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The Phantom Empire (1935)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Sci-Fi, Western  |  23 February 1935 (USA)
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When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea. Cowboy singer Gene Autry stumbles upon the civilization, now buried ... See full summary »

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Wheeler Oakman ...
Lord Argo
Charles K. French ...
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Warner Richmond ...
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J. Frank Glendon ...
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Smiley Burnette ...
Oscar (as Lester 'Smiley' Burnett)
Peter Potter ...
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Edward Peil Sr. ...
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Jack Carlyle ...
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When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea. Cowboy singer Gene Autry stumbles upon the civilization, now buried beneath his own Radio Ranch. The Muranians have developed technology and weaponry such as television and ray guns. Their rich supply of radium draws unscrupulous speculators from the surface. The peaceful civilization of the Muranians is corrupted by the greed from above, and it becomes Autry's task to prevent all-out war, ideally without disrupting his regular radio show. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A Nation 20,000 Feet Underground


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23 February 1935 (USA)  »

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Robots built originally for Dancing Lady (1933) in dance sequence cut from finished film. Photos of the scene survive. See more »

Quotes

Queen Tika: Gene Autry! How do you like our world?
Gene Autry: I think the dampness and dead air of your land is more suited for rats and moles.
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Uncle Noah's Ark
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Written by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and Nick Manoloff
Performed by Gene Autry and band
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A most unique combination of SciFi and the Cowboy Musical
5 January 2002 | by (Washington State) – See all my reviews

I first saw Phantom Empire back in the 1970s when it was included in a local museum series of vintage films. I was totally enthralled by it and the incredible underground world below Gene Autry's "Radio Ranch". (The ranch was the site of weekly broadcasts of great oldtime cowboy music.) I'm more a fan of old cowboy movies than I am of science fiction, but I was really taken by the sci-fi set, with wacky multi-story elevators, ray guns, and metal robots. I was particularly smitten by the beautiful but evil Queen Tika, ruler of Murania, who had a magical spinning circle on the floor which she would visit and ask to show her anything she wished. The wheel would spin, complete with a spiraling graphic, which then turned into a real-time view of -- Gene Autry, of course, and his whereabouts, providing the Muranians the opportunity to capture him. (Seeing the spinning circle reminded me that as a six year old, I conjured up similar powers from spinning circle, and had forgotten all about it. Since then, my alter ego is. . Queen Tika!) I recommend the Phantom Empire series as an experience in true, though "kitschy", entertainment! Sincerely yours, Queen Tika




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