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King of the Rocket Men (1949)

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

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Young member of scientific group uses new rocket-powered flying suit to thwart shadowy saboteur known only as "Dr. Vulcan".

Director: Fred C. Brannon
Stars: Tristram Coffin, Mae Clarke, Don Haggerty
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Cast

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

8 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der König der Raketenmänner  »

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Budget:

$165,592 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Titles of Chapters
  • 1. Dr. Vulcan. Traitor


  • 2. Plunging Death


  • 3. Dangerous Evidence


  • 4. High Peril


  • 5. Fatal Dive


  • 6. Mystery of The Rocket Man


  • 7. Molten Menace


  • 8. Suicide Flight


  • 9. Ten Seconds To Live


  • 10. The Deadly Fog


  • 11. Secret of Dr. Vulcan


  • 12. Wave of Disaster [Note: The On Screen number to this is 'Last Chapter' instead of '12']


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Referenced in The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) See more »

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User Reviews

The prototype Rocket Man serial, great fun!

It's one of Republic's last great serials, the inspiration for Disney's "The Rocketeer," and just great fun. Really standout special effects, the patented Republic furniture-smashing, body-slamming fights, a goofy plot, and just as much action and movement as you can stand. Any kid that didn't wish to be a "rocket man" sometime in their childhood had no red blood in them. Highly recommended. Star Tris Coffin should be rediscovered.


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