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The Atomic Kid (1954)

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:
... Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry
... Stan Cooper
... Audrey Nelson (as Elaine Davis - Mrs. Mickey Rooney)
... Dr. Rodell
... Dr. Edgar Pangborn
... MP in Hospital
Peter Leeds ... Agent Bill
Hal March ... Agent Ray
Fay Roope ... Gen. Lawlor
... Wildcat Hooper
... Mr. Reynolds


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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It's a Laugh Explosion!


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

8 December 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le Kid atomique  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Simpsons (1989) features a character called Radioactive Man who is transformed when accidentally caught in an atomic blast, just like the Rooney character in this film. In one episode a "movie version" of the Radioactive Man comic book character and his sidekick, Fall Out Boy, is being made in Springfield. Mickey Rooney makes his debut as a cartoon 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 »


Referenced in Back to the Future Part III (1990) See more »

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In Japan, they get Godzilla...here in the States we get Blix Waterberry!
25 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

During the 1950s, there were a ton of films done about horrible monsters unleashed by dreaded nuclear radiation. The Japanese had their Godzilla-type films and here in the States we had giant bugs and Blix Waterberry! What or who is Blix Waterberry? He's a guy played by Mickey Rooney who just happened to survive a blast near ground zero!! And, unlike these nuclear horror films, this is a comedy about nuclear radiation!

When the film begins, Blix (Rooney) and his friend Stan (Robert Strauss) are lost for several days in the desert while prospecting for uranium. Their spirits rise considerably when they find a lone house in the middle of no where and they assume their problems are over...though they are only about to get much worse. The house turns out to be filled with dummies and the two guys think it's some sort of model house for a new community...little do they know it was built for a nuclear test to examine the effects of the blast on the building! And, to make it MUCH worse, the bomb will soon be detonated. Fortunately for Stan, he leaves the place in a car he finds and is just out of harm's way when the explosion occurs. As for Blix, he takes the brunt of it...and the military folks are AMAZED to find him alive and apparently well...though thoroughly soaked in radioactivity. What's next? Will he grow into a giant menace to society? Will he grow extra limbs? Will he be called to Japan to take on Rodan?! No...he'll have commie spies after him as well as Stan!

I agree with one reviewer who said this easily could have been an Abbott & Costello or Martin & Lewis film. It's entertaining and fun...not the type thing that will change your life but you will have a nice time seeing it despite it being anything but subtle!

This film is a Mickey Rooney production and the nurse, Audrey, is actually played by Rooney's fourth wife, Elaine.

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