This live sci-fi series aimed at children featured the adventures of space-patrolling Rocket Ranger Rod Brown, who roamed the universe with sidekicks Frank and Wormsey protecting its inhabitants from evil. Written by
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Cliff Robertson was emphatic that this was to be his only TV series. He would rise on Saturdays at 4 a.m., drive to the CBS studios in uptown New York, go through dress rehearsal, and do the live broadcast at 11:30 a.m. EST. After the program he went over to the theatre where he was performing in "Late Love" with 'Elizabeth Montgomery' for a matinee and then an evening show. By 11pm he would be "stumbling around", as he later said. Robertson was also attending the Actors Workshop at the time. His salary for the part of "Rod Brown" was approximately $175 weekly. See more »
CBS had Tom Corbett, Space Cadet for only a couple of months before it moved to ABC, then later DuMont, then later NBC. With space adventure shows at their peak of popularity in 1953, CBS hired Tom Corbett's original director and commissioned him to create a clone. He did so, and the result was Rod Brown (Cliff Robertson) of the Rocket Rangers. With the same director, same special effects gizmo, and many of the same writers, this was a somewhat livelier version of Space Cadet. Aliens were very rarely seen on Space Cadet, so Rod Brown gave us virtually a new alien every week. It was an interesting program and it is a shame that no kinescopes seem to be available these days.
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