East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Terry & the Pirates, episode 1


Today something special – the first episode of the Terry and the Pirates serial, from 1940, featuring the delightful Sheila Darcy as the Dragon Lady.
I wrote about Darcy in the past, but I realized I never provided a sample of the serial in which I discovered her beauty.

You can find the whole serial on Youtube, both as single episodes and in handy chunks of seven or eight chapters bundled together.
This does not really match the comics, but it’s still a nice period entertainment.


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Terry & the Pirates, episode 1

  1. 😀 Absolutely delightful! I love the Asian zebras and hippos, the eeeevil Fang taking a nap in his kettle-like head-dress, and the fellows in the striped robes! I can see kids in the Forties eagerly waiting for the next episode, and then playing Terry and Pat in the backyard…


    • Like a lot of pulp entertainment is a strange mixture of exotic and commonplace, naive and strangely sophisticated elements.
      Personally I find Terry insufferable.
      But yes, a lot of people out there do not know about Asian zebras and the dread Yellow River hippo 😀


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