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 ... See full summary »
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Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

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 »

Director: Fred C. Brannon
Stars: George Wallace, Aline Towne, Roy Barcroft
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The invaders come to Earth to create an H-bomb to blast Earth out of orbit so that Mars can take its place.

Director: Fred C. Brannon
Stars: Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, Wilson Wood
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jeff King in his experimental rocket suit battles the evil Dr. Vulcan.

Director: Fred C. Brannon
Stars: Tristram Coffin, Mae Clarke, Don Haggerty
Space Patrol (1950–1955)
Sci-Fi | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Commander Corey and youthful Cadet Happy roam the 30th century universe in their ship "Terra" fighting super-villains Mr. Proteus and Prince Baccarratti and other badguys. Captured badguys ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Kemmer, Lyn Osborn, Nina Bara
Robot Monster (1953)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

The monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter.

Director: Phil Tucker
Stars: George Nader, Gregory Moffett, Claudia Barrett
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

It is nearly a generation since we've visited Dobie Gillis, and the middle-aged Dobie is nothing like he was as a youth, having has sown all of his wild oats. He's settled into the ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Z. Cherry
Stars: Lillian Adams, Billy Beck, Molly David
Steve Canyon (1958–1960)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Air Force pilot Steve Canyon, the commander of Big Thunder Air Force Base, travels from base to base as an all around trouble shooter, when he's not dealing with the the personal and military problems of his own everyday life.

Stars: Dean Fredericks, Jackson Beck, Paul Frees
Thriller | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Both the CIA and KGB investigate UFOs in Alaska: friend or foe?

Director: Mikel Conrad
Stars: Mikel Conrad, Pat Garrison, Hantz von Teuffen
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Lyle Talbot
Men Into Space (1959–1960)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The more-or-less realistic adventures of Colonel Ed McCauley, head of the American space program. He battles saboteurs, budget cuts, defective equipment and other problems in outer space.

Stars: William Lundigan, Joyce Taylor, Charles Herbert
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 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)
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 The Moon Girl (9 episodes, 1955)
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 Baylor (7 episodes, 1955)
John Crawford ...
 Alien / ... (5 episodes, 1955)
Eddie Foster ...
 Mason (5 episodes, 1955)
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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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There is some disagreement among fans of movie serials whether this is a 12-episode motion picture serial or a series of short subjects. This is because it was originally filmed as a TV series which contractual obligations forced Republic Pictures to give a theatrical release before allowing it to be broadcast on TV. As the episodes do not end in "cliffhangers", some serial "purists", considering this a requirement for the classification of a movie serial, refuse to accept it into the serial canon. Unlike short subject series, though, the episodes are not self contained - they follow a definite story arc, and cannot be shown out of order and have the story remain comprehensible to the viewer. Odd claims that unspecified 1950s legislation prohibited release of any motion picture filmed after 1948 from subsequently being released to television - which, if true, would prove that this title had no theatrical history and therefore must be classed as a TV series only - are entirely unfounded. In reality, post-1948 films were being shown on early-to-mid 1950s TV, often while still being available for theatrical showings as well, on a regular basis. In fact, the mass syndication of product postwar product by Republic Pictures itself resulted in many theaters boycotting this distributor for carrying the practice to an excess dangerous to the survival of motion picture theaters. The records of the New York State Censorship Board at the New York State Archives, clearly show that all twelve episodes of this serial were submitted for approval and licensing for theatrical exhibition in that state in 1953. See more »

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This was it... the lowest point!
3 April 2000 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

This was it... the lowest point reached by space adventure TV series in the 1950s. Filmed in 1952 as a 12-part short subject (not formatted as a serial... no cliffhangers), COMMANDO CODY bombed in the theaters, and then was sold as a summer replacement series to TV in 1955. Judd Holdren is stiff and unconvincing as Cody, and is invariably outshown by the reliable Republic stock company of character actors all around him. Each of the 12 episodes is built around stock footage of some mass destruction; as a result, each episode has exactly the same plot: the Ruler tries to destroy earth, and Cody thwarts his plans. It's a space adventure show without space travel or any kind of adventure!


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