Terry and the Pirates (TV series)

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Terry and the Pirates
John Baer Terry Pirates television.JPG
John Baer as Terry Lee.
Genre Adventure
Written by Frank Burt
Milton Caniff
Oliver Crawford
Norman S. Hall
Arthur Pierson
Lou Rusoff
Barney A. Sarecky
Directed by Lew Landers
Arthur Pierson
Starring John Baer
Jack Reitze
William Tracy
Sandra Spence
Gloria Saunders
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18
Executive producer(s) H. Alexander MacDonald
Producer(s) Warren Lewis
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Editor(s) Robert Golden
Maurice Wright
Running time 30 mins.
Original network Syndication
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release June 26 – November 21, 1953

Terry and the Pirates is an American adventure series based on Milton Caniff's comic strip, was telecast from June 26, 1953 to November 21, 1953. The syndicated series ran for 18 episodes and was produced by Don Sharpe Enterprises.[1] Canada Dry Ginger Ale was the show's original sponsor.


USAAF Colonel Terry Lee (John Baer) heads to the Far East to locate a gold mine he inherited from his grandfather. Once in the Orient, Lee becomes a pilot with Air Cathay, a cargo and passenger airline owned and operated by the cunning Chopstick Joe (Jack Reitzen), who is not always honest. His friend and co-pilot is Charles C. Charles, aka Hotshot Charlie (William Tracy), while the romantic interest is provided by the attractive blonde Burma (Sandra Spence). Lee has several encounters in thirteen episodes with his beautiful and mysterious nemesis, Lai Choi San, aka The Dragon Lady (Gloria Saunders). In the pilot episode, "Macao Gold", Chopstick Joe was portrayed by Jack Kruschen and Burma was played by Mari Blanchard.

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In 1951 Sam Katzman obtained the film rights to the comic strip from Douglas Fairbanks Jr but no film resulted. [2]

Other Media[edit]

In 2007 Alpha Home Entertainment released four DVD sets of the episodes. Packaged with four episodes per Volume there are only sixteen of the eighteen. Episode 17 "Overseer" and 18 "The Diamond Maker" were not included. The episodes are not compiled in any order. The Sets have been available from re-sellers on the internet. [3]


  1. ^ http://free-classic-tv-shows.com/Adventure/Terry-and-the-Pirates/1953-s1-ep01-Macao-Gold/index.php
  2. ^ FOX MOVIE STUDIO SUSPENDS GRABLE: Actress' Refusal to Appear in 'Girl Next Door' Leads to Action--Film Starts July 1 By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 02 May 1951: 49.
  3. ^ Amazon.com

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