Terry and the Pirates (TV series)

Terry and the Pirates is an American adventure series based on Milton Caniff's comic strip, was telecast from June 26 to November 21, 1953. The syndicated series ran for 18 episodes and was produced by Don Sharpe Enterprises.[1] Canada Dry Ginger Ale was the show's original sponsor.

Terry and the Pirates
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John Baer as Terry Lee.
Written byFrank Burt
Milton Caniff
Oliver Crawford
Norman S. Hall
Arthur Pierson
Lou Rusoff
Barney A. Sarecky
Directed byLew Landers
Arthur Pierson
StarringJohn Baer
Jack Reitze
William Tracy
Sandra Spence
Gloria Saunders
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18
Executive producerH. Alexander MacDonald
ProducerWarren Lewis
CinematographyWilliam E. Snyder
EditorsRobert Golden
Maurice Wright
Running time30 mins.
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJune 26 (1953-06-26) –
November 21, 1953 (1953-11-21)


USAAF Colonel Terry Lee (John Baer) heads to the Far East to locate a gold mine he inherited from his grandfather. Once in the Orient, Lee becomes a pilot with Air Cathay, a cargo and passenger airline owned and operated by the cunning Chopstick Joe (Jack Reitzen), who is not always honest. His friend and co-pilot is Charles C. Charles, aka Hotshot Charlie (William Tracy, who had played Terry Lee in the 1940 serial Terry and the Pirates), while the romantic interest is provided by the attractive blonde Burma (Sandra Spence). Lee has several encounters in thirteen episodes with his beautiful and mysterious nemesis, Lai Choi San, aka The Dragon Lady (Gloria Saunders).[2]

In the pilot episode, "Macao Gold", Chopstick Joe was portrayed by Jack Kruschen and Burma was played by Mari Blanchard.


In 1951 Sam Katzman obtained the film rights to the comic strip from Douglas Fairbanks Jr but no film resulted.[3]

Home mediaEdit

In 2007, Alpha Home Entertainment released four DVD sets of the episodes. Packaged with four episodes per Volume there are only sixteen of the eighteen. Episode 17 "Overseer" and 18 "The Diamond Maker" were not included. The episodes are not compiled in any order. The Sets have been available from re-sellers on the internet.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ http://free-classic-tv-shows.com/Adventure/Terry-and-the-Pirates/1953-s1-ep01-Macao-Gold/index.php
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1985). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946–1981, Part II: Live, Film, and Tape Series. The Scarecrow Press. pp. 503–504. ISBN 0-8108-1651-2.
  3. ^ THOMAS F. BRADY (May 2, 1951). "FOX MOVIE STUDIO SUSPENDS GRABLE: Actress' Refusal to Appear in 'Girl Next Door' Leads to Action--Film Starts July 1". New York Times. p. 49.
  4. ^ Amazon.com

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