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Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Alexis Zarkov visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless, who has set his planet on a collision course with Earth.


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Flash Gordon
Dale Arden
Ming the Merciless
Princess Aura
Dr. Alexis Zarkov
Prince Barin [Chs. 5-13]
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
King Vultan [Chs. 5-13]
High Priest #2 [Chs. 8-11, 13]
Professor Gordon
Professor Hensley
Prince Thun [Chs. 2-9, 12-13]
King Kala [Chs. 2-5] (as Duke York Jr.)
Muriel Goodspeed ...
Zona [Ch. 4]
Earl Askam ...
Officer Torch
Shark Man [Chs. 3-4]
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bagni ...
Hawkman Throne Room Guard (uncredited)
Throne Guard (uncredited)
Woman in Ming's Palace (uncredited)
Transcontinental Plane Steward (uncredited)
Don Brodie ...
Earth Radio Scientist (uncredited)
Sharkman / Ming's Soldier (uncredited)
Howard Christie ...
shark Man (uncredited)
Shark Man (uncredited)
Orangopoid (uncredited)
Hawkman Lookout Captain (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ...
Spaceograph Operator (uncredited)
Jerry Frank ...
Sharkman (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ...
Shark Man (uncredited)
Saul A. Goodkind ...
(uncredited) (voice)
Olive Hatch ...
Aura's Handmaiden (uncredited)
Airplane Pilot (uncredited)
Robot / Ming's Soldier (uncredited)
Ming's Soldier (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ...
Atom Furnace Slavedriver (uncredited)
Ming's Soldier (uncredited)
Monkey Man (uncredited)
Ming's Soldier (uncredited)
Lon Poff ...
High Priest #1 (uncredited)
Sana Rayya ...
Priestess of Tigron (uncredited)
Monkey Man (uncredited)
Soldier with Drugged Wine (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Sharkman (uncredited)
Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Robot / Ming's Soldier / Gocko (uncredited)
Bunny Waters ...
Sharkman (uncredited)
Prison Guard (uncredited)
Pit Control Operator (uncredited)

Directed by

Frederick Stephani
Ray Taylor ... (uncredited)

Written by

Alex Raymond ... (based on the comic strip by)
Frederick Stephani ... (screenplay) and
Ella O'Neill ... (screenplay) and
George H. Plympton ... (screenplay) (as George Plympton) and
Basil Dickey ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Henry MacRae ... producer

Music by

Clifford Vaughan ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Jerome Ash ... (as Jerry Ash)
Richard Fryer

Film Editing by

Saul A. Goodkind ... (as Saul Goodkind)
Louis Sackin
Alvin Todd
Edward Todd

Art Direction by

Ralph Berger

Special Effects by

Ed Keyes ... special mechanical effects (uncredited)


John Bagni ... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Corrigan ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Frank ... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... stunts (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... stunts (uncredited)

Music Department

C. Bakaleinikoff ... conductor (uncredited)
James Branson ... music supervisor (uncredited)
Karl Hajos ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
W. Franke Harling ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Klatzkin ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Abe Meyer ... music contractor (uncredited)
Sam Perry ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld ... composer: stock music (uncredited) / musical arrangements (uncredited)
William Schiller ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan ... composer: stock music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Carl Laemmle ... presenter
Norman Dewes ... electrical effects (uncredited)
Elmer A. Johnson ... special properties (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 Rod Crawford

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Taglines THE FIRST GREAT SERIAL SPECTACLE! ...Fom Alex Raymond's Famous Newspaper Strip! (original Chapter 9 one-sheet poster) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (United States)
  • Space Soldiers (United States)
  • O Dragão de Fogo (Portugal)
  • Flaš Gordon (Serbia)
  • Ap' ti gi ston ari (Greece)
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  • 245 min
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Budget $360,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Despite its large budget, this serial utilized many sets from other Universal films, such as the laboratory and crypt set from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), the castle interiors from Dracula's Daughter (1936), the idol from The Mummy (1932) and the opera house interiors from The Phantom of the Opera (1925). In addition, the outer walls of Ming's castle were actually the cathedral walls from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). See more »
Goofs When Flash (who is invisible at the time) scares the guard in Vultan's cell, you can see the wires that are connected to Vultan's food. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Spaceship to the Unknown (1966). See more »
Soundtracks Les Preludes See more »
Quotes Ming the Merciless: I will destroy your earth in my owm way!
Dr. Alexis Zarkov: Why destroy the Earth? Why not conquer it?
Ming the Merciless: [envisioning the suggestion] Why not?
Ming the Merciless: How did you enter my kingdom?
Dr. Alexis Zarkov: On a rocket ship of my own design.
Ming the Merciless: You are a remarkable man! I can use you.
Ming the Merciless: [directing his guards] Take him to a laboratory. Give him everything he requires... except his freedom!
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