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Buck Rogers (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 11 April 1939 (USA)
A pilot and his young passenger crash-land on a mountaintop and are put into suspended animation by a strange gas. They awake 500 years later to discover that the Earth is now ruled by a ... See full summary »

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(screenplay) (as Norman Hall), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Buck Rogers (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
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Philson Ahn ...
Prince Tallen
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Guy Usher ...
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Captain Laska
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Lieutenant Patten
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Lieutenant Lacy (as Kenneth Duncan)
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Scott
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Captain Roberts
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Storyline

A pilot and his young passenger crash-land on a mountaintop and are put into suspended animation by a strange gas. They awake 500 years later to discover that the Earth is now ruled by a tyrannical despot called Killer Kane, and they lead a fight to overthrow him. Written by Anonymous

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BUCK ROGERS BATTLES INVASION FROM FOREIGN PLANETS!...Space ships exploded by giant ray machines! Mountains crumbled by disintegrating machines! See more »


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Release Date:

11 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buck Rogers Conquers the Universe  »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the original Buck Rogers novelettes, Buck's enemy was the Han; in the comic strip, his enemy was the Mongols and later the Tiger Men of Mars. Neither of these impressive foes appeared in the serial - Kane was made the main villain. Buck's full name - not mentioned in the comic strip - is Anthony Rogers. Nowlan may have ordered it altered for length reasons. See more »

Goofs

Chapter seven: The space radio, which Buck has difficulty moving, is picked up by Buck as it was so much balsa wood. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Control Officer: Westmore Observatory calling dirigible Chandril. Westmore Observatory calling dirigible Chandril.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are displayed on a kaleidoscope background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hogan's Heroes: I Look Better in Basic Black (1966) See more »

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Buck - N - Buddy
22 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Buck Rogers as rendered in this serial is a far cry from the comic strip. Somehow, the producers & director managed to create what amounts to a pale shadow of the original strip. The sets used in the 1939 Buck Rogers series are painfully and obviously recycled from the prior Flash Gordon series. Not only that, but some of the film sequences seem to be recycled shamelessly (e.g. the sequences of the underground subways).

For anyone who wonders about the genesis of the homo-erotic themes of Batman, though, look no further! Buck and Buddy do seem to be the prototypes of the now common comic book stereotypes. I am not certain whether this was intentional or not. Possibly the director merely had in mind an appeal to the pre-adolescent social constructs of a bygone age? Buddy still looks like he's the "boy wonder" of this series, though, while the Buck Rogers films date back to 1934 or so, several years before the Batman debut (1939). There must be a master's thesis waiting to be written here.


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