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King of the Rocket Men (1949)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 8 June 1949 (USA)
Jeff King in his experimental rocket suit battles the evil Dr. Vulcan.

Director:

Fred C. Brannon

Writers:

Royal K. Cole (as Royal Cole), William Lively | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tristram Coffin ... Jeffrey King
Mae Clarke ... Glenda Thomas
Don Haggerty ... Tony Dirken
House Peters Jr. ... Burt Winslow
James Craven James Craven ... Prof. Millard [Chs. 1-7, 10]
I. Stanford Jolley ... Prof. Bryant
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Chairman [Ch. 12]
Ted Adams ... Martin Conway [Chs. 1-4]
Stanley Price ... Gunther Von Strum
Dale Van Sickel ... Martin - Henchman [Ch.1] / Prof. Drake [Ch. 1] / Gates - Henchman [Chs. 6-7, 9-11]
Tom Steele ... Knox - Henchman [Chs. 1, 3-4, 7] / Taxi Driver [Chs. 10-11]
David Sharpe ... Blears - Henchman / Cliff / Stark
Eddie Parker ... Rowan [Ch. 3]
Michael Ferro Michael Ferro ... Turk - Henchman [Ch. 8]
Frank O'Connor ... Warehouse Guard [Chs. 1, 10]
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Storyline

Prof. Millard pretends to be dead and helps Jeff King ferret out Vulcan, the evil traitor at the science academy. Donning his Rocket Man costume King goes from one hair raising rescue to the next in order to keep the newly invented Decimator out of the clutches of Vulcan and his minions. Written by Randy Spencer <spencer@ricochet.net>

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And they hit the moon! 12 thrilling chapters about the most fascinating man who ever lived! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der König der Raketenmänner See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$165,592 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As in other Republic serials, Republic's top stuntmen, Dale Van Sickel, Tom Steele and David Sharpe, not only did stunts for other actors, they were given multiple roles throughout the serial. The audience were meant to see only one episode per week and therefore not expected to remember the faces of each henchman or extra. See more »

Goofs

Conway is murdered by having a knife thrown into the middle of his back, yet Glenda accepts his death as a suicide (and wonders why he'd kill himself before ending his suicide confession/note). See more »

Quotes

Glenda Thomas: Am I glad you caught up with me again.
Jeffrey King: It's getting to be a habit that I'd like to break.
Glenda Thomas: Well, I was only trying to help.
Jeffrey King: The best you can do is help yourself to a ride back to town. The highway is right over there.
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Alternate Versions

This Republic serial was edited down to a feature film and released under the title "Lost Planet Airman." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Magic: Cinematic Flight: Up, Up and Away (1994) See more »

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Up, Up, and AWAY!
20 April 2005 | by skallisjrSee all my reviews

This has some of the most convincing flying sequences for its time. The later Superman serial had him "fly" as a cartoon: here, King appears really to fly. I have read that the flying sequences used a lightweight dummy on wires. It looks pretty convincing.

Minor spoiler: There was only one "rocket man": the serial title suggests more. (The hero's name is Jeff King) For that matter, the flight controller is marked, "Slow," "Fast," "Up," and "Down." Not bad, but rough if one had to change direction in flight.

Naturally, the serial uses the standard formula of a colorful villain who's out to steal a secret, whom the hero has to contend with.

Worth viewing, but light entertainment.


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