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Planet Outlaws (1953)

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An American soldier suspended in time wakes up to find himself in the futuristic world of the year 2500.


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Complete credited cast:
Col. Buck Rogers (archive footage) (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
Constance Moore ...
Lt. Wilma Deering (archive footage)
Jackie Moran ...
George 'Buddy' Wade (archive footage)
Jack Mulhall ...
Killer Kane (archive footage)
Philip Ahn ...
Prince Tallen of Saturn (archive footage)
C. Montague Shaw ...
Dr. Huer, Scientist General (archive footage) (as Montague Shaw)
Guy Usher ...
Aldar (archive footage)
William Gould ...
Air Marshal Kragg (archive footage)
Capt. Lasca, Kane forces (archive footage)


Buck Rogers (1939) re-edited from serial to feature format and re-released for theatrical distribution in 1953; an American soldier suspended in time wakes up to find himself in the futuristic world of the year 2500. Once settled he realizes that an evil villain, along with his gang of outlaws, has been trying his best to gain total control the the universe and everything in it. Buck Rogers has other plans for these thoughtless henchmen and will do anything he in his power to stop them in their tracks. Written by Anonymous

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This is an edited version of the 1939 serial Buck Rogers (1939). See more »


Dr. Huer, Scientist General: By means of a gas discovered by Professor Morgan, these two people have remained in suspended animation for five hundred years.
Col. Buck Rogers: Five hundred years?
George 'Buddy' Wade: That makes me old enough to be my own great grandfather.
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Not a Star Trek world
14 December 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Someone at Universal Studios got the bright idea to edit out all the cliffhanger chapter endings and re-release an old Buck Rogers serial as a feature film in 1953. The advances in science have rendered it laughable in those Cold War years, now the film is high camp.

The original serial had the notion that a 20th century dirigible pilot and junior sidekick Buster Crabbe and Jackie Moran crash near the North Pole and their bodies are cryogenically frozen and thawed out by those who found them 500 years later which is about the same time that the Starship Enterprise was doing its thing. But this is not a Star Trek world that they've come back to. Although in the original Star Trek series in one of the comic episodes a humanoid people did take on the gangster culture from 20th century earth.

In this film because we did not deal with the Al Capones and Lucky Lucianos back in the day as we should have, they're on top now and the boss of all bosses is a guy named Killer Kane played by Anthony Warde. Fortunately Crabbe and Moran fall into the hands of the Resistance who have holed up in a Hidden City. There are some other humans on Saturn and most of the film is devoted to making an alliance with them.

Science Fiction as a film form does have a half life. Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov can write about the wonders of the future, but you can read it and use your imagination and a hundred, a thousand years from now it will adjust depending on how far humans advance. But once it's on film it stays.

The Buck Rogers films are pretty laughable and campy for today, but I wonder what Gene Roddenberry's vision will look like a hundred years from now, just how much will he have gotten right?

Tacked on is a prologue and epilogue of narration where a Cold War era message is hammered home. That too is a relic of the times.

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