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Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 21 March 1938 (USA)
When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.

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Clay King (as Montague Shaw)
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Bomber Captain [Chs. 4-5, 13]
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Flight Commander [Chs. 2-3]
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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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Based upon the newspaper feature "Flash Gordon"-Owned and Copyrighted by King Features, Inc., Jan.7,1934 (original-release posters) See more »


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21 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Swedish censorship number 58.222. Universal in Sweden in 1938 showed this at the cinemas as a single 76 minutes movie, not as a serial. See more »

Goofs

It's such common knowledge that it hardly bears mentioning, but of course Mars's comparatively thin atmosphere lacks the oxygen necessary to support complex life as we know it, so the entire scenario of humans and Mongonians roaming around on the surface without space suits is purely fantastical, and indicative of the hypothetical nature of the planet's on screen counterpart. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Ming: Take him to the Disintegrating Room.
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Connections

Spoofed in Flesh Gordon (1974) 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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Not the best but the best remembered
30 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

The Clay People! Who can forget that sequence in Chapter 2 when they first appear. And all to that great Waxman music. Still a good serial to watch, even in these days. Good photography, OK acting, polished script but somehow the original 1936 serial was superior. And kudos again to that great tracked musical score.


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