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9 January 1952 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
George Wallace ... Commando Cody
Aline Towne ... Joan Gilbert

Roy Barcroft ... Retik

William Bakewell ... Ted Richards

Clayton Moore ... 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]
Dick Cogan ... Jones - Dirt-road Motorist (Ch. 6)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Bailey ... Policeman #1 at Landing Field [Chs. 1, 3, 8] (uncredited)
Billy Dix ... Duke - Warehouse Henchman [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
Claude Dunkin ... Kern - Ray-Gun Agent [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
Stephen Gregory ... Benson - Garage Owner [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Barry Hollins ... Ray-Gun Agent [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Motorist Transporting Pursuit Cop [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
William Marke ... Lunarium Guard [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
John Marshall ... Cafe Trucker [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Henchman Sam [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
Paul Palmer ... Henchman Bill in Getaway Car [Ch. 4] (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Policeman No. 3 [Ch. 4] (uncredited)
Sam Sebby ... Moon Scout #7 [Chs. 3, 8] (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Guard at Cody Labs [Ch. 11] (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... Policeman No. 2 at Landing Field [Chs. 1, 3, 8] (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Stock Footage Henchman (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... Motorcycle Cop [Ch. 11] (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred C. Brannon 
Writing credits
Ronald Davidson (written by)

Produced by
Franklin Adreon .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stanley Wilson 
Cinematography by
John MacBurnie (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cliff Bell Sr.  (as Cliff Bell)
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
Dick Tyler Sr. .... sound (as Dick Tyler)
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double: George Wallace (uncredited)
Guy Teague .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunt double: William Bakewell (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
R. Dale Butts .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mort Glickman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Nathan Scott .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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167 min (12 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
USA:Approved (Certificate #15555) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Chapter Titles: - 1. Moon Rocket - 2. Molten Terror - 3. Bridge of Death - 4. Flight to Destruction - 5. Murder Car - 6. Hills of Death - 7. Camouflaged Destruction - 8. The Enemy Planet - 9. Battle in the Stratosphere - 10. Mass Execution - 11. Planned Pursuit - 12. Death of the Moon ManSee more »
Revealing mistakes: When Cody is flying in his secret flying suit, in the long shots his arms are always stretched straight forward; but in the close-ups his arms are always bent somewhat downward.See more »
Graber:How 'bout a ride to town, mister?
Motorist:Sure. Hop in.
Graber:There's a man in a flying suit chasing us. Step on it.
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Cody Goes Commando, 5 April 2011
Author: flapdoodle64 from Portland, OR, United States

(Or: 'Republic Recycles Rocket Man') In 1949, in one of their last bursts of inspiration, the thrill engineers at Republic produced 'King of the Rocket Men,' which capitalized on the popularity of the flying hero Superman, from the eponymous 1948 Columbia film serial. Although Rocket Man flew, he was in fact an ordinary human scientist who happened to have a helmet and rocket pack, and who battled the terrorist Dr. Vulcan.

King of the Rocketmen premiered 6-8-1949...3 weeks later, on 6-27-1949, the DuMont TV network premiered Captain Video, another science fiction hero who became one of the 1st bona fide superstars of early TV. After Rocket Man and Capt. Video, a number of science fiction heroes were popular on TV up through about 1955, when other trends began to dominate.

Capt. Video's creators had been inspired by the movie serials. In turn, Columbia Pictures obtained the rights to the Capt. Video character, and produced the super-cheap but super-profitable 'Captain Video Master of the Stratosphere' serial.

During this craze for quasi-military science-fiction heroes, Republic re-purposed the splendid Rocket Man flying footage and mixed in additional stock footage from about a dozen other serials to create Commando Cody. The name Commando Cody, BTW, was surely designed to capitalize on the popular TV character 'Commander Cory', of the hit TV series 'Space Patrol.' Thus it came to be that Republic was in the position of trying, late in the game, to jump aboard a trend that it inadvertently helped create! (But by the end of 1956, both the movie serials and the TV space heroes would be gone forever!)

One of the ways you can identify the re-used footage is when people in 1952 suddenly all hop into 1938 or 1946 automobiles for a car chase. You have to remember, cars from this era were fortunate to last 50,000 miles, so the idea that the streets of downtown Los Angeles of 1952 are suddenly filled with 1938 cars is not plausible. I lost track of how many times the characters all jumped into these automotive anachronisms...

Recylcing old footage is not necessarily a fact, some of Republic's best serials featured loads of reused material. But this serial shows a seriously uninspired writer, and it all seems kind of forced. Not to mention, Rettik the Moon Man is not a particularly menacing villain, with the other Moon Men and their Earth gangster stooges also lacking in menace and brain power. The Moon Scenes are pretty bad, even when compared with the stuff from Flash Gordon, and there is not a lot of emotional energy.

George Wallace is physically unimpressive as the titular hero, but in the action scenes he does a surprisingly good job of conveying urgency. He is actually OK, as are his companions.

Probably the best performance is by Clayton Moore, as one of the Earth gangsters inexplicably selling out his own planet for chump change. The performance is fun for everyone who saw his Lone Ranger performances and wondered what the guy actually looked like...well, here he is, and a he's a good actor, it turns out.

There are plenty of fight scenes, but nothing as inspired as the stuff from the early 1940's. Worst of all, the final chapter resolves the conflict without Our Hero getting into a suitable physical confrontation with the villain. This is rather unsatisfying.

By 1952, serials were fading fast, in terms of popularity and quality. This one is typical for that era. There are 2 other Rocket Man serials besides this one, the aforementioned 'King of the Rocket Men,' and 'Zombies of the Stratosphere.' Both King and Zombies are superior this serial, although this serial is an amiable waste of time.

The great Lydecker Brothers created some new FX for this serial, some nice shots of a rocket ship taking off and flying...these shots were reused in Zombies, as well as being used in the amazingly strange Republic quasi-TV series 'Commando Cody, Sky Marshall of the Universe.'

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