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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tony Dirken
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Burt Winslow
James Craven ...
Prof. Millard [Chs. 1-7, 10]
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Prof. Bryant
Douglas Evans ...
Chairman [Ch. 12]
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Martin Conway [Chs. 1-4]
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Gunther Von Strum
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Henchman Martin [Ch.1] / Prof. Drake [Ch. 1] / Henchman Gates [Chs. 6-7, 9-11]
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Henchman Knox [Chs. 1, 3-4, 7] / Taxi Driver [Chs. 10-11]
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Henchman Blears / Cliff / Stark
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Rowan [Ch. 3]
Michael Ferro ...
Henchman Turk [Ch. 8]
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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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Faster than light! (original poster) See more »


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8 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der König der Raketenmänner  »

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$165,592 (estimated)
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(12 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Referenced in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) See more »

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Up, Up, and AWAY!
20 April 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See 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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