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The Phantom Empire (1935)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Music | 23 February 1935 (USA)
When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea. Cowboy singer Gene Autry stumbles upon the civilization, now buried ... See full summary »

Directors:

Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason (as Breezy Easton)

Writers:

Wallace MacDonald (story), Gerald Geraghty (story) | 3 more credits »
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Edited version of the 1935 Mascot serial "The Phantom Empire" released to television in a syndication package.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Frankie Darro ... Frankie Baxter
Betsy King Ross ... Betsy Baxter
Dorothy Christy ... Queen Tika
Wheeler Oakman ... Lord Argo
Charles K. French ... Mal
Warner Richmond ... Rab
J. Frank Glendon ... Professor Beetson (as Frank Glendon)
Smiley Burnette ... Oscar (as Lester 'Smiley' Burnett)
Peter Potter Peter Potter ... Pete (as William Moore)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Doctor Cooper (as Edward Piel Sr.)
Jack Carlyle Jack Carlyle ... Saunders
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Storyline

When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea. Cowboy singer Gene Autry stumbles upon the civilization, now buried beneath his own Radio Ranch. The Muranians have developed technology and weaponry such as television and ray guns. Their rich supply of radium draws unscrupulous speculators from the surface. The peaceful civilization of the Muranians is corrupted by the greed from above, and it becomes Autry's task to prevent all-out war, ideally without disrupting his regular radio show. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A NATION 20,000 FEET UNDERGROUND! (original three-sheet poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gene Autry and the Phantom Empire See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Singing Cowboy; 2. The Thunder Riders; 3. The Lightning Chamber; 4. Phantom Broadcast; 5. Beneath the Earth; 6. Disaster From the Skies; 7. From Death to Life; 8. Jaws of Jeopardy; 9. Prisoners of the Ray; 10. The Rebellion; 11. A Queen in Chains; 12. The End of Murania. See more »

Quotes

Queen Tika: Gene Autry! How do you like our world?
Gene Autry: I think the dampness and dead air of your land is more suited for rats and moles.
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Crazy Credits

Opening Credit: Featuring the Scientific City of Murania. See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-edited into a 70-minute feature released as _Men With Steel Faces (1940)_ See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sci-Fi Boys (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Zanzibar
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Hadley
[used as a theme for Murania]
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The queen and the singing cowboy
25 October 2008 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

"The Phantom Empire" is a unique genre mixture of western, SF, musical and adventure serial. Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, discovers Murania, an underground kingdom whose queen sends her whole army after him so he won't tell the "surface people" about the existence of her secret empire. Because a serial with 12 parts needs a few complications, there is a conspiracy against the queen. The rebels need to silence Autry because he knows their plans, but Autry is also in danger from "surface people" who wouldn't stop at anything to get hold of the valuable radium in Murania. Thus chased by everyone, the most important thing to our hero is nevertheless to be at the radio station in time for the 2 pm broadcast! Hilarious fun with clumsy bucket-head robots, ray guns and country songs, a must for fans of 30s serials.


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