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Director:
Writers:
Royal K. Cole (written by) and
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Release Date:
8 June 1949 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Watch "Rocket Man" sweep from the clouds to battle America's enemies! (original poster) See more »
Plot:
Jeff King in his experimental rocket suit battles the evil Dr. Vulcan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
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One of the Greatest Serials See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tristram Coffin ... Jeff King

Mae Clarke ... Glenda Thomas
Don Haggerty ... Tony Dirken
House Peters Jr. ... Burt Winslow
James Craven ... Prof. Millard [Chs. 1-7, 10]

I. Stanford Jolley ... 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]
Buddy Roosevelt ... Henchman Phillips [Chs. 9-10]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshall Bradford ... Professor Graftner (uncredited)
Arvon Dale ... Chairman's Aide [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Newscaster [Ch. 5] (voice) (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Henchman Morgan [Chs. 8-9] (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Henchman Sparks [Ch. 2] (uncredited)
Jack O'Shea ... Walter- Eastern Electronics' Clerk [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Clay- Motorcycle Rider [Ch. 9] (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred C. Brannon 
 
Writing credits
Royal K. Cole (written by) (as Royal Cole) and
William Lively (written by) and
Sol Shor (written by)

Produced by
Franklin Adreon .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Wilson 
Joseph Dubin (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ellis W. Carter 
 
Film Editing by
Cliff Bell Sr.  (as Cliff Bell)
Sam Starr 
 
Art Direction by
Fred A. Ritter  (as Fred Ritter)
 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
James Redd 
 
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Roy Wade .... unit manager
 
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt double: House Peters, Jr. [Chs. 5-6] (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Tristram Coffin in Rocket Man suit/Don Haggerty [Ch. 6]/I. Stanford Jolley [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double: Tristram Coffin & House Peters, Jr. [Chs. 2, 8] (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunt double: Don Haggerty (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph Dubin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mort Glickman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ernest Gold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Nathan Scott .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
167 min (12 episodes)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #18262)

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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']See more »
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40 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
One of the Greatest Serials, 5 January 2001
Author: Allen J. Duffis (sataft-2) from USA

This was a fantastic serial with great special effects for it's time. Unfortunately, many who review such fare today do so from feature length versions. One must always remember that these serials were meant to be viewed, chapter by chapter, on a weekly basis. It was the draw that got you back to the theater and a five cent bag of fresh popcorn with real butter, not butter substitute. This cherished specialized cinema of the 1940's and early 50's, produced mainly for kids, was known widely as "Saturday Mornings At the Movies".

To understand and appreciate such cinema, one really needs to have the inventive mind of a child, growing up during such exciting times of pioneering new technology. There was no 24 hour television in color or black and white, VCR's, or anything to get in the way of a child's greatest attribute, their imagination. This was the generation that would grow up to make all of these modern day wonders come true.

It is also fair to mention that stars like Tristram Coffin, deserved to be remembered for the fine actors they were; despite the limited range of the roles they played. After all, it takes a fine actor to make even a child believe that a man can strap two powerful flaming rockets to his back, attached to a flimsy leather jacket with four simple control knobs in front, and fly convincingly - without being killed. How many of our high paid, so-called actors of today can effectively accomplish such a feat?

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