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Rocky Jones, Space Ranger 

Cruising the galaxy in his space ship "The Orbit Jet" Space Ranger, Rocky Jones, Vena Ray, and 10 year-old Bobby defend the Earth and themselves against space-bound evil doers.
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Series cast summary:
Richard Crane ...  Rocky Jones 39 episodes, 1954
Sally Mansfield Sally Mansfield ...  Vena Ray 39 episodes, 1954
Scotty Beckett ...  Winky 34 episodes, 1954
Robert Lyden Robert Lyden ...  Bobby 31 episodes, 1954
Charles Meredith ...  Secretary of Space Drake 23 episodes, 1954
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ...  Prof. Newton / ... 18 episodes, 1954
Patsy Parsons ...  Cleolanta / ... 17 episodes, 1954
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Cruising the galaxy in his space ship "The Orbit Jet" Space Ranger, Rocky Jones, Vena Ray, and 10 year-old Bobby defend the Earth and themselves against space-bound evil doers. Written by Wayne Coleman <waynecoleman@swbell.net>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

27 February 1954 (USA) See more »

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(per episode - 39 episodes)

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Secretary of Space Drake: Space rangers and traitors - they don't go together!
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Episodes have been edited together to form a number of feature-length "movies" that have been released on video with titles such as: Beyond the Moon; Crash of the Moons; Menace from Outer Space; Gypsy Moon, The; Manhunt in Space; Forbidden Moon; Silver Needle in the Sky. See more »

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Edited into The Gypsy Moon (1954) See more »

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That Cleolanta Scared Me
16 August 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I used to love Rocky Jones as a lad, it debuted in 1954 when I was a mere 7 years old. Rocky was a chiseled hero of the space age, a space ranger working for the United Worlds. The United Nations was in its first decade and the world hoped it would help bring lasting peace to the planet. Those hopes were certainly transported into the future with the United Worlds. Note the similarity between the crowd Rocky and his crew worked for and the United Federation of Planets that employed the Enterprise a dozen years later.

I also don't think it was an accident that actor Charles Meredith played the future Secretary-General of the United Worlds. His resemblance to the current president named Eisenhower residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, could not be missed.

Rocky's crew consisted of co-pilot Winky, navigator Vena, scientist Professor Newton and a young kid named Bobby who Professor Newton took quite an interest in. Vena was always in short skirts and heels, not exactly regulation for space travel, but I guess she was there for the Dads. What Bobby was on those missions for still eludes me except as a boy toy. To hear Winky tell it he had a girl on every planet, but Rocky showed no discernible interest in the opposite sex.

Of course special effects were pretty chintzy, but given that television was still in its own adolescence, understandable. The show was not terribly good in predicting scientific advancement. No computers or lasers are seen in this futuristic program. I recall one episode in which an abandoned moon was blasted with something called a tortanic missile to alter its orbit. Didn't work.

But one thing I will always remember Rocky Jones for. There was a ruler Queen on one of the planets named Officius and her name was Cleolanta. That woman was pure evil and deliciously played by an actress named Patsy Parsons. Cleolanta used to give this seven year old nightmares. But I still watched the show.


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