I just started reading Chris Taylor's HOW STAR WARS CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE. So far it seems well-researched, but in the first chapter Taylor gives some background on the FLASH GORDON serials, prior to discussing how they impacted on SW.
He asserts that "Plans were laid for a fourth GORDON, but WWII intruded. Production stopped on all serials, and the format fell out of vogue when peacetime resumed."
Obviously we've all seen enough WWII-themed serials to know that production did not STOP, but I'm trying to figure out what would make Taylor think so. Was there perhaps a short period in which serials were put on hold before resuming?
I would hope that if he mentions serials later, he'll note that the main reason that the format "fell out of vogue" was because TV provided the same format for free.
Also, anyone heard anything about a fourth FLASH serial?