Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars (1938): Chapters 10-12

Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars (1938)

Cast:
Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon
Jean Rogers as Dale Arden
Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless
Frank Shannon as Doctor Alexis Zarkov
Beatrice Roberts as Queen Azura
Donald Kerr as Happy Hapgood
C. Montague Shaw as Clay King
Richard Alexander as Prince Barin

Based on the comic strip by Alex Raymond
Screenplay by Ray Trampe, Norman S. Hall,
Wyndham Gittens & Herbert Dalmas
Directed by Ford Beebe

Chapter 10: Symbol of Forgetfulness
Chapter 11: Human Bait
Chapter 12: Ming the Merciless

Plot: Dale becomes captured by the Tree people and is forced to inhale an incense that wipes away her memory and seeks to kill Flash. She’s eventually captured by Queen Azura. Can Flash save Dale and convince the queen of Ming’s true intentions to conquer Mars?

Richard’s Review: I’ve grown a little weary at this point as well. I wish the writers from the original had returned as this story has little to offer that even comes close to the excitement of the first.  

Karla’s Thoughts: Not much to say with these three chapters as it’s a lot of the same we’ve already seen. There is lots of running around with captures and escapes that don’t really advance the story. I know chapter serials can sometimes be repetitive but this story is a lot less interesting that the original.

Trivia:

  • The title of this serial was originally Flash Gordon and the Witch Queen of Mongo. The decision to shoot many scenes in the back lot and a desire to not build costly new sets resulted in the change of locale from Mongo to Mars.
  • Ming was bald in the original chapter serial but is seen with a black skull cap here. Dale also changed from a blonde to a brunette as actress Jean Rogers was reportedly playing other film role that required her brunette hair color.

Availability: Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars is available through a variety of sources, including the Image Entertainment DVD or you can watch it for free on YouTube!

Next week…chapters 12-15 and the exciting conclusion!

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