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Men with Steel Faces (1940)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Western | 2 May 1940 (USA)
Re-edited feature version of serial The Phantom Empire (1935). Singer Gene Autry discovers a race of advanced humans living beneath the earth.

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Hy Freedman (story), Gerald Geraghty (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry (archive footage)
Frankie Darro ... Frankie Baxter (archive footage)
Smiley Burnette ... Oscar (archive footage) (as Lester 'Smiley' Burnette)
Betsy King Ross ... Betsy Baxter (archive footage)
Dorothy Christy ... Queen Tika (archive footage)
Wheeler Oakman ... Argo (archive footage)
Charles K. French ... Mal (archive footage)
Warner Richmond ... Rab (archive footage)
J. Frank Glendon ... Prof. Beetson (archive footage) (as Frank Glendon)
Peter Potter Peter Potter ... Mike (archive footage) (as William Moore)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Dr. Cooper (archive footage)
Jack Carlyle Jack Carlyle ... Saunders (archive footage)
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Re-edited feature version of serial The Phantom Empire (1935). Singer Gene Autry discovers a race of advanced humans living beneath the earth.

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Sci-Fi | Western

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English

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2 May 1940 (USA) See more »

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Radio Ranch See more »

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Mascot Pictures See more »
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Mono
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One Take Malarky
10 April 2007 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I never really got into westerns (at least these low budget ones) but I did cut my teeth on the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid. There always seemed to be such a sameness about them. As I watched this film, I was lulled into indifference. I never realized how odd these things could look. For some reason, there are a bunch of kids who ride around with flower pots on their heads. There are aliens trying to take over the earth. Gene has only one concern and that is that he get to sing on his radio show or he will lose his contract. Everything is thrown together. The aliens prove ineffectual as do the bad guys. The thing I noticed is that everything is done in a single take. If a character has trouble getting on his horse, they go on with him flopped over the saddle. If someone trips on a rock, he just keeps on going, though he looks silly. This is just a disjointed mess, but must have been made for about ten bucks. I always found these singing cowboys a little hard to take. Roy Rogers was a lot smoother, but it was more of the same. Anyway, a Western with aliens. I guess we could expect about anything.


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