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Radar Men from the Moon (1952)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi | 9 January 1952 (USA)
Strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred C. Brannon

Writer:

Ronald Davidson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Wallace ... Commando Cody
Aline Towne ... Joan Gilbert
Roy Barcroft ... Retik
William Bakewell ... Ted Richards
Clayton Moore ... Graber
Peter Brocco ... Krog
Robert R. Stephenson Robert R. Stephenson ... Daly (as Bob Stevenson)
Don Walters Don Walters ... Henderson
Tom Steele ... Zerg
Dale Van Sickel ... Alon
Wilson Wood Wilson Wood ... Hank
Noel Cravat Noel Cravat ... Robal
Baynes Barron ... Nesor - Retik's Lab Aide [Ch.2]
Paul McGuire Paul McGuire ... Bream
Ted Thorpe Ted Thorpe ... Al's Cafe Bartender [Ch. 6, 7, 12]
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Storyline

Strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, scientist and man of action with a secret flying suit, to investigate. Soon, Cody is battling Earth thugs in the pay of Krog the moon man and making trips in his experimental rocket to the moon itself, in a perilous and all but singlehanded effort to thwart the planned invasion of Earth. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Sensational Super-Science Star! See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planet Men from Mars See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$185,702 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Copyright lapsed and was not renewed, so this film is now in the public domain. See more »

Goofs

In Chapter 1, when Cody wins the shootout with Graber and Daly, they decide to flee on foot. There is no reason for this; if they had taken the truck, they could have gone faster than on foot. See more »

Quotes

Graber: How 'bout a ride to town, mister?
Motorist: Sure. Hop in.
Graber: There's a man in a flying suit chasing us. Step on it.
Motorist: Huh?
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Connections

Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #23.15 (2000) See more »

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Maybe, My Favourite REPUBLIC Movie Serial?
8 February 2003 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

In 1936 Republic made a very boring serial called Undersea Kingdom. But it had some fancy aircraft effects. In 1941 Republic made an okay serial called The Adventures of Captain Marvel. But it had amazing flying footage of Marvel. In 1949 Republic made a reasonably good serial called King Of The Rocketmen. More amazing flying effects. This was all a lead up to something. In 1952 Republic would make a true comic book classic.

Republic Studio effects man Mr Howard Lydecker is the most under-rated effects man in Hollywood. His work in Radar Men (and the above mentioned serials) steals the show. We have full scale spaceships, miniature spaceships, rocketman flying in the sky, fancy sci-fi hardware all over the place (including an early model of that female robot from the Lost In Space episode "Ghost Planet"), it is all here!

I also like looking at 1950s cars race around country roads and there is no shortage of that here. All great stuff! The cast? I don't know any of them but who cares? This is just screen comic book entertainment and nothing else. In the 1960s Howard Lydecker would do effects for TV's Lost In Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.


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