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Space Patrol was an old-time radio science fiction serial aimed at juvenile audiences. It ran for 129 episodes from October 1952 to March 1955, though a version of the series was broadcast as early as 1950. Patterned unabashedly after Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, the show had the distinction of being one of the only radio programs to have a concurrently running television counterpart. The same actors even performed on both shows.
The stories followed the adventures of Commander Buzz Corey (Ed Kemmer) of the United Planets Space Patrol and his young sidekick Cadet Happy (Lyn Osborn) — yes, Cadet Happy — as they faced nefarious villians with diabolical schemes. Not surprisingly for the time, some of these villians had Russian- or German-sounding accents. Cmdr. Corey and his allies were aided by such nifty gadgets as "miniature space-o-phones" and "atomolights." Episodes had titles like "Revolt of the Space Rats" and "The Menace of Planet X".
The special effects that were used in these half-hour episodes had to be real. For example, pistols that shot invisible rays were presented by pre-positioning a small explosive charge on the wall. An actor would point the prop at that spot, whereupon the special effects worker would throw the detonation switch. These effects could not have been superimposed on film, for the series was done live. For distribution to distant stations, an image of the screen was filmed; these films are called kinescopes and survive.
The show played directly to kids, and each episode shamelessly merchandised various toys based on the series during their commercial breaks. Even the ads for corporate sponsor Chex Cereals used the show's space opera motif in their pitches.
Naturally, the series lacked the adult sophistication of such shows as X Minus One, which focused on adapting short fiction by notable genre names as Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But as a throwback to the sort of "golden age" space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback, Space Patrol is prized by OTR collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable adventures.
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|Last Airing||Nov 30, -0001|
|Network||Syndicated / USA|
|Format/Time||Black & White / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Dick Tufeld.... Announcer
Jack Narz.... Announcer
Morgan Shaan.... Axel / Guard (6 episodes)
Lyn Osborn.... Cadet Happy
Virginia Hewitt.... Carol Carlisle
Ed Kemmer.... Cmdr. Buzz Corry
Glen Denning.... Cmdr. Kit Corry
Fred Howard.... Doctor Beck / Henry (6 episodes)
Ken Mayer.... Maj. Robbie Robertson
Lawrence Dobkin.... Marco / Raymo (7 episodes)
Marvin Miller.... Mr. Proteus / Captain Quick (13 episodes)
Bela Kovacs.... Prince Baccarratti / Adolph Werner (32 episodes)
Nina Bara.... Tonga
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