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The Phantom Empire (1935)

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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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Frankie Baxter
Betsy King Ross ...
Betsy Baxter
Dorothy Christy ...
Wheeler Oakman ...
Lord Argo
Charles K. French ...
Mal
Warner Richmond ...
Rab
J. Frank Glendon ...
Professor Beetson (as Frank Glendon)
Smiley Burnette ...
Oscar (as Lester 'Smiley' Burnett)
Peter Potter ...
Pete (as William Moore)
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Cooper (as Edward Piel Sr.)
Jack Carlyle ...
Saunders
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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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(12 episodes)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is an alternate, rarely seen, version of this film in which Gene Autry is absent from the last part of the film. The plot reaches the same conclusion. Reportedly, Autry was not available at first, due to other commitments. The scenes in question were later re-shot when he was available. 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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Referenced in The Sci-Fi Boys (2006) See more »

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That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine
Words and Music by Gene Autry and Jimmy Long
Performed by Gene Autry and band
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It's a true piece of nostalgia...but not on DVD
2 November 2003 | by (Wyoming) – See all my reviews

Without going into points covered by earlier reviewers (with which I am in agreement), I really encourage anyone who enjoys old movies to see this one. I rate this one a "6" because of its unique blend of genres and because I enjoyed it.

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Unfortunately the DVD version is VERY bad. Source material was substandard and encoding was outrageous. They also cut the "Mascot" leaders from each chapter.

I have this serial on quite old 16mm film and (splices, scratches and all) it's better than the DVD.

You may actually have better luck purchasing this on VHS...I never thought I'd ever make THAT recommendation!


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