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King of the Rocket Men (1949)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tristram Coffin ...
Jeff King
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Glenda Thomas
Don Haggerty ...
Tony Dirken
House Peters Jr. ...
Burt Winslow
James Craven ...
Prof. Millard [Chs. 1-7, 10]
...
Prof. Bryant
Douglas Evans ...
Chairman [Ch. 12]
Ted Adams ...
Martin Conway [Chs. 1-4]
Stanley Price ...
Gunther Von Strum
Dale Van Sickel ...
Henchman Martin [Ch.1] / Prof. Drake [Ch. 1] / Henchman Gates [Chs. 6-7, 9-11]
Tom Steele ...
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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Release Date:

8 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der König der Raketenmänner  »

Box Office

Budget:

$165,592 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Titles of Chapters
  • 1. Dr. Vulcan. Traitor


  • 2. Plunging Death


  • 3. Dangerous Evidence


  • 4. High Peril


  • 5. Fatal Dive


  • 6. Mystery of The Rocket Man


  • 7. Molten Menace


  • 8. Suicide Flight


  • 9. Ten Seconds To Live


  • 10. The Deadly Fog


  • 11. Secret of Dr. Vulcan


  • 12. Wave of Disaster [Note: The On Screen number to this is 'Last Chapter' instead of '12']


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Referenced in Rocketman Flies Again (1966) See more »

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The BEST movie serial ever (next to The Adventures of Captain Marvel)
15 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

King of the Rocket Men is one of the most original movie serials ever produced post-WWII. This is the stuff that dreams are still made of. What kid wouldn't give anything to be able to fly in a sonically propelled rocket pack and kick some bad guys butt? More than 50 years after it was made, this serial still has the pulse-quickening action adventure and really great acting that made it the classic that it is. The acting was serious, which made you believe this could actually happen. These actors were highly under-appreciated, yet were better than many of the celebrity "actors" that demand to be the center of attention today. The Rocketeer was based on this serial, and even though it had great production, it just barely induced the kind of excitement Jeff King gave us for 12 exciting episodes. It's a shame the sequels to this were silly and unbelievable. Allen Duffis hit the nail on the head. This is the standard that ALL of the Saturday morning and prime time adventure shows that came after wished they could be. The only thing that was as good was the first Indiana Jones movie, and that got it's inspiration from show's like this. I still marvel at the flying scenes through the canyons and across the Culver City skyline, which still look so real it's breath-taking. The Liedecker Brothers were geniuses. I wish they could make new serials just as good as this one today. I wish a really good sharp copy of these serials could be professionally put on DVD to preserve these serials forever. This one deserves to be protected for the future.


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