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Undersea Kingdom (1936)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi, Adventure  |  30 May 1936 (USA)
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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

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
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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>

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

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Adventure

Certificate:

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Release Date:

30 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Império Submarino  »

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Budget:

$99,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Billy has light blond hair throughout the series, but in a scene where he is thrown from a chariot, he is clearly being doubled by somebody whose hair is much darker. 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.
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23 April 2008 | by (Hell's Kitchen, NYC) – See all my reviews

I have only seen episode two which was included as the short on the MST3000 episode where they watched the Indestructible Man. The likely reason it was included was the presence of Lon Chaney Jr in both. Lon's the key. Anyway.

I think that is the most memorable aspect of this episodic serial from the 1930's, as the rest appears to be rather common and what one would expect out of a serial of the period (cheap sets, cheap costumes and props, atrocious acting and simple plot lines). If you have seen the Flash Gordon or Batman serials of the same period, then you know what to expect. These serials have not aged well and can be especially (and usually unintentionally) comedic.

Atlantis. Unga Khan (think Ming). Ray Corrigan as Crash Corrigan. Thats an easy one to remember. You're playing yourself, dummy. Horses. Fighting. Robots. "Lasers". What's more to tell? It's not as exciting as it sounds. Outside of a 5 year old, the only entertainment value that can be derived from this as an adult is as some sort of stress relief comedy. Accompany the viewing with others and include at least 3 shots of Gentleman Jack.


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