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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Planet of Peril


  • 2. The Tunnel of Terror


  • 3. Captured by the Shark Men


  • 4. Battling the Sea Beast


  • 5. The Destroying Ray


  • 6. Flaming Torture


  • 7. Shattering Doom


  • 8. Tournament of Doom


  • 9. Fighting the Fire Demon


  • 10. The Unseen Peril


  • 11. In the Claws of the Tigron


  • 12. Trapped in the Turrett


  • 13. Rocketing To Earth


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Goofs

When Flash Gordon and Princess Aura are falling into the pit and land on the net, Aura visibly loses her crown. In the next shot from above we see both lying on the net, obviously unconscious - and Aura's crown is back on her head. In the following shot, a close-up of both waking up again, the crown has disappeared again and does not re-appear in the following scenes. See more »

Quotes

Prince Thun [Chs. 2-9, 12-13]: I'll do anything to help my friend!
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Referenced in Mission to Mars (2000) See more »

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A Serial Classic
9 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After 66 years "Flash Gordon" still has an appealing scifi/adventure/epic feel that many of today's science fiction adventures strive for and fail to deliver. The only way to fully enjoy this serial is just to sit back and not pick at anything (hokey effects, dialogue, why Flash doesn't go for Princess Aura etc.). And as for you older people who saw "Flash Gordon" back on the serial screen or on T.V. "back in the day", if you want this fine serial to remain appealing to future generations, get your kids/grandkids to watch this when they're young. It worked for me (Male aged 18 or under). 9 out of 10


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