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Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi | 16 July 1952 (USA)
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The invaders come to Earth to create an H-bomb to blast Earth out of orbit so that Mars can take its place.

Director:

Fred C. Brannon

Writer:

Ronald Davidson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Holdren ... Larry Martin
Aline Towne ... Sue Davis
Wilson Wood Wilson Wood ... Bob Wilson
Lane Bradford ... Marex
Stanley Waxman ... Dr. Harding
John Crawford ... Roth
Craig Kelly Craig Kelly ... Mr. Steele
Ray Boyle ... Shane
Leonard Nimoy ... Narab
Tom Steele ... Walker [Ch. 3] / Truck Driver [Ch. 8]
Dale Van Sickel ... Telegrapher [Chs. 1, 10]
Roy Engel ... Lawson - Boat Charter Operator [Ch. 3]
Jack Harden Jack Harden ... Kerr
Paul Stader Paul Stader ... Fisherman [Ch. 7]
Gayle Kellogg Gayle Kellogg ... Dick - Rocketship Pilot
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Storyline

Security agent Larry Martin, who can fly with an experimental rocket suit, investigates clandestine visits to earth by a Martian spaceship. Meanwhile, villainous Martians conspire with a traitorous atomic scientist to blast earth out of its orbit and replace it with Mars! Can Larry and his cohort Bob Wilson stop the Martians before they complete their dastardly project? Not a zombie in sight. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Des Satans Satellit See more »

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Budget:

$176,357 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Third Republic 12-chapter serial to feature the rocket-powered flying pack and helmet first introduced in King of the Rocket Men (1949). See more »

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Also available in a colorized version. See more »

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Two-fisted
17 September 2012 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

Solid followup to RADAR MEN, this fast-paced Republic serial pits federal agent Larry Martin against Martians hell-bent n blowing the Earth out of the solar system and into oblivion. Larry often dons the rocket suit to fight them, so we get lots of shots of him flying, and these scenes are quite realistic. The special effects team rigged a dummy on a wire and flew the thing several feet above the ground. The only catch is, Larry's not exactly a superhero and manages to get beat up and knocked out several times by his much tougher opponents. Also, he's a lousy shot with a handgun. So's everyone else, for that matter. No one ever gets shot. Also, everyone -- good guys and bad guys -- wear the same suits and fedoras, and they're all thin as rails, so at times it is hard to tell who's who. When they fight, they almost never lose their hats, the better to hide the stuntmen. Only the Martians are dressed differently. They wear what appear to be costumes from some old King Arthur movie. And they're green, of course. The amazing physical stunt work was handled by three of Hollywood's best stuntmen. It's wise not to watch this all in one sitting, by the way. Too much repetition of the flying scenes. There is a condensed, non-serial version from 1958, if you prefer. Regardless of what you're heard about colorization, make sure to watch this in computerized color. And watch for a young Leonard Nimoy as Martian No. 2.


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