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The Atomic Kid (1954)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 8 December 1954 (USA)
A uranium prospector is eating a peanut butter sandwich in the desert where atom bomb tests are being done. He becomes radioactive, and helps the FBI break up an enemy spy ring.


Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry
Robert Strauss ... Stan Cooper
Elaine Devry ... Audrey Nelson (as Elaine Davis - Mrs. Mickey Rooney)
Bill Goodwin ... Dr. Rodell
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Edgar Pangborn
Joey Forman ... MP in Hospital
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Agent Bill
Hal March Hal March ... Agent Ray
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Gen. Lawlor
Stanley Adams ... Wildcat Hooper
Robert Emmett Keane ... Mr. Reynolds
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A uranium prospector is eating a peanut butter sandwich in the desert where atom bomb tests are being done. He becomes radioactive, and helps the FBI break up an enemy spy ring.

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Did You Know?


The Simpsons (1989) features a comic book character called Radioactive Man who is transformed when accidentally caught in an atomic blast, as is the case with Mickey Rooney's character Barnaby "Blix" Waterberry in this film. In The Simpsons: Radioactive Man (1995), a film version of the Radioactive Man comic book is being made in Springfield. Rooney played himself in that episode. See more »


Prior to the test, Dr. Rodell states it was 'the most powerful weapon yet developed'. The film makers might not have been aware of this, but the most powerful device up to that time was the 'George' test of Operation Greenhouse, a boosted fission device with a yield of 225 kt, about ten times the yield of the Nagasaki bomb. Even with much lower yields, like the 15 kt of the Hiroshima bomb, it would not make sense to put up a house made of 'regular brick and shingle' at a distance of a mere 200 feet from ground zero for weapons effects testing, because no remains would be found to examine afterwards. That house would hardly be out of the fireball radius, experience more than 25 psi overpressure and wind speeds upwards of 2500 mph. It goes without saying that the detonation would not have been survivable at that range in such a structure. See more »


Audrey Nelson: You know, I feel quite honoured sitting here next to the most important man in the world. I bet there are lots of girls who'd like to trade places with me right now.
Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry: Audrey, I'm not interested in lots of girls. I just want to concentrate on one.
Audrey Nelson: Funny.
Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry: What?
Audrey Nelson: I always pictured my dream man as being tall, dark and handsome. And then you come along; short, redheaded, and radioactive.
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Referenced in Six Days in Roswell (1999) See more »

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I still remember it from the first time.
20 September 2004 | by bstevens-7See all my reviews

I remember this film from when it was new--if this is the same film. Today I was trying to remember the star, and that's how I ran across this comment.

Does anyone know if there were any other films like it? A comedy with a rube who accidentally finds himself in a house that is at the center of an atomic bomb test? If not, this is it. It made a lasting impression on an 11-year-old who had practiced ducking under the desk. It seems like in the film they surmised that the reason he was able to survive the bomb had something to do with what he was eating at the time. Which, I guess from reading the synopsis, was a peanut butter sandwich. Must have been a huge promotion for Peter Pan!

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Release Date:

8 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Kid atomique See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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