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Manhunt in Space (1956)

Not a feature film, but several episodes of the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954) edited together and released as a feature.

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Richard Crane ...
Rocky Jones (archive footage)
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Vena Ray (archive footage)
Robert Lyden ...
Bobby (archive footage)
Maurice Cass ...
Professor Newton (archive footage)
Charles Meredith ...
Secretary of Space Drake (archive footage)
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Rinkman, space pirate leader (archive footage)
Ray Montgomery ...
Reggie, a space ranger (archive footage)
Gabriel Curtiz ...
Dr. Vanko (archive footage) (as Gábor Curtiz)
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In this compilation of episodes from "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger", Rocky and his co-pilot Winky are sent into space to try to foil a gang of space pirates who have been preying on cargo ships sent out by the United Worlds, and who have also captured Rocky's girlfriend, Vena. Rocky is aided by a new invention, "cold light", which, in much the same way as heat causes mirages to appear in the desert, causes an object to become so cold that it disappears! Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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When Rocky throws a pirate against the wall of a cave, the entire wall shakes. See more »

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[the Orbit Jet has just destroyed the derelict Martian spaceship Double M]
Winky: Well, the Double M just became the scrambled M.
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I saw Manhunt in Space..........
6 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I saw "Manhunt in Space" on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (ep 413) and even Joel and the Bots could barely cut down on the deep hurting brought on by this clunker. It's really just a few episodes of the 50's kiddie show "Rocky Jones Space Ranger" cut together and there is certainly no shortage of laughable special effects, cheesy sets, even cheesier costumes, not to mention wooden performances and standard bad sci-fi "realism" (oh, apparently the only apparatus you need to walk out into space is an aquarium placed on your head). All this and I'm not even getting into the blatant homoeroticism in the relationship of Rocky and his sidekick Winky, who at one point actually talks about "the gay nightlife". Yikes. When Winky talks about "riding the rocket" you won't be thinking about space travel. It sounds like I'm overselling this thing a little so make no mistake, this is not so much a "so bad it's good" film as much as it is a "so bad it makes you want to claw your own eyes out" film. Don't see "Manhunt in Space" unless you are a rabid sci-fi completeist, or unless of course you are accompanied into the theater by a guy and two puppets. All I learned from it is that in the future people will communicate through Jimmy Dean sausages.


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