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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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(based on the comic strip by), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Priscilla Lawson ...
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Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
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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
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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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THRILLING STRANGE WORLD ADVENTURES!!! (original Chapter 1 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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Despite its large budget, this serial utilized many sets from other Universal films, such as the laboratory and crypt set from The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), the castle interiors from Dracula's Daughter (1936), the idol from The Mummy (1932) and the opera house interiors from The Phantom of the Opera (1925). In addition, the outer walls of Ming's castle were actually the cathedral walls from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). See more »

Goofs

When Ming tells his soldiers to get Aura out of the arena, his lips move but his voice is out of synch. Also, when Aura shoots the guard at the control panel, you hear him scream, but you don't see his lips move. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in The Witches (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Preludes
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Composed by Franz Liszt
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Science fiction begins to gain popularity with this franchise
20 April 2000 | by (Blue Bayou) – See all my reviews

The allure of the classic FLASH GORDON serials is their swashbuckling nature. FLASH GORDON was a "all american hero" who became popular during the Great Depression. During those days people loved the escape from reality this "daring do" style of science fiction provided. For a few hours the people of those times could enjoy the movie and the Gordon serial that came on before it. With these serials...the good guy was good, the bad guys were bad, and the rocket ships looked like sparklers on strings or styrofoam mock ups with a firecracker in the back. What Flash lacked in technical know how, he made up for in clean cut adventure. Flash fought hordes of bad guys armed with only a sword or zap gun (or both if the budget permitted it.) Guys like ARNOLD, SLY, or Harrison Ford are direct descendants of America's first mainstream sci fi action hero BUSTER CRABBE. Without these serials there would have been no audience for STAR WARS or the other sci-fi efforts that have followed. FLASH GORDON was a trendsetter to say the least!


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