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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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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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Trivia

In the stock footage from Flash Gordon (1936), shown in this film, as Flash is telling The Clay People about his previous encounter with Emperor Ming, Ming is bald and Dale Arden has blond hair. In this sequel, Ming has "pasted on" hair and Dale is a brunette. It has been reported that Jean Rogers (Dale Arden) had many other film roles pending at that time (1938) which had called for her to portray a brunette. See more »

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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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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 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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