Space Command

Tagged: TV

Juvenile tv series (1953-1954). Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for CBC TV. Produced and directed by Murray Chercover. Writers included Alfred Harris. Cast includes Andrew Anthony, Robert Barclay, James Doohan and Austin Willis. Uncertain number of 30-minute episodes. Black and white.

This all but forgotten series featured the adventures of the titular organization, based on Space Station XSW1, from which Frank Anderson (Barclay) and Phil Mitchell (Doohan) would embark on their adventures. Their superior is apparently Dr Joseph Edmunds (Anthony); Dr Fleming (Willis) is also a regular. This series was one of the first acting credits for Doohan, who famously went on to Star Trek (1966-1969) and its subsequent Cinema sequels. Another oddity is that the young William Shatner also appeared. Unfortunately, as with many 1950s television series, almost all the episodes have been lost; one from November 1953 survives. Issues dealt with included visits to other planets, meteor storms, and other standard sf subjects. [GFi]

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