Tom Corbett, Space Cadet began its dramatic life as a TV series from 1950-1955. The radio version had a short run in 1952. Tom Corbett was based on the character from Robert A. Heinlein's novel, Space Cadet. This two-part episode originally aired on May 20 and May 22, 1952.
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"Probably the best remembered children's space program of the 1950s....With technical advice supplied by Willy Ley, internationally renowned rocket specialist, Tom Corbett was scientifically more accurate than the unintentionally hilarious Captain Video." (Joseph J. Corn and Brian Horrigan, Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future)
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I guess this is just a reminder of how hokey some of the old radio serials were. This is nothing exceptional-- just another episode of a serial that was vaguely inspired by Heinlien. It wasn't a waste of time, but I doubt I will listen to it again.
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