The Rocket Man (film)

  (Redirected from The Rocket Man (1954 film))

The Rocket Man is a 1954 American comedy science fiction film directed by Oscar Rudolph and starring Charles Coburn, Spring Byington, Anne Francis, John Agar and George "Foghorn" Winslow. The script was co-written by Lenny Bruce and Jack Henley from a story by George W. George and George F. Slavin.[1] A comedy with science fiction overtones, the film carries the tag line, “Out-of-this-world laughter and down-to-earth charm when the face from space turns out to be ... the kid next door!”[2]

The Rocket Man
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byOscar Rudolph
Screenplay byLenny Bruce
Jack Henley
Based on(From a Story by)
George W. George
George F. Slavin
Produced byLeonard Goldstein
StarringCharles Coburn
Spring Byington
Anne Francis
John Agar
George "Foghorn" Winslow
CinematographyJohn Seitz
Edited byPaul Weatherwax
Color processBlack and white
Panoramic Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • April 1954 (1954-04)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

The New York Times found the fact that comedian Lenny Bruce was one of the film's screenwriters was the "strangest aspect of the low-budget production", noting that the film contains little of Bruce's trademark humor.[3]


As a result of the sudden and unexplained appearance of a mysterious rocket man, a little boy comes into possession of a mysterious ray gun that compels anyone caught in its beam to tell the truth. He uses it to prevent his orphanage from being foreclosed upon by creditors and to help a young couple fall in love.[4]



  1. ^ "Movies Were Always Magical": Interviews with 19 Actors, Leo Verswijver - 2003 Page 40- Rocket Man (20th Century Fox, 1954). DlR Oscar Rudolph. PROD Leonard Goldstein. SCR Lenny Bruce, Jack Henley (story by George W. George, George F . Slavin). CAM John F. Seitz. ED Paul Weatherwax. Ml's Lionel Newman. RUNNING
  2. ^ Laura Wagner Anne Francis: The Life and Career 2011 -p 25 "She was given the second lead (with John Agar) in The Rocket Man (1954), an ordinary, passable comedy with some sci-fi elements made for Panoramic Productions, the company run by producer Leonard Goldstein that made flat-screen pictures for Fox " ; Page 129 "The Rocket Man (1954) “Out-of-this-world laughter and down-to-earth charm when the face from space turns out to be ... the kid next door!” Director: Oscar Rudolph."
  3. ^ Hal Erickson (2013). "The Rocket Man (1954)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  4. ^ The Rocket Man at the TCM Movie Database

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