Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
|Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe|
Shirley Deane and Charles Middleton
|Directed by||Ford Beebe|
|Produced by||Henry MacRae|
|Written by||George H. Plympton|
Alex Raymond (comic strip)
Charles B. Middleton
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|3 March 1940|
Buster Crabbe plays Flash Gordon with Carol Hughes as Dale Arden, Frank Shannon as Dr. Zarkov, Shirley Deane as Princess Aura, and Charles B. Middleton as Ming the Merciless. Jean Rogers had played Dale Arden in the two previous Flash Gordon serials, but did not want to repeat the role. Hughes played the role.
Ming the Merciless causes a plague on Earth. Flash, Dale, and Zarkov distribute an antidote. Ming sends an army of robot bombs after the three. Flash and friends kill Ming by locking him in a tower, then crashing a rocket ship into it. Ming's last words are "I am the universe!". Zarkov announces that Flash Gordon has conquered the universe.
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