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23 February 1935 (USA) See more »
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  (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)
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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245 min (12 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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 MuraniaSee more »
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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Childhood's Empire, 11 August 2003
Author: jimhass from Los Angeles

For somebody who wasn't about six when he first saw this serial, it's really pretty clunky and corny. For somebody who was (they reshowed it once on early TV, on one of those shows that had a local Uncle Bob type playing old westerns and cartoons, and promoting the station's shows in between. Even now, when I think of the juxtaposition of the aboveground world of the singing cowboy, the "Thunder Riders" and their bizarre, futuristic city under the mountain, I get goosebumps. The best occasion I had to see this was one summer, when I went to the local Y every Saturday morning to see a bunch of old movies with 3-400 other kids my age; the title would roll up, and the kids would scream.

Also, I think I could prove that Freud was right about infantile sexuality when I think of the way I felt about the underground queen, clad in silvery, clinging clothes.

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