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Flash Gordon (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 6 April 1936 (USA)
Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless.

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Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
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High Priest #2 [Chs. 8-11, 13]
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Professor Hensley
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Duke York ...
King Kala [Chs. 2-5] (as Duke York Jr.)
Muriel Goodspeed ...
Zona [Ch. 4]
Earl Askam ...
Officer Torch
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Shark Man [Chs. 3-4]
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A rogue planet is 'rushing madly toward the earth.' Impending doom creates worldwide pandemonium. But maverick scientist Dr. Zarkov hopes to stay disaster by travelling to the new planet in his experimental rocket. Two chance-met strangers, athletic Flash Gordon and damsel in distress Dale Arden, go with him. Arrived, the trio find Mongo to be a planet of wonders, warring factions, and deadly perils, its orbit controlled by Emperor Ming who has his own sinister plans for earth. Can our heroes, armed only with science and sex appeal, stop him? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE FIRST GREAT SERIAL SPECTACLE! ...Fom Alex Raymond's Famous Newspaper Strip! (original Chapter 9 one-sheet poster) See more »


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6 April 1936 (USA)  »

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Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers  »

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Budget:

$360,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lon Poff played the role of the High Priest #1 in the first few chapters but was uncredited because of his sudden death during production. Theodore Lorch was called in to replace Poff and complete the serial. See more »

Goofs

When the full view of Ming's Throne Room is shown (matte shot), the curtain hanging to the left behind the dragon gong has sunrays on it. When closeups are shown (especially when Flash fights Ming's guards), the curtain has no sunrays on it whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Ming the Merciless: I will destroy your earth in my owm way!
Dr. Alexis Zarkov: Why destroy the Earth? Why not conquer it?
Ming the Merciless: [envisioning the suggestion] Why not?
Ming the Merciless: How did you enter my kingdom?
Dr. Alexis Zarkov: On a rocket ship of my own design.
Ming the Merciless: You are a remarkable man! I can use you.
Ming the Merciless: [directing his guards] Take him to a laboratory. Give him everything he requires... except his freedom!
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Connections

Spoofed in Star Trek: Voyager: Night (1998) See more »

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Les Preludes
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Composed by Franz Liszt
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The Inspiration for Star Wars
2 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is probably the all time greatest serial in history. This film helped make a star of Buster Crabbe and, more importantly, helped to inspire films like Star Wars and the Indiana Jones series. Crabbe was perfect in his portrayal of Flash, Jean Rogers was the perfect Dale Arden and Charles Middleton was made to play Ming the Merciless. Also, for its day, the special effects weren't half bad. If I do have one complaint about it, its the fact that there are a lot of scenes where the editors forgot to go back and fix some of the goofs, especially with the soundtrack. Also, there are a few plot holes that are never explained. Other than that, this was a great Saturday afternoon serial that the kids definitely would enjoy.


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