The Rocket Man (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. 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!”
|The Rocket Man|
|Directed by||Oscar Rudolph|
|Screenplay by||Lenny Bruce|
|Based on||(From a Story by)|
George W. George
George F. Slavin
|Produced by||Leonard Goldstein|
George "Foghorn" Winslow
|Edited by||Paul Weatherwax|
|Color process||Black and white|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
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.
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.
- Charles Coburn as Mayor Ed Johnson
- Spring Byington as Justice Amelia Brown
- Anne Francis as June Brown
- John Agar as Tom Baxter
- George Winslow as Timmy (as George "Foghorn" Winslow)
- Stanley Clements as Bob
- Emory Parnell as Big Bill Watkins
- June Clayworth as Harriet Snedley
- Don Haggerty as Officer Mike O'Brien
- Beverly Garland as Ludine
- "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
- 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."
- 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.
- The Rocket Man at the TCM Movie Database