7.0/10
842
13 user 18 critic

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure | 9 April 1940 (USA)
Flash and his friends return to planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death. But Ming the Merciless has other plans for them...

Directors:

,

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Flash Gordon I (1936)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless.

Directors: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Flash Gordon II (1936)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

(1936) Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton. The first screen version about Flash Gordon and his adventures on the planet Mongo. Still great fun...

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Flash Gordon (1979–1982)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The adventures of the comic strip space hero and his friends as they battle the tyranny of Ming the Merciless on the planet Mongo.

Stars: Robert Ridgely, Diane Pershing, Allan Melvin
Flash Gordon (1954–1955)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Space hero Flash Gordon and his crew of the Galaxy Bureau of Investigation patrol space, battling space monsters, power-mad alien dictators and other threats to the stability of the universe.

Stars: Steve Holland, Irene Champlin, Joseph Nash
Road House (1948)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Ida Lupino, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nancy Drew, reporter for the school newspaper, clears a girl of murder charges.

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Bonita Granville, John Litel, Frankie Thomas
Dick Tracy (1937)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The caped crusaders versus The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan, Jane Adams
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh
Flash Gordon (1980)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow
Certificate: Passed Crime | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

NEW THRILLS! NEW MARVELS! NEW WONDERS! in 12 NEW Dynamic Episodes See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Every episode after the first begins with an opening crawl to catch up the audience on the story so far. This inspired the iconic opening crawl of the Star Wars films. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Watching the Detectives (2007) See more »

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
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) by Franz Waxman
The Invisible Man (1933) by Heinz Roemheld
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

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.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The weakest link in the Flash Gordon trilogy in my humble opinion. Forgotten_Hero
George Lucas was so fond of Flash Gordon serials... Kevjess74
Story doesn't directly follow 'Flash Gordon's Trip to... Kevjess74
I Spotted a Goof! Kevjess74
2nd Greatest Flash Gordon Serial Kevjess74
A 4th serial planned? Why this was the last efffee

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?