Phantom Empire Serial

Mascot Pictures Phantom Empire was billed as the first “Musical Western” and was singer Gene Autry’s initial starring role. Autry and his young friends find themselves up against evil scientist and super scientific undeground world, Murania, complete with roboys, death rays and other sci-fi technology. Science fiction, country music, and the elements of a pure western are combined into this classic picture that was 25 years aheadof its time. The action is split between the Radio Ranch, Autry’s home base for cowpunchin’ and singing antics, and the underground kingdom of Murania, rules by a despotic Queen bent on protecting her turf by destroying any interlopers from the outerworld. Radio yodeller (and million copy record seller) Gene Autry stars as none other than Gene Autry radio yodeller. Gene’s broadcast stooge, Smiley was brought along and the serial features plenty of music to please Autry’s fans.

Actors/Credits: Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, Jack Carlyle, William Moore, Betsy King Ross

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