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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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$70,000 (estimated)
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Singing Cowboy


  • 2. The Thunder Riders


  • 3. The Lightning Chamber


  • 4. Phantom Broadcast


  • 5. Beneath the Earth


  • 6. Disaster From the Skies


  • 7. From Death to Life


  • 8. Jaws of Jeopardy


  • 9. Prisoners of the Ray


  • 10.The Rebellion


  • 11.A Queen in Chains


  • 12.The End of Murania


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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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Featured in Action Heroes of the Cliffhanger Serials (1992) See more »

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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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The one and only one of its kind
15 September 2002 | by (New Carlisle, Ohio) – See all my reviews

A classic by anybody's standard! Never before and never since has there ever been such a combination of Western, musical, SciFi, comedy and adventure. Truly imaginative. Gene Autry's first starring vehicle. It predates Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and all the other SciFi serials of the '30s and '40s. And it was no doubt the reason Republic Pictures stuck to the SciFi theme in most of their serial through to the end of their existence. Has to be seen to be believed. An inside joke appeared in Gene Autry's 1941 feature "Sierra Sue" wherein character actress Dorothy Christy, who plays Queen Tika in this serial, says to Autry "I have the feeling we have met somewhere before. Maybe in another world". A true must see for film historians and fan of all ages. Great fun!


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