Captain Midnight (serial)

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
Directed byJames W. Horne
Produced byLarry Darmour
Written byBasil 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.
StarringDave O'Brien
Dorothy Short
James Craven
Bryant Washburn
Sam Edwards
Guy Wilkerson
Narrated byKnox Manning
Music byLee Zahler
CinematographyJames S. Brown Jr.
Black and white
Edited byDwight Caldwell
Earl Turner
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 1942 (1942)
Running time
270 minutes
15 episodes
CountryUnited States


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'BrienCaptain Albright / Captain Midnight
Dorothy ShortJoyce Edwards
James CravenIvan Shark
Bryant WashburnJohn Edwards
Sam EdwardsChuck Ramsey
Guy WilkersonIchabod 'Icky' Mudd
Luana WaltersFury Shark
Joe GirardMajor Steel
Ray TealBorgman, henchman
George Pembroke      Dr. James Jordan
Chuck HamiltonMartel, henchman
Al FergusonGardo, henchman
Franklyn FarnumG-Man Allen
George MagrillRed, henchman
Edward Peil Sr.Fang
Jack PerrinCop
Lee ShumwayG-Man Burns
Slim WhitakerPolice Car 27 patrolman

Chapter titles

  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


  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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