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Crash of Moons (1954)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  10 July 1954 (USA)
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Not a feature film but a three-part episode from the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954) edited together and released as a feature.

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Crane ...
Rocky Jones (archive footage)
Scotty Beckett ...
Winky (archive footage)
Sally Mansfield ...
Vena Ray (archive footage)
Robert Lyden ...
Bobby (archive footage)
Maurice Cass ...
Professor Newton (archive footage)
Charles Meredith ...
Secretary of Space Drake (archive footage)
Patsy Parsons ...
Cleolanta (archive footage)
Harry Lauter ...
Atlasan (archive footage)
Maria Palmer ...
Potonda (archive footage)
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Bavarro (archive footage)
Nan Leslie ...
Trinka (archive footage)
Lane Bradford ...
Lasvon, Cleolanta's Lieutenant (archive footage)
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Not a feature film but a three-part episode from the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954) edited together and released as a feature.

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When Rocky and Winky were traveling toward the Space Station to warn them of the "Atmosphere chain", they asked the Space Station's radio operator to call back the ship that had recently left. The radio operator indicated that they were out of radio range, yet Rocky was able to talk to them, supposedly from further away. See more »

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Vena Ray: Vena Ray to Transport 13: Thanks for the buggy ride. Out.
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Classic 1950s TV Sci-Fi Schlock Adventure
29 August 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Had this been a 1940s Sci-Fi serial, there would be no question about its place in sci-fi cinematic history. Instead, Crash of Moons - an assemblage of episodes from the 1954 Rocky Jones TV series - sits firmly in the 1950s sci-fi schlock category. Crash of Moons, and the rest of the Rocky Jones adventures, has a very strong serial feel to it, and is enjoyable for many of the same reasons the 1940s serials are still entertaining. For info on the original 1954 series from which this comes, see http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt0046639/

Jones (Richard Crane) is a space-ship captain who flies around the solar system with his improbably named navigator "Winky" (played by the ill-fated child prodigy Scotty Beckett) representing the United Worlds

  • an interplanetary political entity which has a very strong
resemblance to Star Trek's federation. In Crash of Moons, Jones and Winky find themselves trying to deal with a pair of "gypsy moons" whose eccentric orbit is going to collapse, destroying them both. Of course, both moons are inhabited (I assume, by people who do not require consistent sunlight, food, energy sources, and an atmosphere), and one is presided over by dictator Cleolanta (Patty Parsons). Jones has a number of support personnel - an elderly science professor, The United Worlds' Secretary of Space, a lovely and smart young woman, and a child prodigy. They all pool their resources to avert the crisis, but Cleolanta has other plans.

Star Trek fans will find more than the United Worlds concept interesting - the Rocky Jones series also consistently cast women in positions of considerable power and responsibility - a bold move for 1950s TV.

The special effects are not at all bad for their time. Mostly, the effects involve miniatures and some creative imagery which merely suggest what they are meant to represent, but the effects scenes are all sewn and filmed together in a surprisingly classy way. The cinematography and directing are quite good for early TV.

The script is predictably silly, very inventively deploys technobabble, and has nothing whatsoever to do with science, or even real technology. It is therefore what one might expect had Star Trek Voyager been produced in the 1950s by the same writing team which created it in the 1990s.

The acting is serviceable for its intent - family TV viewing. Characterization is a bit light - even for heroes Jones and Winky - but this is not surprising since the film is really just an excerpt from a TV series.

I heartily recommend Crash of Moons for those interested in Sci-Fi TV history and B film addicts. Keep what this is intended to be in mind and keep your expectations low, and you just might have a good time with it!


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