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Auction History Result

Lot #: 516 PHANTOM EMPIRE 1sheets & set of 8 LC

Date Sold 12/15/1996
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Appears in Rock, Pop, & Classic Cinema Posters
CATALOG SOLD OUT

The image at right appears in the auction catalog we published as shown above and was sold long ago and we do NOT have it available for purchase.



11 Original Vintage Theatrical Movie One-sheets (Learn More)

The Phantom Empire, the 1935 Otto Brower & B. Reeves Eason science fiction (sci-fi) singing cowboy western musical (!) serial starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Dorothy Christy (as Queen Tika), Frankie Darro, Betsy King Ross, Richard Talmadge, and Wheeler Oakman. Note that this is one of the wackiest serials ever! Gene Autry owned the "Radio Ranch" where he broadcast he weekly radio show from. In this movie, he discovers that the "ancient continent of Murania" (a lot like Atlantis) had sunk beneath the ocean, but that the inhabitants, called "Muranians", had survived in underground caverns, and some of them lived in a cavern directly below his Radio Ranch! They were very peaceful, and very scientifically advanced, having invented television, ray guns, and really funky robot outfits, but they felt threatened by the Earth people from the surface who discovered them, and in this movie, Autry alternately tries to stop the Muranians from attacking the Earth people, while taking frequent breaks to perform songs on his radio show! This was one of the very few science fiction movies of the 1930s, and also one of the very few to show robots (actually men in robot suits)! Also note that Dick Talmadge was born "Sylvester Alphonse Metz", and he was an acrobat with the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He got a job in Hollywood as a stuntman for Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and then graduated to starring in movies, always performing lots of stunts. He had two acrobat brothers, Otto Metzetti and Victor Metz, who appeared with him in some of his movies.
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