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Commando Cody, Sky Marshall of the Universe. 1953




COMMANDO CODY
SKY MARSHALL OF THE UNIVERSE
1953

12 CHAPTER SERIAL
PLOT:
Earth is menaced by an evil alien "Ruler" who desires to add the Earth to his list of conquests. The Ruler uses a number of diabolical devices to carry out a series of attacks against the Earth. These devices generate floods and typhoons, spread germ warfare, block out the sun, generate additional suns, and pull the Earth and the moon out of their orbits. Scientist Commando Cody develops a "Cosmic Dust Blanket" to protect the Earth. However, the Ruler uses guided missiles to penetrate the shield. Cody, assisted by Joan Gilbert and Ted Richards, constructs an atomic-powered rocketship to travel into space and combat the Ruler and his evil henchmen and robots.
There is some controversy as to whether this is a serial or a television series. It was originally intended as a TV series, but contractual obligations forced Republic Pictures to give it a theatrical release before allowing it to be broadcast on TV. While each episode bears a "number" and title, the episodes do not end in "cliffhangers", a hallmark of the classic movie serial. Unlike TV series of that period, though, the episodes are not completely self contained--they follow a definite story arc, and cannot be shown out of order and remain comprehensible to the viewer.
    CAST:
    Judd Holdren     ...     Commando Cody
    Aline Towne    ...     Joan Gilbert
    Gregory Gaye    ...     The Ruler
    Craig Kelly    ...     Mr. Henderson
    Richard Crane    ...     Dick Preston
    Lyle Talbot    ...     Baylor
    Gloria Pall    ...     The Moon Girl
    John Crawford    ...     Alien
    Eddie Foster    ...     Mason
    Dale Van Sickel    ...     Clancy
Chapter One: ENEMIES OF THE UNIVERSE
Chapter Two: ATOMIC PEARL
Chapter Three: COSMIC VENGENCE
Chapter Four: NIGHTMARE TYPHOON
Chapter Five: WAR OF THE SPACE GIANTS
Chapter Six: DESTROYERS OF THE SUN 
Chapter Seven: ROBOT MONSTER FROM MARS 
Chapter Eight: THE HYDROGEN HURRICANE
Chapter Nine: SOLAR SKY RAIDERS
Chapter Ten: S.O.S. ICE AGE
Chapter Eleven: LOST IN OUTER SPACE
Chapter Twelve: CAPTIVES OF THE ZERO HOUR

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