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Seasons:
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Release Date:
1 October 1954 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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.
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Cast

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Steve Holland ... Flash Gordon (31 episodes, 1954-1955)
Irene Champlin ... Dale Arden (31 episodes, 1954-1955)
Joseph Nash ... Dr. Hans Zarkov (31 episodes, 1954-1955)
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Series Directed by
Gunther von Fritsch (8 episodes, 1954-1955)
Wallace Worsley Jr. (8 episodes, 1954-1955)

Joseph Zigman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Alex Raymond (39 episodes, 1954-1955)
Bruce Elliot (9 episodes, 1954-1955)
Earl Markham (9 episodes, 1954-1955)
Edward Gruskin (5 episodes, 1954-1955)

Series Produced by
Wenzel Lüdecke .... producer (18 episodes, 1954-1955)
Edward Gruskin .... producer (7 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Original Music by
Kurt Heuser (8 episodes, 1954-1955)
Roger-Roger (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Cinematography by
Jean Isnard (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Film Editing by
Heinz Haber (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Roger Pacaut (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Art Direction by
Raymond Gabutti (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Helmut Nentwig (4 episodes, 1954-1955)

Raymond Gabutti (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Igor Keldich .... makeup artist / makeup (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Production Management
Ernst Liepelt .... unit manager (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
René Noel .... unit manager (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Fred Surin .... production manager (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Jörg Zorer .... production manager (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Jessua .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
Eva Ebner .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Art Department
Louis Boussaroque .... prop man / props (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Sound Department
Jean Bertrand .... sound engineer / sound (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Willy Szdzui .... sound (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Paul Durand .... sound assistant (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
Guy Villette .... sound assistant (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
Loiseau .... sound assistant (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Visual Effects by
F.W. Wintzer .... miniatures / minatures (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Max Dulac .... cameraman / camera operator (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
René Guissart .... cameraman / camera operator (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
Herbert Körner .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Arndt von Rautenfeld .... camera operator / camera (3 episodes, 1954-1955)

Alex Dulac .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Marie-Louise Barberot .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Music Department
Kurt Heuser .... theme music / composer: theme music (5 episodes, 1954-1955)

Roger-Roger .... composer: incidental music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Gunther Kortwich .... driver (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Other crew
Sipora Van Praag .... dialogue director (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Joseph Zigman .... production consultant / director: Intercontinental Television Films Corporation (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Ginette Doynel .... script girl / script supervisor (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
Maurice Duault .... administrative director (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
Louis Grospierre .... technical director (5 episodes, 1954-1955)

Eva Ebner .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
30 min (39 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This program was syndicated to local television stations from late 1953 to late 1954, before being carried by the DuMont network. The release date of 1 October 1954, is the DuMont broadcast date for the first episode.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angel: Ground State (#4.2)" (2002)See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Interesting 50's SF Artifact, 13 January 2004
Author: TVPowers from New York, USA

The Flash Gordon 1950's TV series is interesting, mostly due to it's being one of the first science fiction series to be shot on film. The fact that it was made in the still recovering post WWII Germany, and the later episodes in France gives it different look and feel than comparable American lensed shows, such as Rocky Jones, Spacer Ranger.

Some of the German episodes are rather dark and grim, with an almost expressionistic look. The budgets are quite low, and while there are a number of model shots of the space craft (such as Gordon & Co.'s Skyflash) many of the effects in the German episodes are largely photo and cel animation. The French episodes feature the Skyflash II, a very shiny rocket model, which seemed to complicate matters for the slightly more ambitious FX in the later episodes.

Male model Steve Holland played Flash, which is intriguing, as Holland was the artist model used by James Bama for the Doc Savage novel reprints that were highly successful in the 60's and early 70's. Holland turned up on the cover of many action hero paperbacks. For someone with no real acting experience, he's not too bad -- but he's certainly no match for Buster Crabbe's portrayal.

Joe Nash is generally quite good as Zarkov. Irene Champlin seemed to have some trouble (as did many of the actors) in getting her lines out and try to make an actual performance gel in the rushed looking -- possibly single take -- scenes.

Producer Ed Gruskin was known for his work in radio (including a Doc Savage series) and writer Bruce Elliot wrote for the pulps, notably a number of Shadow novels under the house name of Maxwell Grant.

Some of the music by Roger Roger (yep, that's his name) in the French produced episodes will be very familiar to viewers of low budget horror and Sci-fi films of the 50s,60s, and 70's. The tracks became part of a music library, and are still licensed for use today.

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