Radar Men from the Moon [Serial]

Radar Men from the Moon [Serial]

Director: Fred C. Brannon

Cast: Fred C. Brannon, George Wallace, Aline Towne, Roy Barcroft

     
 

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In the second of Republic Pictures' three "Rocket Man" serials, the government assigns Commando Cody (George Wallace) to look into a series of strange atomic explosions threatening the United States' defense systems. As Cody discovers, the threat comes from the Moon, whose ruler, Retik (Roy Barcroft), is planning an invasion of Mother Earth due to a severe lack of… See more details below

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In the second of Republic Pictures' three "Rocket Man" serials, the government assigns Commando Cody (George Wallace) to look into a series of strange atomic explosions threatening the United States' defense systems. As Cody discovers, the threat comes from the Moon, whose ruler, Retik (Roy Barcroft), is planning an invasion of Mother Earth due to a severe lack of atmosphere on his own planet. Retik works through Krog (Peter Brocco), an inter-planetary henchman who does all the financing and hiring on Earth. Unfortunately, the hooded lunar visitor fails miserably on both fronts: the preparations for the invasion are severely under funded and the hired guns, such as former prison inmate Graber (Clayton Moore), less than competent. But despite these caveats, Commando Cody and his fellow space travelers, Joan Gilbert (Aline Towne) and Ted Richards (William Bakewell), have to suffer through 12 chapters before finally destroying the threat from the planet Moon. Radar Men From the Moon was filmed between October 17, 1951, and November 6, 1951, on a budget of $172,840. Most location filming, not excluding plenty of stock footage from earlier Republic serials, was done at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, California. The serial was followed by a brief television series, Commando Cody: Sky Marshal, which retained Aline Towne as Joan Gilbert but replaced George Wallace and William Bakewell with Judd Holdren and William Schallert.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Because of Republic Pictures' budget restrictions, due mainly to the increasing threat from television, Radar Men From the Moon has a goofy feel to it not unlike the sci-fi travails of Edward D. Wood, Jr. For one thing, considering the threat of a lunar invasion, the United States government seems fairly lackadaisical, depending solely on Commando Cody and his "rocket suit." Ah, yes, Cody also commandeers a rather sparse space ship featuring what for all intent and purposes looks like office chairs on rollers. Not that the opposition is all that fierce, either, consisting mostly of a couple of tightlipped thugs and their baroque ruler Retik, the latter played by veteran Republic villain Roy Barcroft who remembered spending a single day filming his scenes in a modified version of the outfit he had worn in 1945's The Purple Monster Strikes. In the same vein, the spectacular lunar city over which he lords comes complete from Darkest Africa (1935). The casting of the rather dour George Wallace in the lead -- instead of, say, handsome Clayton Moore, who is relegated to playing a henchman -- may seem strange but at this early stage in his career, Wallace bore a striking resemblance to ace stuntman Dale Van Sickel, a much more persuasive factor at Republic than mere looks and acting prowess. Yet despite wooden acting (a cigar store Indian is livelier than the Wallace-Towne-Bakewell combo), slipshod production values and the inevitable budget-saving recap chapter (# 10 in this case), Radar Men From the Moon remains highly entertaining, what with the customary fine special effects by the Lydecker brothers and such verbal highlights as Miss Towne persuading Commando Cody to bring her along on the very first manned trip to outer space by reminding him how felicitous it will be to "have someone along to cook your meals."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
UPC:
0688321201728
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Whirlwind Media
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:39:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Wallace Commando Cody
Aline Towne Joan Gilbert
Roy Barcroft Retik
William Bakewell Ted Richards
Clayton Moore Graber
Peter Brocco Krog
Bob Stevenson Daly
Don Walters Henderson
Tom Steele Zerg
Dale Van Sickel Alon
Wilson Wood Hank
Noel Cravat Robal
Baynes Barron Nasor
Paul McGuire Bream
Ted Thorpe Bartender
Dick Cogan Jones
Stephen Gregory Gregory
Paul Palmer Bill
Harry Hollins Brad
Carey Loftin man
Jack Shea Officer Doyle
Billy Dix Duke
William Marke guard
Claude Dunkin Kern
Sam Sebby Moon scout
Arthur Walsh motorcycle officer
Joe Bailey police officer
Guy Teague police officer
Dick Rich police officer
Tony Merrill sam
John Marshall Smith
Ken Terrell stunts

Technical Credits
Fred C. Brannon Director
Franklin Adreon Associate Producer
Cliff Bell Editor
Ronald Davidson Screenwriter
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
John MacBurnie Cinematographer
John McBurnie Cinematographer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
James S. Redd Set Decoration/Design
Fred A. Ritter Art Director
Dick Tyler Sound/Sound Designer
Stanley Wilson Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selections
1. Moon Rocket [20:02]
2. Molten Terror [13:22]
3. Bridge Of Death [13:22]
4. Flight Of Destruction [13:21]
5. Murder Car [13:21]
6. Hills Of Death [13:22]
7. Camouflaged Destruction [13:21]
8. The Enemy Planet [13:23]
9. Battle In The Stratosphere [13:21]
10. Mass Execution [13:23]
11. Planned Pursuit [13:21]
12. Death Of The Moon Man [13:24]

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