Captain Midnight (serial)

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Captain Midnight
Captain Midnight.jpg
Directed by James W. Horne
Produced by Larry Darmour
Written by Basil Dickey
George Plympton
Wyndham Gittens
Jack Stanley
Screenplay, based on the radio serial of the
same name created by
Wilfred G. Moore and Robert M. Burtt.
Starring Dave O'Brien
Dorothy Short
James Craven
Bryant Washburn
Sam Edwards
Guy Wilkerson
Narrated by Knox Manning
Music by Lee Zahler
Cinematography James S. Brown Jr.
Black and white
Edited by Dwight Caldwell
Earl Turner
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • 1942 (1942)
Running time
270 minutes
15 episodes
Country United States
Language English

Captain Midnight (1942) was the 17th serial released by Columbia Pictures. It was based upon the radio adventure serial of the same name broadcast from 1938 to 1949.


Captain Midnight was only one of the many aviation serials released in wartime whose leading characters were derived from early pulp magazines and radio favorites. In this serial, Captain Albright is an extremely skilled aviator better known as Captain Midnight, who is assigned to neutralize the sinister Ivan Shark, an evil enemy scientist who is bombing major American cities. Our hero leads the Secret Squadron, whose staff includes Chuck Ramsay who is Midnight's ward and Ichabod 'Icky' Mudd, the Squadron's chief mechanic. Shark has developed a highly efficient mercenary organization, being aided by his daughter Fury who is highly intelligent and second in command, Gardo the henchman and Fang, an Oriental ally. Unfortunately, Shark is after a new range finder invented by the altruistic scientist, John Edwards, whose beautiful daughter, Joyce, the villains attempt to capture to blackmail the inventor.


Dave O'Brien Captain Albright / Captain Midnight
Dorothy Short Joyce Edwards
James Craven Ivan Shark
Bryant Washburn John Edwards
Sam Edwards Chuck Ramsey
Guy Wilkerson Ichabod 'Icky' Mudd
Luana Walters Fury Shark
Joe Girard Major Steel
Ray Teal Borgman, henchman
George Pembroke       Dr. James Jordan
Chuck Hamilton Martel, henchman
Al Ferguson Gardo, henchman
Franklyn Farnum G-Man Allen
George Magrill Red, henchman
Edward Peil Sr. Fang
Jack Perrin Cop
Lee Shumway G-Man Burns
Slim Whitaker Police Car 27 patrolman

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Mysterious Pilot
  2. The Stolen Range Finder
  3. The Captured Plane
  4. Mistaken Identity
  5. Ambushed Ambulance
  6. Weird Waters
  7. Menacing Fates
  8. Shells of Evil
  9. The Drop to Doom
  10. The Hidden Bomb
  11. Sky Terror
  12. Burning Bomber
  13. Death in the Cockpit
  14. Scourge of Revenge
  15. The Fatal Hour



This serial was released in Latin America in November 1942, under the title El Capitán Medianoche, in English with Spanish subtitles.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 232. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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