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Radar Men from the Moon (1952)

Approved  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  9 January 1952 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Wallace ...
Aline Towne ...
Roy Barcroft ...
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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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MOON-MEN ATTACK THE EARTH! ATOMIC ACTION! (original poster- all caps) See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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9 January 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

The clear rocket-shaped prop in Retik's moon lab previously appeared in Flight to Mars (1951). See more »

Goofs

Cody's flying suit controls are on his chest where he can not see them while he is flying. Thus he should be unable to make the in-flight changes that we see him make. See more »

Quotes

[Commando Cody, Ted, and Joan are about to board ship for the moon]
Commando Cody: I still think this is no trip for a woman.
Joan Gilbert: Now don't start that again. You'll be very glad to have someone along who can cook your meals.
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Edited from King of the Rocket Men (1949) See more »

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Corny, but Fun
6 February 2001 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Moon ruler Retik assigned one of his people to go on Earth and cripple its defenses to a point when the Moon people could go down and invade it. The defense department gets a hold of the idea, and assigns Commando Cody, with flying rocket suit and all. Cody, along with his assistants, journey to the moon, are nearly killed and go back down upon Earth to stop the sabotage in progress in order to force Retik to come down and strike himself. The only Republic serial that did a good job trying to parody the 50's science craze, is at times ridiculous but still a lot of fun to watch. Sort-of sequel to King of the Rocketman and later inspired a kiddie TV show. Clayton Moore ( the Lone Ranger himself ) plays one of the Moon Men's hired guns. Just a little above average serial at best. I never saw the MST3K version, but they would have had a lot more fun doing Zombies of the Stratosphere or Flying Discman from Mars. Rating based on serials- 6 out of 10.


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