Flash Gordon, starring Buster Crabbe, an Olympic Gold Medal winner, was the quintessential hero of the early twentieth century. He was good looking, athletic and smart.
Flash Gordon solidified him as the hero to beat during the heydays of Golden Hollywood Serials.
Flash was the hero that never quit and would do anything to save his friends and loved ones. A hero to admire even in these more cynical times.
The movie is a condensation of all the serial chapter plays into one movie.
If you've never seen this serial, then you're missing a great opportunity to see George Lucas as a kid and
to see where the future of Star Wars and so many other science-fiction movies came from.