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Alex Raymond (based on the comic strip by) &
Ella O'Neill (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 April 1936 (USA) See more »
THE FIRST GREAT SERIAL SPECTACLE! ...Fom Alex Raymond's Famous Newspaper Strip! (original Chapter 9 one-sheet poster) See more »
Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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First and best of the FG trilogy! See more (31 total) »


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Buster Crabbe ... Flash Gordon
Jean Rogers ... Dale Arden

Charles Middleton ... Ming the Merciless
Priscilla Lawson ... Princess Aura
Frank Shannon ... Dr. Alexis Zarkov
Richard Alexander ... Prince Barin [Chs. 5-13]
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... King Vultan [Chs. 5-13]
Theodore Lorch ... High Priest #2 [Chs. 8-11, 13]
Richard Tucker ... Professor Gordon
George Cleveland ... Professor Hensley
James Pierce ... Prince Thun [Chs. 2-9, 12-13]
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]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bagni ... Hawkman Throne Room Guard (uncredited)
Roy Barcroft ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Carroll Borland ... Woman in Ming's Palace (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Transcontinental Plane Steward (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Earth Radio Scientist (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Sharkman / Ming Soldier (uncredited)
Howard Christie ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jim Corey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ray Corrigan ... Orangopoid (uncredited)
William Desmond ... Hawkman Lookout Captain (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Spaceograph Operator (uncredited)
Jerry Frank ... Sharkman (uncredited)
Saul A. Goodkind ... (voice) (uncredited)
Olive Hatch ... Aura's Handmaiden (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Robot / Ming Soldier (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Ming Soldier (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Atom Furnace Slavedriver (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Ming Soldier (uncredited)
Bull Montana ... Monkey Man (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Ming Soldier (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... High Priest #1 (uncredited)
Sana Rayya ... Priestess of Tigron (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Monkey Man (uncredited)
Fred Scott ... Soldier with Drugged Wine (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Sharkman (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Robot / Ming Soldier / Gocko (uncredited)
Bunny Waters ... Sharkman (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Pit Control Operator (uncredited)

Directed by
Frederick Stephani 
Ray Taylor (uncredited)
Writing credits
Alex Raymond (based on the comic strip by)

Ella O'Neill (screenplay) &
George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton) &
Basil Dickey (screenplay) &
Frederick Stephani (screenplay)

Produced by
Henry MacRae .... producer
Original Music by
Clifford Vaughan (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jerome Ash  (as Jerry Ash)
Richard Fryer 
Film Editing by
Saul A. Goodkind  (as Saul Goodkind)
Louis Sackin 
Alvin Todd 
Edward Todd 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Special Effects by
Ed Keyes .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Ray Corrigan .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Frank .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunt double (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Jacques Aubran .... music supervisor (uncredited)
C. Bakaleinikoff .... conductor (uncredited)
Karl Hajos .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
W. Franke Harling .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Klatzkin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Abe Meyer .... music contractor (uncredited)
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
William Schiller .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Norman Dewes .... electrical effects
Elmer A. Johnson .... special properties
Carl Laemmle .... presenter (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers" - USA (video title)
"Space Soldiers" - USA (TV title)
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245 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

Did You Know?

In 1934 Universal purchased the film rights to the most popular of King Features newspaper comic strips. Besides "Flash Gordon," "Secret Agent X-9," "Ace Drummond," "Tailspin Tommy,"and "Jungle Jim" were also included in the package.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Ming the Merciless:[observing Flash wrestling with the Orangupoid] He fights well, the Earth man.See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
First and best of the FG trilogy!, 5 January 1999
Author: anonymous

Universal created a real fun winner here. Buster Crabbe's popularity soared as he went on to more serials both as Flash and as Buck Rogers. He also made a Tarzan or two and some westerns.

But the character actors in Flash Gordon are tops: Charles Middleton as Ming was brilliant casting; chubby Richard Alexander as the would-be hero Prince Barin looks like he stepped right out of the comics, as do the Sharkmen, Lionmen and Hawkmen.

"Tiny" Lipson as Vultan the Hawkman is hilarious; he is also seen in some Marx Brothers and Three Stooges films. Of course the actors portraying the sexy (for 1936) Dale and Princess Aura are perfect. Even Zarkov is convincing as can be expected in this dark adventure series.

The music is constantly moving things along, much of it now available on CD as the same music used in Universal's "The Bride of Frankenstein".

The challenge is to find a good print. It would be great if Universal could "restore" some their classic serials.

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