Flash Gordon (movie serial)
|Directed by||Frederick Stephani|
|Produced by||Henry MacRae|
|Written by||Basil Dickey
George H. Plympton
Charles B. Middleton
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||6 April 1936|
|Running time||245 min.|
|Followed by||Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars|
Flash Gordon is a 1936 13-chapter science fiction Flash Gordon movie serial. It is the first movie adventure for the Alex Raymond comic strip character. It is the first science fiction movie serial. It tells the story of Flash Gordon's first visit to the planet Mongo where he confronts the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless.
Buster Crabbe plays the space adventurer Flash Gordon, Jean Rogers plays his love Dale Arden, Frank Shannon plays the scientist Dr. Zarkov, Charles B. Middleton plays Ming the Merciless, and Priscilla Lawson plays Ming's daughter Princess Aura.
In 1996, the serial was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.