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Genre  Comedy, Sci-Fi
Screenplay  Blake Edwards
Language  English
5.1/10 IMDb

Director  Leslie H. Martinson
Music director  Van Alexander
Country  United States
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Writer  Blake Edwards, Benedict Freedman, John Fenton Murray
Release date  December 8, 1954 (1954-12-08)
Cast  Mickey Rooney (Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry), Robert Strauss (Stan Cooper), Elaine Devry (Audrey Nelson), Bill Goodwin (Dr. Rodell), Whit Bissell (Dr. Edgar Pangborn), Joey Forman (MP in Hospital)
Similar movies  Carolina Cannonball (1955)

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The Atomic Kid is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction comedy film from Republic Pictures, produced by Maurice Duke and Mickey Rooney, directed by Leslie H. Martinson, that stars Mickey Rooney and Robert Strauss.


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While uranium prospector "Blix" Waterberry is in the desert, he wanders into an active atomic bomb test site and is accidentally exposed to radiation from a direct overhead blast. He miraculously survives, becoming radioactive, and in the process gaining special powers. He is then recruited by the FBI to help break up a spy ring.


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The film's screenplay is based on a story by Blake Edwards.

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Rooney's character "Blix" Waterberry wanders into an atomic test site, and, as one reviewer describes, "Mannequins are depicted sitting around the dinner table in front of their plastic meal, awaiting the predetermined bomb drop ... Rooney remains with the mannequin family and discovers at the last minute that an atomic bomb will be detonated over his head. In a deliberately humorous scene, Rooney frantically tries to find a place to hide from the approaching explosion, only to close his eyes and stick his fingers in his ears as the bomb goes off."

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Nurse Audrey Nelson (Elaine Devry), who marries "Blix" at the end, is the only female character in the film's opening credits and promotional posters, where she is billed as "Elaine Davis". At the time The Atomic Kid was being filmed, Devry/Davis was married to Mickey Rooney in real life.

In popular culture

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  • This is the feature film showing in 1955 at the fictional Town Theater in the fictional Hill Valley in 1985's science fiction comedy Back to the Future.
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