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Writers:
Wallace MacDonald (story) &
Gerald Geraghty (story) ...
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Release Date:
23 February 1935 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Nation 20,000 Feet Underground
Plot:
When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Radio Ranch Is On the Air! See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Autry ... Gene Autry

Frankie Darro ... Frankie Baxter
Betsy King Ross ... Betsy Baxter
Dorothy Christy ... Queen Tika
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuck Baldra ... Deputy (uncredited)
Harry Blaeholder ... Fiddle Player, Radio Ranch Band (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Gaspar - Television Operator (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Radio Technician (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Muranian Citizen (uncredited)
Fred Burns ... Muranian Priest (uncredited)
Bob Card ... Deputy [Ch. 3] (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Muranian Guard [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
Jim Corey ... Muranian (uncredited)
Ray Corrigan ... Thunder Rider (uncredited)
Jad Dees ... Guitar Player, Radio Ranch Band (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Guard Leader [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... High Priest (uncredited)
Aleth Hansen ... Mandolin Player, Radio Ranch Band (uncredited)
The Beverly Hillbillies ... Radio Ranch Band (uncredited)
Jack Jones ... Musician / Deputy [Ch. 3] (uncredited)
Tracy Layne ... Muranian [Chs. 1,8,10-11] (uncredited)
Duke R. Lee ... Tom Baxter [Ch. 1-2] (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Lieutenant Paul [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
Frankie Marvin ... Musician (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Muranian Guard (uncredited)
Bobby Nelson ... Junior Thunder Rider (uncredited)
Ezra Paulette ... Bass Player, Radio Ranch Band (uncredited)
Charley Quirt ... Guitar Player, Radio Ranch Band (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Sheriff [Chs. 2-4, 12] (uncredited)
Hal Taliaferro ... Thunder Guard (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge ... Thunder Rider Captain (uncredited)
Wally West ... Muranian Soldier (uncredited)
Jay Wilsey ... Thunder Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Brower 
B. Reeves Eason  (as Breezy Easton)
 
Writing credits
Wallace MacDonald (story) &
Gerald Geraghty (story) &
Hy Freedman (story) (as H. Freedman)

John Rathmell (continuity) &
Armand Schaefer (continuity)

Maurice Geraghty  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Nat Levine .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Miller 
William Nobles 
 
Film Editing by
Earl Turner 
Walter Thompson (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Armand Schaefer .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Witney .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Billy Gilbert .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Jack Coyle .... special effects
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Bud Thackery .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Cooper .... stunt double: Gene Autry (uncredited)
Ken Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunt double: Gene Autry (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Bradford .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Dunworth .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Henry Hadley .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lee Zahler .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nat Levine .... presenter
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
245 min (12 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
That Silver-Haired Daddy of MineSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Radio Ranch Is On the Air!, 3 February 2004
Author: SonOfMoog

This stuff is too horrible for words. It makes Plan 9 From Outer Space look like a masterpiece. The only way to watch this as an adult is with your hand over closed eyes, looking sideways through your fingers, carefully out of one eye once in awhile to follow the action. Even then, you spend most of your time cringing, shuddering, giggling, or gasping in amazement.

But, you *love* it anyway, either in spite of its uncountable flaws, or because of them. This serial has had a hold on me for almost fifty years since I first saw it in the early '50's. Every recollection of it brings a smile. It is a serial with everything, and combines elements of every movie genre one can imagine: western, musical, comedy, science fiction, crime, and dashes of horror and child adventure.

It has cowboys, evil scientists, lost cities, robots, radio and television, death rays, machines that resurrect the dead, and radium. Radium everywhere. This wonder element is the fuel that powers every futuristic machine in the hidden, underground city, and the desire of the evil scientists who scheme to get rich from it, and will kill to further their schemes. As adults, of course, we are obliged to ignore the reality that radium couldn't possibly do what it does here, but that's a trivial detail, irrelevant to the fun at hand.

The robots are a hoot: garbage cans that walk, but they are the only part of this movie I never came to accept. You watch each chapter for a little while, and it begins to take you in. It isn't long before you're thinking, "This is *terrible*, but with just a little work here and there .. it could be pretty good." Then, you're hooked, and it's time to apply for membership in the Thunder Riders.

There is no way this serial could be remade today. For one thing, the notion of Radio Ranch, a radio variety program broadcast from a remote location, doesn't fly in a world of HDTV and personal computers. But, so help me, I can't help wishing someone would try!

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