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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

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Flash and his friends return to planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death. But Ming the Merciless has other plans for them...

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Flash Gordon (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
Carol Hughes ...
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Anne Gwynne ...
Sonja [Chs. 2, 6-12]
Frank Shannon ...
John Hamilton ...
Prof. Gordon [Chs. 1, 4]
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Dr. Frohmann [Chs. 1, 4]
Tom Chatterton ...
Prof. Arden [Chs. 1, 4]
Shirley Deane ...
Lee Powell ...
Roland Drew ...
Don Rowan ...
Victor Zimmerman ...
Edgar Edwards ...
Ben Taggart ...
Gen. 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)  »

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Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe  »

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Trivia

King Features Syndicate released the 3 Flash Gordon serials as well as "Buck Rogers," "Red Barry", "Ace Drummond" and other comic strip cliffhangers to US TV in 1951. Because the television show Flash Gordon (1954), starring Steve Holland as Flash, was in syndication in late 1953, the three Universal Pictures' Flash Gordon theatrical serials were retitled for TV broadcast. Flash Gordon (1936) became "Space Soldiers", Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) became "Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars", and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) became "Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe". To this day both the 3 original "Flash Gordon" serial titles and the 3 "Space Soldiers" titles are used. See more »

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Soundtracks

Some of the music cues came from the following films:
The Sun Never Sets (1939) music composed by Frank Skinner
Bombay Mail (1934) by Heinz Roemheld
White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929) by Heinz Roemheld
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) by Franz Waxman
The Invisible Man (1933) by Heinz Roemheld
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Thoroughly trashy but a lot of fun
3 May 2001 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm sure that even when this came out a lot of the stuff in this serial seemed pretty silly. But if you watch it, especially if you watch it as it was meant to be watched, one chapter at a time with a break in between, you'll probably find yourself getting into the cliff hangers, and occasionally dazzled by the occasionally sumptuous production values (huge pile of writhing dancing girls, snow mountain photography) and the sometimes ingenious special effects (those mud men always make me jump).

The rest of the time, sit back & laugh.

They must have known that they were stretching the premise when they made this, the third and last Flash Gordon serial, but the plot pretty much hangs together if you choose to pay attention to it (which can be hard, a lot of explanations are pretty rushed), and the performances are mostly good.


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