Captain Starr of Space

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Overview

Captain Starr of Space (AKA Starr of Space) (1953-1954) was a twice-weekly OTR juvenile science fiction adventure series with Martian thieves, space ships, ray guns, and exciting galactic adventures.

Significance

Possibly, only four episodes survive.

Background

Following the rocket trails of Tom Corbett Space Cadet and Space Patrol, Captain Starr of Space had all the elements of the 1950's space mania: Martian thieves, space ships, ray guns, and exciting galactic adventures. The show was based on characters created by Tom Hubbard, who wrote the episodes and played Cadet Sergeant Stripes.

Plot

Captain Starr and his Space Rangers travel throughout the galaxy aboard their spaceship, Shooting Star, dealing with criminals and fulfilling secret missions in space.

Cast

Captain Rocky Starr (John Larch (1914-2005. Also had a semi-regular role on Space Patrol as Captain Smith.)
Gale Archer; Captain Starr's assistant (Jane Harlan)
Cadet Sergeant Stripes, writer (Tom Hubbard)
Writer (John Egger)
Announcer (Lou Cook)

Resources

Captain Starr of Space radio logs at Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs website
Episodes at Internet Archive
Episodes at Old Time Radio Researchers Group Library website
Captain Starr of Space at Old Time Radio Researchers Database

Episodes

Totals

Total episodes: perhaps 75
Surviving episodes: Perhaps 8
Circulating episodes: 4
Listen to surviving episodes at Internet Archive

Timeline

2 June 1953-27 May 1954
Broadcast on the American Broadcast Corporation (ABC) radio Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 PM.

Inventory

Information and description for each episode of the series. Learn more.

Surviving Episodes
  • Episode 2

    The Mystery of Mars
    Episode 2, 4 June 1953
    (aka "Citizens of Mars")

  • Episode 13

    The Queen Nilo Incident
    Episode 13, 14 July 1953
    (aka "The Ray Machine")

  • Episode ?

    The Carnumian Return
    1953
    A visit from a Neptunian scientist dead for fifty years! An Armed Forces Radio and Television Services rebroadcast.

  • Episode ?

    The Mericus Plague
    1953
    A Venusian native chief has the secret to save the Earth colonists from disease. An Armed Forces Radio and Television Services rebroadcast.