Posted by : Ray Plumlee in (Tom Corbett Space Cadet)
Posted on March 12th, 2010
and last modified on January 5th, 2011
Tagged Under : 1950s, 1952, Al Markim, Frankie Thomas, Jan Merlin, Jet Boat, Kellog, Old Time Radio, OTR, Polaris Unit, Robot, sci-fi, science fiction, Solar Alliance, Solar Guard, Space Cadet, Space Freighter, Space Gas, Spaceport, Tom Corbett, Venus, Venus Space Port
While en route to Astro’s home world of Venus, and some well deserved shore leave, Lieutenant Commander Burke of the Solar Guard’s Venus Port orders the cadets shore leave canceled and diverts them to the Mercury Base to investigate a possible outbreak of Zero “A” Fever.
The Cadets learn that there are two teams of government scientist who have been operating diggers on Mercury’s hot side on a Top Secret mission. The teams twilight zone base operator had been keeping constant contact with the Solar Guard but during his last transmission it ended abruptly and all contact has been lost.
After taking a Jet Boat and landing at the teams twilight zone base they find the base has been ransacked and the Radio Operator Adams dead. The two teams of scientist are missing. The station log states the scientist saw giant men.
The Cadets then strike out looking for the two teams of scientist who were doing the digging when they discover a giant man like creature carrying a tiny looking human. The giant spots the Cadets and takes out after them. The Cadets immediately head back to the Polaris with the creature hot on their tail.
While being pursued in the Jet Boat they radio for help from Commander Burke back on Venus requesting additional forces. Burke doesn’t believe them and instead heads to Mercury in an unarmed Space Freighter because he didn’t believe their story of a giant man. He believes they have gone Zero “A.”
With the creature closing in as they approach the Polaris they spot a second creature trying to head them off. Before they can get to the Polaris they are side swiped by one of the creatures.
After the close call the Cadets realize that they aren’t giant men at all but remote controlled robots. With daring Cadet Corbett maneuvers his Jet Boat in such a way between the two approaching robots that with a last minute maneuver out of their way the two robots collide. Only the collision does not damage the robots.
One of the two robots manage to get a hold of the Jet Boat but Roger saves the day by jamming the radio frequency of the robots.
That takes care of one but the other is heading straight at them. What happens next? How do the Cadets make their escape as the inevitably will? You will just have to listen below to find out.
Broadcast Date: 52-03-11
Tom Corbett: Frankie Thomas
Astro the Venusian: Al Markim
Cadet Roger Manning : Jan Merlin
Lieutenant Commander Burke: Vincent Hayworth
Network: ABC The American Broadcasting Network
Written By: Don Hughes
Directed By: Drex Hines
Announcer: Jackson Beck
Commercial: Kellogg PEP, Kellogg Raisin Bran, Kellogg Corn Flakes, Kellogg Variety Pack with 10 individual servings packs.
Promotion: Magic Moving Picture Eye Rings – 16 different famous people. Note that this promotion was also made on the Space Patrol Radio show.
Space Age Gizmos:
Cadet Pilot – Operational Rank/Position held by Tom Corbett
Zero “A” Fever – Condition causing psychosis due to being in a zero atmosphere environment, especially a prolonged time in an enclosed space such as a spacesuit. Symptom’s are hallucinations and/or going berserk.
Mechanical Moles – Large digging machines also called “Diggers” origanally used on the moon that are equipped with jets for short flights.
Mercury Twilight Zone – Narrow band between the extreme hot and the extreme cold sides of the surface of Mercury.
Space Gas – Roger saying for phooey! Usually to Astro.
Space Ships/Ports/Stations This Episode:
Solar Guard Rocket Cruiser Polaris
Listen below to Tom Corbett, Space Cadet Episode 21 The Giants of Mercury, Part 1:
Tom Corbett Space Cadet Episode 21 The Giants of Mercury Part 1