Flash Gordon (1954) - Part 1 (with Matthew J. Elliott and Ian Potter)

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Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Sam J Jones... These are the actors one automatically thinks of whenever "Flash Gordon" is mentioned.

But the name Steve Holland is always said in hushed tones... or maybe not at all, since you probably never heard of him. Now, it's time to join him on his adventures in the post-war TV series as his ship, the Skyflash, blasts off for the far-flung planet... Earth. 

The series was filmed in post-WWII West Germany, which means that most of the bit-players don't speak English, they just phonetically mime an English-speaker reading their lines off-camera. So there's that to look forward to, along with Flash, Dale and Zarkov battling aliens so crappy they make the special effects in Plan 9 look like CGI. 

Place your trust in Ian and Matthew to guide you through the unfamiliar territory of Flash Gordon - West German Style!*

 

*Remarks to the effect that Hollywood icon George Segal is still alive are demonstrably false. Thoughts with his family.

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Poster art by Jason Martian
Poster art by Jason Martian

RiffMeter rating

9.5
Average: 9.5 (16 votes)

Content Rating

TV-14

Release date

April 16, 2021

Runtime

79 minutes