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Mars Attacks the World (1938)

Approved | | Romance, Sci-Fi | 7 November 1938 (USA)
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Flash Gordon (archive footage) (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
Jean Rogers ...
Dale Arden (archive footage)
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Ming the Merciless (archive footage)
Frank Shannon ...
Dr. Alexis Zarkov (archive footage)
Donald Kerr ...
'Happy' Hapgood (archive footage)
Richard Alexander ...
Prince Barin (archive footage)
Beatrice Roberts ...
Azura, Queen of Mars (archive footage)
Wheeler Oakman ...
Tarnak (archive footage)
C. Montague Shaw ...
The Clay King (archive footage)
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The Martian Airfield Captain (archive footage)
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Hooper Atchley ...
Professor Dunard (archive footage)
James Blaine ...
Professor Ritcher (archive footage)
Edwin Stanley ...
Gen. Rankin (archive footage)
Ray Turner ...
Zarkov's Butler (archive footage)
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As a deadly ray from space hits the Earth, Flash Gordon travels to its source, the planet Mars, only to find his old enemy emperor Ming of Mongo. With the help of the clay people and other fantastic creatures, he fights for the freedom of two planets. Written by Anonymous

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MARTIANS ATTACK! WORLD INVADED! SPACE-GUN INVADERS! MARS DESTROYS EARTH! (original poster) See more »

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7 November 1938 (USA)  »

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Apo ti Gi ston Ari  »

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Rushed into theaters to cash in on the hype created by Orson Wells' Halloween radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. See more »

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Fast-Paced Condensed Version of the Serial
21 June 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

To make "Mars Attacks the World", they edited together selected pieces of the serial "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" (which had something like 15 episodes or so), keeping the main story line intact. The result is very fast-paced and sometimes chaotic, but it enables you to see the story all at once. It's an old-fashioned, comic-book sci-fi story, carried mostly by Buster Crabbe's energetic portrayal of Flash Gordon.

While most of the story is quite far-fetched, there were a lot of creative ideas, at least given the era, so that you never know what is going to come next. This edited version moves very quickly, so that you will always want to see the next scene.

These old Flash Gordon stories were very popular in their time. For those who are not big fans of comic-book style science fiction, this version gives us a good chance to see what it was like, without having to watch the full-length serial version.


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