King of the Rocket Men (1949, Fred C. Brannon), Chapter 3: Dangerous Evidence

It’s another quick chapter, starting with a lackluster resolution to the previous cliffhanger–three chapters in, it appears King of the Rocket Men is going to just reveal something previously unseen in resolutions instead of the characters actually having to get out of anything.

Unfortunately, Dangerous Evidence’s cliffhanger isn’t particularly impressive either. Especially not after that opening resolution.

In between, there’s a decent chase scene–cinematographer Ellis W. Carter’s day-for-night photography is good–but when lead Tristram Coffin suits up as Rocket Man later in the episode, it’s somewhat lackluster. Though Coffin bringing his fedora with him is a nice touch.

All in all, it’s still a perfectly okay entry, it just doesn’t have anything going for it. Not the opening cliffhanger resolution, not the gunfight (one side is protected by a conveniently bulletproof chair), not the final fight. Maybe if the cliffhanger had been a little more thrilling….


Directed by Fred C. Brannon; written by Royal K. Cole, William Lively, and Sol Shor; director of photography, Ellis W. Carter; edited by Cliff Bell Sr. and Sam Starr; music by Stanley Wilson; released by Republic Pictures.

Starring Tristram Coffin (Jeffrey King), Mae Clarke (Glenda Thomas), Don Haggerty (Tony Dirken), House Peters Jr. (Burt Winslow), James Craven (Prof. Millard), I. Stanford Jolley (Prof. Bryant), Ted Adams (Prof. Conway), and Stanley Price (Prof. Von Strum).


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