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The goofy 1930s serials that inspired 'Star Wars'

April 15, 2016 - Uncategorized

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Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon tries to prevent the abduction of Dale Arden, played by Carol Hughes in episode three of “Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.”

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Based on a newspaper comic strip started in 1934 (which was in turn heavily inspired by sci-fi comic Buck Rogers), the Flash Gordon movie serials of 1936-1940 captivated audiences with their interplanetary spectacle.

Each serial film was released in 10-20-minute episodes which ran before a feature film at a cinema, and invariably ended on cliffhangers. Viewers would have to return to the theater the following week for the next episode to learn the fate of the characters Read more…

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