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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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Footage of the airplane in flight appears edited into short clips to avoid showing obvious roads on the ground.See more »
The Raja of Rukh:I have implicit confidence in you, Watkins. I know that anything they have to offer you will have to be paid either in England or in India - and I know that you dare not show your nose in either country. You have a very comfortable job here...
Watkins:My grateful thanks to you, sir.
The Raja of Rukh:...and you don't want to give the hangman a job, either in London, or in India.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Rajah Of Rukh, 4 February 2016
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

George Arliss's Victorian melodramatic style of acting might put some off today. Still playing The Rajah Of Rukh in one of his stage triumphs, Arliss is still fascinating to watch. Especially as he entertains three unexpected European visitors with malice in his heart.

It turns out three of his half brothers got caught in revolutionary activity against the British Raj and the more violent kind than what Gandhi advocated. Arliss takes it as a sign from his Hindu gods that Ralph Forbes, Alicia Joyce and H.B. Warner have to crash land in his remote part of India, near the Nepal border. At first he's a gracious host, but then he springs it on them that they're hostages.

Ivan Simpson plays Arliss's English butler. It amuses him to have one and Simpson is in no position to complain since he's a wanted man. He's a sniveling and sneaky sort and not one to be answering a call for help with king and country platitudes. Simpson was the only other one besides Arliss to appear on Broadway with him and in a 1924 silent version of The Green Goddess.

When this film came out the British public was debating the issue of giving up India. Almost singlehandedly Winston Churchill then a member of the Tory shadow government and the Beaverbrook press prevented independence from being granted sooner, not exactly Winnie's finest hour.

Arliss was competing against himself at the Academy Awards as he lost to his own performance as Disraeli in Disraeli, another of his stage triumphs.

Old fashioned that he is, George Arliss is still fascinating in The Green Goddess as the Rajah of Rukh.

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