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Captain Midnight
Aviation adventure radio serial, 1938-49

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Captain Midnight (later rebranded on television as Jet Jackson, Flying Commando) is a U.S. adventure franchise first broadcast as a radio serial from 1938 to 1949. The character's popularity throughout the 1940s and into the mid-1950s extended to serial films (1942), a television show (19541956), a syndicated newspaper strip (1942-late 1940s), and a comic book title (19421948).

Sponsored by the Skelly Oil Company, the Captain Midnight radio program was the creation of radio scripters Wilfred G. Moore and Robert M. Burtt, who had previously scored a success for Skelly with their boy pilot adventure serial The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen.

Developed at the Blackett, Sample and Hummert advertising agency in Chicago, Captain Midnight began as a syndicated show in 1938, airing through the spring of 1940 on a few Midwest stations, including Chicago's WGN. In 1940, Ovaltine, a product of The Wander Company, took over sponsorship. With Pierre Andre as announcer, the series was then heard nationally on the Mutual Radio Network where it remained until 1942. It moved to the Merchandise Mart and the NBC Blue Network in September 1942. When the U.S. Government broke up the NBC Red and Blue Networks, Ovaltine moved the series back to Mutual, beginning September 1945, where it remained until December 1949.

The title character, originally Captain Jim "Red" Albright, was a World War I U.S. Army pilot. His Captain Midnight code name was given by a general who sent him on a high-risk mission from which he returned at the stroke of 12. When the show began in 1938, Albright was a private aviator who helped people, but his situation changed in 1940. When the show was taken over by Ovaltine, the origin story explained how Albright was recruited to head the Secret Squadron, an aviation-oriented paramilitary organization fighting sabotage and espionage during the period prior to the United States' entry into World War II. The Secret Squadron acted both within and outside the United States.

When the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor, which curiously was foreshadowed in the program, the show shifted the Secret Squadron's duties to fight the more unconventional aspects of the war. Besides the stock villain, Ivan Shark, the war years introduced Axis villains Baron von Karp, Admiral Himakito and von Schrecker. The Secret Squadron wartime activities were usually outside the continental United States, with adventures in Europe, South America, the Pacific, and continental Asia. War-related subject matter included the theft of an experimental Flying Wing aircraft, radar coupled antiaircraft guns, jet aircraft and other weapons.

After the war, some of the newer villains used war surplus equipment to carry out their activities. Secret Squadron activities shifted to contending with criminals as well as spies. The action continued to operate internationally, with adventures in South America and Africa as well as within the United States.

The show was extremely popular, with an audience in the millions. Just under half the listeners were adult, and it was a favorite of World War II United States Army Air Force crews when they were stationed in the US. Radio premiums offered by the series (usually marked with Midnight's personal symbol of a winged clock with the hands pointing to midnight) included decoders. These Code-O-Graphs were used by listeners to decipher encrypted messages previewing the next day's episode, usually broadcast once a week. Other premiums included rings, telescopes, and World War II items. (The broadcast messages were encrypted with relatively trivial monoalphabetic substitution ciphers with word division.)

The scripts depicted women who were treated as equals, not just characters waiting to be rescued. Both Joyce Ryan of the Secret Squadron and Fury Shark, daughter of villain Ivan Shark, pulled their own weight in the adventures. Joyce went on commando raids and became involved in aerial dogfights during World War II.

  1. Captain Midnight Promo #1 (0.6Mb)
  2. Captain Midnight Promo #2 (0.7Mb)
  3. Captain Midnight Promo #3 (0.6Mb)
  4. Captain Midnight Promo #4 (0.7Mb)
  5. Captain Midnight Promo #5 (1.1Mb)
  6. Captain Midnight Promo #6 (0.9Mb)
  7. Captain Midnight Promo #7 (0.9Mb)
  8. Captain Midnight Promo #8 (0.9Mb)
  9. Captain Midnight Promo #9 (0.9Mb)
  10. Captain Midnight Promo #10 (1.1Mb)
  11. Photographic Mission (1939-03-29) (3.4Mb)
  12. Establishing a Hidden Airfield (1939-04-21) (6.5Mb)
  13. Steve Has Crashed (1939-05-23) (3.9Mb)
  14. Questions for Perada (1939-10-17) (3.2Mb)
  15. Under Attack from One of Shark's Planes (1939-10-18) (3.2Mb)
  16. Patrick and Pinky Search Grounds, and See Something! (1939-10-19) (3.1Mb)
  17. Our Friends Rest (1939-10-20) (3.1Mb)
  18. Shark and Fury Search Major Steele's Cabin (1939-10-23) (3.3Mb)
  19. The Perada Treasure (1939-10-24) (3.2Mb)
  20. Chuck Responds to the Signal (1939-10-25) (3.3Mb)
  21. Sharks' Pilot Escapes (1939-10-26) (3.3Mb)
  22. Captain Midnight and Chuck Return to Juan's Lodge (1939-10-27) (3.3Mb)
  23. One of Shark's Planes Razzes Captain Midnight (1939-10-30) (3.3Mb)
  24. The Mexican Supper is Interrupted (1939-11-06) (3.2Mb)
  25. Shark Tries to Discover the Location of the Treasure (1939-11-07) (3.3Mb)
  26. Juan Gets Good News (1939-11-08) (3.3Mb)
  27. Pablo's Mexican Jumping Beans (1939-11-09) (3.3Mb)
  28. Delores Tries to Kill Ivan Shark (1939-11-10) (3.2Mb)
  29. Patsy and Chuck Explore the Cave (1939-11-13) (3.3Mb)
  30. Shark Searches for Delores (1939-11-14) (3.3Mb)
  31. Chuck Falls into Underground River (1939-11-15) (3.3Mb)
  32. Plans to Rescue Delores (1939-11-16) (4Mb)
  33. At Last - the Hacienda (1939-11-17) (3.3Mb)
  34. Trying to Break Thru a Cave-In (1939-11-20) (3.4Mb)
  35. An Unlikely Alibi (1939-11-21) (3.3Mb)
  36. Shark Prepares a Deadly Trap (1939-11-22) (3.4Mb)
  37. Captain and Chuck Avoid the Trap, and Death! (1939-11-23) (3.4Mb)
  38. Escape, But Now Under Fire (1939-11-24) (3.3Mb)
  39. Chuck and Delores Escape, But Are Being Followed (1939-11-27) (3.3Mb)
  40. Forced to Make a Sudden Landing (1939-11-28) (3.2Mb)
  41. The Perada Treasure (1939-11-29) (3Mb)
  42. Shark Questions One of His Pilots (1939-11-30) (3.3Mb)
  43. Senor Lutro Informs Shark of Change of Plans (1939-12-01) (3.3Mb)
  44. Successful Takeoff! (1939-12-04) (3.3Mb)
  45. Captain and Juan Take Off on a Night Flight (1939-12-05) (3.3Mb)
  46. Captain and Juan Tangle With Shark's Chief Pilot (1939-12-06) (3.3Mb)
  47. Pinky and Slim Are Missing (1939-12-07) (3.3Mb)
  48. The Cattle Drive (1939-12-08) (3.3Mb)
  49. A Forced Landing in the Path of Cattle (1939-12-11) (3.3Mb)
  50. Chuck and Patsy Escape (1939-12-12) (3.2Mb)
  51. Shark's Sinister Plans (1939-12-13) (3.2Mb)
  52. Shark's Men Take Over the Valley (1939-12-14) (4Mb)
  53. Captain Explains His Signal to Patsy (1939-12-15) (4.1Mb)
  54. After Parachuting, Chuck is Attacked by Guardo (1939-12-18) (4.1Mb)
  55. Refuse in an Aztec Temple (1939-12-19) (4.1Mb)
  56. Footprints (1939-12-20) (4Mb)
  57. Captain Meets Lutro and Von Grif (1939-12-21) (4.2Mb)
  58. Lutro and Von Grif Watch as Shark and Fury Plan (1939-12-22) (4.2Mb)
  59. Falling into Shark's Deadly Plan (1939-12-25) (4.1Mb)
  60. A Plan to Thwart a Plan (1939-12-26) (3.4Mb)
  61. Juan and Patsy Voice Concern over Captain and Chuck (1939-12-27) (3.4Mb)
  62. Taken Prisoner by Lutro and Von Grif (1939-12-28) (5Mb)
  63. Captain Midnight Leads Attack of Hacienda (1939-12-29) (5.1Mb)
  64. The Hacienda is Ours! (1940-01-02) (4.8Mb)
  65. An Amazing Discovery (1940-01-03) (4.7Mb)
  66. The Treasure Has Disappeared (1940-01-05) (4.8Mb)
  67. Shark's Secret Landing Field (1940-01-08) (4.9Mb)
  68. An Early Morning Talk (1940-01-10) (3.2Mb)
  69. A Mysterious Cry for Help (1940-01-12) (3.3Mb)
  70. Where's the Voice Coming From? (1940-01-15) (3.5Mb)
  71. Patsy Spots a Broken Airplane Wing (1940-01-17) (3.4Mb)
  72. Bud Must Go to the Hospital - Now! (1940-01-19) (3.5Mb)
  73. Captain Has a Plan (1940-01-22) (1.7Mb)
  74. Smoke Floating over a Nearby Ridge (1940-01-24) (3.4Mb)
  75. Chuck Asks Mr Gillis for Dynamite (1940-01-26) (3.4Mb)
  76. Dynamiting the Trees (1940-01-29) (3.4Mb)
  77. Chuck Successfully Takes Off (1940-01-31) (3.4Mb)
  78. After a Good Night's Sleep - Surprise! (1940-02-02) (3.3Mb)
  79. On Their Way to See Chuck (1940-02-05) (3.4Mb)
  80. Captain and Patsy Discuss Chuck's Disappearance (1940-02-07) (3.4Mb)
  81. Chuck Last Seen with Mysterious Stranger (1940-02-09) (3.4Mb)
  82. What Did Chuck Do? (1940-02-12) (3.4Mb)
  83. Chuck Arrested by Government Man (1940-02-14) (3.4Mb)
  84. Chuck and Frank Land to Investigate Strange Plane (1940-02-16) (3.4Mb)
  85. Plans to Search for Chuck (1940-02-19) (3.4Mb)
  86. Imprisoned in Shark's Plane (1940-02-21) (3.4Mb)
  87. A Smuggler's Shack (1940-02-23) (3.4Mb)
  88. Captain Believes No One is in Charge of Chuck's Plane (1940-02-26) (3.4Mb)
  89. Chuck Learns Shark's Sinister Plan (1940-02-28) (3.4Mb)
  90. Shark Sends a Telegram to Captain Midnight (1940-03-01) (3.4Mb)
  91. The Telegram (1940-03-04) (3.4Mb)
  92. Chuck Talks to Shark Aboard Shark's Plane (1940-03-06) (1.7Mb)
  93. Captain Demands to Hear Chuck's Voice (1940-03-08) (3.4Mb)
  94. Chuck Will Talk to Captain Midnight Tonight (1940-03-11) (3.4Mb)
  95. Shark Issues an Ultimatum (1940-03-13) (3.4Mb)
  96. Shark Tells Fury His Plans (1940-03-15) (3.4Mb)
  97. Shark Demands Answer Within 24 Hours (1940-03-18) (3.4Mb)
  98. Chuck Gets Disturbing News (1940-03-20) (3.5Mb)
  99. Flying to Point of Shark's First Broadcast (1940-03-22) (3.4Mb)
  100. Chuck Transmits Secret Message (1940-03-25) (3.4Mb)
  101. Captain Midnight Finds Shark's Hideout (1940-03-27) (3.4Mb)
  102. Origin show (First Mutual broadcast) (1940-09-30) (5.9Mb)
  103. Shark Tries to Destroy the Group (1940-10-01) (3.4Mb)
  104. The Secret Squadron Attacks Shark's Submarine (1941-06-09) (6.7Mb)
  105. Chuck and Joyce Are Prisoners of the Tiger Tong (1941-10-24) (6.8Mb)
  106. Assignment Under the Sea (1942-10-08) (6.6Mb)
  107. Fighting with Commandos (1942-11-24) (6.7Mb)
  108. Destruction of the Nazi Submarine Base (1942-12-30) (6.6Mb)
  109. Trapped by the Nazis (1943-02-16) (6.6Mb)
  110. Challenge of the Crossed Swords (1943-02-22) (6.6Mb)
  111. The Silver Dagger Strikes (1943-04-09) (6.6Mb)
  112. The Silver Dagger Strikes (1943-04-12) (6.6Mb)
  113. The Secret Squadron Strikes (1943-05-26) (6.6Mb)
  114. The Philippines Fight On (1943-10-09) (3.3Mb)
  115. Signal from the Sky (1943-12-02) (6.6Mb)
  116. East of Formosa (1943-12-08) (6.4Mb)
  117. Japanese Bombers Shot Down (1944-01-17) (6.7Mb)
  118. The Dive Bombers Fight (1944-01-20) (2.7Mb)
  119. Captain Midnight Shot Down (1944-01-21) (6.6Mb)
  120. Prisoner of the Japs (1944-01-24) (6.7Mb)
  121. Mountain Battle (1944-04-20) (6.5Mb)
  122. Dangerous Flight (1944-11-01) (6.5Mb)
  123. Double Cross (1946-08-14) (6.7Mb)
  124. The Slave Smugglers (1947-03-12) (6.5Mb)
  125. The Map of Mystery (1947-04-07) (6.6Mb)
  126. We Who Are About to Die (1947-04-21) (2.5Mb)
  127. Stolen Star (1947-05-14) (3.4Mb)
  128. The Jewels of the Queen of Sheba (1948-03-26) (3.5Mb)
  129. The Return of Ivan Shark (1948-12-08) (13.8Mb)
  130. Secret Submarine Base (1949-01-10) (2.9Mb)
  131. Phantom Rustler (1949) (2.5Mb)
  132. The Flying Ruby (1949) (15.7Mb)

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