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SciFi Matinee: Blast Off with Paul Starr!

I suspect fans of Thunderbirds will appreciate this classic TV find from Paul DiFilippo. (Thanks, Paul!) It’s the 1964 pilot episode of Paul Starr!

From the YouTube description:

In 1964, Roberta Leigh and Arthur Provis created a color pilot for a proposed TV Series in the same vain as “Space Patrol” as what i’d call a bizarre cross between Gerry Anderson’s “Supercar” and “Stingray”. The puppets in this use latex and have realistic facial movements, keep in mind that this was two decades before “Terrahawks”. One might also note, Ed Bishop – Captain Blue of “Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons” is the voice of our hero. Lots of peculiar Anderson relations.

Agent Paul Starr and his crewman, Lightning, work for Space Bureau Investigation (SBI). They have a squat rocket, SBI-5, which can travel through space, in air and underwater (SBI uses an undersea base). While jets propel the craft through the air, in space it is powered by “solar energy”. It is armed with various weapons, including nuclear missiles.

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1 Comment on SciFi Matinee: Blast Off with Paul Starr!

  1. Harry Blanchard // April 9, 2016 at 12:05 pm //

    Some of the robots have their Dalek toilet plungers on the right and some on the left. Sorry, I can’t stop myself from noticing these things, it’s a fault.

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