Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe (1940)
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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...
From the ALEX RAYMOND newspaper feature owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate (all of the original posters and cards)
Also Known As:
Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe
Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe
Title: Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe
Release Date: March 03, 1940
Runtime: 220 mins
All Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Buried.com Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: Approved
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. 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 ...Lt. Thong
Edgar Edwards ...Capt. Turan
Ben Taggart ...Gen. Lupi [Chs. 1-2]
Michael Mark ...Prof. Karm [Chs. 5-10]
Earl Dwire ...Jenda [Ch. 1]
Harry C. Bradley ...Keedish [Chs. 6-7]
Sigurd Nilssen ...Count Korro [Chs. 1-2]
Mimi Taylor ...Woman [Ch. 5]
Byron Foulger ...Prof. Druk [Chs. 11-12]
William Royle ...Capt. Suden [Chs. 1-9]
Ernie Adams ...Bit part
Roy Barcroft ...Ming Soldier [Ch 6, 10-12 ] Arborian Sentry [Ch...
Robert Blair ...Bit part
Jean Brooks ...Blonde Ming Henchwoman [Ch. 5]
Allan Cavan ...Man with thinking brain [Ch. 1]
Wheaton Chambers ...Scientist [Chs. 1, 4]
Lane Chandler ...Ming Soldier [Chs. 3-5, 7-8, 12]
Donald Curtis ...Ronal
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George H. Plympton
More Movie Taglines:
- From the ALEX RAYMOND newspaper feature owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate (all of the original posters and cards)
- ZOOMING OFF THE EARTH!
- Sky-Rocketing Through Space...Braving New Perils Of The Stratosphere!
- NEW THRILLS! NEW MARVELS! NEW WONDERS! in 12 NEW Dynamic Episodes
- New Thrills...New Marvels, New Wonders New Thrills!...New Marvels, New Wonders
- ZOOMING Off The Earth!
- New Thrills...New Marvels, New Wonders
- This serial was based on a Flash Gordon comic strip continuity involving Prince Barin and his Tree People, of "Frigia".
Chapter Titles: - 1. The Purple Death - 2. Freezing Torture - 3. Walking Bombs - 4. The Destroying Ray - 5. The Palace of Peril - 6. Flaming Death - 7. Land of the Dead - 8. The Fiery Abyss - 9. The Pool of Peril - 10. The Death Mist - 11. Stark Treachery - 12. Doom of the Dictator
King Features Syndicate released the 3 Flash Gordon serials as well as "Buck Rogers," Red Barry", "Ace Drummond" and other comic strip cliffhangers 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.
In the final chapter before his demise, Ming is looking to escape. In the endings of most serial episodes the hero is is the one trying to escape (then thought to be killed - until the next week). This might suggest another sequel or fourth Flash Gordon serial. However, after 7 December 1941 and the attack on Pearl Harbor, just 3 years after Orson Welles' infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast simulating an attack from from outer space, the production of "space travel" films were put on hold.
John Hamilton, who plays Flash's father Professor Gordon, is best known to 1950s TV fans as editor Perry White of "Adventures of Superman" (1952).
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