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Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

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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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Airdrome Captain (as Kenneth Duncan)
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Zandar
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Bomber Captain [Chs. 4-5, 13]
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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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(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

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

Referenced in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 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 The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Music by Clifford Vaughan came from The Great Impersonation (1935)
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Buster Crabbe has a better hairdo
2 August 2000 | by (Northridge, Ca) – See all my reviews

This sequel to the first serial is overlong; it's got a twelve chapter story stretched to fifteen, and Mars lacks the cultural diversity of Mongo, so you don't have Lionmen in one chapter, Sharkmen in the next, etc. However, I think Buster Crabbe's hairdo is more appropriate and he also avoids the knickers for a costume more faithful to Alex Raymond's comic strip art. Those clay people are memorable; so is the lightray bridge and the Martian wings used for parachuting from rockets. One wishes that Universal had spent more money and brought in the kind of monsters they had created in the first Flash Gordon. One can go on wishing for other changes as well, but if you liked the first one and like serials, you'll like this one.


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