Zombies of the Stratosphere
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In the space of three years (1949-1952), Republic Pictures put out 3 "rocket man" serials - all using the same rocket suit for the hero. Only the hero's identity changed. The first of the 3 was KING OF THE ROCKET MEN - starring Tristram Coffin as the hero in the suit, Jeff King. Then came RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON - starring George Wallace as the hero in the suit, Commando Cody. Finally, six months later, came ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE - starring Judd Holdren as the hero in the suit, Larry Martin. All three are worthy serials and all deserve recognition. But only 1949's KING OF THE ROCKET MEN episodes achieved after-market success - later compiled into a standalone film release titled LOST PLANET AIRMEN, released in 1951.
EDIT - Originally, I said that 1952's RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON was turned into a 1953 TV series titled COMMANDO CODY - SKY MARSHALL OF THE UNIVERSE. Not true. While the "Commando Cody" name made the transition to the series, the part of Commando Cody was played by Judd Holdren (Larry Martin in the ZOMBIES serial) and the story line was significantly different. Thanks to George Fergus who pointed that out in his comment.
The plot of ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE, even now, could be believable. An alien race (Martians) is dying and their planet is slowly becoming unable to support life. To remedy this, the Martians come up with a delicate but ingenious plan.Read more ›
Zombies of the Stratosphere was budgeted at $172,838 although the final negative cost was $176,357.
Larry Martin (Commando Cody) played by Judd Holdren, and Sue Davis (Aline Towne). All the special effects in Zombies of the Stratosphere were produced by the Lydecker brothers(Exclusive to Rebulic Effects team. The film is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and The disc includes a trailer for Zombies of the Stratosphere. These serials were an influence for The Rocketeer movie. This serial is very watchable and it will hold your interest. It's a fun movie and a good film to watch to escape everyday life. I gave it five stars for acting, plot, and originality. Enjoy.Read more ›
This serial takes advantage of Republic's greatest reasouce, Stuntmen and special effects. Larry Martin and his rocketsuit flying through the air is really little mroe than a dummy on wires. This classic matinee serial has been colorized and slightly edited to create an amazing improved version of this crazy sci-fi classic. After all, Green Faced Martians in Purple Suits in a Pink rocketship, It's hard not to have fun! If you're looking for a fun nostalgic trip into the past, you can't go wrong with ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE.
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I like the Commando Cody serials, but I think King of the Rocket Men was the best.Published 9 months ago by Joseph Cherry
This one is priceless ! And, at the very end, Leonard Nimoy appears in his close-up scenes ! It was "Mr. Spock's" first movie and Leonard does NOT disappoint ! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sue C. Dees