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Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Manhunt in Space

Richard Crane , Sally Mansfield , Hollingsworth Morse  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield, Robert Lyden, Maurice Cass, Charles Meredith
  • Directors: Hollingsworth Morse
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Full Screen, 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: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IUE8O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Manhunt in Space" on IMDb

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Pirates from Planet Prah are on a rampage in outer space, kidnapping Rocky Jones' beautiful companion Vena! With the aid of Professor Newton's latest invention that makes a spaceship invisible, Rocky and his cohort Winky set out to rescue her and thwart the nefarious hoodlums. The gang takes its orders from the seductive but evil Cleolanta, who orders Rocky's capture. Our hero escapes, but the pirates have learned of his invisibility device and attempt to use it to avoid justice.

"Rocky Jones, Space Ranger" was a television series that aired from 1953 to 1955, following in the footsteps of movie serial predecessors Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. Episodes were later edited together into feature-length films (Manhunt In Space was compiled from a few of the first season's episodes). Though short on budget, the show was long on excitement, quick-pacing and solid moral values exemplary of the '50s.

Richard Crane had been featured in minor parts in many western and adventure movies since the '40s, but he firmly established his career as Rocky Jones, playing the character throughout the series. Scotty Beckett, who appears as Winky, wrote the song "Sleepy Little Fellah" for this feature. Character actor Henry Brandon enjoyed a long career playing supporting roles, and is best remembered as the villainous Barnaby in March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) and in the title role of the serial The Drums of Fu Manchu (1940).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Campy, early 1950's TV SF fun for the whole family February 27, 2006
Rocky Jones Space Ranger is back in print and fairly inexpensive too. This classic TV early 1950's space opera is filled with cheap sets, poor special effects, annoying sidekicks, and a hero who in one episode actually tells his female crewmate to "go knit a sweater" (and she actually does!) when they have a disagreement! It's hilarious early TV "sci-fi" suitable for all ages, so you can treat yourself and your kids to a bit of TV history and have a good laugh together. I saw three episodes of this show a few years ago (2 of them, including this one, on Mystery Science Theater 3000) and they were all loads of fun. This disc is a relative bargain at the price of less than $10.

In this epsiode, the Orbit Jet (Rocky and crew's spaceship) must defeat "space pirates." The writers couldn't just refer to them as pirates; in fact nearly everything in this show with a name is prefaced by the word "space" just to make it clear where it's being used.

If you've never seen the show, it's really something. Rocky Jones is a square-jawed fisticuffs wielding spaceship pilot with REALLY goofy sidekicks, including Winky, a young man who acts like a kid, and Bobby, a little kid that acts all grown-up. Then there's VERY short-skirted Vena, his bright female crewmate that gets treated like, well, like women were mostly treated in the US in 1950's TV. Finally, there's elderly and brilliant Professor Newton, who in spite of being a genius, makes just enough miscalculations to get them into real trouble.

Rocky Jones is a vision of the far future firmly rooted in the early 1950's. They don't make them like this anymore! If you liked Lost In Space, this is sort of an earlier version of that, possibly even goofier, so you might well like this too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Visit to Early TV Sci Fi June 8, 2014
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I'm old enough to have watched this when it was on TV. It was fun watching and simultaneously remembering associated childhood memories. Is the production corny and amateurish? Probably, but I don't care. This is a fun watch, period.
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it had a little better budget than some of the old 50s stuff so it holds up. you'd like it if you like 50s TV sci fi or are forgiving and want something wholesome to watch and have a hard time finding it nowadays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull stuff February 15, 2013
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This again brings back great memories as a young child. Great fun to watch. The special effects of the Rocky Jones programs were ahead of there time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As a part of Sci Fi History,this show is important. September 4, 2012
referance was made to Lost in Space,but it's closer to Jason of Star Command.Effects weren't that bad(Crash of the Moons for example)and Winky wasn't all that silly!The episodes weren't that bad and the stories were interesting to a degree.Keep in mind,this show precceded Star Trek,Space 1999 and the Irwin Allen Spinoffs so it has a place in history that can't be denied. I was 9 years old when I saw it,and still aprieciate it's value in history.Technically,it's ahead of the 30's Flash Gordon and Buck Rodgers(not a put-down of those serials)and an extention of ideas for Sci Fi programing bridging the past and the future. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!
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