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Flash Gordon

     My website details the history of the music used in Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials. The site contains a comprehensive music narrative, cue pages that list every music track heard in all four space serials, detailed history of the serials, cast and crew listings, gallery, forum, guestbook and many links to other Flash Gordon related web sites and other links of interest.

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     Rick



Flash Gordon (1936)

     Musical excerpts used from the following Universal Pictures heard in Flash Gordon (1936).

Bombay Mail (1934)
(Heinz Roemheld)

Destination Unknown (1933)
(W. Franke Harling)

Flash Gordon (1936)
(Clifford Vaughan)

The Black Cat (1934)
(Heinz Roemheld)

The Invisible Man (1933)
(Heinz Roemheld)

The Midnight Sun (1931, non-dialogue re-release)
(Bernhard Kaun)

The Raven (1935)
(Clifford Vaughan)

The Werewolf of London (1935)
(Karl Hajos)



FG Trip to Mars (1938)

     Musical excerpts used from the following Universal Pictures heard in Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938).

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, non-dialogue version)
(Sam A. Perry)

Bombay Mail (1934)
(Heinz Roemheld)

Destination Unknown (1933)
(W. Franke Harling)

Dracula's Daughter (1936)
(Heinz Roemheld)

East of Java (1935)
(Alexandre Iljinsky)

Great Expectations (1934)
(Edward Ward)

Spell of the Circus (1931)
(Sam A. Perry)

The Black Cat (1934)
(Heinz Roemheld)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
(Franz Waxman)

The Great Impersonation (1935)
(Clifford Vaughan)

The Invisible Man (1933)
(Heinz Roemheld)

The Werewolf of London (1935)
(Karl Hajos)

The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1930)
(Heinz Roemheld)



Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

     Musical excerpts used from the following Universal Pictures heard in Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940).

Bombay Mail (1934)
(Heinz Roemheld)

Son of Frankenstein (1939)
(Frank Skinner)

Tarzan the Tiger (1929)
(Sam A. Perry)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
(Franz Waxman)

The Great Impersonation (1935)
(Heinz Roemheld)

The Invisible Man (1933)
(Heinz Roemheld)

The Sun Never Sets (1939)
(Frank Skinner)

Tower of London (1939)
(Frank Skinner & Ralph Freed)

The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1930)
(Heinz Roemheld)

Les Preludes (Classical)
(Franz Liszt)



Buck Rogers (1939)

     Musical excerpts used from the following Universal Pictures heard in Buck Rogers (1939).

Bombay Mail (1934)
(Heinz Roemheld)

Dracula's Daughter (1936)
(Heinz Roemheld)

Great Expectations (1934)
(Edward Ward)

Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)
(Edward Ward)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
(Franz Waxman)

The Great Impersonation (1935)
(Heinz Roemheld)

The Invisible Man (1933)
(Heinz Roemheld)

The Werewolf of London (1935)
(Karl Hajos)

The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1930)
(Heinz Roemheld)




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Music Credits



Film Scores by:

Giuseppe Becce
Ralph Freed
W. Franke Harling
Karl Hajos
David Klatzkin
Bernhard Kaun
Sam A. Perry
Charles Previn
Heinz Roemheld
Hans J. Salter
Frank Skinner
Clifford Vaughan
Edward Ward
Franz Waxman



Classical Music by:

Johannes Brahms
Fryderyk Chopin
Edward Elgar
Alexandre Iljinsky
Franz Liszt
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Richard Wagner



     Acknowledegments: I am gratefully indebted to Richard Bush for his direct contributions and time in assisting me into making this web site an absolute success. Richard had personally researched the sources of all the cues in the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serial films for many years. His great passion and dedication in assembling, correcting, and verifying the music cues was a rare feat. In past years, there were other individuals who attempted this, but met with failure. You may read an article of his published by the Miklos Rozsa Society.

     The research I conducted was based on Richard's article he authored for the book, Film Music 1, in 1989. Regrettably, it is no longer in print, but is available at libraries. He authored the liner notes for the Silva America CD of Waxman's The Bride of Frankenstein, which is still commercially available. It is a modern day orchestral recording of the original 1935 score. Identifying the cues required more then just knowing the names of them. The other tasks involved were learning about the composers, classic music pieces, and numerous feature films which Universal had recorded for the music scores. The laborious workload of tracking the cues required 10 months to complete.

     Such a project is going to have its share of mistakes and errors that are unavoidable in the making of it. I would quietly go back and correct any mistakes so the accuracy of the cues were correct. The revisions I made of the music cues required post-screenings of the Flash Gordon trilogy, Buck Rogers, Universal's feature films, and classic music pieces that were included in the films. The cue listings which also include the time mark was a painstaking chore, yet a definitive way of identifying them for the cue listings and music narrative on the website. My Sony DVD players made this possible for tracking every music cue in the serial and feature films.

     I also extend great acknowledgement to Tom Aldridge. He has his own web page entitled, Flash Gordon and His Universal Serial Compatriots. He has knowledge of classic music and this was helpful in assisting me while I was working the project. He didn't research every cue, rather the ones he was interested in for his web site. Richard Bush helped him in the past and this enabled Tom to successfully complete his web site.

     In any event, when working a film music project, don't expect it to come together easily. It takes many long days, weeks, and months to get it completed. Music such as this, is so well-aged, it is literally ignored in the 21st-century. This website ensures its longevity and for those who hold it dear in their hearts and minds. In this case, it's only appropriate to say, it is a passion that will never die.

     Many thanks go to Greg Gilford and Burr Middleton for their generous insights and knowledge they've passed onto me, while researching some of the cast members that starred in the Flash Gordon serials.



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