INFERNO IN SPACE (1956)
aka THE MAGNETIC MOON
Article 2167 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-20-2007
Posting Date: 7-19-2007
Directed by Hollingsworth Morse
Featuring Richard Crane, Jimmy Lydon, Sally Mansfield
Explosions on a distant moon send deadly rays hurtling towards earth, and only Space Ranger Rocky Jones can save the planet. Unfortunately, he also has to contend with an escaped exile who carries a vendetta against him and plans to use the crisis to exact revenge.
There’s nothing I like better than a movie (or a set of TV episodes that go together to make up a movie, as the case may be) to kick off with a fascinating mystery, and this one does; this one opens with all items made of wood aboard Rocky Jones’ ship crumbling into dust, and this novel concept drew me in. The science is fairly far-fetched, but it’s also rather fun, and even though the direction is lackluster (like all of the Rocky Jones series), it does manage to generate a bit of suspense. Besides, they throw in Tor Johnson near the end of the movie and he has a fight with Richard Crane (as well as serving as a deus ex machina during the final scenes). They even give him a few lines to say, as well. If this one weren’t so hard to find, I’d suggest it as a good one to start with for those who wanted to try out the series.