Flash Gordon (movie serial)

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Flash Gordon
Directed byFrederick Stephani
Produced byHenry MacRae
Written byBasil Dickey
Ella O'Neill
George H. Plympton
Frederick Stephani
StarringBuster Crabbe
Jean Rogers
Charles B. Middleton
Priscilla Lawson
Frank Shannon
CinematographyJerome Ash
Richard Fryer
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
6 April 1936
Running time
245 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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.

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, a sequel to this movie, was released in 1938.