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Who composed the score for the old Flash Gordon serial?

Dear Cecil:

Who composed the musical score to the old-time Flash Gordon televsion serial?

Glenn Y., Los Angeles

Cecil replies:

The Flash Gordon theme is taken from Les Preludes by the well-known Hollywood composer Franz Liszt. American movie makers have always held a deep reverence for composers whose works lie in the public domain.

Cecil Adams

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