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Rocket Man [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun light sci-fi spoof from the mid 1950's 27 Dec. 2012
By Jobla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This welcome release from Fox Archives on MOD presents a rare Lenny Bruce screenplay. The story is a light farce about a little boy who acquires a ray-gun from outer space. The fantastic content soon gives way to more predictable domestic comedy. Ironically, the cast includes several actors who became known for appearing in science-fiction pictures, such as John Agar, Anne Francis, and Beverly Garland. The film hasn't previously appeared on home video, so this belated release is a pleasant surprise. The MOD disc's image is very nice, with good black and white contrasts. The image is full-frame, which is probably accurate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Major cast, minor movie 28 Jun. 2013
By A. Gammill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Just when I thought I'd seen every sci-fi film from the Fab Fifties, here comes this unknown little sci-fi comedy. I admit, I got pretty excited when I read the cast list: Anne Francis, John Agar, Charles Coburn, Spring Byington, Beverly Garland. . .all good actors, 3 of which are known for their genre roles of the 1950's. I wasn't familiar with the little boy, George Winslow, who is actually the main character, but I'd read good things about him.

The Rocket Man (minor spoilers ahead) tells the story of an orphaned 7 year old boy who spends most of his time engaging in make-believe space adventures, and acquires an actual "ray gun" from a space man who pops up from time to time. But instead of being a force for destruction, the gun forces people to tell the truth. Yep, that's pretty much it. There's some old-fashioned good vs. evil in the form of a kindly Justice of the Peace who takes the boy out of the orphanage and confronts a crooked politician who tries to shut the place down. There's the always-delightful Anne Francis in her prime, falling for John Agar (whose character is not what he seems). It's all innocent fun, and on paper it certainly seems like the makings of a minor classic.

But for some reason, it doesn't quite work that well. The cast does their best with the limited material (from a screenplay co-written by legendary comedian Lenny Bruce). There's not much tension--there's never much doubt that mean "Big Bill Watkins" won't get the orphanage, and very little humor to be found. But the real deal-breaker for me was little George Winslow. Like I said, apparently the child actor has a following, and I admit I haven't seen him in anything else. But his deadpan delivery makes him seem a bit like a robotic Opie Taylor. He's just awful and thoroughly unlikable throughout the whole movie.

I will commend 20th Century Fox for presenting a very nice print of the film. I watched it on a 65" Samsung LCD flatscreen, and both video and audio quality were very clear. As is the case with most of these MOD discs, there are no extras or even a chapter menu. And I can appreciate the rarity of the film (as far as I know, this is its home video debut), it's just not one I'll be re-watching anytime soon. Recommended for hardcore fans of Anne Francis, John Agar or any of the other cast. But it will likely just be a curiosity to everyone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Movie 28 Oct. 2014
By Stargazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a charming story. A good combination of fantasy and fifties sentimentality. No ugly monsters and no creepy aliens roaming around killing people.
Handsome John Agar is always a pleasure to see and the beautiful Anne Francis is young and lovely in her part. It's a nostalgic reminder of happier times in the fifties.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Where's Mine? 27 Jan. 2014
By ReddStealth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this movie when I was very young. My school showed it in the auditorium on movie day, and I was impressed with it at that time.
Being a rare film I wanted to have this in my library. The movie is old, and has a simple story. Still fun if you like old scifi.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple humorous film that sticks in your head forever 19 May 2016
By Libby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This rare movie that deserves becoming available on DVD at last. An orphan boy who dreams of space is given a real ray gun that makes people tell the truth. The unforgettable character in this movie is the eeevillll state politician Big Bill Watkins who tries to run the orphanage into bankruptcy in order to buy the land under it. Our family, now grown, can all still quote "B B W - B for Booze. B for Bribery. And W for Wild Parties". See this movie on a night when you are tired and discouraged. You'll smile for months.
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