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Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 21 March 1938 (USA)
When a deadly ray strikes Earth, Flash and his friends return to space to battle Ming the Merciless and his ally the queen of Mars.

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Airdrome Captain (as Kenneth Duncan)
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Zandar
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Bomber Captain [Chs. 4-5, 13]
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Ben Lewis ...
Professor [Ch. 1]
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Storyline

Flash, Dale, and Dr. Zarkov return from their former space adventures only to find that their enemy, Ming the Merciless of planet Mongo, has a new weapon: a deadly ray that crosses space to wreak havoc on earth. Earth's only hope is for our heroes to take off again and stop the ray at its source on Mars, where they (and a stowaway) must battle Ming's ally, Queen Azura, who turns her enemies into lumpish clay people. Can they survive 15 chapters of deadly perils? Find out next week... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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15 Sensational Sense-Staggering Episodes! (original-release posters) See more »


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Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the background music was originally used in Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Also, the song that played in the background during the sequence recapping the previous chapter's events was the theme for The Invisible Man (1933). See more »

Goofs

Although filmed 2 years later, this story takes up exactly where the original ended. Dale Arden was a blonde when she entered the ship, but somewhere in mid-flight, she changed to a brunette. Even if filmmakers/studio heads were counting on audience short-term memory, a flashback sequence is there to remind us Dale was originally a blonde. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Ming: Take him to the Disintegrating Room.
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Connections

Edited into Deadly Ray from Mars (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The (uncredited) music cues were tracked into this film:
Music by Karl Hajos originated in Werewolf of London (1935)
Music by W. Franke Harling originated in Destination Unknown (1933)
Music by David Klatzkin was first heard in Gordon of Ghost City (1933)
Music by Edward Ward originally came from Great Expectations (1934)
Music by Heinz Roemheld came from The Invisible Man (1933), The Black Cat (1934),
Bombay Mail (1934) and Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Music by Franz Waxman came from Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Music by Clifford Vaughan came from The Great Impersonation (1935)
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The second of three
1 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

This direct sequel to the now classic "Flash Gordon" is quite good. Polished look helps. Acting is better. But it does drag a bit once you get to Chapter 9. The tracked musical score is great. Charles Middleton made a great Ming the Merciless. All in all, fun film but not as good as the first serial. Many believe this one to be the best.


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