Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police was a radio adventure series written by Virginia Cooke. It was centered on the adventures of Speed Gibson, a fifteen year old pilot who, through his uncle Clint Barlow, becomes a member of the International Secret Police. Speed was described as “a typical American boy: interested in short wave radio, aviation and most of all - The International Secret Police.”
Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police ran weekly from January 2, 1937 to May 25, 1940. 178 Episodes of the show were produced with each episode lasting approximately fifteen minutes. Elliott Lewis starred in the title role of Speed Gibson. Howard McNear played his uncle Clint Barlow and John Gibson played his sidekick, Barney Dunlap, known for using such catch phrases as “Suffering wangdoodles!” Other voice actors contributing to the series were Hanley Stafford, Jack Mathers and Sam Edwards. The opening theme contained the drone of an airplane and the voice of an air traffic controller urgently calling, “Ceiling zero… ceiling zero… ceiling zero!”
The series was divided into two stories. The first 100 episodes cover The Menace of the Octopus. They highlight Speed’s induction into the International Secret Police and the subsequent pursuit of the Octopus and his gang throughout the Orient. The remaining 78 shows are titled Speed Gibson And The Atlantian Syndicate. This series follows Speed as he continues his adventures on the African continent and his quest to defeat the Octopus.
The series is notable in that all 178 episodes have survived intact.
Show Names : 61 The Octopus Plane Spotted, 62 The Secret Police Are Jailed, 63 The Octopus Reaches Secret House, 64 Pass of the Iron Dagger, 65 Surrounding the Octopus' Secret Home, 66 Secret Police Capture the Octopus, 67 Kidnapping Plans, 68 Barney Kidnapped, 69 Thought Recording Machine, 70 A False Floor, 71 A Secret Torture Chamber, 72 Thought Helmet Taken, 73 Blank Thought Waves, 74 Barney Found Wandering, 75 Arrow Almost Hits Speed, 76 A Tibetan Feast, 77 The Octopus Visits Zee Ring's Home, 78 Picnic Planning, 79 Speed in Disguise, 80 Speed Caught by the Octopus, 81 Clint Saves Speed from Storm, 82 The Octopus Pictures to the States, 83 Marsha Winfield Held Prisoner, 84 Slave Raids Begin, 85 Clint and Speed Begin an Air Flight, 86 Marcia and Her Brother Found, 87 Splinter and Wu Are Captured, 88 Splinter Is Shot, 89 Splinter Is Cared For, 90 Splinter Is Hiding, 91 Marcia Recovers from Vapers of Sleep, 92 Shooting Breaks Out, 93 Chief Tepo Catches Pilots at Black Pass, 94 Open Radio Accident, 95 An Aerial Dog Fight, 96 Octopus Plane Crashes, 97 Ready for Attack on the Octopus, 98 Time for a Showdown, 99 The Octopus and Men Captured, 100 The Octopus Jumps from Plane in Flight, 101 Atlantian Syndicate Investigation in Africa, 102 An Airborne Fire, 103 Safe Landing Is Made, 104 Falling into a Trap, 105 No Water Aboard the Plane, 106 The Time Bomb, 107 Leeds Kills Himself, 108 Davis Shot by Octopus Gang, 109 Davis Killed, 110 The Octopus Is Still Alive, 111 An Octopus Gunboat Outside, 112 Trapped in Cave with No Water, 113 Everyone Rescued, 114 Marie Is Stowaway, 115 Smiley Is Missing, 116 Is Smiley Dead, 117 Messenger Arrives, 118 Angry Crowd at Casablanca, 119 Airport Disguise