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Lost Planet Airmen (1951)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 25 July 1951 (USA)
Young member of scientific group uses new rocket-powered flying suit to thwart shadowy saboteur known only as "Dr. Vulcan".

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Jeffrey King (archive footage)
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Glenda Thomas (archive footage)
Don Haggerty ...
Tony Dirken (archive footage)
House Peters Jr. ...
Burt Winslow (archive footage)
James Craven ...
Prof. Millard (archive footage)
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Prof. Bryant (archive footage)
Douglas Evans ...
Chairman (archive footage)
Ted Adams ...
Martin Conway (archive footage)
Stanley Price ...
Gunther von Strum (archive footage)
Dale Van Sickel ...
Martin (archive footage)
Tom Steele ...
Knox, a thug (archive footage)
David Sharpe ...
Blears (archive footage)
Eddie Parker ...
Rowan (archive footage)
Michael Ferro ...
Turk (archive footage)
Frank O'Connor ...
Warehouse Guard (archive footage)
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This 1951 film is a feature re-issue of the 1949 12-chapter Republic serial "King of the Rocket Men" edited down to 65 minutes, which basically means that players such as Tom Steele, David Sharpe and Eddie Parker who had as many as four-to-five different roles (in addition to stunt doubling) in the 12-chapter serial only pop up here in two-three different roles but spaced closer together. Both versions find the diabolical Dr. Vulcan (I. Stanford Jolley) causing the deaths of Professors Drake (Dale Van Sickle in one of his five roles in the serial version)and Millard (James Craven, chewing less scenery than usual for him) of Science Associates, a privately-operated desert research project. The "accidents" attract the attention of Glenda Thomas (Mae Clarke), photographer for Miracle Science magazine. She visits the project and is placated by publicity director Burt Winslow (House Peters, Jr.) and project member Jeff King (Tristram Coffin.) Later, Jeff visits a cave where he has been ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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25 July 1951 (USA)  »

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Le roi des hommes fusee  »

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Although listed in the screen cast, the following actors did not appear in the final release: Eddie Parker, Michael Ferro, Buddy Roosevelt.' See more »

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28 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lost Planet Airmen was the first (yes, there was another in 1966 for a television package) feature version of Republic's 1949 12-chapter serial, King of the Rocket Men, one of no less than six (of of a total of 66 serials made by Republic between 1936 and 1956) titles involving "King of the...." The "King" was always the surname of the leading man, not a title, however.

Whoever came up with this great title I have no idea, but it is interesting to note that film has nothing to do with planets, lost or otherwise, and even the inclusion of the word "airmen" is somewhat dubious.


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