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following log is presented in two parts. Part A is a line listing by date and
title (or description) for a quick reference. Part B is a detailed listing
of shows with reference to actors and authors. Some problems have occurred in
locating early shows and many dates are from trader's catalogs. A 1976 request
made to the ABC radio network for any information on dates and/or story lines
of the TC radio show was unsuccessful. Now, with over 50+ years distance from
the original source, a 100% accurate log may not be possible.
current log was updated from research conducted by Martin Grams Jr. Martin's
work is extensive and should be as accurate as we can expect. Further updates
or correction to this radio log may be directed to the Academy.
Thanks to Martin for his help
in improving this log. Martin has a number of books on Old Time Radio that are
a great resources for OTR fans. Other works by Martin include "Suspense:
Twenty Years of Thrills and Chills," "The History of the Cavalcade of America," and
co-author of "The CBS Radio Mystery Theater: An Episode Guide and Handbook
to Nine Years of Broadcasting, 1974-82." Current work includes "Have Gun,
Will Travel" and "The
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Companion".
fan and fellow cadet Jeff Quick, has placed all of the known radio shows into
circulation in re mastered MP3 format. For information on how to get copies of
the shows see the Cadet
News article at this link. Some of the shows were Canadian broadcasts that
contained different Commercials for Kelloggs - Corn Flakes instead of PEP cereal.
Some of the broadcast end with information about the Tom Corbett Newspaper comic
strip. The radio log will be updated with the different commercials for the
PART A : Radio Log Quick Checklist
Introduction | Part A Quick List
| Part B Show Summary | Missing Shows
Martin Grams Jr. with additional research by Gordon Payton
52 episodes were broadcast, which makes sense as 52 was a very common number for
syndication (once-a-week). Most program recorded and later broadcast had 52 or
104 episodes. The series was recorded in New York City, using New York actors
in the roles.The show was
broadcast Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, originating from WABC in New York,
5:30 to 6 pm, EST.
this series was broadcast at the same time as the television counterpart, I suspect
that the radio scripts were adaptations of the television scripts, so if one was
to browse through the old TV Guides one might find the same plots with titles
and fill in the blanks.
The "*" indicates lost recording, no one
seems to have an existing copy.
(This info came from official records.)
Episodes # --------- Guests:
1 - 2, Peter Capell
9 - 10, Berry Kroeger
21 - 22, Connie Lempke and James Monks
23 - 24,
Peter Capell, Maurice Tarplin, and Elspeth Eric
25 - 26, Luis Van Rooten
27 - 28, Ian martin, Gilbert Mack (known for supplying the voices of dogs, cats,
and other animals on numerous radio shows), and Paul Ford
29 - 30, Sarah Bushel
37 - 38, Luis Van Rooten
39 - 40, Ian Martin and Susan Douglas
41 - 42,
Leon Janney and Connie Lempke
43 - 44, Joseph Ballow, William Keen, and James
45 - 46, Maurice Tarplin
47 - 48, Ian Martin and Dick Keith
49 - 50, Ivor Francis and Ian Martin
B - RADIO LOG SUMMARY
by Cadet Ed Pippin
in ( ) are commonly noted titles from OTR traders catalogue's.
As noted, some Canadian radio transcriptions in circulation have different
commercials. If you note a different commercial, please forward information to
the Academy for inclusion in this
Episode 1- 01/01/52 Part 1 - Title Unknown- Missing
Episode 2- 01/03/52 Part 2 Title Unknown- Crystal Smugglers
Cast: Deck Officer: Peter Capella
Commercial: Magic Eye
rings in PEP
three members of the Polaris unit are in their dorm room ( Section 42-D) when
they are called to duty to investigate a smuggling ring that is stealing Titan
crystal. While at the briefing Lt Mesko, an undercover agent from Titan, crashes
his ship while trying to land. The ship was turned into pure Titan crystal, a
substance stronger than steel. The unrefined crystal will turn metal into crystal
and someone had sabotaged Lt Mesko's ship. The Cadets discover a Martian Deck
Officer is smuggling the crystal aboard the Mary Wells freighter at night with
a reported "lost" jet boat. The cadets stowaway on the jet boat, but
are discovered and locked into the hold. In order to escape, the cadets pull away
the insulation of the jet boat exposing it to the crystal. The jet boat turns
to crystal and the cadets escape in their spacesuits and are pickup by Capt Strong
on the Polaris.
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Episode 3- - ROCKET INTO DANGER
- Part 1 - 01/8/52
Written by Jack Weinstock & Willie Gilbert
Commercial: Magic Moving Picture eye rings - 16 different.
Lost Pilot)The Space Station M5 in orbit around Mars is receiving a routine
report from a rocket scout when transmission is cut off causing the Solar Patrol
to go into alert. The Polaris unit is assigned to find the missing scout. Astro
and Roger are having a fight when Capt Strong shames the cadets for not showing
more team work. They must rely on teamwork later when Astro and Roger go out to
repair the radar of the Polaris. They must save each other when a near miss by
an asteroid throws Roger off of the Polaris.
4- ROCKET INTO DANGER - Part 2 - 01/10/52
(Search for Missing rocket
scout) Searching for Capt Parker seems to be fruitless until Roger sights
a lifeboat near the orbit of Jupiter. The lifeboat is empty but the ships log
indicates Parker is on the surface of Jupiter. The atmosphere and gravity pose
a problem for the cadets but the pilot is rescued while the cadets have to drag
Parker out of the atmosphere and dodge Jupiter quakes.
NOTE: Sometimes these
two episodes are listed as searching for Capt Parker
5- SPACE STATION OF DANGER - Part 1 - 01/15/52
Written by: Jack Weinstock
& Willie Gilbert
Commercial : Magic Eye Rings
& Roger are sent to Venus Space Station for training while Astro is on special
assignment. Before leaving for Venus the cadets witness Capt Loring ordered grounded
for disobeying Space Regs. Loring plans revenge against the company who took his
franchise by causing accidents. He disables a freighter causing it to crash into
the Venus Space Station. Meanwhile aboard the space station Roger Manning has
altered the communications so he can call his girl on Earth. AS USUAL Roger is
caught and placed on report after he returns the set to normal use. Not long after
Roger's reprimand the sabotaged freighter crashes into the station and Roger is
held for investigation. Roger's word as a cadet leads to an investigation of the
wreck which indicates sabotage. Loring and his pilot Ross are questioned and Ross
confesses and flees out an air lock in panic. Roger is cleared and placed on probation
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6- SPACE STATION OF DANGER - Part 2 - 01/17/52
Kellogg's Corn Flake sponsor.
Commercial: Baking pans and bowls from Kellogg's
Roger is cleared, Capt Strong is overpowered by Loring while transporting him
to Venus. Loring escapes to the Venus jungles in a jet boat leaving Strong knocked
out in the Scout ship. Astro returns to the unit and joins Tom in the search for
Loring in the Venus jungle. The cadets find Lorings hideout only to be captured
by Loring and frozen by a parollel ray gun leaving them as a meal for a T. Rex
dinosaur. Roger and Capt Strong search for the missing cadets only to watch in
horror as Loring tries to take off in the jet boat and be eaten by the T. Rex
he made Tom and Astro bait for. The cadets were frozen and ignored by the dinosaur,
but Loring was moving and a prime target. The unit regroups and heads back to
Episode 7-- SHANGHAIED ON A DEEP
SPACER - Part 1 - 01/22/52
While returning from a vacation Tom is Shanghaied
by Dawson, first mate of the deep space freighter Constellation. Tom tries to
explain to Capt. Pickering that he was a Space Cadet, but is ignored. Tom is befriended
by a fellow shipmate, Harris, and jump ship at Venusport.
8- SHANGHAIED ON A DEEP SPACER - Part 2 - 01/24/52
Tom and Harris are
found by the Venusport port guards and taken to the Port Commander. However, Chief
Warrant officer Porter doesn't believe Tom's story and turn him over to Pickering
who tries to kill Constellation before it can reach it's destination in deep space,
9- OPERATION HIDE AND SEEK - Part 1 - 01/29/52
Written by: Don Hughs
(Training Mission)The Polaris unit take part in Space Maneuvers with Capt
Strong the two with work. Tom leads a mutiny, the Polaris crew blast off to intercept
the as an Outlaw and the Polaris Unit as the trackers. Using a Sniffer the cadets
find Capt Strong and another radiation pattern which they follow. They find a
rocket scout, thinking it is Capt Strong, but are fired on . A fake radio call
scares the pirates away from the Polaris and allows the cadets to escape.
10- OPERATION HIDE AND SEEK - Part 2- 01/31/52
recovers from his head injury and urges the Polaris crew to continue the search
for the pirate ship. Unknown to Tom, Roger plotted a pursuit course of the highjacked
rocket cruiser, Pollux, into the Asteroids. Tom places the Polaris in front of
asteroid 149 to screen them from the pirate’s radar and observe the pirate crew “burying” their
stolen cargo on Asteroid 406. Capt Thorne, the pirate captain, sights the Polaris
and threatens to blast the unarmed Polaris to Atomic dust.
Tom creates a fake Solar Guard transmission with Astro pretending to be Commander
Wood of the Solar Guard’s 3rd Space Fleet. The fake transmission panics the pirates
into surrendering to the “overwhelming” force of the 3rd fleet.
Tom joins Capt Blake and his cadet crew on the Pollux where they were being
held as slave laborers for the pirates. Capt Blake had reinforced Tom’s bluff
about a large Academy fleet with misinformation that
helped panic the pirates.
Sponsor: Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
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11- DOOMED CARGO - Missing - Part 1 - 02/5/52
12- DOOMED CARGO - Part 2 - 02/07/52
is hijacked from the Elise Joe and the Solar Guard believe the hijacking was an
inside job of the Elise Joe's crew.The Polaris chase a rocket scout from the Elise
Joe only to be out distanced by the scout which disappears on the dark side of
Mercury. The hijacker's camp is located but the cadet's spacesuits are short circuited
by the cold and emergency batteries are used to warm their suits. While Astro
and Roger lay down as decoys,Tom gets the drop on the them and rounds up the criminals.
13- INTERPLANETARY SPACE TOURNAMENT - Missing Part 1 - 02/12/52
INTERPLANETARY SPACE TOURNAMENT - Missing Part 2 - 02/14/52
15- Title unknown- Missing Part 1 - 02/19/52
16- Title unknown- (Ice caves of Pluto) Part 2 - 02/21/52
Cast: Barry Kroger
gets lost in ice caves of Pluto)The crew of the Polaris and Major "Blastoff"
Connel are looking for caves on Pluto suitable for future colonies. While Tom
and Connel look around, Astro and Roger take the jet boat for a test ride against
orders only to crash the jet boat. Connell hand the two cadets 99 demerits (100
gets you expelled) and are ordered to stay out of trouble. Tom and Roger are cut
off by a snow avalanche from Astro and Connell. Tom saves the two by using the
back wash of the jet boat to melt the snow from the entrance of the ice cave.
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17- TRIAL IN SPACE - Part 1 - 02/26/52
Written by: Jack Weinstock &
Commercial: Magic Movie Eyes
Cast: Cadet Harvey- Jack Grimes
Note: Cadet Harvey is played by the same Jack Grimes that replaces
Roger on the Radar deck as Cadet T.J. Thistle when Jan Merlin left the show in
1954. Cadet Harvey was played by John Weaver for the TV broadcast (See
TV log- July 21, 1951). The radio and TV shows had the same space fever plot
line with a different final crisis for the TV broadcast.
gets Space Fever) Returning from training, Astro becomes ill and Tom must
bring the ship down alone. Blaming fatigue, Astro doesn't feel he is sick until
he drops a deadly acids while in the lab and Tom has to save him again. DR Dale
fears Space Fever, which would give Astro a medical discharge from the Academy.
Cadet Harvey takes Astro's place and the Polaris unit blast off to Mars with Astro
aboard as a patient to test his reaction in Space.
18- TRIAL IN SPACE - Part 2 - 02/28/52
(Cadets Shipwrecked) On
Mars Tom tries to help Astro and suggests a leave of absence only to make him
mad and threatens to resigns. Due to Astro's mood and Roger's heckling the two
are ready to fight when the Polaris is caught in a space storm (sunspots) and
crash-land on Mars. Capt Strong is hurt, Roger is lost on Mars looking for the
oxygen booster plant and Astro saves the Polaris crew and gets everyone back to
the Academy. Test proves Astro was suffering from fatigue and is allowed to return
as a full cadet again.
19- ASTEROID OF DANGER - Part 1 - 03/04/52
Written by: Gilbert Brann
(Dr. Dale & Manning disappear) A rare ore from Asteroid 2049 is given
to the Polaris Unit for a class room assignment. The ore proves to be a new fuel
and Roger and DR Dale are sent to the Asteroid to conduct experiments only to
disappear. Tom & Astro investigate the rocket scout only to be trapped in
the ship which is about to explode. The cadets cut their way out in time and back
to the Polaris.
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20- ASTEROID OF DANGER - Part 2 - 03/06/52
Several incomplete radio messages indicate the Mason gang kidnaped DR Dale and
Roger. Tom uses the Polaris as a decoy and rescue DR Dale and Manning while Capt
Strong fires a space torpedo into the kidnappers ship leaving the Mason gang stranded
on the Asteroids.
21- THE GIANT OF MERCURY - Part 1 - 03/11/52
Written by: Don Hughes
Cast: Connie Lympky and James Montes.
Commercial: PEP magic eyes.
While heading to Venus for leave the cadets are ordered to investigate Zero A
Fever on Mercury Space Station. The station is in shambles and the two teams of
scientist are missing. The station log states the scientist saw giant men. Tom
& Roger find giant robots and are cut off from the Polaris. Roger saves the
day by jamming the radio frequency of the robots.
22- THE GIANT OF MERCURY - Part 2 - 03/13/52
Medics arrive and try to
treat Tom for Zero A Fever but are surprised by giant robots controlled by Capt
Strong and Roger. However, the pirates gain control over the robots and capture
a nurse and demand the Solar Guards surrender. Tom uses a stronger transmitter
over powers the pirates control only to be confronted by an atomic warhead aimed
at the Polaris. Tom wins out by sending the robots up the rocket launcher of the
pirate ships, blowing up the crew.
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23- ATMOSPHERE OF DEATH - Part 1 - 03/18/52
Written by: Elwood Holfman
Cast: Peter Capell, Marie Tarplin William Keens, Elsfit Eric
Reed,an emissary from Venus and escorted by Tom & Roger, is killed by Alexandria
Stone using an outlawed heat ray. The cadets grab a ride on a Solar Guard ship
in pursuit of Stone. They transfer in mid space to the passenger line heading
for Venus where they find their contact (Mr Deagon) knocked out with Marco-gas.
When revived he warns of a bomb on board. The cadets find and disposed of it out
of the air lock and kills Stone in the blast.
24- ATMOSPHERE OF DEATH - Part 2 - 03/20/52
Tom & Roger find the
rebel group on Venus who plan to suffocate the planet by blowing up the atmosphere
stations. Dodging assassination the cadets round up the rebels and make Venus
25- MISSION OF MERCY - Part 1 - 03/25/52
Written by: Hal Rine
Luis Van Rooten
Tom & Roger are both campaigning for President of
the Cadet Body when an epidemic of unknown origin breaks out on Titan. The Polaris
is ordered to evacuate the children from the Titan colony but Roger breaks quarantine
to see a girl. Tom contracts the disease after he goes after Roger and is accused
of jumping ship. Tom's illness becomes critical when he volunteers to act as a
guinea pig for an untested vaccine.
26- MISSION OF MERCY - Part 2 - 03/27/52
The Toris from Titan is stricken
with the disease and is missing. DR Lee,Tom and the rest of the Polaris crew search
for the missing ship when Tom, still weak from being ill, makes a mistake in navigation.
The Polaris is hit by a meteor, Capt Strong is knocked out and the Toris is found
while on the way to Mars for repairs. The Polaris's power system is out and Tom
jumps to the Toris using an oxygen bottle as a jet. Tom uses the vaccine and the
children on the Toris are saved.
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27- DOUBLE CROSS IN SPACE - Part 1 - 04/01/52
Written by: Richard Jessup
Cast: Paul Ford, Ian Martin, and Gilbert Mack.
Commercial: PEP cutouts for
Cadets and DR Dale. Commercial includes a call from the titan station asking for
Roger leaves the Academy thinking he washed out, instead of
washing out he was on the honor roll. Roger becomes involved with two asteroid
miners, Brady and Peters. The three head out to the asteroids on the Jenny Alden.
The robbery of N72C interrupts Tom search for Roger, while Roger finds the missing
N72C on the Jenny Alden.
28- DOUBLE CROSS IN SPACE - Part 2 - 04/3/52
The N72C is critical to
the Solar Guard fleet and is grounded until it can be found. Capt Strong and Tom
go underground to find the missing N72C, where Tom meets an underground contact
Skinny who finds Brady's ship. They bugg Brady's ship but Tom falls into a trap
on the 2d Moon of Jupiter. Skinny rescues Tom and revels he was an enlisted guardsman
and always wanted a solar medal. (Skinny is also a character in the Grosset and
Dunlap book series)
29- MYSTERY OF THE SPARKLING METEOR - Part 1 - 04/08/52
Written by: Jack
Weinstock & Willie Gilbert
Cast: Sarah Bushel (DR Dale???)
7 comet watch fails to report on schedule and the Polaris crew are ordered to
investigate. The sector has claimed the lives of 3 Solar guardsmen under questionable
conditions. The Polaris find a ship drifting in space with Capt Powers and his
son aboard. Capt Powers is unconscious from a fever and is taken back to the academy
by Capt Strong while the cadets stay on comet watch. Roger missed plotting the
course of a strange meteor that sparkled when it files by and the crew has to
return to the Academy.
30- MYSTERY OF THE SPARKLING METEOR - Part 2 - 04/10/52
Roger, Capt Strong
and DR Dale search for the sparkling meteor to analyze it. When the meteor is
found Roger and Capt Strong jump toward the comet to take a sample. Jody,Power's
son, has stowed away on the Polaris and warns DR Dale that the comet is contra
terra. If Roger and Strong touch it they will be blown up. With the radio out
DR Dale has to move the Polaris between the comet and Capt Strong. The Mystery
is solved and the Polaris heads home.
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31- HOLIDAY OF TERROR - Part 1 - 04/15/52
Written by: Don Hughs
Commercial: PEP announces a new PEP package.
Venus celebrates its 100 years
of independence and the cadets have a weeks leave to spend at Astro's uncle Gold
mine in Gold City, Venus. The boys find the town deserted and the people loading
the towns gold into a freighter along with robots (referred to in Giants of Mercury
episode). Roger heads for the patrol while Tom and Astro free the camp. Roger
is shot down and the pirates escape in a faster ship.
32- HOLIDAY OF TERROR - Part 2 - 04/17/52
The cadets find the pirates
den only to be confronted with many super-science inventions. The pirates have
doubled back to Venus into an underground hanger where the pirates are forced
out into the open with a fake radio message. The cadets are outnumbered until
Tom bobby trapped the freighter causing the pirates to blast themselves and the
33- THE RIDDLE OF ASTRO - Part 1 - 04/22/52
Written by: Ben Peter Freedman
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Floods of Midwest and request for help from the Red
(Murko Kidnaps Astro) Astro is captured by his cousin Murko
while on leave in Venusport and drugged to learn about the patrol and his friends.
Murko takes Astro's place but Tom is suspicious until Murko says he has forgetful
spells due to a head injury. Tom follows Murko and finds a package he was carrying.
Murko is overcome by Astro when Murko pulls a gun on Tom and a plan is revealed
to use patrol ships to smuggle RDX into Mars Colony.
34- THE RIDDLE OF ASTRO- Part 2 - 04/24/52
(Astro impersonates his
crooked cousin) (Astro takes Murkos place) Murko frees himself and
calls his contact Beale telling him the RDX will be on the Polaris. Astro is in
Marsport contacting the smugglers while Tom and Roger are waylaid by Beales men.
Astro is on the Monorail where Beale's men try to throw him over a chasm when
Roger and Tom rescue Astro.
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35- ESCORT OF DEATH - Part 1 - 4/29/52
Written by: Gilbert Brann
Tom & Roger are ordered to guard Sally Wood,daughter to one of the largest
spaceship designers in the system and a large sum of money she is carrying in
Polar City. The cadets are drugged and wake up in a hotel in Polar City and Sally
is missing. Reading the tele-news the cadets find that their ship has crashed
and they are being sought as fugitives by the Solar Guard. The cadets chase a
ship with Sally Wood in it but are forced down by the Solar Guard. Sally is being
held by Anders who is after the ship plans Sally is carrying.
36- ESCORT OF DEATH - Part 2 - 5/1/52
Tom and Roger set up a meeting with
Capt Strong only to be shot down by the Guard where they crash near the Anders
Mansion. Anders captures the cadets, but they escape through the air ducts, have
an adventure in the jungle and rescue Sally. Capt Strong arrives with the Solar
Guard and the cadet's names are cleared.
37- DANGER IN DEEP SPACE Part 1 - 5/6/52
Written by: Richard Jessup
Cast:Thruston-Luis Van Rooten
6th 2352 (note date of show) and the cadets report to Major "Blastoff,
however the cadets report to the wrong ship and receive demerits before reporting
to the Anne Jones for a test of a long range transmission beam. Two enlisted men,
Thruston and Lewis, jump and replace the regular crew of the Anne Jones causing
trouble for the cadets with Major Connell through sabotage. Their plan works and
Roger & Astro are relived of duty and the two saboteurs are put in their place.
The site of the test is a moon of Tara made of copper, a valuable metal for space
flight. Lewis tries to suffocate Tom and the Major by locking them outside of
the airlock. The plan backfires and Lewis is killed and Thruston is placed under
38- DANGER IN DEEP SPACE Part 2 - 5/8/52
The copper moon is turned into
a large rocket ship with timed explosions. Roger makes a mistake, firing a charge
an hour to soon, resulting in a fight with Thruston. However, the fight is a calculation
of Thruston to push Roger's button. Tom is overpowered and the Major and Astro
are marooned on the moon and are saved by a free fall trick of Tom and recaptures
the Polaris. Thruston is recaptured, the charges on the Tara's moon are reset
and the cooper moon is blasted into Earth's solar system.
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39- MAROONED WITH DEATH - Part 1 - 5/13/52
Written by: Gilbert Brann
Cast: Capt Yates-Eian Martin, Daughter- Susan Douglas
Space Cadet Goggles to be used for sunglasses etc. Send 25 cents and Kellogg's
box top to B-346 Battle Creek Mich
Special Note: This radio play was
adapted and rebroadcast at two conventions-Newark NJ Radio
Convention Oct 1993 and the 2001 Williamsburg
Polaris is sent to another solar system to investigate the disappearance of four
other expeditions. A new frontier planet in the distance solar system, Object
Delport, holds promise with a tropical climate and an abundance of fresh water
and food. The Polaris must land on Object Delport for supplies when a sun flare
causes their supply rocket to miss its meeting with the Polaris. Roger complains
about the regulation of wearing a spacesuit on a new planet when a tidal wave
washes over the ship and crew. The Polaris is damaged and a trial of smoke is
seen in the distance.
40- MAROONED WITH DEATH - Part 2 - 5/15/52
A colony under Capt Yates,
Commander of the first expedition, is discovered. Remnants of other 4 expeditions
are evident in the colony and a confrontation between the cadets and Yates land
the cadets in a cave where digging noises attract the cadets to a cell next to
them. The cadets tunnel to the sounds and find Capt Larkin, Commander of the 4th
expedition, imprisoned. Not expecting more than one person, Yates is overpowered
and the cadets take over.
41- THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE UNIVERSE - Part 1 - 5/20/52
Written by Palmer
Cast: Maja-Connie Lemkie, Vance-John Griggs(?), Col Wilberforce-Leon
Polaris unit are assigned to transport Col Rosco Wilberforce and his circus to
Venus. The cadets solve the problem of transporting animals in free fall and blast
off is without a problem. However, the big cats are freed by Vance,their keeper,
in order to wreak the circus. The cats trap Tom, Roger and Maja but Tom places
the ship in free fall and freeze the cats with a paralyzer ray.
42- THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE UNIVERSE - Part 2 - 5/22/52
On Venus, Maja
checks her cats only to find Vance setting fire to the circus. Maja is captured
by Vance and a fire started by Vance covers his escape with Maja. The fire is
extinguished and the circus is saved due to the low oxygen and gravity of Venus.
Vance is trying to convince Maja to join another circus and blast off in a jet
boat. Tom & Roger ram the jet boat forcing it to land where they overpower
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43- REVOLT ON PRISON ROCK Part 1 - 5/27/52
Written by Ben Peter Freedman
Cast: Bull Carson-William Keen, Hauge-James Montes, Jeffers-Joseph Ballow
SPECIAL INTEREST: Frankie Thomas announces that the Tom Corbett Show has won the
Boy Scouts of America's Award of High Standard for Family Entertainment.
Carson and Hauge overpower the warden of a maximum security asteroid jail, Prison
Rock, steal the Solar Patrol's code book and send a fake message to the Polaris
on guard duty orbit around the asteroid. When Tom, Roger and Capt Jeffers land
they are led into a trap by Hauge, but the cadets and the warden escape to the
radio room. They find that the radio is smashed but use their spacesuits to swim
the canal system to the atmosphere generators. With the air generators shut down
the convicts pass out, allowing the cadets to disarm them. All of the convicts
are recaptured, except Bull and Hauge who steal the Polaris and escape.
44- REVOLT ON PRISON ROCK Part 2 - 5/29/52
The escaped convicts raid the
spaceways with the Polaris and a pirate crew. The buccaneers steal a shipment
of vanadium from the spaceship Alpha. Tom and Roger are surprised by the pirates
when they approach the Alpha and make an emergency landing on Sam Harvey's asteroid
Titanium mine. Harvey doesn't want to help but let the cadets know that the Polaris
is nearby. Harvey tries to make a deal with the pirates, but he and Houge are
thrown from the ship. The cadets use the two pirates misfortune to overpower the
convicts and the pirate crew.
45- THE VULTURES OF SPACE - Part 1 - 6/3/52
Written by Gilbert Brann
Cast: Marice Tarplin.
and Astro are in Equator City while Capt Strong and Roger are in the newly developed
Planet Delport (See Marooned with Death). The cadets are to officiate the start
of a 5 ship race for land and mineral deposits on Delport. Leo "Lucky"
Polk request to be a substitute pilot and is "lucky" replacing a pilot
who happens to get hurt. A fire on the rocket field serves to cover someone planting
a bomb on one of the ships in the race. When the bomb explodes Tom and Astro receive
aid from Chadfield in his ship the Vespian (one of the led ships).
46- THE VULTURES OF SPACE - Part 2 - 6/5/52
Three ships are in the led
when the cadets enter the atmosphere of Delport - The Argosy, New Worlds and the
Vespian. All three ships are headed for the rich mineral deposit near the lake
with the Vespian last. Chadfield orders Polk to slow down but Polk ignores the
order and causes the Argosy to crash and sink in the lake. Meanwhile the cadets
land and place Chadfield under arrest, but Polk has jumped ship to claim the best
mineral rights. Polk rigged the bomb on the ship, disabled the pilot of the Vespian
and caused the crash of the Argosy in order to claim a larger share of the mineral
rights. Chadfield panics Polk, who has the drop on the cadets, which allows the
cadets to overcome Polk and clear Chadfield.
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47- SATELLITE OF DEATH - Part 1 - 6/10/52
Written by Don Hughs
Col Collins- Dick Keith Malver-Eian Martin
Note: Astro is never heard in
the story and is always down below or busy.
cadets are assigned to a "milk" run to Titan with a science professor.
Much to Rogers delight the Professor is an intelligence agent, Col Collins, sent
to investigate Rea a Moon of Saturn and the rumored loss of Virucide F-3. Pirates
have stolen a shipment of the Virucide and plan to destroy the Virucide plant
on Rea in order to corner the market. A pirate stow away jumps Tom but is overcome
by the crew. The Polaris is damaged by some Space Junk during the hijack attempt
and the Col and Tom hope to make it to the Rea colony in a jet boat to warn the
miners. The Polaris will limp to the colony on emergency power.
48- SATELLITE OF DEATH - Part 2 - 6/12/52
The manager of the colony is
dead and Malver, the radio communicator, is in charge. Malver is part of the pirate
plan to take over the colony by blowing a hole in the atmosphere shell and killing
everyone in the colony. This would allow the pirates to steal all of the Virucide
and blow up the plant. Tom and Col Collins are tied up, but are freed when the
intelligence agent cuts their bonds with a diamond-lite blade hidden in his shoe.
The miners are warned in time and make it to their spacesuits. The Polaris arrives
at the colony in time to ram the pirate ship resulting in a land battle with the
pirates using a Marsian Killer tank on the colonist. Tom uses a jet pack and some
acid jars on the tank to overcome the pirates and restore order.
49- PURSUIT OF DANGER - Part 1 - 6/17/52
Written by Richard Jessup
Cast: Morgan- Eian Martin Rice-Ivor Francis.
and Roger are visiting the Venus Interplanetary Expo at Venusport when the cadets
follow some girls to a space ride. The ride is a front for Eddie Morgan and Bill
Rice who plan to steal the Energy lock that is being sealed in a time lock at
the Expo. The cadets are suspicious of the ride and find out that the two are
hauling dirt in orbit from the mine shaft they are digging next to the Energy
lock vault. The crooks capture the cadets, placing them down the shaft for burial
but are outsmarted by the cadets when they find a communicator belt and contact
the Solar Guard.
50- PURSUIT OF DANGER - Part 2 - 6/19/52
The two crooks are using the
Energy locks to raid Solar Guard and private space vessels. The Energy Lock will
open any vault or safe in space and the heavy cruiser Arena is captured and pressed
into pirate duty by the two. Plan F is placed into effect by the Solar Guard and
the Polaris engages the Arena, however the Polaris is out gunned and Plan Z is
ordered. Knowing that the pirates are using the Solar Code books on the Arena
Tom traps the pirates with a decoy from the Titan colony. Both Rice and Morgan
are taken prisoner.
51- A ROUND TRIP TO DISASTER - Part 1 - 6/24/52 - Missing
Episode 52- A ROUND
TRIP TO DISASTER - Part 2 - 6/26/52- Missing
Please contact the Academy if you
think you have ANY of these 8 missing shows.
- Part I of first show- Unknown title. Part II is Crystal Smugglers of Titan
2- 02/05/1952 - Part I of DOOMED CARGO
- Part I of INTERPLANETARY SPACE TOURNAMENT
- Part II of INTERPLANETARY SPACE TOURNAMENT
- Part I of Unknown title - part II is Ice Caves of Pluto.
- Part I of A ROUND TRIP TO DISASTER
- Part II of A ROUND TRIP TO DISASTER
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