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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?
THRILLING STRANGE WORLD ADVENTURES!!! (original Chapter 1 one-sheet poster)
Also Known As:
Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers
Title: Flash Gordon
Release Date: April 06, 1936
Runtime: 245 mins
All Genres: Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Buried.com Rating: 8.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: Approved
Buster Crabbe ...Flash Gordon
Jean Rogers ...Dale Arden
Charles Middleton ...Ming the Merciless
Priscilla Lawson ...Princess Aura
Frank Shannon ...Dr. Alexis Zarkov
Richard Alexander ...Prince Barin [Chs. 5-13]
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...King Vultan [Chs. 5-13]
Theodore Lorch ...High Priest #2 [Chs. 8-11, 13]
Richard Tucker ...Professor Gordon
George Cleveland ...Professor Hensley
James Pierce ...Prince Thun [Chs. 2-9, 12-13]
Duke york ...King Kala [Chs. 2-5] (as Duke york Jr.)
Muriel Goodspeed ...Zona [Ch. 4]
Earl Askam ...Officer Torch
House Peters Jr. ...Shark Man [Chs. 3-4]
John Bagni ...Hawkman throne room guard [Chs. 5-9]
Carroll Borland ...Woman in Ming's Palace
Lynton Brent ...Transcontinental Plane Steward
Don Brodie ...Earth Radio Scientist [Chs. 4, 9-10, 12]
Lane Chandler ...Sharkman [Ch. 4] / Ming Soldier [Chs. 9-13]
Howard Christie ...Minor Role
Jim Corey ...Minor Role
Ray Corrigan ...Orangopoid [Ch. 8]
William Desmond ...Hawkman lookout captain [Chs. 5-9]
Al Ferguson ...Spaceograph operator [Chs. 2, 4-5, 9]
Jerry Frank ...Sharkman [Chs. 3-4]
Saul A. Goodkind ...Various Characters (voice)
Olive Hatch ...Aura's handmaiden [Ch. 10]
Fred Kohler Jr. ...Robot / Ming soldier
George Magrill ...Ming soldier
» [more cast members]
George H. Plympton
More Movie Taglines:
- THRILLING STRANGE WORLD ADVENTURES!!! (original Chapter 1 one-sheet poster)
- THE FIRST GREAT SERIAL SPECTACLE! ...Fom Alex Raymond's Famous Newspaper Strip! (original Chapter 9 one-sheet poster)
- Ming the Merciless: [observing Flash wrestling with the Orangupoid] He fights well, the Earth man.
Prince Thun [Chs. 2-9, 12-13]: Ming is merciless and all-powerful. He can only be taken by surprise. Flash Gordon: He'll be surprised alright.
Prince Thun [Chs. 2-9, 12-13]: I'll doing anything to help my friend!
Princess Aura: [observing Flash wrestling with the Orangupoid] He fights well, the Earth man.
- This serial's budget of $360,000 was three times more than was typically allotted for a chapter play at the time.
Despite its large budget, this serial utilized many sets from other Universal films, such as the laboratory and crypt set from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), the castle interiors from Dracula's Daughter (1936), the idol from The Mummy (1932) and the opera house interiors from The Phantom of the Opera (1925). In addition, the outer walls of Ming's castle were actually the cathedral walls from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923/I).
The serial was shot in six weeks with the cast and crew working many fourteen hour days.
Chapter Titles: - 1. The Planet of Peril - 2. The Tunnel of Terror - 3. Captured by the Shark Men - 4. Battling the Sea Beast - 5. The Destroying Ray - 6. Flaming Torture - 7. Shattering Doom - 8. Tournament of Doom - 9. Fighting the Fire Demon - 10. The Unseen Peril - 11. In the Claws of the Tigron - 12. Trapped in the Turrett - 13. Rocketing To Earth
King Features Syndicate released the 3 Flash Gordon serials to US TV in 1951. Because the television show "Flash Gordon" (1954) , starring Steve Holland as Flash, was in syndication in late 1953, the three Universal Pictures' Flash Gordon theatrical serials were retitled for TV broadcast. Flash Gordon (1936/I) became "Space Soldiers", Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) became "Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars", and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) became "Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe". To this day both the 3 original "Flash Gordon" serial titles and the 3 "Space Soldiers" titles are used.
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