Sunday, May 10, 2009
RETRO VISIONS OF FUTURE SPACE TRAVEL - ROCKY JONES, SPACE RANGER - SYNDICATION CIRCA 1953
As the STAR TREK prequel from producer/director JJ Abrams debuts in theaters across America and racks up almost $80 million in its first weekend at the box office, here's a look back at one of television's first forays into rocket propelled, futuristic, science fiction, ROCKY JONES, SPACE RANGER.
Portrayed by stoic and stocky Richard Crane, ROCKY JONES , SPACE RANGER,was one of Captain Kirk's most wholesome and heroic progenitors.Jones was a rocket jockey who fought to protect the interests of Earth and peaceful planets throughout the galaxy , with the help of his rookie, co-pilot, cadet Winky, played by Scotty Beckett, and his love interest, the exotic Vena Ray, essayed by Sally Mansfield.
Debuting in 1953, 39 episodes of the syndicated,Black & White series were produced in Hollywood by independent film tyro, Roland Reed. Most were directed by veteran, televisionary Hollingsworth Morse.While Rocky's intergalactic ride,the Orbit Jet , was no Starship Enterprise, it reflected state of the art rocketry for the 1950's,The primitive special effects leave a lot to be desired. The stories were light on science and emphasized action amid the asteroids.Still good fun in the rear Atomic Astro Teleview-Scope:)
Here is an excerpt from an early episode.Enjoy!!!!!!