Undersea Kingdom Starring Ray "Crash" Corrigan William Farnum as Sharad, High Priest of Atlantis Monte Blue as Unga Khan, power-mad would-be usurper Lon Chaney Jr. as Hakur, Captain of Unga Khan's guard
When mysterious man-made earthquakes threaten the world, naval lieutenant Ray "Crash" Corrigan leads an expedition to the ocean floor in a rocket-propelled submarine and discovers the undersea kingdom of Atlantis. Soon the explorers find themselves caught between two warring factions led by the peace-loving Sharad, and the evil warlord Unga Khan, whose diabolical plans include conquering the surface world. Crash's super-human athletic abilities and the genius of Professor Norton (C. Montague Shaw), inventor of the rocket-sub, make them targets in an action-packed battle for survival against ray guns, tanks and robots in this exciting cliffhanger from the Golden Age of serials.
UNDERSEA KINGDOM is one of the most enduring and endearing of science fiction serials from the 1930s. Although frequently compared to THE PHANTOM EMPIRE, (it employs many of the same sets and props, and story elements), dazzling stunt work and trick photography by Republic's top-notch special effects team, Howard and Theodore Lydecker, make UNDERSEA KINGDOM look much slicker and flow more smoothly.
Terrific performances are turned in by all all, especially leading man Corrigan, one of the most successful western and serial actors of the 1930s. Originally a stunt man as well as an actor, Corrigan's good looks and athletic skills quickly led him to fame in B-westerns, most notably the "Three Mesquiteers" films made with John Wayne at Republic. William Farnum was a legendary silent era leading man who starred in the 1914 version of The Spoilers and the 1917 version of Les Miserables. Future horror film star Lon Chaney Jrl, son of the silent screen star, gives a preview of menacing villains to come. C. Montague Shaw is also a familiar figure to serial buffs as the King of the Clay People in FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS.
This DVD set should be an upgrade for you from any previous edition and includes fully restored (booming!) sound, readable (slightly letterboxed) chapter summaries, and picture in the Atlantis scenes slightly toned a cool black and white which brings out highlights. (A few shots of the undersea sub are toned a full blue). Reel change markers have also been eliminated, and you should find that this version has a sharper picture than any other existing edition.