Captain Midnight

The alias of Captain Jim Albright, a private citizen and leader of “The Secret Squadron” on the aviation adventure CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT/CBS/1954-56.

Albright received his nickname during WWII while as a young American pilot he returned to base after completing a dangerous mission just as the church steeple clock struck twelve midnight.

Richard Webb starred as “Captain Midnight,” an aviator who battled mobsters and other enemies of freedom. When the series went into syndication Captain Midnight’s name was changed to JET JACKSON.

Note: TV’s Captain Midnight (Richard Webb) died at the age of 77 from a self-inflicted wound on June 10, 1993 at his home in Van Nuys, California. He left a note saying he was despondent over a chronic respiratory problem (People Weekly 6/28/93).

The Captain Midnight character was created by Robert Murit and Wilfred Moore. It originated on radio on September 30, 1940 on station WGN in Chicago. Ed Prentiss, Bill Bouchey and Paul Barnes played Captain Jim “Red” Albright, (Captain Midnight) on radio.

The Captain Midnight TV program opened with a jet plane coming in for a landing followed by the appearance of an heroic figure dressed in aviators uniform who addressed the audience with this important message: “Hello, Secret Squadron members. We’ll get right to our thrilling story in a moment, but first let me tell you how Ovaltine (a breakfast cereal) builds strength and health…”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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