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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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Cast

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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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Jeff King's atomic powered rocket suit was so advanced that it required only three operational controls: on/off, up/down and slow/fast.See more »
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Up, Up, and AWAY!, 20 April 2005
Author: skallisjr from Tampa, FL United States

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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