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Menace from Outer Space (1956)

Unrated | | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi | TV Movie
A two-part episode of the sci-fi TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954), released as a feature.

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Crane ... Rocky Jones (archive footage)
Scotty Beckett ... Winky (archive footage)
Sally Mansfield Sally Mansfield ... Vena Ray (archive footage)
Robert Lyden Robert Lyden ... Bobby (archive footage)
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Prof. Newton (archive footage)
Leonard Penn ... Ranger Griff (archive footage)
Charles Meredith ... Drake - Secretary of Space (archive footage) (as Chas. Meredith)
Patsy Parsons ... Queen Cleolanta (archive footage)
Guy Prescott Guy Prescott ... Darganto (archive footage) (as Frank Pulaski)
Cliff Ferre Cliff Ferre ... Ranger Marshall (archive footage)
Walter Coy ... Zoravac (archive footage)
Nestor Paiva ... Prof. Cardos (archive footage)
Patsy Iannone Patsy Iannone ... Volaca (archive footage)
Joanne Jordan Joanne Jordan ... The Vonsoom - Zoravac's Wife (archive footage)
Charles Horvath ... Symitar - Cardos Henchman (archive footage)
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A two-part episode of the sci-fi TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954), released as a feature.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Menace from Outer Space See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Edited from the fourth, fifth and sixth episodes of Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954). See more »

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Rocky Jones tells Bobby to synchronize their watches. Bobby clearly says his watch is stopped and its impossible to set a watch on fornax. Rocky tells him its 1544 and to contact him at noon anyway. later on Bobby gives his watch to Volaca. how did bobby set his watch? See more »

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Edited from Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954) See more »

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A fascinating insight into early television programming
15 August 2005 | by charles_mackay1841See all my reviews

Not a film for those seeking gripping, Hollywood style entertainment, in fact, not a film at all. Menace from Outer Space is an agglomeration of the first three episodes of the Rocky Jones, Space Ranger series starring "B" movie veteran Richard Crane.

"Menace" appears to have been created for re-packaging and re-licensing of film length features and is quite similar to its companion feature, "Crash of Moons."

"Rocky Jones," and the feature length films assembled from the serial shows, is a wonderful example of early television coming to grips with its role as an entertainer of children. Unfortunately, many of these early efforts come across as childish, and "Menace" is no exception.

While it's fascinating to see movie serial themes and dramatic situations reformatted for the small screen, the dialogue and acting is excruciating. Perhaps most difficult to bear is the director's obvious fascination with posing all of the actors for good TV images. Rather than a film, this piece comes across as a series of poses, interspersed with contrived dialogue. True believers only!


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