Flash Gordon

 

Flash Gordon

(1936)

Flash Gordon
Distributor
: Universal Pictures
Director: Frederick Stephani
Writing credits: Basil Dickey, Ella O'Neill,
George H. Plympton, Alex Raymond (comic strip),
Frederick Stephani
Producer : Henry MacRae

Cast:

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
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ......... King Vultan
Theodore Lorch ......... High Priest
Richard Tucker ......... Professor Gordon
George Cleveland ......... Professor Hensley
James Pierce ......... Prince Thun
Duke York Jr. ......... King Kala
Muriel Goodspeed ......... Zona
Earl Askam ......... Officer Torch
etc...

 

Flash GordonWhen the series started in the American cinemas in 1936 with 13 episodes, it has found a huge following.
Intended as short supporting films 20 minutes each a lot of moviegoers thronged to the cinemas only to see the sequels of these episodes.

Although the series was realized with small funds, this is reflected in the today very plain effected special effects (rocket propulsion interpreted with sparklers, landing approach of the spaceship simulated with a bar), the production took great pleasure.
One reason should have been, that the series kept very close to the comic model and even tried to copy the costumes and shapes.

For keeping the people at it, the producers used a simple formula. At the end of each episode they left the young hero in a sheer hopeless situation, so everyone began to brood how the young hero could himself rescue. The solutions the producers offered were more or less original.

Where success is, a continuation doesn't be a long time in coming. In 1938 the second series has been brought into the cinemas as "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" with total 15 episodes and in the same year "Mars Attacks the World" as a cinema version. In 1940 it followed the last serie with "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" with total 12 episodes. 

Even in the same year a new comic hero had become established in the style of Flash Gorden - this time the new hero was called Buck Rogers (with total 12 episodes). As in the preceded series the leading role was played again by  Larry "Buster" Crabbe.

 

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