Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Manhunt in Space
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"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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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.