Ten cent movies: Silver Needle in the Sky

A while back, I bought this 50-movie set, Sci-Fi Invasion, for five bucks. That adds up to ten cents per movie. Can you believe I’m almost done with this series? Only a few movies left to go. Here’s our third and final go-around with Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, in Silver Needle in the Sky. Once again, this is a couple of episodes of the 1955 TV show edited into a feature.

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Here’s what happens: Heroic Rocky Jones and his crew – sidekick Winky (ugh), space girl Vena, and precocious little kid Bobby – are escorting a group of ambassadors to a space station, but they’re captured by the sinister Queen Cleolantha. She plans to hold the ambassadors for ransom, and only Rocky and his pals can stop her.

Speculative spectacle: Cleolantha shuts off the oxygen in Rocky’s ship, and Rocky gets it fixed by using, of all things, Vena’s lipstick. (Maybe it’s high-tech space lipstick.)

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Sleaze factor: None, except for Vena’s ever-present short skirt, of course.

Quantum quotables: “Gallopin’ galaxies!” – little Bobby’s favorite expression.

What the felgercarb? One of the ambassadors walks around with this funky-looking headdress on. Is he an ancient Egyptian pharaoh?

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Microcosmic minutiae: Rocky Jones had a short-lived run in the comics, appearing in issues 15-19 of Space Adventures, published by Charlton. In the comics, the space ranger uniforms are blue and white, but in other promotional materials, they’re red and white.

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Worth ten cents? The other Rocky Jones collections on this set were goofball fun, but this one is dull. What it loses in crazy space adventure, it gains a lot of standing around and talking. If you want the Rocky Jones experience, skip this one and watch The Gypsy Moon instead.

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About Mac McEntire

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