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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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Directors:
Writers:
George H. Plympton (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
9 April 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Flash and his friends return to planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death. But Ming the Merciless has other plans for them... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Entertaining See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (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 photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
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 .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... musical director (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... conductor (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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Runtime:
Brazil:220 min | UK:195 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (2008) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #5874)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the final chapter before his demise, Ming is looking to escape. In the endings of most serial episodes the hero is is the one trying to escape (then thought to be killed - until the next week). This might suggest another sequel or fourth Flash Gordon serial. However, after 7 December 1941 and the attack on Pearl Harbor, just 3 years after Orson Welles' infamous 'War of the Worlds' radio broadcast simulating an attack from from outer space, the production of "space travel" films were put on hold.See more »
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Referenced in Tsonta (2010)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining, 8 October 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Flash Gordon (Buster Crabbe), Dale Arden (Carol Hughes) and Dr. Zarkov go to the planet Mongo and fight the evil emperor Ming (Charles Middleton) who is shooting "death rays" at the Earth.

I haven't seen the previous two serials so I have nothing to compare it to--but this was pretty good. It moves quickly and there's lots of action: Flash is thrown into a fiery pit; he's trapped in an avalanche; fights silly-looking robots that explode when hit; is zapped by the "Destroying Ray"; has aerial battles with Ming's warships; is caught in a fierce explosion (twice); falls down a huge mountain AND is almost drowned! WHEW!

But he (logically) escapes being killed each time. Also he's joined by Prince Barin, the Forest Men and even some Rock Men.

I also found this pretty progressive (for its time). Dale isn't just a timid female waiting for Flash to save her--she holds her own in fights and takes over the spaceship a few times when he's wounded. The acting is just OK--but it IS just a serial--they weren't trying to win Academy Awards. Hughes is actually the best out of all of them--Middleton is (easily) the worst. Crabbe looks tired a lot--but he was probably sick of playing Flash again and again. The special effects are primitive but I've always liked those silly little spaceships--they're a guilty favorite! Some of the sets are VERY elaborate (probably used from another movie) and the score is wonderful--until you realize you're hearing the same thing over and over.

The best way to see this is one a day or (like I did) three a day. No way can you watch the whole 4 hours in one sitting!

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