Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe 
alternately titled 
"
Perils From the Planet Mongo" and 
"Purple Death From Outer Space" and

"Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe" (1955 Television title)
                                                                                                                          

Universal Pictures Serial

Screenplay by George H. Plympton, Basil Dickey and Barry Shipman
  Based on the Alex Raymond comic strip

Directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor


Released in 1940

     In this fabulous episodic serial, Flash Gordon and crew start a new adventure when Ming the Merciless, an extraterrestrial terrorist from the planet Mongo, sets the Purple Plague upon the people of planet Earth. The plague kills people horribly, leaving behind a purple scar on their forehead as the only evidence of what happened to them.  Anne Gwynne plays Sonja, a confidant to and ally of Ming the Merciless.

     With Buster Crabbe as the flaxen-haired space warrior Flash with a penchant for disguising himself as the enemy to gain access to their inner chambers, this series from 1940 begins with the evil Ming detaining thousands of people in his 'concentration camps' along with a mad scientist planning to experiment on them with his 'death dust.'  

     With the assistance of allies from various regions of Mongo, Flash uses his wits, his charm, and a ray gun to best Ming and bring peace back to the universe.  Whew!


 



Ms. Gwynne, as Sonja, henchwoman of Merciless Ming: Chapter 6

Flash Gordon

Dale Arden

Emperor Ming

Sonja

Doctor Zarkov

Princess Aura

Prince Barin

Prof. Froman

Arden

Karm

Ronal

Roka

Captain Torch

Queen Fria

Prof. Gordon

Drulk

Thong

General Lupi

Turan

Count Korro

Keedish

Rock King's Son

Grenda

Olga

Jenda

Verna

Captain Sudan

Nobleman

Guard

Guard

Dancer

Nobleman

Man of Low Intellect

Larry (Buster) Crabbe

Carol Hughes

Charles Middleton

Anne Gwynne

Frank Shannon

Shirley Deane

Roland Drew

Herbert Rawlinson

Tom Chatterton

Michael Mark

Donald Curtis

Lee Powell

Don Rowan

Luli Deste

John Hamilton

Byron Foulger

Victor Zimmerman

Ben Taggart

Edgar Edwards

Sigurd Nilssen

Harry C. Bradley

Ray Mala

Clarice Sherry

Jeanne Kelly

Earl Dwire

Mimi Taylor

William Royle

Alan Caven

Roy Barcroft

Lane Chandler

Carmen D'Antonio

Alan Caven

Jack Roper


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