An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to ... See full summary »
An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to execute his three half-brothers in neighboring India. His subjects believe that their Green Goddess has given them the lives of the three Brits as payment for the lives of the Rajah's brothers. They will execute them when the brothers are executed. Trahern and the Crespins must figure a way to use the Rajah's radio to call India for help. Written by
Filmed in 1929 and completed before Disraeli (1929), but was held out of release until later at the request of George Arliss because he felt the other film was a better vehicle for his talkie debut. See more »
The Raja of Rukh:
You may have noted in history dear lady that family affection is seldom the strong point of princes.
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I was nine years old when I saw this movie. I have re-read your synopsis and it validates every item in my memory. I characterized George Arliss in this role as the 'poobah' of his kingdom.
When the British warships' longboats pull away toward their ship, George is on a promontory overlooking the scene. He had just unsuccessfully bargained for keeping the girl and giving the pilot and the Dr. back to the Brits.
With a final sigh, I recall the movie's closing line as he states, "Well, she probably would have been a lot of trouble anyway."
Even a nine year old could appreciate that line and the resignation with which he delivered it. That line has been a friend for my entire life and I am now about to be 89. I learned from your summary that George died on Feb. 5, my birthday. I also learned to appreciate British character actors.
If one's movie life started in 'talkies' with Al Jolson (Sonny Boy), George Arliss, Charlie Chaplin (silent), or even Douglas Fairbanks, it is very difficult to get interested in contemporary films.
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