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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 »
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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)

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The serial was shot in six weeks with the cast and crew working many fourteen hour days.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When some of the characters speak, the voice on the soundtrack doesn't match the person speaking.See more »
Prince Thun [Chs. 2-9, 12-13]:I'll do anything to help my friend!See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Serial Classic, 9 October 2003

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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