This was a fantastic serial with great special effects for it’s time. Unfortunately, many who review such fare today do so from feature length versions. One must always remember that these serials were meant to be viewed, chapter by chapter, on a weekly basis. It was the draw that got you back to the theater and a five cent bag of fresh popcorn with real butter, not butter substitute. This cherished specialized cinema of the 1940’s and early 50’s, produced mainly for kids, was known widely as “Saturday Mornings At the Movies”.To understand and appreciate such cinema, one really needs to have the inventive mind of a child, growing up during such exciting times of pioneering new technology. There was no 24 hour television in color or black and white, VCR’s, or anything to get in the way of a child’s greatest attribute, their imagination. This was the generation that would grow up to make all of these modern day wonders come true.It is also fair to mention that stars like Tristram Coffin, deserved to be remembered for the fine actors they were; despite the limited range of the roles they played. After all, it takes a fine actor to make even a child believe that a man can strap two powerful flaming rockets to his back, attached to a flimsy leather jacket with four simple control knobs in front, and fly convincingly – without being killed. How many of our high paid, so-called actors of today can effectively accomplish such a feat?
King of the Rocket Men (1949) Movie Data
King of the Rocket Men (1949) is Crime Action Adventure Genres film which released in 1949. King of the Rocket Men (1949) supported by Mae Clarke, Don Haggerty, and Tristram Coffin. This movie has 2h 47min duration and rating around 7.2 star from 759 movie experts. Not bad.
King of the Rocket Men (1949) Short Storyline
Jeff King in his experimental rocket suit battles the evil Dr. Vulcan.
Actor Actress behind King of the Rocket Men (1949) Movie
Tristram Coffin,Mae Clarke,Don Haggerty
Director: Fred C. Brannon
Writer: Royal K. Cole
King of the Rocket Men (1949) PLOT STORY
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.
Diabolical Dr. Vulcan causes the deaths of Professors Drake (Dale Van Sickel) and Millard (James Craven)of Science Associates, a privately-operated desert research project. The ‘accidents’ attract the attention of Glenda Thomas (Mae Clarke), photographer for Miracle Science Magazine. She visits the project and is placated by Burt Winslow(‘House Peters Jr’), publicity director, and Jeff King (Tristram Coffin’), a project member. Later, Jeff is attacked by two of Vulcan’s henchmen and he routs them. Jeff visits a remote cave where he has been hiding Professor Millard, whose life was miraculously saved. Millard shows him a rocket-powered flying suit which he and Jeff have perfected. When needed, Jeff dons the suit and, as the mysterious Rocket Man, thwarts endless sinister plans of Dr. Vulcan to get control of Science Associates’ devices which, if controlled by the wrong party, could easily wreak world disaster. Vulcan, a member of Science Assocaites, using an alias, gets possession of a powerful Decimator, capable of disintegrating rock strata, and plans to use it to destroy New York City if the mayor refuses to meet his billion dollar ransom demand.
A group of atomic researchers, Science Associates, is being decimated by remote control. The survivors suspect that the villain, calling himself “Dr. Vulcan,” is one of themselves, bent on a monopoly of their technological wonders. Jeff King is assigned to safeguard the group’s secrets; for a professor, he’s very handy with his fists, and has the added advantage of a secret, experimental rocket suit that enables him to fly! But Dr. Vulcan has deadly devices also. Can the Rocket Man expose Vulcan without revealing his own identity?
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