Uploaded on Jan 3, 2011
King of the Rocket Men (1949) 12 Chapter Movie Serial - Tristram Coffin:
An evil genius of unknown identity, calling himself "Dr Vulcan," plots to conquer the world, but first needs to eliminate one by one the members of the Science Associates, an organization of the Earth's greatest scientists. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life by Vulcan, one member of Science Associates, Dr. Millard (James Craven), outfits another member, Jeff King (Tristram Coffin) with an "atomic powered rocket flying suit."
With the help of the suit, a magazine photographer named Glenda Thomas (Mae Clarke), and other inventions of Dr. Millard, King battles the minions of Dr. Vulcan for twelve suspenseful episodes. Eventually Vulcan steals one of Millard's more dangerous inventions, the Decimator, and uses it to flood and destroy Manhattan Island (courtesy of stock footage from the once-thought-lost film, Deluge (1933), before being brought to justice by Jeff King in his flying suit.
Jeff King / Rocketman - Tristram Coffin
Dr. Millard - James Craven
Glenda Thomas - Mae Clarke
Director - Fred Brannon
King of the Rocket Men is notable for introducing the "Rocketman Character" who reappeared under a variety of names in later serials. Commando Cody serials are sometimes confused with King of the Rocket Men (1949), because the rocket-powered flying suit worn by the title character also became a wardrobe piece worn by Cody. To add to the confusion, Larry Martin wore the same suit again in Zombies of the Stratosphere. Referring to these different Republic Pictures characters wearing this prop suit were called collectively "The Rocketman".
The Rocket Man Serials were:
1. King of the Rocket Men (1949)
2. Radar Men from the Moon (1952)
3. Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952)
4. Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953)
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