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King of the Rocket Men (1949)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 8 June 1949 (USA)
Jeff King in his experimental rocket suit battles the evil Dr. Vulcan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Don Haggerty ...
Tony Dirken
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Burt Winslow
James Craven ...
Prof. Millard [Chs. 1-7, 10]
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Prof. Bryant
Douglas Evans ...
Chairman [Ch. 12]
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Martin Conway [Chs. 1-4]
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Gunther Von Strum
Dale Van Sickel ...
Henchman Martin [Ch.1] / Prof. Drake [Ch. 1] / Henchman Gates [Chs. 6-7, 9-11]
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Henchman Knox [Chs. 1, 3-4, 7] / Taxi Driver [Chs. 10-11]
David Sharpe ...
Henchman Blears / Cliff / Stark
Eddie Parker ...
Rowan [Ch. 3]
Michael Ferro ...
Henchman Turk [Ch. 8]
Frank O'Connor ...
Warehouse Guard [Chs. 1, 10]
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Storyline

Prof. Millard pretends to be dead and helps Jeff King ferret out Vulcan, the evil traitor at the science academy. Donning his Rocket Man costume King goes from one hair raising rescue to the next in order to keep the newly invented Decimator out of the clutches of Vulcan and his minions. Written by Randy Spencer <spencer@ricochet.net>

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Watch "Rocket Man" sweep from the clouds to battle America's enemies! (original poster) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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8 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der König der Raketenmänner  »

Box Office

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$165,592 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was another of Republic's titles to use a play-on-words for "King of..." "King" was actually the name of the main character. See more »

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Referenced in Rocketman Flies Again (1966) See more »

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Up, Up, and AWAY!
20 April 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See all my reviews

This has some of the most convincing flying sequences for its time. The later Superman serial had him "fly" as a cartoon: here, King appears really to fly. I have read that the flying sequences used a lightweight dummy on wires. It looks pretty convincing.

Minor spoiler: There was only one "rocket man": the serial title suggests more. (The hero's name is Jeff King) For that matter, the flight controller is marked, "Slow," "Fast," "Up," and "Down." Not bad, but rough if one had to change direction in flight.

Naturally, the serial uses the standard formula of a colorful villain who's out to steal a secret, whom the hero has to contend with.

Worth viewing, but light entertainment.


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