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Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 21 March 1938 (USA)
When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Flash Gordon
... Dale Arden
... Emperor Ming
... Dr. Alexis Zarkov
... Queen Azura
Donald Kerr ... Happy Hapgood
... Prince Barin [Chs. 6-15]
... Clay King (as Montague Shaw)
... Tarnak
... Airdrome Captain (as Kenneth Duncan)
... Zandar
... Bomber Captain [Chs. 4-5, 13]
... Flight Commander [Chs. 2-3]
... King Turan of the Forest People [Chs. 7, 11, 13]
Ben Lewis ... Professor [Ch. 1]
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Storyline

Flash, Dale, and Dr. Zarkov return from their former space adventures only to find that their enemy, Ming the Merciless of planet Mongo, has a new weapon: a deadly ray that crosses space to wreak havoc on earth. Earth's only hope is for our heroes to take off again and stop the ray at its source on Mars, where they (and a stowaway) must battle Ming's ally, Queen Azura, who turns her enemies into lumpish clay people. Can they survive 15 chapters of deadly perils? Find out next week... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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15 Sensational Sense-Staggering Episodes! (original-release posters) See more »


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Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title of this serial was originally going to be "Flash Gordon and the Witch Queen of Mongo." It was changed so that Universal could save money by shooting the outdoor scenes on the back lot and not have to build costly sets, and by reusing the set for Emperor Ming's palace. See more »

Goofs

In one scene where Queen Azura vanishes, you can see her run before the flash powder used for the effect ignites. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Ming: Take him to the Disintegrating Room.
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Connections

Edited into Deadly Ray from Mars (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The (uncredited) music cues were tracked into this film:
Music by Karl Hajos originated in Werewolf of London (1935)
Music by W. Franke Harling originated in Destination Unknown (1933)
Music by David Klatzkin was first heard in Gordon of Ghost City (1933)
Music by Edward Ward originally came from Great Expectations (1934)
Music by Heinz Roemheld came from The Invisible Man (1933), The Black Cat (1934),
Bombay Mail (1934) and Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Music by Franz Waxman came from Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Music by Clifford Vaughan came from The Great Impersonation (1935)
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A Very Good Sequel
13 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is the sequel to the 1936 Flash Gordon serial. Flash and company go from the planet Mongo to the planet Mars. The same cast return with the addition of Frank Shannon as comic relief. Beatrice Roberts plays Queen Azura, "Queen Of Magic". I personally missed seeing Priscilla Lawson as Princess Aura. Charles Middleton is and always will be "Ming The Merciless" This serial is also Jean Rogers last portrayal of Dale Arden. This is a fun serial to watch. 15 thrilling episodes with clay people, forest people, Flash, Dale, Dr. Zarkof and, i do so love her, Beatrice Roberts. Well, girls and boys, buckle up have you're popcorn at the ready and enjoy. John R. Tracy.


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