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A rogue planet is 'rushing madly toward the earth.' Impending doom creates worldwide pandemonium. But maverick scientist Dr. Zarkov hopes to stay disaster by travelling to the new planet in his experimental rocket. Two chance-met strangers, athletic Flash Gordon and damsel in distress Dale Arden, go with him. Arrived, the trio find Mongo to be a planet of wonders, warring factions, and deadly perils, its orbit controlled by Emperor Ming who has his own sinister plans for earth. Can our heroes, armed only with science and sex appeal, stop him?Written by
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When the full view of Ming's Throne Room is shown (matte shot), the curtain hanging to the left behind the dragon gong has sunrays on it. When closeups are shown (especially when Flash fights Ming's guards), the curtain has no sunrays on it whatsoever. See more »
We are doomed, Professor Gordon. That planet is rushing madly toward the Earth and no human power can stop it.
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Universal created a real fun winner here. Buster Crabbe's popularity soared as he went on to more serials both as Flash and as Buck Rogers. He also made a Tarzan or two and some westerns.
But the character actors in Flash Gordon are tops: Charles Middleton as Ming was brilliant casting; chubby Richard Alexander as the would-be hero Prince Barin looks like he stepped right out of the comics, as do the Sharkmen, Lionmen and Hawkmen.
"Tiny" Lipson as Vultan the Hawkman is hilarious; he is also seen in some Marx Brothers and Three Stooges films. Of course the actors portraying the sexy (for 1936) Dale and Princess Aura are perfect. Even Zarkov is convincing as can be expected in this dark adventure series.
The music is constantly moving things along, much of it now available on CD as the same music used in Universal's "The Bride of Frankenstein".
The challenge is to find a good print. It would be great if Universal could "restore" some their classic serials.
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