Buster Crabbe stars as Flash Gordon in this classic 1930s serial presented for the first time on DVD. Humanity is doomed to destruction! A distant planet has broken its orbit and is headed straight toward the Earth. While Dr. Hans Zarkov works feverishly to finish a rocketship of his own design, internationally renowned polo player and Yale graduate Flash Gordon is a passenger on a small plane where he meets fellow passenger Dale Arden. When a meteor storm destroys their aircraft, Flash and Dale bail out and land near Zarkov's ship. The great scientist enlists them to join him on his quest to save Earth, and the heroic trio blasts off into space to rendezvous with the runaway planet Mongo.
In this, the first film version of the popular comic strip, a distant planet has broken its orbit and is heading straight for Earth. Renowned scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov builds an escape rocket and is joined by ex-Yale football star Flash Gordon and Dale Arden, a beautiful young woman Flash has just met. They land on the fantastic runaway planet, Mongo, only to tangle with its evil ruler, Ming the Merciless, who has dastardly plans for our three heroes. Crabbe is the quintessential Flash in this 13-episode saga which was made for a then-expensive $350,000, setting a new "adult" standard for the usually more cheaply-made, kiddie-oriented movie serials of the 1930's. Flash's next incarnation was in a 1953 television series. Contains all 13 episodes!
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FLASH GORDON was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.