Radar Men From the Moon - Chapter 1: Moon Rocket (1952)
Radar Men from the Moon (Republic Pictures, 1952) was the first Commando Cody serial, in 12 chapters, starring newcomer George Wallace (1917-2005) as Cody and Aline Towne as his sidekick Joan Gilbert, with serial veteran Roy Barcroft as the evil Retik, the Ruler of the Moon. The director was Fred C. Brannon, with a screenplay by Ronald Davidson and special effects by the Lydecker brothers. It was also released as a television film under the new title Retik the Moon Menace (1966). This famous serial recycles the rocket-powered flying suit from King of the Rocket Men (1949). The main character, Commando Cody, is a civilian researcher with a sizable staff of employees and a large laboratory building. (The building is actually the front office of Republic Pictures with a "Cody Laboratories" sign attached next to the door.) Commando Cody has available for his use the rocket-powered flying suit and a rocket ship capable of reaching the moon. When the U.S. finds itself under attack from a mysterious something that wipes out military bases and industrial complexes, Cody deduces that the Earth faces a menace from our own moon, and rockets there to discover and confront the moon's dictator Retik, who boldly announces plans to conquer our planet and move his subjects there. Cody spends most of the serial's running time on Earth battling an elusive lunar native called Krog and the gang of human crooks he has hired to steal and stockpile supplies for the invasion. Clayton Moore plays Krog's chief Earthling assistant. Radar Men from the Moon's first chapter spawned the somewhat famous expression "Atomic activity on the Moon. Atomic blast on the Earth" (uttered by Henderson when divulging to the scientists the government's research conclusions).
THIS IS CHAPTER 1 : MOON ROCKET:
RADAR MEN OF THE MOON - CHAPTER 1 : MOON ROCKET FRED C. BRANNON (1952) REPUBLIC PICTURES 13:24 MINUTES USA DOWNLOAD/ MPEG2 / 780 MB