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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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Complete credited cast:
Priscilla Lawson ...
Frank Shannon ...
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
High Priest #2 [Chs. 8-11, 13]
Richard Tucker ...
Professor Hensley
Duke York ...
King Kala [Chs. 2-5] (as Duke York Jr.)
Muriel Goodspeed ...
Zona [Ch. 4]
Earl Askam ...
Officer Torch
Shark Man [Chs. 3-4]


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 »






Release Date:

6 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers  »

Box Office


$360,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Music from other films were utilized effectively including W. Franke Harling's "The Invisible Man," Heinz Roemheld's "The Black Cat," and Karl Hajos' "Werewolf of London." See more »


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


Ming the Merciless: [observing Flash wrestling with the Orangupoid] He fights well, the Earth man.
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Referenced in The Joy (2016) See more »


Les Preludes
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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