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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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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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15 STARTLING CHAPTERS OF FURTHER ADVENTURES ON A NEW PLANET! (original-release posters) See more »


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21 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chapter Titles:
  • 1. New Worlds To Conquer


  • 2. The Living Dead


  • 3. Queen of Magic


  • 4. Ancient Enemies


  • 5. The Boomerang


  • 6. Treemen of Mars


  • 7. Prisoner of Monga


  • 8. Black Sapphire of Kalu


  • 9. Symbol of Death


  • 10. Incense of Forgetfulness


  • 11. Human Bait


  • 12. Ming the Merciless


  • 13. Miracle of Magic


  • 14. Beasts at Bay


  • 15. An Eyes For An Eye


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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

Followed by Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet Overture
(uncredited)
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Heard in episodes 1 to 3 to introduce various characters
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Not the best but the best remembered
30 December 1998 | by (Linden, New Jersey) – 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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