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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 »

Director: Fred C. Brannon
Stars: George Wallace, Aline Towne, Roy Barcroft
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Jeff King in his experimental rocket suit battles the evil Dr. Vulcan.

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Stars: Tristram Coffin, Mae Clarke, Don Haggerty
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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
Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950–1955)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Four centuries into the future, Cadets Tom Corbett, Roger Manning and Astro are training to become Solar Guards. Their ship, the "Polaris" took them to numerous adventures, usually natural catastrophes rather than villains.

Stars: Frankie Thomas, Al Markim, Jan Merlin
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 Commando Cody (12 episodes, 1955)
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 Joan Gilbert (12 episodes, 1955)
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 The Ruler (12 episodes, 1955)
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 Mr. Henderson (12 episodes, 1955)
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 Clancy (12 episodes, 1955)
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 Dick Preston (9 episodes, 1955)
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 The Moon Girl (9 episodes, 1955)
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 Baylor (7 episodes, 1955)
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 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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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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The Last Four Episodes Are The Best
4 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Cody and his spaceship protect the earth from outer space dangers.

The first eight episodes are not that good but things pick up in the last four shows as more time is spent inside the spaceship with all sorts of flying action going on all over the place.

The key to watching this show: don't think about it.

Just look at the wonderful Howard Lydeckder flying effects (of Cody and the spaceship), listen to the wonderfully corny closing lines heard at the end of some episodes...and that is it.

There is a pre-Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea TV series feel to his production. Lydecker also worked on the flying scenes of VTTBOTS's "flying sub" and the endless bang, bang explosions also happened in VTTBOTS season's three and four.


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