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Radar Men From The Moon (1952)

George Wallace , Clayton Moore , Fred C. Brannon  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: George Wallace, Clayton Moore, Roy Barcroft, William Bakewell, Aline Towne
  • Directors: Fred C. Brannon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Whirlwind Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004X029
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Radar Men From The Moon" on IMDb

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON February 27, 2001
George Wallace is Commando Cody, Sky Marshal of the Universe, although the title seems to be largely symbolic. He does not patrol the airways with a fleet of heavily armed, brutally efficient sky deputies at his side, riding the solar winds as he snuffs out all those who would stand in his way of preserving peace and tranquillity throughout the universe. He does, however, have two fairly loyal office assistants. When a series of explosions rock America's defense systems (by way of stock footage of dams toppling and trains derailing), the U.S. calls on Cody to investigate. Cody, with absolutely no evidence or information presented to him, immediately guesses that the attacks are coming from the moon. The government agent agrees and Cody and his pals are off on their wacky adventure, piling into a rocket shop equipped with office furniture(!). At first, Cody's curvaceous assistant Joan is instructed to remain on earth because of the danger, but she rightly points out that if she doesn't come along, the men won't have anyone to make coffee for them, so Cody, evoking his powers under the charter of the Sky Marshals union, grants her request. Inasmuch as the moon is only approximately 239,000 miles from the earth, Cody's rocket makes the trip in about three or four minutes, and - in a happy coincidence - just happens to land a few yards from the lunar city, which is movingly portrayed by the lost city from the early Republic serial DARKEST AFRICA. If you're hoping Bonga the Gorilla will be around, though, we're sorry. The depth and feeling he brought to his role are sorely missed by the actors in THIS chapterplay.
In the lunar city, Cody meets Retik, supreme leader, portrayed by Diana Ross. Ummm, no, wait, that was the OTHER Supreme leader.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? October 18, 2008
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It is easy to review the serial itself, but I shall review this particular release first.

The DVD's are great and it is very nice to have for watching this serial. If you are thinking of getting this serial, get this set.

Now, for the serial itself. Yes, it has elements that would be considered "cheesy" or otherwise not so great by today's standards. However, it has all the elements that are found in most movies. The fight seens are unrealistic, in that people have a slugging fest, and no one ever gets hurt (sometimes, they pass out for a couple of seconds). The fight seens of this sort are found all through out this time period (in cowboy movies especially). However, modern movies do the same thing in reverse, unrealistic fight seens with CGI and too much flair (and as always, fight seens are longer than real life).

The technology portrayed is from the 50's perspective. Judge it, and you have to judge every movie, even modern ones (in the future).

The moon is from the pre-moon landing era and is very earthlike. It is rocky and desert, but with a blue sky. This was not a problem back then, because no one actually ever was on the moon.

I got this because I watched this serial was I was very young (5-6) and I wanted to watch it again as an adult.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Larry Smith, the Lone Masked Guy June 28, 2002
OK, a fun serial released the year of my birth. Moon men, Rocket ship/s, art deco design cool looking lab machines. a flying heroic scientist and inventor of the flying suit, when he wears it he is known as COMMANDO CODY, Sky Marshall of the Universe who ' flies 'in long shots by the same method created for the 1941 serial ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, a lifesize mannequin sliding down (or up depending on the camera trick) a wire but it looks cool to me. Moon men want to invade the Earth and send their first group to prepare the way. Only ONE man can hope to stop them (since this serial does'nt have Superman, Batman or any other heroes): Commando Cody who by the way is a basic human BUT maybe more of a 007 James Bond type human so he stands a chance. Glorious B&W with slam bang action but NOT modern movie hairy chested action mind you. Kids may watch lots of R rated movies today but in 1952, there were hardly any movies like these then and Cody was a family type action adventure movie in 12 or more parts with cliffhangers. A cliffhanger was where at the end of a part, someone usually the hero or one of the hero's friends looked like they might die and so you had to see the next part to see what happens. If you ever get the chance, see KING OF THE ROCKET MEN too, the first Commando Cody serial.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Off the Radar Beam February 25, 2001
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My VHS transfer of Radar Men From The Moon, which is twenty years old, puts this DVD version to shame. This low resolution print is noisy and washed out. Commando Cody's next adventure should be to find and destroy all the existing Whirlwind DVDs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dumb But Fun October 5, 2004
Radar Men From the Moon was made during Republic's decline and has many of that period's weaknesses including:

1. An extremely dumb hero: His top secret lab has no guards and has a large painting of himself in costume by the door. He keeps his top secret rocket ship parked unlock on an unguarded field near a country road. He gives up chasing bad guys who have a head start despite WEARING A ROCKET PACK that lets him fly fast speeds. After finding the main villain (who is as evil as Hitler but with more dangerous weapons) unconscious he doesn't bother killing him or taking him prisoner, but just steals a ray gun. And although he has stolen a ray gun that can destroy heavy tanks, he runs away from a tank pursuing him. And that's just the first chapter. The hero is also unbelievably stiff. It's as if Bush 43 and Al Gore had mated.

2. The villains are equally dumb: Instead of stealing parts to finish one of their evil machines (or getting parts sent down from their headquarters on the moon), the bad guys on Earth spend several chapters attempting to rob a heavily armed bank, kidnapping the hero's girlfriend for ransom, etc. because they are broke. I guess stealing from hardware stores is worse than committing genocide.

and, 3. There's nothing but cheat cliffhangers: The villain disintegrates the machine the hero is hiding behind as well as everything nearby. How did the hero escape? It turns out he was actually hiding behind an ornate footstool nowhere near the machine he was hiding behind (huh?). And the good old he-jumped-out-of-the-car-just-before-it-crashed routine is used not once, but several times.

Still, Radar Men manages to be fun, sexist ("you might need a woman on the moon to cook your meals"), 1950s cheese. And as for print quality, you can always trust Roan, Image or VCI.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the good, old-fashioned cliff-hangers of the forties...
Hokey? You bet your last pair of clean socks it is! Corny? Well sure, what did you expect from an old Republic Serial. Read more
Published 3 months ago by railfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, speedy service.
Published 3 months ago by Robert W. Gustafson
5.0 out of 5 stars good to see again
i watched this on b/w tv as a child-good memories.
Published 3 months ago by mikerajub the juggler
2.0 out of 5 stars Commando Glassjaw ...
A fairly cheesy serial ... about 60% of all the chapters are the same fighting and punching scenes between Cody and his wimpy assistant and the bad guys. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Clayton Moore's a bad guy in this one.
I love these old cliffhangers. In this one, three men wearing double-breasted suits and wide-brimmed hats, board a space ship, shackle on a seat belt, and they're off to the moon... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard Hatfield
5.0 out of 5 stars LONG LIVE ROCKET MAN
loved this dvd. took me back to my childhood & THE SATURDAY MOVIE serials. those were the old days remenbered.
Published 5 months ago by owen winkle
3.0 out of 5 stars radermen from the moon
Not quit what I expected
It was actually far better than that
You kept wondering how it would turn out
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good serial
Back in the day a serial accompanied every movie at the theater. They usually lasted 12 or 15 weeks. This was an enjoyable one.
Published 8 months ago by Constantino Tata
5.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone not like this "oldie"?
This is pure 1950s science fiction silliness. Why did it appear so real back then and as we watch it today, it is laughable! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bill Raley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fun
Another great latter day serial from Republic Studies featuring wonderful effects from the Lydecker brothers. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael Porter
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