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Undersea Kingdom (1936)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Adventure | 30 May 1936 (USA)
Crash Corrigan, a recent graduate of Annapolis, and Diana, a go-getting reporter, join Professor Norton for a search for the source of a string of earthquakes, Atlantis. They ride Prof. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crash Corrigan (as Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
Diana Compton
Unga Khan
Boothe Howard ...
Prof. Norton
Lee Van Atta ...
Billy Norton
Briny Deep
Capt. Hakur
Lt. Andrews [Chs. 1, 12]
Joe [Ch. 1]


Crash Corrigan, a recent graduate of Annapolis, and Diana, a go-getting reporter, join Professor Norton for a search for the source of a string of earthquakes, Atlantis. They ride Prof. Norton's rocket submarine searching the sea and little Billy Norton, the professor's son stows away, of course. When they find Atlantis they are caught in a war between peaceful Atlanteans, note their white capes, and war-monging Atlanteans, note their black capes. After many harrowing moments for Crash, Diana, Prof. Norton and Billy, they barely get away with their lives when they escape a tower of Atlantis raised to the surface for the sole purpose of dominating or destroying the Earth (Which one depends on the compliance of the upper world dwellers.) Written by Carl Rossi <carl@stanley.feldberg.brandeis.edu>

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Release Date:

30 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Império Submarino  »

Box Office


$99,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The familiar trumpet call played at horse races in the U.S. to announce Post Time, known as First Call, is used to rally the troops in Chapter 4: Revenge of the Volkites . Though it may sound to some comic and strangely out of place, it was actually a military bugle call that alerted soldiers to prepare and assemble for a formation. See more »


Chapter five: Only in this chapter that Diana wears a split skirt (as opposed to an ankle-length skirt) so she can ride a horse to escape back to the 'Sacred City'. See more »


[first lines]
[flexing muscles during a Naval Academy physical]
Crash Corrigan: How 'bout it, Doc. Do you think I'll live?
Navy Doctor [Ch. 1]: You look kind of weak and puny, but I think you'll pull through.
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Flash Gordon-Lite
13 November 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Republic Pictures 12-chapter serial, Undersea Kingdom, borrows many elements from the Flash Gordon story: a "yellow menace"-type villain, a scientist and his futuristic craft (this time a rocket submarine rather than a rocketship), a vanquished foe spared in combat becoming a staunch ally, and finally the heroes name Crash (rhymes with...). You can see the beginnings of the great serial factory Republic was to become, with decent fights and excellent special effects for 1936. Pacing is sluggish and it contains some horrendous cliffhanger cheats. For example, when Crash is SEEN plummeting down an elevator shaft and the next episode begins with his falling through the open elevator doors, reaching out and clutching the edge of the doorway preventing his fall. I would not recommend seeing this serial in one go because the cheats would be less abrasive if the chapters were viewed with some time in between. I rate this serial a 7.0 (Review: 1; 11/2002)

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