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Captain Midnight

This flying adventure with mysterious Captain Midnight and his pals Chuck Ramsey and Patsy Donovan was sponsored by Skelly Oil and took an exciting and melodramatic view of aviation adventure.

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Captain Midnight
Juvenile flying serial
West Coast 1939-40
National Mutual 1940-49

Captain Midnight - Chuck Ramsey ......... Cap. Midnight ...... Patsy Donovan (Skelly) The tolling of a bell, the roar of a plane, and it's Captainnnn Midnight! Announcer Don Gordon's intro signaled flying adventure with that mysterious Captain Midnight and his pals Chuck Ramsey and Patsy Donovan. The successor to Skelly Oil's previous show, The Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen, Captain Midnight took an even more exciting and melodramatic view of aviation adventure.

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Captain Midnight, played by Bill Bouchey in the early Skelly west coast transcriptions and Ed Prentiss on Mutual, acted and sounded very similar to that Masked Man. Captain Midnight was Captain Red Albright, a flying ace in the Great War, and he continues battling evil such as master criminal like Ivan Shark. Shark's henchmen are a wonderful bunch of stooges that serve his every evil whim. Shark's frustration and ridicule of their incompetence is great fun. Shark's an exemplary baddie, played in mini-Lorrie style by Boris Aplon.

The adventures are in exotic locals, with twists and turns in the plots that gives the show a serial format and reminds the listener of the more sophisticated I Love a Mystery. It's like Superman, too, in its overdrawn crooks and genre plot devices. Hop Harrigan was created later by the same writing team, and Hop took off with radio's young aviators as well.

The early West Coast shows with Announcer Don Gordon's appeals for Skelly Oil Company are classic old time radio, as he is always needling the kids to tell their parents something about automobiles or gas, like not nursing the brakes, or adding air to the tires.

captain Midnight Old Time Radio ProgramImagine getting the job of writing commercials for an audience who by law don't use the product (except for air in their bikes tires!) Gordon does a manly job. Especially on those super Captain Midnight Flight Patrol premiums! Thousands of kids joined up, and impatiently awaited the next free thing they could get.

In 1940, the show went national with Ovaltine sponsoring. It had changes in the plot, announcer and characters. Ivan Shark was still circling menacingly, but another baddie with an Oriental accent, the "Barracuda," joins the fray, and the exploits of Captain Midnight's Secret Squadron became even more mysterious. Of course, the shadows of war are why the series gets a little darker, and the Squadron does its part in the effort as American enters WWII. Midnight, a WWII veteran says to a girl Secret Squadron member, "War is terrible, Joyce, but if those rats win, then freedom loses."

For other aviation adventure series, see also: Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen, Airplanes and Pilots in Old Time Radio, Anne of the Airlines, Air Stories of the World War, Captain Midnight,Hop Harrigan, Howie Wing, A Saga of Aviation, Rare Aviation Old Time Radio Shows, Sky King, Speed Gibson, Tailspin Tommy, Terry & the Pirates, Sky King, Sky Blazers and Smilin' Jack,

For other great serials, see also: True Adventures of Junior G-Men, Jack Armstrong the All American Boy, Jerry at Fair Oaks, Adventures of Dick Cole, Bobby Benson, Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon, Hop Harrigan, Jungle Jim, Magic Island, Sgt Preston,Speed Gibson, Superman, Terry and the Pirates, and Tom Mix.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    55 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 13 hours, 18 min
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      55 shows - total playtime 13 hours 18 minutes
      1. Captain Midnight 391017 Episode01.mp3
      2. Captain Midnight 391018 Episode02.mp3
      3. Captain Midnight 391019 Episode03.mp3
      4. Captain Midnight 391020 Episode04.mp3
      5. Captain Midnight 391023 Episode05.mp3
      6. Captain Midnight 391024 Episode06.mp3
      7. Captain Midnight 391025 Episode07.mp3
      8. Captain Midnight 391026 Episode08.mp3
      9. Captain Midnight 391027 Episode09.mp3
      10. Captain Midnight 391030 Episode10.mp3
      11. Captain Midnight 391106 Episode15.mp3
      12. Captain Midnight 391107 Episode16.mp3
      13. Captain Midnight 391108 Episode17.mp3
      14. Captain Midnight 391109 Episode18.mp3
      15. Captain Midnight 391110 Episode19.mp3
      16. Captain Midnight 391113 Episode20.mp3
      17. Captain Midnight 391114 Episode21.mp3
      18. Captain Midnight 391115 Episode22.mp3
      19. Captain Midnight 391116 Episode23.mp3
      20. Captain Midnight 391117 Episode24.mp3
      21. Captain Midnight 391120 Episode25.mp3
      22. Captain Midnight 391121 Episode26.mp3
      23. Captain Midnight 391122 Episode27.mp3
      24. Captain Midnight 391123 Episode28.mp3
      25. Captain Midnight 391124 Episode29.mp3
      26. Captain Midnight 391127 Episode30.mp3
      27. Captain Midnight 391128 Episode31.mp3
      28. Captain Midnight 391129 Episode32.mp3
      29. Captain Midnight 391130 Episode33.mp3
      30. Captain Midnight 391201 Episode34.mp3
      31. Captain Midnight 391204 Episode35.mp3
      32. Captain Midnight 391205 Episode36.mp3
      33. Captain Midnight 391206 Episode37.mp3
      34. Captain Midnight 391207 Episode38.mp3
      35. Captain Midnight 391208 Episode39.mp3
      36. Captain Midnight 391211 Episode40.mp3
      37. Captain Midnight 391212 Episode41.mp3
      38. Captain Midnight 391213 Episode42.mp3
      39. Captain Midnight 391214 Episode43.mp3
      40. Captain Midnight 391215 Episode44.mp3
      41. Captain Midnight 391218 Episode45.mp3
      42. Captain Midnight 391219 Episode46.mp3
      43. Captain Midnight 391220 Episode47.mp3
      44. Captain Midnight 391221 Episode48.mp3
      45. Captain Midnight 391222 Episode49.mp3
      46. Captain Midnight 391225 Episode50.mp3
      47. Captain Midnight 400930 1st show.mp3
      48. Captain Midnight 401001 2nd show.mp3
      49. Captain Midnight 431009 Phillippines Fight On.mp3
      50. Captain Midnight 480318 Jewels Queen Sheba.mp3
      51. Captain Midnight 490110 Return of Ivan Shark.mp3
      52. Captain Midnight Assignment Under the Sea.mp3
      53. Captain Midnight Destruction of the Nazi Submarine B.mp3
      54. Captain Midnight Flying Ruby.mp3
      55. Captain Midnight Silver Dagger Strikes.mp3
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    55 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 13 hours, 18 min
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      55 shows - total playtime 13 hours 18 minutes
      1. Captain Midnight 391017 Episode01.mp3
      2. Captain Midnight 391018 Episode02.mp3
      3. Captain Midnight 391019 Episode03.mp3
      4. Captain Midnight 391020 Episode04.mp3
      5. Captain Midnight 391023 Episode05.mp3
      6. Captain Midnight 391024 Episode06.mp3
      7. Captain Midnight 391025 Episode07.mp3
      8. Captain Midnight 391026 Episode08.mp3
      9. Captain Midnight 391027 Episode09.mp3
      10. Captain Midnight 391030 Episode10.mp3
      11. Captain Midnight 391106 Episode15.mp3
      12. Captain Midnight 391107 Episode16.mp3
      13. Captain Midnight 391108 Episode17.mp3
      14. Captain Midnight 391109 Episode18.mp3
      15. Captain Midnight 391110 Episode19.mp3
      16. Captain Midnight 391113 Episode20.mp3
      17. Captain Midnight 391114 Episode21.mp3
      18. Captain Midnight 391115 Episode22.mp3
      19. Captain Midnight 391116 Episode23.mp3
      20. Captain Midnight 391117 Episode24.mp3
      21. Captain Midnight 391120 Episode25.mp3
      22. Captain Midnight 391121 Episode26.mp3
      23. Captain Midnight 391122 Episode27.mp3
      24. Captain Midnight 391123 Episode28.mp3
      25. Captain Midnight 391124 Episode29.mp3
      26. Captain Midnight 391127 Episode30.mp3
      27. Captain Midnight 391128 Episode31.mp3
      28. Captain Midnight 391129 Episode32.mp3
      29. Captain Midnight 391130 Episode33.mp3
      30. Captain Midnight 391201 Episode34.mp3
      31. Captain Midnight 391204 Episode35.mp3
      32. Captain Midnight 391205 Episode36.mp3
      33. Captain Midnight 391206 Episode37.mp3
      34. Captain Midnight 391207 Episode38.mp3
      35. Captain Midnight 391208 Episode39.mp3
      36. Captain Midnight 391211 Episode40.mp3
      37. Captain Midnight 391212 Episode41.mp3
      38. Captain Midnight 391213 Episode42.mp3
      39. Captain Midnight 391214 Episode43.mp3
      40. Captain Midnight 391215 Episode44.mp3
      41. Captain Midnight 391218 Episode45.mp3
      42. Captain Midnight 391219 Episode46.mp3
      43. Captain Midnight 391220 Episode47.mp3
      44. Captain Midnight 391221 Episode48.mp3
      45. Captain Midnight 391222 Episode49.mp3
      46. Captain Midnight 391225 Episode50.mp3
      47. Captain Midnight 400930 1st show.mp3
      48. Captain Midnight 401001 2nd show.mp3
      49. Captain Midnight 431009 Phillippines Fight On.mp3
      50. Captain Midnight 480318 Jewels Queen Sheba.mp3
      51. Captain Midnight 490110 Return of Ivan Shark.mp3
      52. Captain Midnight Assignment Under the Sea.mp3
      53. Captain Midnight Destruction of the Nazi Submarine B.mp3
      54. Captain Midnight Flying Ruby.mp3
      55. Captain Midnight Silver Dagger Strikes.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    55 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 18 min

    Disc A001

    1. Captain Midnight Assignment Under the Sea
    2. Captain Midnight Destruction of the Nazi Submarine B
    3. Captain Midnight Flying Ruby

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    Disc A002

    1. Captain Midnight Silver Dagger Strikes
    2. Captain Midnight 391017 Episode01
    3. Captain Midnight 391018 Episode02
    4. Captain Midnight 391019 Episode03
    5. Captain Midnight 391020 Episode04

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    Disc A003

    1. Captain Midnight 391023 Episode05
    2. Captain Midnight 391024 Episode06
    3. Captain Midnight 391025 Episode07
    4. Captain Midnight 391026 Episode08

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    Disc A004

    1. Captain Midnight 391027 Episode09
    2. Captain Midnight 391030 Episode10
    3. Captain Midnight 391106 Episode15
    4. Captain Midnight 391107 Episode16

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    Disc A005

    1. Captain Midnight 391108 Episode17
    2. Captain Midnight 391109 Episode18
    3. Captain Midnight 391110 Episode19
    4. Captain Midnight 391113 Episode20

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    Disc A006

    1. Captain Midnight 391114 Episode21
    2. Captain Midnight 391115 Episode22
    3. Captain Midnight 391116 Episode23
    4. Captain Midnight 391117 Episode24

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    Disc A007

    1. Captain Midnight 391120 Episode25
    2. Captain Midnight 391121 Episode26
    3. Captain Midnight 391122 Episode27
    4. Captain Midnight 391123 Episode28

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    Disc A008

    1. Captain Midnight 391124 Episode29
    2. Captain Midnight 391127 Episode30
    3. Captain Midnight 391128 Episode31
    4. Captain Midnight 391129 Episode32

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    Disc A009

    1. Captain Midnight 391130 Episode33
    2. Captain Midnight 391201 Episode34
    3. Captain Midnight 391204 Episode35
    4. Captain Midnight 391205 Episode36

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    Disc A010

    1. Captain Midnight 391206 Episode37
    2. Captain Midnight 391207 Episode38
    3. Captain Midnight 391208 Episode39
    4. Captain Midnight 391211 Episode40

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    Disc A011

    1. Captain Midnight 391212 Episode41
    2. Captain Midnight 391213 Episode42
    3. Captain Midnight 391214 Episode43
    4. Captain Midnight 391215 Episode44

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    Disc A012

    1. Captain Midnight 391218 Episode45
    2. Captain Midnight 391219 Episode46
    3. Captain Midnight 391220 Episode47
    4. Captain Midnight 391221 Episode48

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    Disc A013

    1. Captain Midnight 391222 Episode49
    2. Captain Midnight 391225 Episode50
    3. Captain Midnight 400930 1st show
    4. Captain Midnight 401001 2nd show

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    Disc A014

    1. Captain Midnight 431009 Phillippines Fight On
    2. Captain Midnight 480318 Jewels Queen Sheba
    3. Captain Midnight 490110 Return of Ivan Shark

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