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The Phantom Empire (1935)

Approved | | Musical, Sci-Fi, Western | 23 February 1935 (USA)
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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Betsy Baxter
Dorothy Christy ...
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Lord Argo
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Mal
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Rab
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Prof. Beetson (as Frank Glendon)
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Oscar (as Lester 'Smiley' Burnett)
Peter Potter ...
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Cooper (as Edward Piel Sr.)
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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Gene Autry and the Phantom Empire  »

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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

The city of Murania was built for less than $1200 including utilizing a colander as the dome of a building. 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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Opening Credit: Featuring the Scientific City of Murania. See more »

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Referenced in Manhattan: Tangier (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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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When I was 12, I was in HEAVEN.....
6 June 2000 | by (Jacksonville, Florida) – See all my reviews

No, I wasn't 12 in 1935! Try 1955 when this 12 episode serial played on Saturdays in Colorado Springs. I grew up with westerns, with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lash Larue, and the rest. I was also acquainted with the science fiction serials and films of the period. Imagine my GLEE when I found out that they had merged the two genres!!!

I saw this again recently, and while it has aged a bit in relationship to more modern westerns and SF films, this is indeed a landmark film: The only SF serial in which a major Western cowboy is the star!!!

I am amazed that so few people have scored this film in IMDb. Please do yourselves a favor and seek out this one, watch it, enjoy it, and then give it a vote respective of its mark in cinematic history!


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