Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)




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A mysterious plague, the Purple Death, ravages the earth. Dr. Zarkov, investigating in his spaceship, finds a ship from planet Mongo seeding the atmosphere with dust. Sure enough, Ming the Merciless is up to his old tricks. So it's back to Mongo for Flash, Dale, and Zarkov, this time with ready-made allies waiting: Prince Barin of Arboria and Queen Fria of the frozen northern land of Frigia; where, it so happens, is found polarite, antidote to the plague. But Ming will use all his forces to keep our heroes from thwarting his plans of conquest...
Action & Adventure , Classics , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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All Critics (8)

The serial's production values compensate for the usual Universal cheapness of stock footage and newsreel sequences.

Full Review… | July 18, 2016
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Third and final (and actually made in 1940) Flash Gordon serial. Still fun.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Though played out against some lavish backdrops, 'Universe' is easily the weakest of the Flash serials.

Full Review… | July 2, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

The prettiest of the Flash Gordon serials, even though like most Universal chapterplays, it is filled with stock footage and choppy editing.

September 8, 2002

Of course, it's corny and juvenile but that's the point.

December 31, 1999
Movie Metropolis

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August 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

The last of the Flash Gordon serials are definitely the worst of the three, but that doesn't mean its not fun. Sadly a lot of the cast didn't return for this one. The two most important, the hero and the villain, as well as Dr. Zarkov, do return, but I like to see more supporting characters return, and too many are replaced on this one. It is still a solid end to the whole Flash Gordon thing, but it just doesn't have the same level of quality the first, and even second , serials had.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

I saw this a long time ago, I should watch it again.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A serial of the great Flash Gordon. He is sent to find a cure for a plague caused by an evil spaceman dropping "death dust" from his spaceships on earth (chemtrails, anyone?). If you know the comic or any of the subsequent films/series you know this is cheesy as hell - cardboard sets and cardboard acting. This may in fact be the best of all the Flash Gordon adaptations.


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