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The Secret Empire 

In 19th century Wyoming, a U.S. marshal discovers a secret futuristic underground city run by a supervillain bent on conquering the surface. Originally aired as part of NBC's Cliffhangers TV series which featured three revolving serials.

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Kenneth Johnson
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Series cast summary:
Geoffrey Scott ...  Marshal Jim Donner 12 episodes, 1979
Carlene Watkins ...  Millie Thomas / ... 12 episodes, 1979
Tiger Williams Tiger Williams ...  Billy / ... 6 episodes, 1979
Pamela Brull Pamela Brull ...  Maya / ... 6 episodes, 1979
Diane Markoff Diane Markoff ...  Princess Tara / ... 5 episodes, 1979
Sean Garrison ...  Yannuck 5 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 in Wyoming. 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. Originally aired as part of NBC's Cliffhangers TV series which featured three revolving serials including this one. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Trivia

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

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Originally broadcast as part of the series "Cliffhangers". See more »

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Great Series
7 March 2008 | by scubamike-2See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cliffhangers: The Secret Empire See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(12 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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