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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe -- 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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Buster Crabbe ... Flash Gordon (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
Carol Hughes ... Dale Arden

Charles Middleton ... Emperor Ming
Anne Gwynne ... Sonja [Chs. 2, 6-12]
Frank Shannon ... Dr. Zarkov
John Hamilton ... Prof. Gordon [Chs. 1, 4]
Herbert Rawlinson ... Dr. Frohmann [Chs. 1, 4]
Tom Chatterton ... Prof. Arden [Chs. 1, 4]
Shirley Deane ... Princess Aura
Lee Powell ... Capt. Roka

Roland Drew ... Prince Barin
Don Rowan ... Capt. Torch
Victor Zimmerman ... Lt. Thong
Edgar Edwards ... Capt. Turan
Ben Taggart ... Gen. Lupi [Chs. 1-2]
Michael Mark ... Prof. Karm [Chs. 5-10]

Earl Dwire ... Janda [Ch. 1]
Harry C. Bradley ... Keedish [Chs. 6-7]
Sigurd Nilssen ... Count Korro [Chs. 1-2]
Mimi Taylor ... Verna [Ch. 5]
Byron Foulger ... Prof. Drok [Chs. 11-12]
William Royle ... Capt. Sudan [Chs. 1-9]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Roy Barcroft ... Ming Soldier [Ch 6, 10-12] / Arborian Sentry [Ch 6] (uncredited)
Robert Blair ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jean Brooks ... Olga, Blonde Ming Henchwoman [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Man with Thinking Brain [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Scientist [Chs. 1, 4] (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Ming Soldier [Chs. 3-5, 7-8, 12] (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... Ronal [Chs. 1-12] (uncredited)
Carmen D'Antonio ... Ming's Dancing Girl [Chs. 1, 3-4] (uncredited)
Harold Daniels ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Luli Deste ... Queen Fria [Chs. 1-2] (uncredited)
Paul Douglas ... Guard (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Scientist (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Prof. Gordon's Radio Operator [Chs. 1, 4] (uncredited)
Jack George ... Scientist [Chs. 1, 4] (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Saul A. Goodkind ... Various Characters (voice) (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Barin's Ship #5 Commander (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Guard (uncredited)

Mala ... Prince of the Rock People [Chs. 7-9] (uncredited)
Vivian Mason ... Ming's Gong Girl [Chs. 1-4] (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Arborian Prison Guard [Ch. 10] (uncredited)
Ernie Payson ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Paul Reed ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Gene Rizzi ... Ming Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Man of Low Intellect [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Guard Kroad [Ch. 11] (uncredited)
Clarice Sherry ... Frifa Queen Grenda (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Ming Pilot [Ch. 11] (uncredited)
Charles Waldron Jr. ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Chief Yowlachie ... King of the Rock People [Chs. 7-9] (uncredited)

Directed by
Ford Beebe 
Ray Taylor 
Writing credits
George H. Plympton (screenplay) &
Basil Dickey (screenplay) &
Barry Shipman (screenplay)

Alex Raymond (newspaper feature "Flash Gordon")

Produced by
Henry MacRae .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jerome Ash (photography)
William A. Sickner (photography) (as William Sickner)
Film Editing by
Joseph Gluck 
Louis Sackin 
Alvin Todd 
Art Direction by
Harold H. MacArthur  (as Harold MacArthur)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ed Tyler .... assistant director (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ed Keyes .... special mechanical effects (uncredited)
George DeNormand .... stunt double (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunt double: Buster Crabbe (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Saul A. Goodkind .... supervising editor
Music Department
Ralph Freed .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... conductor (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jacques Jaccard .... dialogue director
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe" - USA (TV title)
"Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe" - USA (TV title)
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Brazil:220 min | UK:195 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (2008) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #5874)

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
FLASH GORDON # 3, Is It Three Strikes You're OUT, or Third Time's a Charm?, 5 November 2006
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

The success of the 2 prior Flash Gordon serials and the continued and ever expanding popularity of the Newspaper Comic Strip no doubt were the prime movers behind the filming of the third installment. Universal Pictures had done well with the production of many other titles belonging to Hearst's King Features, so they were given the go ahead for the new project.

Buster Crabbe was brought back for his powerful, faithful characterization. This was after he had time out to portray rival Spaceman* in the title role of BUCK ROGERS (Universal 1939).Also returning were Charles B. Middleton (Emperor Ming) and Frank Shannon (the good Dr. Zarkov).

Replacement for Miss Jean Rogers was Carol Hughes, a dark haired beauty of a starlet, who had a lot of success in the '30's and '40 in many supporting roles and Female leads, mostly in 'B' Films.

Prince Barin(Roland Drew) and Princess Aura(Shirley Deane)** were also played by newcomers to the roles. But it wasn't just a difference of actors, for their appearance as well as the overall look of the Planet Mongo, was now radically different.We'll try to explain, at least offering some theory.

The surface of Mongo now looked more like medieval western and northern Europe. Barin's domain, the Kingdom of Arboria was like one, giant Sherwood Forest. Baron, himself, and his soldiers often sported the green costuming of a Robin Hood and his Mery Men.They were armed with long bows and swords in addition to their ray guns.The frozen land to the north was called Frigia and was the Domain of one Queen Fria. The Queen looked very much like popular Sweedish Ice Skating Champion turned Movie Star, Sonja Hejne. The Queen also had a very Scandanavian sounding accent.

All of these changes would seem extremely puzzling to any modern day viewer, 'for back in the day', everybody read the comic page and knew the story lines. It was the comic strip,in the news print,that caused all the changes. Creator, Alex Raymond, had made gradual changes in the design and artwork. This equaled a sort of evolution from a setting that looked like a of combination Romanesque,Chinese, Egyptian and Art Decco to a very modern, western-styled decor*** and costuming. Now Ming had secret police, slave labor camps and spies. We also hear Ming referred to as 'Dictator' Ming. In short, the comic page and serial now mirrored developments in Western Europe and the rest of the World in that period of time between World Wars.

The story line in this FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE is most action filled and loaded with a load of new developments. Robot attackers, invisibility screened rockets, a new race of 'Rock Men' and incendiary projectiles were all featured prominently in the see-saw action. There is a sort of back and forth series of battles in which combatants from either side are captured and subsequently rescued or ransomed.

Maybe I'm being a little too critical here, as we must remember that these Serials were meant to be seen a chapter a week, not all at once in one or two sittings.

There is one point thus far overlooked in this review, and that is the general look of the production. The Robin Hood type sets were as good as there were around. The cinematography is as beautiful as any in a serial, ever.

As a kid growing up in Chicago one could identify with this last of the FLASH GORDON Trilogy. Afterall, our area is annually transformed into a veritable Frigia for at least 6 to 8 weeks every December, January and February.

NOTE: * Flash and Buck were not and could not be rivals as Buck Rogers's adventures are set 1n the 25th Century. They were real competitors in the market place,for "Box Office"(more newspaper subscribers),if you will.

NOTE: ** The evolution of this Royal Couple also was effected by the 1938 Waener Brothres' Film, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, as Barin's appearance morphed from looking like a Power Lifter in Roman garb to a sort of 'Road Show' Errol Flynn. Aura changed from a scantily clothed nymphomaniac to a perfect picture of nobility.

NOTE*** 'Western'as in Western Civilization, not Country & Western.

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