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The Phantom Empire (trailer)

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Published on May 8, 2009

The Phantom Empire, starring Gene Autry the Singing Cowboy, was a 12-chapter 1935 Mascot serial that combined the western, musical, and science fiction genres. The first episode is 30 mins, the rest about 20 minutes. This was Gene Autry's first starring role, playing himself as a singing cowboy.

Directed by Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason
Produced by Nat Levine
Writers:
Wallace MacDonald
Gerald Geraghty
Hy Freedman
John Rathmell
Armand Schaefer
Maurice Geraghty
Starring
Gene Autry
Frankie Darro
Betsy King Ross
Dorothy Christy
Wheeler Oakman

Cinematography: Ernest Miller, William Nobles
Editing by Earl Turner, Walter Thompson


Cast * Gene Autry as Gene Autry, singing cowboy at the Radio Ranch * Frankie Darro as Frankie Baxter, one of Gene's sidekicks * Betsy King Ross as Betsy Baxter, one of Gene's sidekicks. Ross was an experienced rodeo performer and was billed as the "World's Champion Trick Rider". * Dorothy Christy as Queen Tika, evil queen of Murania * Wheeler Oakman as Lord Argo, the Muranian High Chancellor and leader of the rebels * Charles K. French as Mal * Warner Richmond as Rab * J. Frank Glendon as Professor Beetson, villainous scientist after the land's Radium deposits * Smiley Burnette as Oscar, comic relief. Burnette went on to be Gene Autry's partner in many more films. * Peter Potter as Pete, comic relief * Edward Peil Sr. as Cooper * Jack Carlyle as Saunders

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