Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953– )

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Series cast summary:
 Commando Cody (12 episodes, 1955)
Aline Towne ...
 Joan Gilbert (12 episodes, 1955)
Gregory Gaye ...
 The Ruler (12 episodes, 1955)
Craig Kelly ...
 Mr. Henderson (12 episodes, 1955)
Dale Van Sickel ...
 Clancy (12 episodes, 1955)
Richard Crane ...
 Dick Preston (9 episodes, 1955)
 The Moon Girl (9 episodes, 1955)
 Baylor (7 episodes, 1955)
John Crawford ...
 Alien / ... (5 episodes, 1955)
Eddie Foster ...
 Mason (5 episodes, 1955)


It is the near future as seen from the perspective of the early 1950s. Earth is in radio contact with civilizations on planets in our solar system, as well as planets in other, distant solar systems, and Commando Cody has just built the world's first spaceship. Written by Pilot TV Network

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16 July 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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During the lengthy break between filming the first three and last nine episodes of this TV series, Republic shot another Rocket Man serial called Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952). By the time work resumed on the Sky Marshal series, William Schallert, the actor who played Cody's male colleague "Ted Richards", was no longer available. He was replaced by Richard Crane who played a different character, "Dick Preston". Richards' absence was explained when Cody stated he had been reassigned to another post. See more »


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Shows its Republic Pictures/Matinée Serial Origins
26 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe", was a half hour TV series that ran as a replacement series on NBC during the 1955 season. If the series looked was! "Commando Cody..." shows its Republic Pictures/matinée serial origins as the title character appeared once under the Cody name and twice under different character names in three different Saturday matinée cliffhanger serials from the late '40's thru the early '50's. Although there were 12 TV episodes (as there were nearly always 12 chapters of a serial), none of them ended in the inevitable cliffhanger ending. All episodes were complete in themselves yet there was a definite continuing story arc week-to-week. The 12 episodes were first shown in theatres in 1953 but by this point in time movie serials were fast becoming extinct due to the growing popularity of network television. Republic Pictures, along with Columbia Pictures, were the last two studios to produce theatrical serials. The "Commando Cody..." series was, along with most of the last of Republic's serial output, very cheaply and quickly produced so as to include tons of stock footage at Republic's disposal from nearly 20 years of serial production. Judd Holdren, who had played the Cody character (under a different name) in the second of the "Rocketman/Commando Cody" theatrical serials, starred as Commando Cody. Aline Towne played his assistant Joan, William Shallert played his assistant Ted for the first half of the series and Richard Crane replaced Shallert as assistant Dick during the second half. The Cody group was battling Gregory Gay as the Ruler who was attempting to destroy the Earth from his base on the Moon. The Ruler was assisted on Earth by Baylor (portrayed by veteran actor Lyle Talbot) and assorted other Earth gangsters looking to "clean up" after Earth's overthrow.

Sci-Fi that seems "hokey" by today's standards but entertaining for its' time in the much simpler '50's.

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