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Lost Planet Airmen (1951)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tristram Coffin ...
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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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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A great move from the Republic Pictures era!
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I first saw this movie in 1970 while living in Seattle Washington.

During the Mid 50s and early sixties I watched all the Commando Cody Serials on TV i.e. Radar Men from the moon, Zombies of the Stratosphere, Sky Marshall of the Universe. This movie was the Condensed version of the Republic Serial King of the RocketMen and Provides a unique and shortened version of the original Republic Serial. All in all it is a nice movie and to this very day I can still Remember vividly the control panel on the Rocket Suit, On, Up and Fast. What I liked most about this movie was the fast plot and the never-ending action. As in the original Republic Picture serial version King of the RocketMen, Tris Coffic the lead man wearing the rocket suit goes from one dangerous situation to another as he attempts to stop the sinister Dr. Vulcan from deploying the Sonic Decimator which will destroy the city of New York. Along with Mae Clark the evil Dr. Vulcan is defeated and the Sonic Decimator is destroyed and all the bad guys go to jail and Tristram Coffic and Mae Clark live happily ever after. This is an enjoyable movie for those who grew up watching the Saturday morning matinée at the local theaters.

Michael.


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