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Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  21 March 1938 (USA)
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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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American football player Flash Gordon and his beautiful girlfriend Dale Arden become unwillingly passengers on-board Dr. Hans Zarkov's rocket-ship, where they arrive on the planet Mongo, ruled by the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless.

Director: Matthew Vaughn
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Jean Rogers ...
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Frank Shannon ...
Beatrice Roberts ...
Donald Kerr ...
Richard Alexander ...
C. Montague Shaw ...
Clay King (as Montague Shaw)
Wheeler Oakman ...
Kenne Duncan ...
Airdrome Captain (as Kenneth Duncan)
Warner Richmond ...
Zandar
Jack Mulhall ...
Bomber Captain [Chs. 4-5, 13]
Lane Chandler ...
Flight Commander [Chs. 2-3]
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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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21 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars  »

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King Features Syndicate released the 3 Flash Gordon serials as well as "Buck Rogers," Red Barry", "Ace Drummond" and other comic strip cliffhangers to US TV in 1951. Because the television show Flash Gordon (1954), starring Steve Holland as Flash, was in syndication in late 1953, the three Universal Pictures Flash Gordon theatrical serials were retitled for TV broadcast. Flash Gordon (1936) became "Space Soldiers", Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) became "Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars", and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) became "Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe". To this day both the 3 original "Flash Gordon" serial titles and the 3 "Space Soldiers" titles are used. See more »

Goofs

In a couple of scenes we hear Dale scream, but we don't see her mouth open. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Ming: Take him to the Disintegrating Room.
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Romeo and Juliet Overture
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Probably the Best of the Trilogy
30 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps the best of the three Flash Gordon serials due to the fact that it not only was action packed, but that it also included some humorous moments provided by the character of "Happy" Hapgood. The first one was exciting, but really wasn't as action packed as this one. The third serial was good, but they had different characters playing the characters of Dale, Barin and Aura (give me Jean Rogers as Dale anytime). Also, this is the first one in which Dale takes part in the action, especially in the scene where she bombs the Forest People's temple. If you want thrills, just look at this serial.


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