Crash of Moons (1954)

CRASH OF MOONS (1954)
Article #690 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 2-3-2003
Posting date: 7-3-2003
Directed by Hollingsworth Morse
Featuring Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield, Scotty Beckett

Rocky Jones tries to save the inhabitants of a planet that is doomed to a collision with one of the moons of a two-moon system, but runs into resistance from the planet’s suspicious empress.

This is the second of the Rocky Jones movies I’ve seen, the first being BEYOND THE MOON. Not much has really changed; the dialogue is pretty lame, the acting so-so, and the special effects fairly primitive. Nonetheless, it gets by well enough, largely because it comports itself with a certain amount of quiet dignity, and actually seeks to tell a fairly elaborate story within its limitations; the sincerity of it all wins me over. And even if the effects are primitive, they are also creative, evocative and fun to look at, and in some ways that may be even more important. This one also features an early performance from John Banner.

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