In this homage to the cliffhanger serials of the '30s and '40s, 19th Century Wild West Marshal Jim Donner stumbled upon a secret underground city known as Chimera while chasing a gang of ... See full summary »

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 Marshal Jim Donner 2 episodes, 1979
Carlene Watkins ...
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 Princess Tara #2 2 episodes, 1979
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In this homage to the cliffhanger serials of the '30s and '40s, 19th Century Wild West Marshal Jim Donner stumbled upon a secret underground city known as Chimera while chasing a gang of robbers. Chimera is lorded over by an evil despot named Thorval. Donner teams up with the resistance rebels in their effort to overthrow Thorval's cruel reign, while simultaneously investigating the gold robberies on the surface. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Fantasy | Western

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27 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Cliffhangers: The Secret Empire  »

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This series was essentially a remake of the 1935 matinée serial, The Phantom Empire (1935), starring Gene Autry. See more »

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Great Series
7 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this series from the first one, and each week I looked forward anxiously to the next episode. The series was canceled after a short run (maybe 6 weeks), and I really couldn't understand why. It was a great show, with good acting and plot. Even if it would one day be available on DVD, it would still end in the middle of all the plots. I especially liked the western episode called "The Secret Empire". It was one of the most imaginative shows I have ever seen. It starts out like a standard western, where a ranchers cattle are being stolen. When the ranch hands chase the rustlers, they seem to disappear into a mountain. eventually, someone discovers the entrance to the inside of the mountain, and when they enter, what they find turns the show into a science fiction.


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