Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
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Three space cadets fly the 3-finned, reactor-driven space cruiser Polaris.
Tom Corbett, the senior cadet, begins every episode with a countdown to blast off.
T.J. Thistle is the astrogator. He is short - an advantage in 'Assignment Mercury.' Due to heavy cropping, there are several scenes where Tom and Astro can only be seen from their nose down! Fortunately, T.J. does not suffer their fate.
Astro is not a dog - as many Jetson fans might believe - he is just a man with no last name. Astro is the engineer.
'Assignment Mercury': Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, it is sunny-side hot and nightside cold. They are to land in the twilight zone; they touch down in the wrong spot.
'Ambush in Space': Convicts escape from a prison asteroid. They have a score to settle with Tom, T.J., and Astro.
'Flight for Survival': They are flying a derelict ship to a scrapyard, when the reactor goes haywire, and they must abandon ship before it plows into Venus.
'Pursuit of the Deep Space Projectile': They fly to the star Sirius to retrieve a data tape from a probe; the mission gets dicey when they discover the probe is being dragged into the star.
There is no information about the series included. Extras: 2 cartoons and a 'Conquest of Space' trailer.
First three shows: Picture: poor to fair. Significant cropping: left, top. Distortion band: bottom. Sound: fair. Volume: low.
Fourth show: Picture: fair to good. Slight cropping. Sound: fair to good. Volume: normal.
These were peaceful missions; for longer and more adversarial missions check out: Rocky Jones Space Ranger
“Tom Corbett, Space Cadet” aired live, Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:30 PM from October 2, 1950 to September 26, 1952 on CBS, then later on ABC. After 1952, it aired on Saturday mornings on NBC until 1955. The early shows were 15 minutes long. Later episodes were roughly 25-30 minutes each. This single disk contains four episodes, some with commercials for Kraft caramels, transferred from old kinescopes. Considering how crude black and white kinescopes where, even in the 1950s, these transfers are pretty good. The four episodes are: “Assignment Mercury,” 23:00, “Ambush in Space,” 23:00, “Fight For Survival,” 22:00 (aired April 30, 1955), and “Pursuit of the Deep Space Projectile,” 28:00 (aired June 4, 1955). All four shows date from 1954 or 1955. Jan Merlin, who played cadet “Roger Manning,” does not appear in any of these episodes. Merlin quit the show twice, first in 1953. Then he came back for another season and quit again in 1954. He was replaced by Jack Grimes. These four episodes all feature Jack Grimes who played cadet “T.J. Thistle” for one season, 1954-1955.Read more ›
The regrets, for me are two fold. I clearly remember the music that began each episode: a pseudo martial ode with the words "From the rocket fields of the academy to the far flung stars of outer space…" Well in these episodes - which apparently date from before that theme song was written - there is only some trite John Phillip Souza-esque strains to start things off. More serious, neither Roger Manning,who i remember as a pleasingly acerbic character, nor Captain Strong are much present. Manning not at all and Captain Strong for only one episode. This is especially disappointing to me because of an amusing incident that I hope Ed Bryce, the actor who played Captain Strong and who passed away in 1999 would not mind me recounting.
I was about 11 years old when my loving parents arranged as a birthday present a visit to the set where the show was broadcast.Read more ›
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I loved Tom Corbett, but I was too young to understand the plots when it appeared on tv. Turns out, the plots are great! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Captain Kang
History of TV! Perfect for nostalgia buffs. Tame and crude by today's standards.Published 18 months ago by Chess Guy
Just as I remember the show from 1,000 years ago! What absolute fun to live it again!!! So glad to find it!!! Took me back to age seven!!! Read morePublished on August 22, 2014 by Dizzynomore
I'm old enough to have watched this when it was on TV. It was fun watching and simultaneously remembering associated childhood memories. Is the production corny and amateurish? Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by R. Westbrook
Wow, space Cadets in barber chairs? Props looked better when I was five years old. The plot didn't make sense then, nor does it now. But I love it!Published on January 13, 2014 by Larry
Please understand, I like a lot of the cheesy old TV series. Flash Gordon: I never get tired of it. Buck Rogers: an ageless hero. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by wiredweird
Wish there were more episodes, but the ones there are good. The sound is weak on a couple, but usable. I had no problem with cutting off part of the picture like one person here. Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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