MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,701 this week

Undersea Kingdom (1936)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi, Adventure  |  30 May 1936 (USA)
4.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.7/10 from 367 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 6 critic

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 »

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

Indie Spotlight
| DailyDead
Watch Sci-Fi Telly for Free on FilmOn
| ShockYa

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 09 Jun 2011
 
a list of 2071 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 02 Oct 2011
 
a list of 1038 titles
created 25 Dec 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 08 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Undersea Kingdom" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Undersea Kingdom (1936)

Undersea Kingdom (1936) on IMDb 4.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Undersea Kingdom.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Sci-Fi | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Flash and his friends return to planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death. But Ming the Merciless has other plans for them...

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Brannon
Stars: George Wallace, Aline Towne, Roy Barcroft
Dick Tracy (1937)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette
Ace Drummond (1936)
Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This 13 chapter serial is based on the comic strip character Ace Drummond created by Eddie Rickenbacker. Ace is a 'G-Man of the sky' working out of Washington D.C. He is sent to Mongolia to... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith
Stars: John 'Dusty' King, Jean Rogers, Noah Beery Jr.
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Columbia's 7th serial (between Flying G-Men and Overland With Kit Carson)was based on the King Features newspaper comic strip created by Lee Falk and Phil Davis, Mandrake the Magician, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Norman Deming, Sam Nelson
Stars: Warren Hull, Doris Weston, Al Kikume
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A criminal mastermind known as The Crimson Ghost is out to steal a device called the Cyclotrode, which can short-circuit all electrical current on the planet.

Directors: Fred C. Brannon, William Witney
Stars: Charles Quigley, Linda Stirling, Clayton Moore
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a deadly ray strikes Earth, Flash and his friends return to space to battle Ming the Merciless and his ally the queen of Mars.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
The Phantom (1943)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Professor Davidson (Frank Shannon) and his daughter Diana (Jeanne Bates)search Africa for the Lost City of Zoloz, reputed to be the source of a large hidden treasure. Also searching is a ... See full summary »

Director: B. Reeves Eason
Stars: Tom Tyler, Jeanne Bates, Ernie Adams
Flash Gordon I (1936)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless.

Directors: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle") is another of director's James Horne's "classics" where he evidently figured that the... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Victor Jory, Iris Meredith, James Craven
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Tom Wayne rescues Clancy, Renard and Schmidt in the Arabian desert and they join him in going after El Shaitan, a bad guy who is never seen as he tries to wipe out the Foreign Legion.

Directors: Colbert Clark, Armand Schaefer
Stars: Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, Ralph Bushman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Corrigan ...
Crash Corrigan (as Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
Lois Wilde ...
Diana Compton
Monte Blue ...
Unga Khan
William Farnum ...
Sharad
Boothe Howard ...
Ditmar
Raymond Hatton ...
Gasspon
C. Montague Shaw ...
Prof. Norton
Lee Van Atta ...
Billy Norton
Smiley Burnette ...
Briny Deep
Frankie Marvin ...
Salty
...
Capt. Hakur
Lane Chandler ...
Darius
Jack Mulhall ...
Lt. Andrews [Chs. 1, 12]
John Bradford ...
Joe [Ch. 1]
Malcolm McGregor ...
Zogg
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

BATTLING UNKNOWN TERRORS IN A LAND OF PERIL UNDER THE OCEAN'S FLOOR! (original 1936 poster) See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Adventure

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ImpĂ©rio Submarino  »

Box Office

Budget:

$99,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Republic Studios learned that Universal was producing their "Flash Gordon" serial, they rushed this serial, using similar plot elements, into production. See more »

Goofs

When Billy is abducted, his hat is blown off, but it is back on his head in the very next shot. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Horrible Horror (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
There are no women in Atlantis.
2 September 2010 | by (Portland, OR, United States) – See all my reviews

This serial was cranked out even quicker than usual for Republic, in direct response to Universal's instant classic, Flash Gordon, and is, overall, rather sub-par for a Republic production.

Our hero, Crash Corrigan, is an attempt at creating a poor man's Buster Crabbe, and while he is likable, adequate and has the right build and physical abilities to be a serial hero, he does not exude sufficient charisma, charm, virtue or cleverness so as to have us in our seats cheering him on.

The main villain, Unga Khan, is an unsuccessful attempt to create an ersatz Ming the Merciless, looking more brain-damaged than sinister.

And while Crash is adequate, most of the rest of the cast are either bland or sub-par, the exception being guy who played Unga Khan's main henchmen, who was pretty good. There is a just awful kid, Billy, the son of a geriatric scientist, who you keep hoping will get killed off, but no, he survives.

And there is a nice-looking female lead who gets almost nothing to do the entire serial, and there are no romantic sparks between her and our hero, until the final chapter.

Speaking of romantic sparks or the lack thereof, it is interesting to note that in the Kingdom of Atlantis, wherein our adventure occurs, there appear to be exactly zero women, until our aforementioned heroine arrives. I mean, in a literal sense, that although this serial has many male actors and extras, there is only 1 female throughout the whole 12 chapters. How this city's population has perpetuated itself these many thousands of years is a mystery not discussed, nor is the means by which the many, many male inhabitants of Atlantis relieved their sexual urges.

This aspect of Atlantean life, plus the many scenes of our hero stripped down to his trunks wrestling other men stripped down to their trunks, not to mention the fact that Corrigan's Atlantean costume greatly resembles that of a Las Vegas showgirl, gives rise to much speculation.

This serial has neither the verisimilitude of the classic Republic serials, nor the delirious phantasmagoria of Flash Gordon. Thus, it is amusing to see a couple chapters, but, and I say this as a fan of the classic serials, I found it tiresome to watch in its entirety.

I should, however, give due praise to the fine miniature work by the Lydecker Brothers, and note that this serial marks the premier of the great Republic "water heater" robots, who would continue to appear in serials for the next 20 years. Thus, fans of Republic should see at least a chapter or two, and fans of serials, B-films, and kitch can also enjoy a couple chapters. But the whole things will probably be more than you need.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Shame about Atlantis... Forgotten_Hero
Does anybody own the version of this serial by Platinum Disc? pisces14
Serial showing jamerson5
Discovery about Prof. Norton's machine! gcassidy2
Discuss Undersea Kingdom (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?