Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

1940 American film serial directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe is a 1940 12-chapter science fiction Flash Gordon movie serial. It was the last of the three Flash Gordon serials by Universal Pictures.

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
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Shirley Deane and Charles Middleton
Directed byFord Beebe
Ray Taylor
Produced byHenry MacRae
Written byGeorge H. Plympton
Basil Dickey
Barry Shipman
Alex Raymond (comic strip)
StarringBuster Crabbe
Carol Hughes
Charles B. Middleton
Frank Shannon
CinematographyJerome Ash
William Sickner
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
3 March 1940
CountryUnited States

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.[1]


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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