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Atomic Kid (1954)





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The Atomic Kid strives mightily to wring laughs from the otherwise humorless topic of atomic radiation. Mickey Rooney (who also produced the film) and Robert Strauss play a couple of brainless prospectors who stumble upon a A-bomb testing site. Led to believe that the area is rich with uranium, Strauss goes off to stake a claim, while Rooney relaxes in a "test" house. Before long, a bomb is dropped, a mushroom cloud sprouts in the desert. . .and Rooney emerges from the rubble unharmed. Later on, however, our hero discovers that he's so full of radiation that he glows in the dark, which makes him both dangerous and world-famous. The plot then veers into Cold War territory as Rooney routs a nest of Soviet spies, led by Robert Emmet Keane. The leading lady of the proceedings is Elaine Davis, Mickey Rooney's then-wife (her marital status, transitory though it may have been, was emphasized in the film's opening credits) Believe it or not, this monumentally unfunny comedy was based on a story by Blake Edwards. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Mickey Rooney
as Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry
Robert Strauss
as Stan Cooper
Bill Goodwin
as Dr. Rodell
Hal March
as Agent Ray
Elaine Davis
as Audrey Nelson
Whit Bissell
as Dr. Edgar Pangborn
Joey Forman
as MP in Hospital
Fay Roope
as Gen. Lawler
Stanley Adams
as Wildcat Hooper
Robert Emmett Keane
as Mr. Reynolds
Bill Welsh
as Commentator
Charles Conrad
as Scientist
Milton Frome
as Communications Man
Don Haggerty
as Lieutenant
Ray Walker
as Newspaperman
Peter Brocco
as Mr. Mosley
Robert Nichols
as Technician
Allan Ray
as 1st M.P
Paul Dubov
as Mr. Anderson
Slick Slavin
as Corporal
Billy Snyder
as Croupier
Tommy Walker
as Enlisted Man
Sig Frohlich
as Photographer
Guy Way
as Lieutenant
Dick Winslow
as 2nd Sergeant
George E. Mather
as 1st Sergeant
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