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Purple Death from Outer Space (1966)

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Edited version of the 1940 Universal serial "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe", released in a syndication package to TV in 1966.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Flash Gordon (archive footage)
Dale Arden (archive footage)
Ming the Merciless (archive footage)
Frank Shannon ...
Dr. Zarkov (archive footage)
Don Rowan ...
Capt. Torch (archive footage)
Victor Zimmerman ...
Lt. Thong (archive footage)
Capt. Roka (archive footage)
Capt. Ronal (archive footage)
Capt. Turan (archive footage)
Prince Barin (archive footage)
Shirley Deane ...
Princess Aura (archive footage)
Queen Fria (archive footage)
Sigurd Nilssen ...
Count Korro (archive footage)
Prof. Gordon (archive footage)
Prof. Frohman (archive footage)


Earthmen are suddenly stricken with a mysterious disease, which causes instant death and leaves a purple spot on the forehead of each victim. Investigating, Dr. Zarkov discovers a spaceship from Ming's kingdom on Mongo spreading a dust across Earth's atmosphere, which Zarkov correctly deduces is causing the plague. Accompanied by Flash Gordon and Dale Arden, Zarkov drives off the ship and hurries to the friendly Mongo kingdom of Arboria, to enlist the aid of Prince Barin. At Barin's palace, they meet Queen Fria and Count Korro of the ice-kingdom Frigia. Helping them rescue a Frigian general from Ming's palace, they learn the nature of Ming's plague-dust and its antidote, found only in Frigia. With Fria's blessings they fly to Frigia to obtain the antidote, accompanied by Arboria captains Ronal, Roka and Turan. But Ming learns this, sends his own officers Torch and Thong to stop them with raygun fire and an army of humanoid robots... [Unedited compilation of the serials Ch's 1-5 and ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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30 April 2004 | by (Holt, MI) – See all my reviews

Wonderful corn

When good guys were good and bad guys were bad and there was never any doubt as to which was which.

Imagine yourself as a kid in a time when we didn't know a great deal about space travel and were willing to suspend what little we did know for the sake of adventure.

Forgive the costumes and sets that appear to be left overs from old war movies and Robin Hood films. Allow yourself to believe that there are clouds in space, rocket ships that sort of float about sounding like vacuum cleaners and ray guns that discharge lighting bolts that look like they are scratched into the film.

In short, quit being a grownup for an hour or two and enjoy this grandfather of "Star Wars"

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