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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)
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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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Flash Gordon: Rocketship  »

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

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Dr. Zarkoff: Okay, Flash, I'm game. I'll help you save the world.
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Symphonic poem "Les Preludes"
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TV Movie version of the first Flash Gordon Series
23 March 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Buster Crabbe was a big, good-looking guy who could act. The Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s used several big guys (most of whom really weren't actors) to bring to life the characters of a serialized cartoon. This TV movie condenses the first series. If you have a choice, watch the serial as it was originally made, and avoid this. the serial was hectic enough, but compressed into this format, the entire drama is rushed - like a string of fight scenes with some vaguely important dialog in between.

Flash starts out as a young man on a plane who is preoccupied about the planet which is about to slam into the earth, destroying everything, and the very pretty girl sitting next to him (Jean Rogers). The passengers bail out and the plane crashes. Flash saves the girl and lands near a rocket ship designed to solve the interplanetary problem by a seemingly deranged but very brilliant scientist (Frank Shannon). And the adventures have just begun.

We meet Ming the Merciless - self-proclaimed Emperor of the Universe; an enormous jovial winged king with the attention span of a chickadee; an honorable and huge prince clad in Roman armor with a sword and a fleet of rocket ships; a conniving princess who wants to possess Flash, a despicable high priest, and a tribe of enslaved space hippies who Flash will eventually inspire to great deeds.

Some of the dialog is predictably corny, but overall, the main story arc is cleverly plotted. The special effects are good for their time, and the costumes are terrific. Most of the acting is surprisingly good, but there are a few glaringly bad exceptions. These little problems don't really reduce the entertainment value of the film.

There are no great philosophical points you can take home from this film, but they do exactly what they were intended to do quite well - they entertain and stimulate the imagination. Good enough for me!


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