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Chimerians - Outer space aliens who established the futuristic city of Chimera deep beneath the town of Cheyenne, Wyoming in the 1880s on the 1979 NBC serial CLIFFHANGERS!: THE SECRET EMPIRE.

Title Card - CLIFF HANGERS!

This secret subterranean civilization was ruled by the evil Emperor Thorval (Mark Lenard) and his spoiled, power-hungry daughter, Princess Tara (Diane Markoff/Stepfanie Kramer).

Thorval used the "Compliatron," a mind controlling device powered by gold to enslave his citizenry. Outlaws known as the Phantom Riders supplied Thorval with his precious metal needs.

Marshall Jim Donner (Geoffrey Scott) stumbled upon the hidden entrance to the City of Chimera while tracking these gold stealing desperadoes and soon was locked into battle with these alien invaders on a weekly "to be continued" basis.

Geoffrey Scott as Marshal Jim Donner - THE SECRET EMPIRE - CLIFFHANGERS! The Underground Kingdom of Chimeria - THE SECRET EMPIRE - CLIFFHANGERS!
Donner Chimeria

"What manner of demon threatens to tear the marshal limb from limb? Is Billy's story of a secret mountainside cavern ever to be believed? Will Maya be able to save her people from Thorval's evil legions? Don't miss the next spellbinding chapter of...THE SECRET EMPIRE."


TRIVIA NOTE: The serial was based on the matinee serial The Phantom Empire (1935) starring Gene Autry as a singer who came across a forgotten civilization of Muranians located below the surface, with controlled advanced technology that threatened the surface world.

THE PHANTOM EMPIRE starring Gene Autry

On the TV serial, the surface world of Cheyenne, Wyoming was filmed in black and white while the subterranean world wase shot in color.

The program was one of three serials on the CLIFF HANGERS! series, including THE CURSE OF DRACULA and STOP SUSAN WILLIAMS.


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