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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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When I was 12, I was in HEAVEN..... 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)
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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:
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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 Sierra Sue (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
That Silver-Haired Daddy of MineSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
When I was 12, I was in HEAVEN....., 6 June 2000
Author: Miller Movies (miller-movies@prodigy.net) from Jacksonville, Florida

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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