Silver Needle In the Sky: Rocky Jones Space Ranger (2004) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
Rocky Jones Space Ranger is back in print and fairly inexpensive too. This classic TV early 1950’s space opera is filled with cheap sets, poor special effects, annoying sidekicks, and a hero who in one episode actually tells his female crewmate to “go knit a sweater” (and she actually does) when they have a disagreement! It’s hilarious early TV “sci-fi” suitable for all ages, so you can treat yourself and your kids to a bit of TV history and have a good laugh together. I saw three episodes of this show a few years ago (2 of them on Mystery Science Theater 3000) and they were all loads of fun. This disc is a bargain for the low price.
If you’ve never seen the show, it’s really something. Rocky Jones is a square-jawed fisticuffs wielding spaceship pilot with REALLY goofy sidekicks, including Winky, a young man who acts like a kid, and Bobby, a little kid that acts all grown-up. Then there’s VERY short-skirted Vena, his bright female crewmate that gets treated like, well, like women were mostly treated in the US in 1950’s TV. Then there’s elderly and brilliant Professor Newton, who in spite of being a genius, makes just enough miscalculations to get them into real trouble.
Rocky Jones is a vision of the far future firmly rooted in the early 1950’s. They don’t make them like this anymore! If you liked Lost In Space, this is sort of an earlier version of that, possibly even goofier, so you might well like this too.
About Silver Needle In the Sky: Rocky Jones Space Ranger (2004)
Starring: Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield, Maurice Cass, Dayton Lummis, RBrooks
Runtime: 95 minutes
Director: Hollingsworth Morse