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Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon

Buck Rogers:

Buck Rogers is a fictional character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. Rogers is best known from the long-running syndicated newspaper comic strip. He also appeared in a movie serial, a television series, and in many other formats.

The adventures of Buck Rogers comic strips, movies, radio, and television became an important part of American pop culture. This pop phenomenon paralleled the development of space technology in the twentieth century and introduced Americans to outer space as a familiar environment for swashbuckling adventure.

Buck Rogers has been credited with bringing into popular media the concept of space exploration

12-part Buck Rogers film serial was produced in 1939 by Universal Pictures Company. In this version, Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe) and his young friend Buddy Wade are involved in a dirigible accident in a remote place. Immediately afterwards they somehow get into suspended animation waiting for rescue. When they are finally discovered and revived, they learn that 500 years have passed. A tyrannical dictator named “Killer Kane” and his henchmen now run the world. Buck and Buddy must now save the world, and they do so with the help of Lieutenant Wilma Deering and Prince Tallen of Saturn.

The movie “Planet Outlaws” was cut from the serial to make a feature film.



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1.  Buck Rogers in Planet Outlaws (1953) – Buster Crabbe:

Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe) and his pal Buddy (Jackie Moran) are released from suspended animation after 500 years.
They discover that the world is under the thumb of modernistic mobster Killer Kane (Anthony Warde), and are enlisted in the fight against Kane by Wilma Deering (Constance Moore) and Dr. Huer (C. Montague Shaw).

This was originally a Buck Rogers Serial that was cut into a feature film.

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2.  Flash Gordon - Purple Death From Outer Space (1966) - Buster Crabbe

Edited version of the 1940 Universal serial "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe", released in a syndication package to TV in 1966.   Earthmen are suddenly stricken with a mysterious disease, which causes instant death and leaves a purple spot on the forehead of each victim. Investigating, Dr. Zarkov (Frank Shannon) discovers a spaceship from Ming the Merciless (Charles B. Middleton) kingdom on Mongo spreading a dust across Earth's atmosphere, which Zarkov correctly deduces is causing the plague. Accompanied by Flash Gordon (Buster Crabbe) and Dale Arden (Carol Hughes), Zarkov drives off the ship and hurries to the friendly Mongo kingdom of Arboria, to enlist the aid of Prince Barin. At Barin's palace, they meet Queen Fria and Count Korro of the ice-kingdom Frigia. Helping them rescue a Frigian general from Ming's palace, they learn the nature of Ming's plague-dust and its antidote, found only in Frigia. With Fria's blessings they fly to Frigia to obtain the antidote, accompanied by Arboria captains Ronal, Roka and Turan. But Ming learns this, sends his own officers Torch and Thong to stop them with raygun fire and an army of humanoid robots...

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Flash Gordon: The 1954 - 1955 TV Series (3 Episodes):  Flash Gordon 1954 - 1955 TV Series.  Intergalactic super-hero Flash Gordon teams up with the brilliant Dr. Zharkov and the lovely Dale Arden to fight evil-doers wherever they are.  They take on androids, death rays, and nasty arch-criminals bent on taking over the world. 

TV Episodes:

1.  Flash Gordon and the Planet of Death (1954)

2.  Deadline at Noon (1955)

3.  Subworld Revenge (1955)


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