The famed comics creator Milt Caniff created Terry
and the Pirates, an action-packed adventure newspaper
comics story that was adapted for radio. The first run
of the show in the late 30s is considered lost, but many
of the 1940s episodes are just as exciting as when kids
who are now grandparents thrilled to hearing them on the
Terry Lee is a young teenager who lives in the Orient,
and he's lucky enough to know some of the greatest fighting
guys a boy could imagine! Pat Ryan is Terry's best pal.
Flip Corkin and Hotshot Charlie, plus Connie the coolie,
and then there's Burma and Elita, who can fight too. Owen
Jordan played Terry through most of the war years, and
Bud Collyer, who was Superman
on radio, was one of several playing Pat Ryan. Great actress
Agnes Moorehead (of many old time radio shows including Suspense)
was one of the incarnations of the Dragon Lady. The casts
were solid, the acting great fun, and the music and sound
effects are action-packed. Commercials are for Libby Porducts
or Quaker Puffed Wheat or Puffed Rice!
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Marion Sweet - "The Dragon Lady"
from Terry and the Pirates The "pirates" are run by a beautiful baddie
called the Dragon Lady, and for years they have been the
scourge of the orient. But in the 1940s, Terry and his
pals are plunged into the War effort, and take up fighting
not only "Japs" but also Nazi spies and sabouterus
are thick in the orient, too!
The plots were written by Albert Barker, and veered wildly
off the pages of Caniff's well-developed comic strip,
but it didn't matter. It's great juvenile thriller radio,
even if the treasure is sometimes scratched and quite
a bit of it is now lost.
For other aviation adventure series, see also: Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen, Tailspin Tommy, Anne of the Airlines, Captain Midnight, Speed Gibson, Hop Harrigan, Sky King, Terry & the Pirates, Smilin' Jack, Sky King, and Sky Blazers..
For other great serials, see also: Jerry at Fair
Oaks, Adventures of Dick Cole,
Bobby Benson, Buck
Rogers, Dick Tracy, Flash
Gordon, Hop Harrigan,
Jungle Jim, Magic
Island, Sgt Preston,
Sky King, Speed
Gibson, Superman, and
Tom Mix. See also: Pirates Collection.