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What do you think of 'Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe' (1940)


After suffering through Blackhawk and Batman and Robin, I didn't think I could stand another chapter serial. But I knew the Flash Gordon films were much better loved.

So I got this one on DVD. It's far more inventive and amusing than the other two. The low-low-budget special effects are great. There are mechanical monsters and rock people and a giant lizard to keep things interesting. And Charles Middleton is a splendid Ming the Merciless.

Do you agree? Disagree? What do you think of this chapter serial?

... Justin

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Please read my posts on the lower half of this board, esp. the one titled "2nd Greatest Flash Gordon Serial". [Btw, this board was blank prior to my 1st post here.]

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... Justin

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And my post too - haven't read your yet but I liked the second best of all.

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I didn't like it as much as the other two. It was nice to be back on Planet Mongo and I liked the way that Ming had been transformed from a yellow peril foe to a Hitlerian dictator to reflect with the times, but I don't feel it was on par with the previous two entries in the series.

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I also love the series. I prefer it better than the Batman and Robin as well.

I think it’s fun to see John Hamilton (great Ceaser’s ghost) as Flash Gordon’s father.

Smoke me a kipper. I’ll be back for breakfast

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I like the costumes in FGCTU, but I absolutely HATED the replacement of Priscilla Lawson as Princess Aura and Richard Alexander as Prince Barin. That wormy guy playing Barin didn't match up to the portly Alexander and his massive persona. Lawson and Charles Middleton has a chemistry that was not present with that wimpy blond posing as Aura. She really suck ... both her and the wormy Barin. Aura goes from long black hair to short blond ... and Barin goes from bald to hair.

The replacement of Dale was not nearly that big of a deal for me, I didn't really see why Dale when from a blond to a brunette or why they had her as a blond in the first place.

It was my understanding that Alexander and Lawson were under different contracts when they did FSCTU. That was a real same. IMO they would have made this one almost as good as the first.

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