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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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Rocky Jones (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)
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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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Goofs

The wheel on the airlock door clearly doesn't move when Reggie "turns" it; he just moves his hands in a circle. 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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Follows Crash of Moons (1954) See more »

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Another clunky Rocky Jones movie with little to recommend it
30 October 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Manhunt in Space is another of several similar TV films that were created by editing together episodes from the 'Rocky Jones, Space Ranger' serial. All of them seem to be broadly similar in content though. This one features space pirates as its villains, who capture one of Rocky's female friends, leading our heroes to go on a mission to save her. Predictably, however, it turns out that the person behind all of these underhand shenanigans is the regular chief evil-doer of the series, Queen Cleolantra.

As I said earlier, this instalment is pretty much the same as all the others in this series of films. From my point of view, this is a very bad thing as I find them consistently very dull viewing. There is a little entertainment value in the old school special effects work, while this one also sports a bit of unintendedly hilarious dialogue when one of the manly and decidedly heterosexual characters declares he really enjoys the 'gay night life'. Okay, I know it's a cheap laugh but when you watch something as bad as this beggars can't be choosers and you have to take any amusement where you can find it.


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