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Radar Men from the Moon (1952)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi | 9 January 1952 (USA)
Strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Wallace ...
Aline Towne ...
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Graber
Peter Brocco ...
Krog
Robert R. Stephenson ...
Daly (as Bob Stevenson)
Don Walters ...
Henderson
Tom Steele ...
Zerg
Dale Van Sickel ...
Alon
Wilson Wood ...
Hank
Noel Cravat ...
Robal
Baynes Barron ...
Nesor - Retik's Lab Aide [Ch.2]
Paul McGuire ...
Bream
Ted Thorpe ...
Al's Cafe Bartender [Ch. 6, 7, 12]
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Strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, scientist and man of action with a secret flying suit, to investigate. Soon, Cody is battling Earth thugs in the pay of Krog the moon man and making trips in his experimental rocket to the moon itself, in a perilous and all but singlehanded effort to thwart the planned invasion of Earth. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Action | Sci-Fi

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9 January 1952 (USA)  »

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Planet Men from Mars  »

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$185,702 (estimated)
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(12 episodes)

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Made by Republic in the final years of serial production, it recycled the "rocketman suit" from the studio's wildly popular serial King of the Rocket Men (1949). See more »

Goofs

There seems to be no reason for Joan to come on the moon flights: she doesn't do anything. See more »

Quotes

[After one of the Moon Men is killed while onboard Cody's Rocket.]
Joan: What are they going to to with him?
Pilot: It's just like a burial at sea, Joan. He'll just float around and around.
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Robot Monster (1989) See more »

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Maybe, My Favourite REPUBLIC Movie Serial?
8 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

In 1936 Republic made a very boring serial called Undersea Kingdom. But it had some fancy aircraft effects. In 1941 Republic made an okay serial called The Adventures of Captain Marvel. But it had amazing flying footage of Marvel. In 1949 Republic made a reasonably good serial called King Of The Rocketmen. More amazing flying effects. This was all a lead up to something. In 1952 Republic would make a true comic book classic.

Republic Studio effects man Mr Howard Lydecker is the most under-rated effects man in Hollywood. His work in Radar Men (and the above mentioned serials) steals the show. We have full scale spaceships, miniature spaceships, rocketman flying in the sky, fancy sci-fi hardware all over the place (including an early model of that female robot from the Lost In Space episode "Ghost Planet"), it is all here!

I also like looking at 1950s cars race around country roads and there is no shortage of that here. All great stuff! The cast? I don't know any of them but who cares? This is just screen comic book entertainment and nothing else. In the 1960s Howard Lydecker would do effects for TV's Lost In Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.


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