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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

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

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Sci-Fi | Adventure

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Release Date:

30 May 1936 (USA)  »

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Império Submarino  »

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Budget:

$99,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Republic Pictures learned that Universal was producing its "Flash Gordon" serial, it 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) See more »

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2 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I found the entire serial on two DVDs for the bargain-price of $5 a piece. I honestly only got the first six because the guy was, well, undressed except for a cape and a helmet and these really cool boots. Otherwise he looked like he was in his underwear.

I really loved the over the top acting and the, for then, cool special effects. That the producers seemed to enjoy finding the slimmest excuse to put Our Hero into cheek revealing outfits and at one point literally strapping him spread-eagle to a moving "car" smacks of almost unbelievable camp. That this stuff passed muster during The Code is even more amazing.

As to weather the cliffhangers cheat; OK they cheat. But in a way I sort of enjoy the original cliffhanger version. Crash gets blown up, dropped down an elevator shaft, smashed into a wooden door (with the aforementioned "car"), dropped from great heights and others too numerous to mention.

I don't love that his "sidekick" is either a young boy who worships him and that he seems a bit too attached to (witness his reaction when Billy falls down a facing). His other "sidekick" is an enemy he saves, only to have the poor sap pine for Our Hero until he is killed, just to assure Crash's engagement to The Girl.

This movie is definitely a repeat offender. But it is fun nonetheless. Invite your friends over and have a drinking party where everyone takes a belt whenever Crash shows his ass. You'll be plowed before the night is out.

Bad, silly, obvious. But not nearly as crappy as Bad Boys 2.

I give this one a Thumbs Up!


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