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1949 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The show's theme song was the beginning of the overture to Richard Wagner's opera "Der Fliegender Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)" See more »

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Nargola: I said... take him to the greasing pits! Captain Video has delayed long enough. The pretense that he is here as our guest is over! The formula for protonic energy... or the Ranger's life! Let Captain Video make his choice!
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Referenced in Gleason (2002) See more »

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Overture to The Flying Dutchman
by Richard Wagner
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Captain Video rehearsal
22 June 2009 | by bbertholSee all my reviews

As a little kid, I remember taking the Radio City tour. We walked through a studio where Captain Video Al Hodge, and Ranger Don Hasting, were rehearsing a show. It was supposed to take place under water. The two actors were sitting on barstools, scripts in hand for the read through. The camera was shooting them through a fish tank, with goldfish swimming around. No special effects budget, indeed! All us kids watched the show, which was very imaginative.

In those early days of TV, the first family in a neighborhood to get a TV would often have to host the neighbors' kids, especially for popular shows. As has happened with flat screen TVs, and the first color TVs, they went through the "tavern stage," where bars would buy the first expensive sets most families couldn't afford, to attract customers with sports events, etc. As sets became more affordable, families bought their own. Today's sports bars seem derivations of the tavern stage.

Also interesting to note, in the early days of TV, there were only a few channels, so audiences pretty much all saw the same shows. With today's proliferation of satellite and cable channels, each has a much smaller share of audience. Except for major sports events, and things like the JFK funeral, presidential inaugurations, etc., we share fewer common experiences than in those days.


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