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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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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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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lon Poff played the role of the High Priest #1 in the first few chapters but was uncredited because of his sudden death during production. Theodore Lorch was called in to replace Poff and complete the serial. 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]: Ming is merciless and all-powerful. He can only be taken by surprise.
Flash Gordon: He'll be surprised alright.
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Connections

Spoofed in Star Trek: Voyager: Night (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Preludes
(uncredited)
Composed by Franz Liszt
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The best of all American serials
27 March 2003 | by (Havana, Cuba) – See all my reviews

Flash Gordon is, undoubtedly, the best of all American serials. In a date so early as 1936,Universal was capable of making such an entertainment story, and twenty years later when I watched it for the first time as a kid it involved me in a great adventure and emotion. Buster Crabbe was the hero we always wanted to be in our childhood, and Jean Rogers the beautiful girl we always dreamt to be in love with. Dragons, octopus, monsters,gorillas were also the attraction. Charles Middleton was a great presence as Ming, the Merciless. A true predecessor of George Lucas´s Starwars.


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