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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 9 April 1940 (USA)
Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov return to the planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death, which wreaking destruction on Earth. However, Ming the Merciless has other plans for them.

Directors:

Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor

Writers:

George H. Plympton (screenplay), Basil Dickey (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buster Crabbe ... Flash Gordon (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
Carol Hughes ... Dale Arden
Charles Middleton ... Emperor Ming
Anne Gwynne ... Sonja [Chs. 2, 6-12]
Frank Shannon ... Dr. Alexis Zarkov
John Hamilton ... Prof. Gordon [Chs. 1, 4]
Herbert Rawlinson ... Dr. Frohmann [Chs. 1, 4]
Tom Chatterton ... Prof. Arden [Chs. 1, 4]
Shirley Deane ... Princess Aura
Lee Powell ... Capt. Roka
Roland Drew ... Prince Barin
Don Rowan ... Capt. Torch
Victor Zimmerman Victor Zimmerman ... Lt. Thong
Edgar Edwards ... Capt. Turan
Ben Taggart ... Gen. . Lupi [Chs. 1-2]
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A mysterious plague, the Purple Death, ravages the earth. Dr. Zarkov, investigating in his spaceship, finds a ship from planet Mongo seeding the atmosphere with dust. Sure enough, Ming the Merciless is up to his old tricks. So it's back to Mongo for Flash, Dale, and Zarkov, this time with ready-made allies waiting: Prince Barin of Arboria and Queen Fria of the frozen northern land of Frigia; where, it so happens, is found polarite, antidote to the plague. But Ming will use all his forces to keep our heroes from thwarting his plans of conquest... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the ALEX RAYMOND newspaper feature owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate (all of the original posters and cards) See more »


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Trivia

Every episode after the first begins with an opening crawl to catch up the audience on the story so far. This inspired the iconic opening crawl of the Star Wars films. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Ming: Flash Gordon!
Flash Gordon: You didn't think you'd get away with it, did you Ming?
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Connections

Referenced in Alien Space Avenger (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Preludes
Written by Franz Liszt
Used behind main title and throughout the serial
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The Grand Finale
1 April 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This was a pretty good serial. Buster Crabbe was made to play the heroic Flash Gordon and Charles Middleton is the perfect Ming. However, it is the action sequences that carry this film. The special effects for this time period are also pretty good, even for the 1940's. The only flaw I find with this, though, is that Jean Rogers is not playing Dale or that Richard Alexander is not playing Barin. The two actors that replace them are okay, but the originals defined the roles. Also, there is no reference to the second serial. Maybe its because if they were to show any footage from the first two, the audience would definitely see that there are different actors playing Dale, Barin and Aura. However, despite these flaws, it is still a great Saturday afternoon serial


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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