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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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Edited from the fourth, fifth, and sixth episodes of 'Rocky Jones Space Ranger'. See more »

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Good for a laugh and not much else...
17 July 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Menace From Space" begins with strange missiles made of crystal being hurled at the Earth. The brainiac professor determines they are from one of Jupiter's moons, so Rocky Jones takes a small crew to this strange world to try to determine why this is occurring. Once there, an evil Earth scientist is already there and he's manipulating the locals to his own wicked and greedy ends. So, it's up to the Earth heroes to save the day.

I love 1950s sci-fi movies--even though the special effects are often pretty silly and the plots a bit campy. I particularly love the films taking humans on their first trips to the Moon or Mars. However, despite my strong predisposition to like such material, this movie made up of three episodes of TV's "Rocky Jones Space Ranger" is pretty bad. Of course, being made for television the special effects were worse than you'd find in a real movie--this I could accept. What I couldn't accept were the awful characters! Rocky is wooden, but he's not the problem. The biggest problems are Winky and the little brat they took along for no reason whatsoever. Winky is the second in command but you wonder why they'd put a complete moron in such an important role! He's clearly the 'comic relief', though since he isn't funny, he's more the 'annoying relief'! And the 'precocious kid'?! Well, apparently although they barely have enough fuel to make it to Fornax and back, they decide to bring this whiny kid along--even though he can't possibly contribute anything to the mission (unless, of course, they want to use him as a shield). The writing of this show and the ensuing movie is pretty poor and clearly is being marketed to kids, not anyone wanting sci-fi that is realistic or well-written. As a result, it's only good for a laugh and not much more.


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