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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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Frank Shannon ...
Richard Alexander ...
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
Theodore Lorch ...
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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$360,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The noises of the rocket ships propulsion sound suspiciously like propeller aircraft of the day. It stands to reason as rockets and jets didn't yet exist and probably met 1936 audience expectations of propulsion sounds. See more »

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When some of the characters speak, the voice on the soundtrack doesn't match the person speaking. See more »

Quotes

Ming the Merciless: [observing Flash wrestling with the Orangupoid] He fights well, the Earth man.
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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.


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