The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940: A Heavily Illustrated Guide

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Flash Gordon, Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, the most expensive and popular movie serials ever made, have been favorites of movie and comic fans for decades. The first serial was even designated a cultural treasure after being selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1996.

This is the first book-length guide to the serials. Arranged in a chapter-by-chapter format conforming to the structure of the three original films, the ...

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Overview

Flash Gordon, Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, the most expensive and popular movie serials ever made, have been favorites of movie and comic fans for decades. The first serial was even designated a cultural treasure after being selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1996.

This is the first book-length guide to the serials. Arranged in a chapter-by-chapter format conforming to the structure of the three original films, the work provides full cast and crew information, plot synopses, and production notes for each film. The work also includes a wealth of background information on the films and more than 150 photographs, along with interview quotations from cast members Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, and Caroll Borland. Three appendices provide an overview of the serial film Buck Rogers (1939), select filmographies for 50 of the most prominent Flash Gordon cast and crew members, a complete list of the serials' film and television remakes.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Long before the heroes of Star Wars made battle with Darth Vadar, Flash Gordon was saving Earth from his mysterious enemy, Ming. Considered a cult classic, the Flash Gordon serial was a leader in sf movie history, starring Buster Crabbe as Flash and many beautiful starlets. With this chapter serial, each episode ended in a cliff-hanger, keeping the audience waiting for the next installment. Starting with a brief history of the Flash Gordon comics, this entertaining book chronicles the series from beginning to end. Each episode from all three serials is described completely in order. Interviews from the cast and crew and facts of production, budgets, and special effects are included; complementing the text are black-and-white photos from the serials. Kinnard, author of numerous film books; Tony Crnkovich, who coauthored (with Kinnard) The Films of Fay Wray; and R.J. Vitone, a comic book dealer, present a fascinating look at a forgotten film format. This thoroughly researched book is almost as fun as watching the films. Recommended for larger libraries.
—Rosalind Dayen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786466153
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/7/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 874,549
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Kinnard is the author of numerous books on such topics Flash Gordon, science fiction serials, Fay Wray, horror, silent films and Willis O'Brien. He lives in Chicago. Commercial artist Tony Crnkovich lives in Chicago. The late R.J. Vitone (d. 2009) founded Chicago's Variety Bookstore in 1975, still in operation today.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

A History of the Flash Gordon Serials 5

1 Flash Gordon (1936) 25

2 Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) 86

3 Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) 133

App. I Buck Rogers (1939) 161

App. II Filmographies 172

App. III Flash Gordon Remakes 195

Index 199

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