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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.

Directors:

Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill (as Robert Hill) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Ray Trampe (original story and screenplay), Norman S. Hall (original story and screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Buster Crabbe ... Flash Gordon
Jean Rogers ... Dale Arden
Charles Middleton ... Emperor Ming
Frank Shannon ... Dr. Alexis Zarkov
Beatrice Roberts ... Queen Azura
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Happy Hapgood
Richard Alexander ... Prince Barin [Chs. 6-15]
C. Montague Shaw ... Clay King (as Montague Shaw)
Wheeler Oakman ... Tarnak
Kenne Duncan ... Airdrome Captain (as Kenneth Duncan)
Warner Richmond ... Zandar
Jack Mulhall ... Bomber Captain [Chs. 4-5, 13]
Lane Chandler ... Flight Commander [Chs. 2-3]
Anthony Warde ... King Turan of the Forest People [Chs. 7, 11, 13]
Ben Lewis 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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Your Favorite Newspaper Adventures Here On The Screen Again! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

CHAPTER TITLES: 1. New Worlds To Conquer; 2. The Living Dead; 3. Queen of Magic; 4. Ancient Enemies; 5. The Boomerang; 6. Treemen of Mars; 7. Prisoner of Monga; 8. Black Sapphire of Kalu; 9. Symbol of Death; 10. Incense of Forgetfulness; 11. Human Bait; 12. Ming the Merciless; 13. Miracle of Magic; 14. Beasts at Bay; 15. An Eyes For An Eye. See more »

Goofs

It's such common knowledge that it hardly bears mentioning, but of course Mars's comparatively thin atmosphere lacks the oxygen necessary to support complex life as we know it, so the entire scenario of humans and Mongonians roaming around on the surface without space suits is purely fantastical, and indicative of the hypothetical nature of the planet's on screen counterpart. 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

Romeo and Juliet Overture
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(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Heard in episodes 1 to 3 to introduce various characters
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Beyond Criticism
24 February 2009 | by palmiroSee all my reviews

The degree to which these episodes require of the viewer a super-human suspension of belief makes them, I believe, beyond all criticism and places them in a category that defies definition--"kitsch" and "camp" do not begin to do this cinematic production justice. I do have one criticism, however, of King Entertainment's editing of the DVD. They should have left in the original breaks in the story line which corresponded to the actual viewing experience of the original audiences in the movie houses of the 30s & 40s and TV of the 60s & 70s: namely those dramatic moments at the end of a chapter when Flash & company appeared to be finished for certain. The beginning of the next sequel revealed how they managed their astonishing, breath-taking escape from the gaping jaws of death.


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