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Flash Gordon (I) (1936)

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Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless.

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American football player Flash Gordon and his beautiful girlfriend Dale Arden become unwillingly passengers on-board Dr. Hans Zarkov's rocket-ship, where they arrive on the planet Mongo, ruled by the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless.

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Jean Rogers ...
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Priscilla Lawson ...
Frank Shannon ...
Richard Alexander ...
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
Theodore Lorch ...
High Priest #2 [Chs. 8-11, 13]
Richard Tucker ...
Professor Gordon
George Cleveland ...
Professor Hensley
James Pierce ...
Duke York ...
King Kala [Chs. 2-5] (as Duke York Jr.)
Muriel Goodspeed ...
Zona [Ch. 4]
Earl Askam ...
Officer Torch
House Peters Jr. ...
Shark Man [Chs. 3-4]
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

6 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

In 1934 Universal purchased the film rights to the most popular of King Features newspaper comic strips. Besides "Flash Gordon," "Secret Agent X-9," "Ace Drummond," "Tailspin Tommy,"and "Jungle Jim" were also included in the package. See more »

Goofs

When Flash first enters the shark men's craft he and Dale are soaked from being in the water. However, in the next shot they are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Prince Thun [Chs. 2-9, 12-13]: I'll do anything to help my friend!
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Referenced in Spaceballs: The Documentary (2005) See more »

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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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