MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN COLLECTING OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS FOR A LONG TIME NOW. HE LISTENS TO THEM WHILE HE IS WORKING IN THE DARKROOM.
WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SHARE THEM WITH OTHERS SO THEY COULD ENJOY THEM ALSO.
Tom Corbett blasted into "outer" space first in comics and newspaper comics, and had already blasted onto the small TV screen as one of the first TV kiddie's series in 50s. The same cast that did the TV show did the radio version, like Space Patrol did. Of course, there was no reason not to…the sponsor Kellogg's was pleased to get the kids as fans both ways. Jackson Beck, great radio announcer and actor (Hop Harrigan, Cisco Kid, Bluto on Popeye cartoons) counted down to the 1/2-hours exciting adventures of the Solar Guards on "distant planets and far-flung stars."
Based loosely on the Robert A. Heinlein novel, Space Cadet, and bringing along some space baggage from Flash Gordon and radio's classic Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the stories are really quite good. They center around the voyages of the space ship Polaris, whose crew includes pilot Tom Corbett (Frankie Thomas), Tom's best buddy, the often hot-headed Astrographer Roger Manning (Jan Merlin), Astro, the alien from Venus who handled the Powerdeck, Dr. Joan Dale (Margaret Garland) and Captain Strong (Edward Boyce.) Commander Arkwright, head of the Space Academy, is played by Carter Blake.
The episodes are heavy on action, with good special sound effects for the blastings and power thrusters, and carry along with the action a very definite pride in Space Academy procedures and principals. In that sense, it was a forerunner of Star Trek that was still far off in the future.
Tom Corbett is remember fondly by young sci-fi fans as a thrilling show with very strong dialog ("Aw, go blow your jets…") and plenty of action taking care of space baddies that often sound just like hometown thugs. Imagine Hop Harrigan going into the Solar Guards 400 years from now. Tom Corbett, Space Cadet was there, rocketing into the future and adventure!
THERE ARE 44 Episodes ON 1 CD AND THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT. THEY WILL PLAY ON ANY COMPUTER AND SOME CD PLAYERS THAT ARE MARKED PLAYS MP3s. YOU CAN EASILY BURN THEM TO A CD SO YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR CAR SYSTEM. I HAVE THEM ON MY ZUNE AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS THEM ON HIS I-POD. REMEMBER THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT AND WILL NOT PLAY ON MOST CD PLAYERS.
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