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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure | 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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Flash Gordon (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
... Dale Arden
... Emperor Ming
... Sonja [Chs. 2, 6-12]
... Dr. Alexis Zarkov
... Professor Gordon [Chs. 1, 4]
... Dr. Frohmann [Chs. 1, 4]
... Professor Arden [Chs. 1, 4]
... Princess Aura
... Captain Roka
... Prince Barin
Don Rowan ... Captain Torch
Victor Zimmerman ... Lieutenant Thong
... Captain Turan
... General 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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9 April 1940 (USA)  »

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Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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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 See 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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