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Rocket Ship (1936)

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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Alex Raymond (based on the comic strip by), Ella O'Neill (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Flash Gordon (archive footage)
Jean Rogers ... Dale Arden (archive footage)
Charles Middleton ... Ming the Merciless (archive footage)
Priscilla Lawson ... Princess Aura (archive footage)
Frank Shannon ... Dr. Hans Zarkov (archive footage)
Richard Alexander ... Prince Barin (archive footage)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... King Vultan (archive footage)
James Pierce ... King Thun (archive footage)
Theodore Lorch ... Second High Priest (archive footage)
Earl Askam Earl Askam ... Officer Torch (archive footage)
Richard Tucker ... Professor Gordon (archive footage)
George Cleveland ... Professor Henson (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynton Brent ... Transcontinental Pilot (archive footage)
Lane Chandler ... Ming Guard (archive footage)
William Desmond ... Hawkmen Lookout Captain (archive footage)
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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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BIG FEATURE SENSATION! Amazing STRANGE WORLD ADVENTURES! From Alex Raymond's Famous Newspaper Strip (original one-sheet poster on feature release)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flash Gordon: Rocketship See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature length version of the serial Flash Gordon Space Soldiers. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Zarkoff: I'll soon be leaving for the planet Mongo, in a rocket-ship of my own design.
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Connections

Spoofed in Moonie and the Spider Queen (2013) See more »

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Symphonic poem "Les Preludes"
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This is not the TV movie, but an earlier film from the same serial
29 April 2010 | by BijouBob8mmSee all my reviews

ROCKETSHIP is frequently confused with a second (and very similar) film cut from the original 1936 FLASH GORDON serial, the 1966 TV movie SPACESHIP TO THE UNKNOWN. (While SPACESHIP contains most of the material found in ROCKETSHIP, that second film has a longer running time.) As with MARS ATTACKS THE EARTH (a feature made from the 1938 chapter-play FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS that hit theaters soon after Orson Welles' infamous WAR OF THE WORLDS panic broadcast), ROCKETSHIP was playing the big screens before the small screens become a household staple.

Curiously the third/final Flash Gordon serial, FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE, did not result in a theatrical feature from Universal. When the decision was made to make new features from the old serials in the mid-Sixties, CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE yielded no less than two instant TV movies, THE PURPLE DEATH FROM OUTER SPACE and THE PERIL FROM PLANET MONGO. (The new film made from FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS was called THE DEADLY RAY FROM MARS.)


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