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THE SHADOW (Black/White, 1954, 25:15)
Tom Helmore stars in this fine suspense thriller that was conceived as a continuation of the landmark old time radio series "The Shadow" on television as the series closed down on radio that same year.
MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN (Black/White, 1954, 25:49)
Another old time radio show making an attempt to come to TV the same year as the Shadow, this pilot starred an actual famous magician of the day Coe Norton, the beautiful indian actress Lisa Howard and Woody Strode as Lothar. Like The Shadow, it was based on a comic character, which in this series was from one of Lee Falk's comic strips.
THE PHANTOM (Color, 1961, 25:02)
Another Lee Falk comic character rises off the pages to appear on the screen. Starring stuntman Roger Creed and guest starring Paulette Goddard and Lon Chaney, Jr, this episode entitled "No Escape" finds the Phantom fighting to bring about the demise of a jungle slave camp.
INVISIBLE INTRUDER (Black/White, 1958, 56:44)
Another attempt to bring "The Shadow" to television, this time in an hour long format and slicker in production. It ended up as a movie instead without ever having been screened. Stars Richard Derr as Lamont Cranston, and instead of Margot Lane as his trusted companion, it costars Mark Daniels as the oriental adept training Cranston in the practice of their art.
A Television Pilot, also known as a Pilot, TV Pilot or a Pilot Episode, and sometimes marketed as a Tele-Movie) is a standalone episode of a television series that is used to sell the show to a television network. At the time of its creation, the pilot is meant to be the testing ground to gauge whether a series will be successful. It is, therefore, a test episode for the intended television series, an early step in the series development, much like pilot studies serve as precursors to the start of larger activity. In the case of a successful television series, the pilot is commonly the first episode that is aired of the particular series under its own name -- the episode that gets the series "off the ground". A "backdoor pilot" is an episode of an existing successful series that heavily features supporting character(s) or guest stars in previously unseen roles. Its purpose is to introduce the characters to an audience before the creators decide on whether or not they intend to pursue a spin-off series with those characters. Television networks use pilots to determine whether an entertaining concept can be successfully realized and whether the expense of additional episodes is justified. A pilot is best thought of as a prototype of the show that is to follow, because elements often change from pilot to series. Variety estimates that only a little over a quarter of all pilots made for American television proceed to the series stage.