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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure | 9 April 1940 (USA)
Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov return to the planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death, which wreaking destruction on Earth. However, Ming the Merciless has other plans for them.

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Flash Gordon (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
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Sonja [Chs. 2, 6-12]
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Professor Gordon [Chs. 1, 4]
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Dr. Frohmann [Chs. 1, 4]
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Professor Arden [Chs. 1, 4]
Shirley Deane ...
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Don Rowan ...
Victor Zimmerman ...
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General Lupi [Chs. 1-2]
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A mysterious plague, the Purple Death, ravages the earth. Dr. Zarkov, investigating in his spaceship, finds a ship from planet Mongo seeding the atmosphere with dust. Sure enough, Ming the Merciless is up to his old tricks. So it's back to Mongo for Flash, Dale, and Zarkov, this time with ready-made allies waiting: Prince Barin of Arboria and Queen Fria of the frozen northern land of Frigia; where, it so happens, is found polarite, antidote to the plague. But Ming will use all his forces to keep our heroes from thwarting his plans of conquest... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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9 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Purple Death
  • 2. Freezing Torture
  • 3. Walking Bombs
  • 4. The Destroying Ray
  • 5. The Palace of Peril
  • 6. Flaming Death
  • 7. Land of the Dead
  • 8. The Fiery Abyss
  • 9. The Pool of Peril
  • 10. The Death Mist
  • 11. Stark Treachery
  • 12. Doom of the Dictator
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Version of Flash Gordon (1954) See more »

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Les Preludes
Written by Franz Liszt
Used behind main title and throughout the serial
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A fun serial
18 June 2003 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

It's better than a lot of the dreck produced today. It is best not to watch it all at once, but watch one episode a day. When I consider how low the budget was, and how long ago this was made, it adds to the appreciation of this.

For example, making a cliff face look like a plausible ice wall by opening the iris wide to let in more light. It's full of cliches - sort of. But remember, they weren't cliche at the time.

It is interesting that Ming seems rather reasonable in this - not the over-the-top monster we have come to know and loath - and love!


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