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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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A most unique combination of SciFi and the Cowboy Musical 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:
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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Soundtrack:
That Silver-Haired Daddy of MineSee more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A most unique combination of SciFi and the Cowboy Musical, 5 January 2002
Author: qtika from Washington State

I first saw Phantom Empire back in the 1970s when it was included in a local museum series of vintage films. I was totally enthralled by it and the incredible underground world below Gene Autry's "Radio Ranch". (The ranch was the site of weekly broadcasts of great oldtime cowboy music.) I'm more a fan of old cowboy movies than I am of science fiction, but I was really taken by the sci-fi set, with wacky multi-story elevators, ray guns, and metal robots. I was particularly smitten by the beautiful but evil Queen Tika, ruler of Murania, who had a magical spinning circle on the floor which she would visit and ask to show her anything she wished. The wheel would spin, complete with a spiraling graphic, which then turned into a real-time view of -- Gene Autry, of course, and his whereabouts, providing the Muranians the opportunity to capture him. (Seeing the spinning circle reminded me that as a six year old, I conjured up similar powers from spinning circle, and had forgotten all about it. Since then, my alter ego is. . Queen Tika!) I recommend the Phantom Empire series as an experience in true, though "kitschy", entertainment! Sincerely yours, Queen Tika



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