Radar Men from the Moon is a 12-part serial produced by Republic Pictures in 1952. It was directed by Fred C. Brannon and features George Wallace as the hero Commando Cody.

The first nine installments of the serial feature throughout Season 1 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, although the ninth installment appears truncated, apparently cut for time.

Plot Summary[]

Chapter One: "Moon Rocket"[]

appears in Episode #102 - The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy

Chapter Two: "Molten Terror"[]

appears in Episode #103 - The Mad Monster

Chapter Three: "Bridge of Death"[]

appears in Episode #105 - The Corpse Vanishes

Chapter Four: "Flight of Destruction"[]

appears in Episode #107 - Robot Monster

Chapter Five: "Murder Car"[]

appears in Episode #107 - Robot Monster

Chapter Six: "Hills of Death"[]

appears in Episode #108 - The Slime People

Chapters Seven: "Camouflaged Destruction"[]

appears in Episode #109 - Project Moon Base

Chapter Eight: "The Enemy Planet"[]

appears in Episode #109 - Project Moon Base

Chapter Nine: "Battle in the Stratosphere"[]

appears partially in Episode #110 - Robot Holocaust



  • A juggernaut vehicle from Undersea Kingdom was re-used in Radar Men from the Moon as Retik's Lunar Tank.
  • The scenes of Cody flying were recycled footage from the prior Republic serial King of the Rocket Men.
  • The serial entered the public domain in 1979.
  • In 1966, the serial was re-edited by Republic and shown on television as a 100-minute film entitled Retik, the Moon Menace.

MST3K Connections[]

  • Roy Barcroft also portrayed Agent Parker in The Phantom Creeps.
  • Actor and stuntman Tom Steele (Zerg) was also a stuntman in The Phantom Creeps (in which he also portrayed a train conductor and a radio truck driver), Jungle Goddess, Undersea Kingdom (in which he also portrayed a guardsman), and Day the World Ended.
  • Actor and stuntman Dale Van Sickel was also a stuntman in Jungle Goddess and Day the World Ended, as well as portraying Link in Manhunt in Space.
  • Actor and stuntman Carey Loftin (motorist) also had an unspecified role and was a stuntman in The Rebel Set.
  • Actor and stuntman Kenneth Terrell (henchman) was also Joe Marcella and a stuntman in Indestructible Man.
  • Composer Stanley Wilson was also musical director for The Beatniks and music supervisor for San Francisco International.
  • Set decorator John McCarthy Jr. was also set decorator for San Francisco International and Kitten with a Whip.
  • Makeup supervisor Bob Mark was also makeup artist for The Human Duplicators.
  • Sound technician Dick Tyler Sr. was also sound mixer for Beginning of the End.
  • Special effects technician Howard Lydecker was also special effects technician for Undersea Kingdom.
  • Special effects technician Theodore Lydecker was also special effects technician for Undersea Kingdom.
  • Stuntman David Sharpe also portrayed a schooner sailor and was a stuntman in The Phantom Creeps.
  • Grip Nels Mathias was also key grip for Beginning of the End.

Video releases[]


DVD cover art

In addition to the various chapters' appearances within their MST3K episodes, all "8 ½" were released on a bonus DVD by Shout! Factory alongside Volume XXV. In addition to the segments, the DVD includes a new introduction by "Season One's Tom Servo, J. Elvis Weinstein".


Shorts edit
Season 1 Radar Men from the Moon, Chapter 123456789
Season 2 The Phantom Creeps, Chapter 123X Marks the Spot
Season 3 Alphabet AnticsSnow ThrillsSpeech: Using Your VoiceAquatic WizardsCatching TroubleThe Home Economics StoryMr. B NaturalPosture PalsAppreciating Our Parents
Season 4 Undersea Kingdom, Chapter 1Junior Rodea DaredevilsUndersea Kingdom, Chapter 2General Hospital, #1#2#3Johnny at the FairCircus on IceHere Comes the CircusHired!, Part 12
Season 5 What to Do on a DateThe Truck FarmerBody Care and GroomingIs This Love?CheatingWhat About Juvenile Delinquency?Last Clear ChanceDesign for Dreaming
Season 6 A Date with Your FamilyThe Selling WizardUncle Jim's Dairy FarmA Day at the FairWhy Study Industrial ArtsYoung Man's FancyKeeping Neat and CleanAre You Ready for Marriage?Out of this WorldSpeech: Platform Posture and AppearanceMoney Talks!Progress Island U.S.A.The Days of our Years
Season 7 Once Upon a HoneymoonThe Chicken of Tomorrow
Season 9 Century 21 CallingRobot Rumpus
Season 10 A Case of Spring Fever
Season 13 Pipeline to the CloudsLet's Make a Meal in 20 MinutesCourt CaseSleep for HealthThe Wonder of ReproductionCavalcadeBalance Beam for GirlsBicylcing Visual SkillsThe Bicycle DriverLet's Keep Food Safe to EatMr. B NaturalBetter Breakfasts, U.S.A.Doing Things for Ourselves in School
Additional Assignment: VenezualaWhat's It to You?Circus DayA Busy Day at the County FairBehind the Scenes at the SupermarketSafety in Offices
Compilations Shorts, Volume 1Shorts, Volume 2Shorts, Volume 3Mr. B's Lost Shorts??!!Assignment: Venezuela and Other ShortsThe MST3K Festival of Shorts