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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.
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

psychotronic film | radiation | See All (2) »

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Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Trivia

The film is advertised on the marquee of the Hill Valley Town Theater on November 12, 1955 in Back to the Future (1985). It can briefly be seen after the DeLorean is sent back to October 26, 1985. See more »

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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Back to the Future Part II (1989) See more »

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Enjoyable Paffle! Rooney
29 February 2004 | by christopher_greenleafSee all my reviews

This is an enjoyable little programmer from the early 1950s. Mickey Rooney (the #1 box office draw in the late 1930s and early 1940s) was no longer an A list star, and was hardly a "kid" at 34. The breezy plot, with it's sci-fi/comedy blend, along with Rooney and Strauss having an abundance of charisma, make this a great waste of time. If you enjoy the Bowery Boys, Francis The Talking Mule (Rooney actually starred in the final 'Francis' film) and The Ma & Pa Kettle series, this should be right up your alley! Rooney and Strauss have a great chemistry, and they clearly could have thrived as a defacto comedy team in a few more pictures. You may have a hard time locating this film, but for a few dollars, it's well worth it!


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