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Flash Gordon (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 6 April 1936 (USA)
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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King Kala [Chs. 2-5] (as Duke York Jr.)
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Zona [Ch. 4]
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Shark Man [Chs. 3-4]
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THRILLING STRANGE WORLD ADVENTURES!!! (original Chapter 1 one-sheet poster) See more »


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6 April 1936 (USA)  »

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Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers  »

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Budget:

$360,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stock footage shown of Flash's return to Earth includes newsreel footage of the madding crowds that gathered for Charles Lindbergh's landing in Paris on May 21, 1927. See more »

Goofs

When Flash is "underwater" fighting the octopus, his hair and clothes are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Princess Aura: A bargain, Father! If he survives, he's mine!
Ming the Merciless: [contemptuously] If...?
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Connections

Featured in Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Preludes
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Composed by Franz Liszt
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A Serial Classic
9 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After 66 years "Flash Gordon" still has an appealing scifi/adventure/epic feel that many of today's science fiction adventures strive for and fail to deliver. The only way to fully enjoy this serial is just to sit back and not pick at anything (hokey effects, dialogue, why Flash doesn't go for Princess Aura etc.). And as for you older people who saw "Flash Gordon" back on the serial screen or on T.V. "back in the day", if you want this fine serial to remain appealing to future generations, get your kids/grandkids to watch this when they're young. It worked for me (Male aged 18 or under). 9 out of 10


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