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Buck Rogers (1939)





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After starring in two successful serials as All-American Boy in Outer Space Flash Gordon, Larry "Buster" Crabbe found himself visiting very familiar territory in 1939's Buck Rogers, a 12-episode serial in which he played an young adventurer sent 500 years into the future. Buck Rogers (Crabbe), his friend and sidekick Buddy Wade (Jackie Moran), and Buck's sweetheart, Wilma Deering (Constance Moore), are piloting a new and experimental airship when bad weather sends them crashing into the Arctic wastes. A newly developed drug called Nirvano is supposed to keep this crew in suspended animation until help arrives; however, five centuries pass before Buck, Buddy, and Wilma are found by scientists working for Dr. Huer (C. Montague Shaw). Huer is an idealist who is attempting overthrow fearsome ruler Killer Kane (Anthony Warde), who rules the Earth with an iron fist. Buck and his pals throw in their lot with Huer and his staff, and attempt to find allies on Saturn; however, Buck is unaware that Saturn has already fallen to the minions of Kane. Originally released as a serial, Buck Rogers was later re-edited into two different feature-length condensations, Planet Outlaws and Destination Saturn.


Buster Crabbe
as Buck Rogers
Constance Moore
as Wilma Deering
Jackie Moran
as Buddy Wade
Anthony Ward
as Killer Kane
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The same guy who played the titular character in the Flash Gordon series plays the titular character in this series. I really don't think you could like one series and not the other; they are so similar. Buck is flying a blimp far into the north when a storm blows them off-course. Many people jump out out into the unknown, but he and his son remain until the crash. They awake 500 years later after being frozen only to find something similar to the New World Order now dominates the globe. Like Flash Gordon expect cardboard sets and cardboard acting.


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