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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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The BEST movie serial ever (next to The Adventures of Captain Marvel) 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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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:
This was another of Republic's titles to use a play-on-words for "King of..." "King" was actually the name of the main character.See more »
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Referenced in Thirty Second Doom (2008)See more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The BEST movie serial ever (next to The Adventures of Captain Marvel), 15 December 2005
Author: dbrewster-2 from United States

King of the Rocket Men is one of the most original movie serials ever produced post-WWII. This is the stuff that dreams are still made of. What kid wouldn't give anything to be able to fly in a sonically propelled rocket pack and kick some bad guys butt? More than 50 years after it was made, this serial still has the pulse-quickening action adventure and really great acting that made it the classic that it is. The acting was serious, which made you believe this could actually happen. These actors were highly under-appreciated, yet were better than many of the celebrity "actors" that demand to be the center of attention today. The Rocketeer was based on this serial, and even though it had great production, it just barely induced the kind of excitement Jeff King gave us for 12 exciting episodes. It's a shame the sequels to this were silly and unbelievable. Allen Duffis hit the nail on the head. This is the standard that ALL of the Saturday morning and prime time adventure shows that came after wished they could be. The only thing that was as good was the first Indiana Jones movie, and that got it's inspiration from show's like this. I still marvel at the flying scenes through the canyons and across the Culver City skyline, which still look so real it's breath-taking. The Liedecker Brothers were geniuses. I wish they could make new serials just as good as this one today. I wish a really good sharp copy of these serials could be professionally put on DVD to preserve these serials forever. This one deserves to be protected for the future.

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