FLASH GORDON (space soldiers) (1936 U.S.) D/W: FREDERICK STEPHANI D: RAY TAYLOR (uncredited) W: GEORGE PLYMPTON/BASIL DICKEY/ELLA O`NEILL P: HENRY MacRAE
Buster Crabbe is the definitive space hero Gordon (created by comic strip artist Alex Raymond) over 13 chapters. Jean Rogers and Frank Shannon co-star as the hero`s companions Dale and Prof. Zarkov, while Charles Middleton (a name that should be more well known) is Ming the Merciless, the villainous "Emperor of the Universe", whose planet Mongo is set on a collision course with Earth. Flashback to when i was a kid. Guaranteed every summer and Christmas holiday, very early in the morning on BBC 2, the original FLASH GORDON serials (or BUCK ROGERS) would be screned in chapters daily. Accidentally catching one soon lead to a childhood addiction. No matter that other kids of my generation would belittle and make fun of the dated FX- i was in love. It`s a testament to the series that around 50 years after it was made, it still had this power (and i`m sure it still does). And if you (or you kids) have never seen it, what the hell are you waiting for? With Richard Alexander, John Lipson, Theodore Lorch, Richard Tucker, George Cleveland, James Pierce, House Peters Jr., Lynton Brent, Don Brodie, Lane Chandler, William Desmond, Al Ferguson, Fred Kohler Jr., George Magrill, Charles McMurphy, Bull Montana, Eddie Parker, Lon Poff, Constantine Romanoff, Glenn Strange, Slim Whitaker and Harry Wilson. ROCKET SHIP and SPACESHIP TO THE UNKNOWN are condensed feaure versions. FLASH GORDON`S TRIP TO MARS and FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UINVERSE followed.

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