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* DisintegrationChamber: The "Disintegrating Room" in ''Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars''.


[[caption-width-right:350:Flash Gordon (Larry ‘Buster’ Crabbe) and Dale Arden (Jean Rogers).]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Flash Gordon (Larry ‘Buster’ Crabbe) and Dale Arden (Jean Rogers).Rogers) in the original 1936 serial.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Flash Gordon (Larry ‘Buster’ Crabbe) and Dale Arden (Jean Rogers).]]


* DeflectorShields (in 1936!): The "Resistoforce" on Barin's ship.

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* DeflectorShields (in 1936!): DeflectorShields: The "Resistoforce" on Barin's ship.ship (in 1936!).


* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture

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* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFutureWeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: Ming the Merciless has many slave laborers on Mongo.


* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Besides music cribbed from various previous Hollywood films, the score includes pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms, Music/FryderykChopin, Music/EdwardElgar, Music/FranzLiszt, Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky, and Music/RichardWagner.

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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Besides music cribbed from various previous Hollywood films, the score includes pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms, Creator/JohannesBrahms, Music/FryderykChopin, Music/EdwardElgar, Music/FranzLiszt, Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky, and Music/RichardWagner.


* OpeningScroll: Invented it.

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* OpeningScroll: Invented it.Only the third serial, ''Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe'', utilized this (and it wasn't the first, as Universal had used this recap method in its serials starting in 1939). The first serial used non-scrolling text to recap the previous chapter, and the second utilized comic book-type art for its recaps.


* SharkPool

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* SharkPoolSharkPool: A cliffhanger in the first serial involves Flash trapped in a tank with a giant octopus.


* DyeingForYourArt: Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers both had to have their hair bleached blonde; Crabbe reportedly found the result disconcerting and wore concealing headware whenever he wasn't in front of the cameras. Charles Middleton got away with only cutting his hair short enough to fit under a bald wig, though the glue holding it in place caused its own problems.



* TheOtherDarrin: Carol Hughes took over as Dale in ''Conquers the Universe'', which also had new actors in the roles of Prince Barin and Princess Aura.



* PropRecycling: Futuristic props from ''Film/JustImagine'' and sets from ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', ''Film/{{The Phantom of the Opera|1925}}'', ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'', and ''Film/{{The Mummy|1932}}'', among others.


* AdaptationDyeJob: Dale is brunette in the comic strip but was made blonde in the first serial -- even though this meant bleaching brunette Jean Rogers' hair -- because of the power of the HairOfGoldHeartOfGold trope.
* BaldOfEvil: Emperor Ming.



* DetectiveMole: Ming tasks his High Priest of Tao with uncovering a traitor who provided Flash information. Of course, the Priest is the one who did so.

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* DetectiveMole: Ming tasks his High Priest of Tao with uncovering a traitor who provided Flash information. Of course, the The Priest is the one who did so.



* DyeingForYourArt: Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers both had to have their hair bleached blonde; Crabbe reportedly found the result disconcerting and wore concealing headware whenever he wasn't in front of the cameras. Charles Middleton got away with only cutting his hair short enough to fit under a bald wig, though the glue holding it in place caused its own problems.



* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Dale, in the first serial.



* TheOtherDarrin: Carol Hughes took over as Dale in ''Conquers the Universe''.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Carol Hughes took over as Dale in ''Conquers the Universe''.Universe'', which also had new actors in the roles of Prince Barin and Princess Aura.


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* PropRecycling: Futuristic props from ''Film/JustImagine'' and sets from ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', ''Film/{{The Phantom of the Opera|1925}}'', ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'', and ''Film/{{The Mummy|1932}}'', among others.


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* StockFootage: Scenes of the destruction wreaked upon Earth by Ming and the resulting pancking crowds were stock footage from newsreels. ''Conquers the Universe'' used footage from the 1930 film ''The White Hell of Pitz Palu'' for establishing shots of the frozen wastes of Frigia. The second and third serials also made increasing use of recycled footage from earlier in the series.


* ElectricTorture

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* ElectricTortureElectricTorture: Used as a cliffhanger in the first serial.


* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Besides music cribbed from various previous Hollywood films, the score includes pieces by Brahms, Chopin, Elgar, Liszt, PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky, and Creator/RichardWagner.

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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Besides music cribbed from various previous Hollywood films, the score includes pieces by Brahms, Chopin, Elgar, Liszt, PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky, Music/JohannesBrahms, Music/FryderykChopin, Music/EdwardElgar, Music/FranzLiszt, Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky, and Creator/RichardWagner.Music/RichardWagner.


* FreudWasRight: The rocketships are largely remembered for their phallic similitude these days.


* BearsAreBadNews: Vultan's pet Urso.



* EverythingsWorseWithBears: Vultan's pet Urso.

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