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Ronald Davidson (written by)
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16 July 1952 (USA) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Judd Holdren ... Larry Martin
Aline Towne ... Sue Davis
Wilson Wood ... Bob Wilson
Lane Bradford ... Marex
Stanley Waxman ... Dr. Harding
John Crawford ... Roth
Craig Kelly ... Mr. Steele
Ray Boyle ... Shane

Leonard Nimoy ... Narab
Tom Steele ... Walker [Ch. 3] / Truck Driver [Ch. 8]
Dale Van Sickel ... Telegrapher [Chs. 1, 10]
Roy Engel ... Lawson - Boat Charter Operator [Ch. 3]
Jack Harden ... Kerr
Paul Stader ... Fisherman [Ch. 7]
Gayle Kellogg ... Dick the Rocketship Pilot
Jack Shea ... Rocketship Guard [Ch. 2]
Robert Garabedian ... Elah - Zombie Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Alten ... Second Train Heavy [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Roy Barcroft ... Central Control Radio Operator [Chs. 1, 11] / Ross [Ch. 4] (voice) (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Ferndale Policeman [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
Floyd Criswell ... Ferndale Policeman [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Henchman (uncredited)
Paul Gustine ... Plane Pilot [Ch. 4] (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Mack ... Gomez Siding Switchman [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
George Magrill ... First Train Heavy [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Dapper Gangster on Plane [Ch. 4] (uncredited)
Robert Strange ... Kettler - Sub Quartermaster [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Henchman (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Tarner - Sub Captain [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Clifton Young ... Ross - Smuggler Boss [Ch. 4] (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred C. Brannon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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 
 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
James Redd 
 
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
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
J. Lawrence Cassingham .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Rowland .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunt double: Judd Holdren (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
R. Dale Butts .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Anthony Collins .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mort Glickman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ernest Gold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Perkins .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Jerry Roberts .... musical director (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Nathan Scott .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
J. Lawrence Cassingham .... technical advisor
John E. Baker .... vice president of studio operations (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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167 min (12 chapters)
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #15680)

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Commando Cody got beat out of a TV episode., 17 May 2006

The story/scenario for "Zombies of the Stratsophere" was originally written to be used as the fourth episode ( of the eventual twelve) of the Republic-produced "Commando Cody- Sky King of the Universe" syndicated television 1951-52 production season series. The studio unit that was doing the television series, under Associate Producer Franklin Adreon, was also doing the serials (for theatre distribution) and after the first three "Commando Cody" TV episodes were completed, then started production on "Zombies of the Stratosphere" prior to finishing the remaining nine Cody-TV episodes. On April 10, 1952, Adreon sent a memo to all Republic Pictures Corporation departments advising that certain character names in production number 133 (internal house number for the upcoming serial) have been changed as follows: Commando Cody becomes Larry Martin; Joan Gilbert becomes Sue Davis; Ted Richards becomes Bob Wilson; Mr. Henderson becomes Mr. Steele and Hank becomes Dick.

"Zombies" utilized stock footage from various Republic serials, features and one western; all of the 17 flying sequences of the airborn-wired dummy came straight from "King of the Rocket Men.", and the uranium-smuggling airplane sequence was lifted from the Roy Rogers western, "Bells of Coronado," which is why Clifton Young (as Ross)and Henry Rowland (Plane Heavy)show up in this serial. Larry Martin's space ship was recycled from "Radar Men from the Moon", while the Martians flew a new model (created for "Zombies")that featured a transparent bubble-gum turret housing a ray cannon atop the fuselage.

Republic contract-player Roy Barcroft is not seen in the serial but his voice was heard on the radio (chapters 1 and 11) and as dubs for Ross (chapter 4)and Tarner (chapter 7.) There was a fabricated "Introducing Leonard Nimoy" added to the opening cast-sheet when this film was colorized in the '90's, a bit of revisionism catering to Trekkies. Republic Pictures Corporation itself did not pass out "Introducing" credits to players listed ninth in the cast.

Filming started on April 4, 1952 and was completed on May 1, 1952. The budget (expected filming cost of the production) was $172,838 and the finished negative cost came in at $176,357, or slightly four thousand dollars over budget. These were the real numbers and, of course, do not fit the revisionist definitions of budget currently employed by some websites.

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