Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe is a 1940 twelve episode serial film starring
Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon, and was the last of three Flash Gordon serials
made from 1936 to 1940.
A deadly plague is ravaging the Earth, known as the Purple Death because of
the spot left on victims' foreheads. Ming the Merciless is suspected to be
behind the plague and it is discovered that his spaceships have been dropping
"Death Dust" in the Earth's atmosphere.
Running Time: 138 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
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... Written by Rod Crawford (email@example.com)
This was a pretty good serial. Buster Crabbe was made to play the heroic
Flash Gordon and Charles Middleton is the perfect Ming. However, it is the
action sequences that carry this film. The special effects for this time period
are also pretty good, even for the 1940's. The only flaw I find with this,
though, is that Jean Rogers is not playing Dale or that Richard Alexander is not
playing Barin. The two actors that replace them are okay, but the originals
defined the roles. Also, there is no reference to the second serial. Maybe its
because if they were to show any footage from the first two, the audience would
definitely see that there are different actors playing Dale, Barin and Aura.
However, despite these flaws, it is still a great Saturday afternoon serial.
(Brian Washington, Los Angeles, California)
CAST & CREW:
Charles B. Middleton
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