Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars (1938)

FLASH GORDON’S TRIP TO MARS (1938)
Article #77 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 6-1-2001
Posting date: 10-15-2001

A deadly ray from outer space is sucking all the Nitron out of the Earth’s atmosphere, which, as we all know, causes horrible storms, because a day without Nitron is like a day without sunshine. (Okay, shoot me now.) Flash Gordon, Dr. Zarkov, and Dale Arden, along with stowaway Happy Hapgood go to Mars, the source of the ray, and there they battle the magic of Queen Azura and Ming the Merciless, on loan from Mongo.

This followup to FLASH GORDON is longer by three episodes, but it doesn’t feel padded; as usual with the Flash Gordon serials, there is actually enough of a story to fill out the whole series. It pretty much captures the feel of the original, and brings back most of the original actors. The action is non-stop, it doesn’t cheat on the cliffhangers, and the costumes are, as usual, fun and outlandish (though they really should have thought twice about putting either Frank Shannon or Richard Alexander in those abbreviated shorts). With Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Donald Kerr, and Ed Wood favorite Kenne Duncan.

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