The Phantom Empire: Chapter 05 - Beneath the Earth (1935)

Genres - Science Fiction, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Hybrid Western, Musical Western  |   Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Gene Autry, Frankie (Frankie Darro) and Betsy (Betsy Ross King) all escape the tunnel explosion courtesy of the Junior Thunder Riders, who manage to unlock the secret exit. Planning to broadcast from a shack in the desert, the fugitive Autry is surprised by a Muranian lieutenant (George Magrill), whom he manages to subdue. Impersonating his captive, Gene is brought down to Murania to face Queen Tika (Dorothy Christy), who is displeased that her emissary let Autry slip away. Unmasked, a bemused Gene opines that Murania's dead air "is more suitable to rats and moles" than surface people. Taking great umbrage to such heresy, the Queen sentences the intruder to the electrical death chamber, where he is to be executed by a charge of 200,000 volts.

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cowboy, city, ranch, singer, underground [below earth], outlaw [Western], radium