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Menace from Outer Space (1956)

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A two-part episode of the sci-fi TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954), released as a feature.

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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)
Leonard Penn ...
Ranger Griff (archive footage)
Charles Meredith ...
Secretary of Space Drake (archive footage) (as Chas. Meredith)
Patsy Parsons ...
Queen Cleolanta (archive footage)
Guy Prescott ...
Darganto (archive footage) (as Frank Pulaski)
Cliff Ferre ...
Ranger Marshall (archive footage)
Walter Coy ...
Zoravac (archive footage)
Nestor Paiva ...
Professor Cardos (archive footage)
Patsy Iannone ...
Volaca (archive footage)
Joanne Jordan ...
The Vonsoom, Zoravac's Wife (archive footage)
Charles Horvath ...
Symitar, Cardos Henchman (archive footage)
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A two-part episode of the sci-fi TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954), released as a feature.

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Quality Pulp! 3 more episodes of the Rocky Jones TV show sewn together
5 September 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

In the mid-50s most episodes of the early TV sci-fi show Rocky Jones: Space Ranger" were assembled into a number of TV movies for re-broadcast. Unlike some of these recycled TV movies, Menace from Outer Space has less of a serial feel to it, and flows as if it were intended to be a feature-length film from the beginning.

To summarize the Rocky Jones show - Jones (Richard Crane) is a space-ship captain who flies around the solar system with an improbably named sidekick "Winky" (played by 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. Also like Star Trek - the Rocky Jones series also consistently cast women in positions of considerable power and responsibility - a bold move for 1950s TV. Like later series from the Star Trek franchise, the show also employs pseudo-scientific black-box technologies and technobabble quite liberally in order to avoid plot holes and speed bumps on the highway of logic.

In this story arc, Rocky and his extended family (a little kid named Bobby, prodigy scientist Veena, an elderly professor and, of course, the stalwart Winky) are drawn into high-stakes interplanetary political intrigue . One of Jupiter's moons, formerly believed to be uninhabitable, has launched a missile at the earth and forensic evidence concerning the missile suggests that the moon has a tremendous wealth of mineral resources never before suspected. Of course, Rocky is immediately dispatched to attempt to establish peaceful trade relations.

The special effects are not bad for their time, but the average viewer today will probably find them laughable. The cinematography and directing are quite good for early TV, and the editing creates a fine pace for this family sci-fi space adventure.

The script is predictably silly, but the characters are very consistently developed from show to show, and they are all quite likable. The acting is serviceable for its intent - family TV viewing.

Recommended for those interested in Sci-Fi TV history and pulp sci-fi 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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