MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,205 this week

Flash Gordon (I) (1936)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  6 April 1936 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,499 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 15 critic

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

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(based on the comic strip by), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 02 May 2011
 
Dad
a list of 23 titles
created 14 Sep 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 21 Jul 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 25 Jul 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 18 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Flash Gordon" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Flash Gordon (1936)

Flash Gordon (1936) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Flash Gordon.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Flesh Gordon (1974)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Emperor Wang (the Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno and sends his mighty "Sex Ray" towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm
Stars: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins
Action | Sci-Fi | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Flash and his friends return to planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death. But Ming the Merciless has other plans for them...

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a deadly ray strikes Earth, Flash and his friends return to space to battle Ming the Merciless and his ally the queen of Mars.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a boy is given the power to become an adult superhero with a single magic word.

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr., William 'Billy' Benedict
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Flash Gordon is back!

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A captain in the French Foreign Legion in North Africa tries to keep the peace and battle bandit tribes while also taking care of his son, who lives with him at the Foreign Legion fort.

Stars: Buster Crabbe, Fuzzy Knight, Cullen Crabbe
Flash Gordon II (1936)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

(1936) Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton. The first screen version about Flash Gordon and his adventures on the planet Mongo. Still great fun...

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Action

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.

Director: Matthew Vaughn
The Bigamist (1956)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Luciano Emmer
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Franca Valeri, Giovanna Ralli
Flash Gordon (TV Series 1996)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Stars: Lawrence Bayne, Lorne Kennedy, Julie Lemieux
Stunt Squad (1977)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After criminal gangs wreak havoc in the streets of Italy, a take-no-guff police commissioner forms a highly trained band of motorcycle riding cops to stop them.

Director: Domenico Paolella
Stars: Marcel Bozzuffi, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Riccardo Salvino
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The capital of Yemen, the city of Sana'a, holds an important part of history within its walls filled with medieval architecture and culture. But that same culture was about to disappear ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Jean Rogers ...
...
Priscilla Lawson ...
Frank Shannon ...
Richard Alexander ...
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
Theodore Lorch ...
High Priest #2 [Chs. 8-11, 13]
Richard Tucker ...
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]
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THRILLING STRANGE WORLD ADVENTURES!!! (original Chapter 1 one-sheet poster) See more »


Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers  »

Box Office

Budget:

$360,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The characters and storyline of this first of 3 Flash Gordon serials are the ones that most adhered to in the theatrical remake of Flash Gordon (1980), starring Sam J. Jones as Flash. See more »

Goofs

When Flash is "underwater" fighting the octopus, his hair and clothes are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Prince Thun [Chs. 2-9, 12-13]: I'll doing anything to help my friend!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in King of the Nerds: Nerds to the Rescue (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Good Old Days...
1 August 2000 | by (Kansas City, MO, USA) – See all my reviews

Vintage science fiction doesn't always age well, but time has been kind to "Flash Gordon." It transcends, becomes its own little genre of almost Victorian space opera and historical epic with its own internal logic, where Roman soldiers can fly around in sputtering rocketships and a mandarin-robed Ming can plot to rule the universe.

One of the things I love about "Flash Gordon" are the actors. Buster Crabbe and Charles Middleton ARE Flash Gordon and Ming the Merciless, the perfect double image of selfless heroism and selfish villainy. We don't need to know about their inner demons or what makes them tick: it's enough to know that Ming exists to be evil and Flash exists to stop him. Crabbe and Middleton believe they are their characters, so we believe them, too.

Watching "Flash Gordon" is like slipping into a dream world, full of danger and adventure, with ruthless enemies and loyal friends. It's a quaint, fun ride, the same sort of magic George Lucas taps with his "Star Wars" movies, and a feeling you can never get enough of.


22 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Flash serials got a lot of science wrong, but... Kevjess74
Fight Scenes bull-frog
The Original Comics Forgotten_Hero
Pretty Good But Weakest of the Flash Gordon Trilogy Kevjess74
The big wheel from Metropolis! SloppyMoe
Flash Gordon Series Question Ezra77
Discuss Flash Gordon (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?