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Radio Ranch

Released May 2, 1940 1h 10m Sci-Fi List
Reviews 20% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Gene (Gene Autry) is a singing cowboy happily running a radio station that happens to be located just above a mystical subterranean city. Conniving scientists discover the city and its rich deposits of radium ore and make plans to invade the underground world -- but first they must knock Gene out of the picture. The cowboy is not easily discouraged, however, and he enters the depths with his young sidekicks Frankie (Frankie Darro) and Betsy (Betsy King Ross) in order to set things right. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member Ignore the poor;y acted cowboy opera. Marvel at the underground city that predicts cell phones, GPS and elevators thousands of feet tall. Not as visionary as "just Imagine," but worth a look. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member mixing singing cowboy westerns with sci-fi= not so much even Autrey is unable to save this hot mess! Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I use to watch this "cliff hanger series" when I was a kid. The junior thunder riders where fun to watch. Didn't like when Gene Autry was on screen much. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member As a serial, it's a bit long, and pretty cheesy, yet it holds some interest. The singing bits and the subplots did make the films confusing. Decent characters, decent ending. Overall, 30's sci-fi/western fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member this is one of the most bizzare things i review on this site,THE PHANTOM EMPIRE is a movie serial that blends elements of a Westren , a musical ,and Sicence fiction in one story line. Visually the western secenes and sci-fi secenes clash drastically with each other. Plot wise it's amazing to think its quite littarley a sci-fi western, Gene Audry (as himself) a cowboy radio star who regualy brodcasts each day at 2pm from radio rach has his life changed for ever when evil scientists who are looking for a hidden kingdom underground frame him for murder, running from the law adury finds himself caputered by the troops of the hidden kingdom called Murainia and is taken miles underground to be executed for bringing to much atteion to the former abanoned ranch which theatens the hidden kingdoms eixisatnce. When Autry is going to be executed by the queen of murainia her lord saves the cowboy for future use in an up comming rebellion. Overall , there is just to much storylines for this serial but the one thing i love about this serial is the Sic-Fi element to it , athough it rips off the look off friz lang's METROPILIS (1927) this serial has robots, T.V's, death ray's , and misslies. for a serial made in 1935 its sci-fi element was at least a good 15 years ahead of its time. Recommendation: DVD collectors get this serial on DVD through VCI entertainemt or BIG SKY VIDEO it makes a nice addtion to any collection. 6/10 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member 1930s serial featuring yodeling cowboy star Gene Autry pitted against the underground technologically advanced civilization of Murania. Plus some evil research scientists seeking radium. A posse of kids helps out. But wait my DVD only had 10 of the 12 episodes! I will forever wonder whether that robot with the laser beam really cut Gene's head in two or not! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Gene (Gene Autry) is a singing cowboy happily running a radio station that happens to be located just above a mystical subterranean city. Conniving scientists discover the city and its rich deposits of radium ore and make plans to invade the underground world -- but first they must knock Gene out of the picture. The cowboy is not easily discouraged, however, and he enters the depths with his young sidekicks Frankie (Frankie Darro) and Betsy (Betsy King Ross) in order to set things right.
Director
Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason
Producer
Nat Levine
Screenwriter
Hy Freedman, Gerald Geraghty, Wallace MacDonald, John Rathmell, Armand Schaefer
Distributor
Mascot Pictures Corporation, Times Film Corporation
Production Co
Mascot Pictures Corporation
Genre
Sci-Fi
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 2, 1940, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 9, 2016
Runtime
1h 10m
Sound Mix
Mono
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