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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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Bucketheads to the rescue! 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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245 min (12 episodes)
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Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The main role was meant for Ken Maynard, but he dropped out.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:
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Bucketheads to the rescue!, 16 January 2004
Author: counterrevolutionary from Spokane, WA

Gene Autry was already a radio star when he went to Hollywood in the early '30s. Naturally, since Autry was known as "the Singing Cowboy," his first starring role was in a sci-fi serial about an underground civilization. One might think that this was a brave example of casting against type; in fact, Autry plays exactly the same character he would continue to play on film and TV for the next twenty years: "Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy."

With a premise like this, one would expect THE PHANTOM EMPIRE to be thoroughly goofy. And one would be right. It doesn't help matters that the serial is directed exclusively to children, without even a nod or wink at the adult audience. Also, the cliffhanger cheat factor is fairly high, mostly involving added footage of the escapes which completely distorts what we saw in the previous chapter (this would, of course, have been somewhat less obvious when seeing only one chapter a week and not having a rewind button).

But if you're a connoisseur of cinematic goofiness, or if you're interested in B-Westerns and SF serials of the 30s, or if you have a burning desire to see Smiley Burnette in drag, you should check this one out. The Alpha DVD release, as others have said, is pretty poor (the worst Alpha DVDs I've seen, in fact), but if you can get through the first two chapters, the quality improves marginally (there does seem to have been some restoration work done on the print used--mainly with Scotch tape).

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