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The Rocket Man

The Rocket Man

Charles Coburn
Director: Oscar Rudolph Cast: Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
, Spring Byington
Spring Byington
, George Winslow
George Winslow
Oscar Rudolph

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)



The strangest aspect of the low-budget fantasy effort The Rocket Man is the fact that one of its screenwriters was Lenny Bruce. There's nothing scatalogical or even satirical in the film itself, however. Essentially an Andy Hardyesque comedy drama with a peripheral sci-fi slant, the story concerns a lonely orphan boy named Timmy (George "Foghorn" Winslow) who receives a toy ray gun for Christmas. Only it isn't a toy, but the genuine article, dropped off by a friendly spaceman. Whenever Timmy shoots the gun at someone, the rays cause the "victim" to speak nothing but the truth. The gun comes in handy when the villain of the piece (Emory Parnell) tries to evict the orphans. Timmy also uses the weapon to expedite the romance of nominal leads Anne Francis and John Agar. Also appearing in Rocket Man are Spring Byington and Charles Coburn, who'd previously been felicitously teamed in Louisa (1950).

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2012
UPC: 0024543848691
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 9,560

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Coburn Mayor Ed Johnson
Spring Byington Justice Ameilia Brown
George Winslow Timmy
Anne Francis June Brown
John Agar Tom Baxter
Emory Parnell Big Bill Watkins
Stanley Clements Bob
Beverly Garland Ludine
June Clayworth Miss Snedley
Don Haggerty Officer O'Brien
Lawrence Ryle Actor

Technical Credits
Oscar Rudolph Director
Lenny Bruce Screenwriter
George W. George Original Story
Leonard Goldstein Producer
Jack Henley Screenwriter
Lionel Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
George F. Slavin Original Story
Paul Weatherwax Editor

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