The Green Goddess is a totem worshiped by the primitive natives of a lost city deep in the jungles of Guatemala, which contains both a fortune in jewels and an ancient formula for a ... See full summary »
The Green Goddess is a totem worshiped by the primitive natives of a lost city deep in the jungles of Guatemala, which contains both a fortune in jewels and an ancient formula for a super-explosive which could threaten the world in the wrong hands. From Africa, Major Martling launches an expedition to find the Goddess and place its secret in safe hands. So does Ula Vale, whose fiance died attempting a similar expe- dition, despite the warnings of her lawyer Hiram Powers, who secretly wants the Goddess' contents for himself and has dispatched Raglan, a mercenary, to get it for him. Aboard ship to Guatemala, they meet Lord Greystoke - aka Tarzan - on his way to the same locale to find his old friend d'Arnot, whose plane reportedly crashed near the lost city. On reaching Guatemala, Tarzan, the Martling party and Ula learn of Raglan's devilish mission and that he has a good head start on them... Written by
Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>
The edited, dubbed British version of this film was first seen in the USA on television beginning in the early 1950s. At that time, to stretch the running time, four segments of non-matching Africa-shot wildlife, native and safari stock footage totaling 10 minutes were cut into the print. By the 1960s, this footage had been removed, but otherwise the British-cut version was the only one seen on American television. The full, original feature version has never been restored. See more »
This is the first of two feature-length films re-edited from the original 12-chapter serial (also titled) "The New Adventures of Tarzan" (1935). The main storyline involves the search for an ancient relic known as "The Green Goddess". As is common with most serial-to-feature works, something is lost in the translation. In the early running, the film spends an inordinate amount of time on its new jungle location footage. "Rough cut" scenes are not edited properly. And, there is juxtaposition of scenes that don't make sense.
"Tarzan" goes from cultured "Lord Greystoke" to swinging in the jungle and back again, with no transitional information.
Muscularly handsome Herman Brix, later known professionally as Bruce Bennett, is fine in the role; but, his Tarzan yell sounds partially wounded. The character is much truer to the original Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels. The chimpanzee "Cheeta" is "Nkima". Those watching the MGM Johnny Weissmuller films should see this Tarzan as fast-forwarded to the near future; our hero has discovered his noble British identity, but occasionally returns to the jungle for new adventures. The ending picks up the pace.
**** The New Adventures of Tarzan (1936) Edward Kull ~ Bruce Bennett, Ula Holt, Ashton Dearholt, Lewis Sargent
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