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William Archer (by)
Julien Josephson (screen version)
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13 February 1930 (USA) See more »
An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Arliss ... The Raja

Ralph Forbes ... Dr. Traherne

H.B. Warner ... Major Crespin

Alice Joyce ... Lucilla

Ivan F. Simpson ... Watkins (as Ivan Simpson)
Reginald Sheffield ... Lieut. Cardew (as Reggy Sheffield)
Betty Boyd ... An Ayah

Nigel De Brulier ... Temple Priest (as Nigel de Brulier)
David Tearle ... High Priest

Directed by
Alfred E. Green  (as Alfred Green)
Writing credits
William Archer (by)

Julien Josephson (screen version)

Maude T. Howell  screen version (uncredited)

Cinematography by
James Van Trees (photography)
Film Editing by
James Gibbon (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joseph I. Kane .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Ivano .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Cecil Copping .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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73 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday Afternoon 20 April 1958 on KTVU's Memory Theatre, which broadcast on Channel 2 from across the Bay in Oakland CA.See more »
The Raja of Rukh:[speaking to Lucilla Crespin] Your son, if you gave me one, should be the prince of princes. My other sons should bow down before him and serve him. For though I hate the arrogance of Europe, I believe that from the blending of the flower of the East with the flower of the West, that the man of the future, the Superman, will be born.See more »
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George Arliss' first talkie, 15 February 2017
Author: kapelusznik18 from United States

***SPOLIERS**** Held back from released in favor of his 2nd talkie "Disraeli" George Arliss is the British educated Himalayan Raja of the land of Rukh who after have three British subjects fall into his hands, when they crash landed, held them hostage to get his three murderous brothers-Moe Larry & Curly-from being executed by the British in India. Not only that the hot blooded Raja got the hots for one of his British captives the homely looking Lucilla Crespin, Alice Joyce, who compared to the women of his kingdom is as sexy looking as Cleara Bow. It's when Lucilla's ex-husband and now new lover Major Crespin & Dr. Traheme, H.B Warner, Ralph Forbes,find out what the Raja's is up to they try to contact the outside world with the help of the Raja's communication chief British turncoat Watkins, Ivan F. Simpson. That by bribing him with 2,000 pound sterling where he in fact double crosses them warning the Raja in what their up to! And in return Watkins ends up getting tied up and thrown off, by the Major & Dr. Traheme, a 500 foot cliff to his death.

With the Raja and his hoods coming on the scene he shoots and kills the Major before he can send out an SOS only to later have the cavalry or RAF show up and threaten to bomb the living hell out of him and his fanatical, who think that he's God, followers. Seeing the writing on the wall the Raja meekly gives in and lets his hostages, including his future bride to be Lucilla, go free without as much as firing a shot. And at the same time him not being charged by the British for the murder of British nationalist Major Crespin.

As hard as he tried George Arliss was anything but convincing as a non-British Hamalayin or Indian Raja as well as most of his followers who seemed to be mostly made up of European Hispanic and African American actors. It also didn't make any sense in Arliss attraction for Lucilla, who hated the very sight of him, who's lust for her seemed to be more forced then genuine. As for Alice Joyce who played Lucilla she seemed to have been so traumatized in her role, in having to fight off a lustful and sex crazed Arliss, that she soon retired from making films and was never seen or heard from on the silver screen again.

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