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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is an alternate, rarely seen, version of this film in which Gene Autry is absent from the last part of the film. The plot reaches the same conclusion. Reportedly, Autry was not available at first, due to other commitments. The scenes in question were later re-shot when he was available. 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 »

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Edited into Men with Steel Faces (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Zanzibar
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Hadley
[used as a theme for Murania]
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It's a true piece of nostalgia...but not on DVD
2 November 2003 | by bigdinosaurSee all my reviews

Without going into points covered by earlier reviewers (with which I am in agreement), I really encourage anyone who enjoys old movies to see this one. I rate this one a "6" because of its unique blend of genres and because I enjoyed it.

SOME TECHNICAL INFO:

Unfortunately the DVD version is VERY bad. Source material was substandard and encoding was outrageous. They also cut the "Mascot" leaders from each chapter.

I have this serial on quite old 16mm film and (splices, scratches and all) it's better than the DVD.

You may actually have better luck purchasing this on VHS...I never thought I'd ever make THAT recommendation!


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