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Flash Gordon (II) (1936)

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(1936) Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton. The first screen version about Flash Gordon and his adventures on the planet Mongo. Still great fun...

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Credited cast:
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Flash Gordon (archive footage)
Jean Rogers ...
Dale Arden (archive footage)
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Ming the Merciless (archive footage)
Priscilla Lawson ...
Princess Aura (archive footage)
Frank Shannon ...
Dr. Hans Zarkov (archive footage)
Richard Alexander ...
Prince Barin (archive footage)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
King Vultan (archive footage)
James Pierce ...
King Thun (archive footage)
Theodore Lorch ...
Second High Priest (archive footage)
Earl Askam ...
Officer Torch (archive footage)
Richard Tucker ...
Professor Gordon (archive footage)
George Cleveland ...
Professor Henson (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynton Brent ...
Transcontinental Pilot (archive footage)
Lane Chandler ...
Ming Guard (archive footage)
William Desmond ...
Hawkmen Lookout Captain (archive footage)
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(1936) Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton. The first screen version about Flash Gordon and his adventures on the planet Mongo. Still great fun...

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BIG FEATURE SENSATION! Amazing STRANGE WORLD ADVENTURES! From Alex Raymond's Famous Newspaper Strip (original one-sheet poster on feature release)

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Reissued in early 1950 on a double bill with Mars Attacks the World (1938). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Zarkoff: Okay, Flash, I'm game. I'll help you save the world.
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Connections

Spoofs Moonie and the Spider Queen (2013) See more »

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Symphonic poem "Les Preludes"
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Great Fun, but Purists May Object
29 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As near as I can figure, this is an original "Flash Gordon" serial from the thirties, edited into a feature length film for television. I discovered this on a DVD in the bargain bin at a local pharmacy, and was delighted, I watched the serials in their uncut form on WPIX New York almost 40 years ago, and have long wanted another look.

The editing down results in a crazy faced-paced narrative that 21st century viewers will probably find particularly enjoyable. It just races from one wild plot point to the next-- the tournament of death, the invisibility ray, the atomic furnaces... it never ever stands still.

Considering the far-out plot, and ridiculous dialog, the acting is pretty good. Charles Middleton is especially effective as Ming the Merciless, completely deadpan in his interpretation.


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