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“Justice through Strength and Courage”: Captain Midnight and the Military-Industrial complex

Broderick, M. (2012) “Justice through Strength and Courage”: Captain Midnight and the Military-Industrial complex. In: Miller, C.J. and Van Riper, A.B., (eds.) 1950s "Rocketman" TV Series and Their Fans. Palgrave Macmillan US, pp. 193-211.

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For a generation of baby boomers this introductory announcement, with its high-pitched drawl elongating “Caaaapt’n Miiidnight,” was instantly familiar. Accompanied by the staccato, punctuated beeps of radio telemetry, the rapid montage cut to a rocket-propelled jet fighter hurtling above an elevated runway. The roar of the engine quickly segued to a stirring patriotic theme with a correspondingly slow, inward zoom revealing a domed, high-tech laboratory. This powerful opening sequence was emblematic of the American Century, and it held sway over the imagination of millions of domestic and international television viewers throughout the 1950s and 1960s.1

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright: 2012 Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper
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