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Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938)

 -  Action | Adventure  -  27 May 1938 (USA)
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This is an edited version of the 1935 serial "The New Adventures of Tarzan."


(as Edward Kull) , (uncredited)


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Complete credited cast:
Tarzan (archive footage) (as Herman Brix)
Ula Holt ...
Ula Vale (archive footage)
Frank Baker ...
Major Martling (archive footage)
Ashton Dearholt ...
Raglan (archive footage) (as Don Castello)
Lewis Sargent ...
George (archive footage) (as Lew Sargent)
Jack Mower ...
Blade (archive footage)


At his English manor, Lord Greystoke - aka Tarzan - recounts his recent adventures in Guatemala. He had been there assisting Major Martling and Ula Vale in their quest for the Green Goddess, a totem worshipped by a primitive jungle tribe inside of which was hidden a formula for a super-explosive. They had successfully wrestled this totem from the natives and were heading back to Livingston when they were attacked by Raglan, a thug sent to steal the Green Goddess and its formula for Hiram Powers' personal use, and the Goddess is seized from them. On the trail of Raglan, they had to deal with his henchmen and also a party of the primitives, sent by the High Priest to retrieve the Goddess. With the Goddess still in Raglan's hands, they were seized by the natives and Tarzan locked in a small cell with a loosely-tethered lion, Ula in an adjacent cell under guard from a hideous jungle hag, and Martling being forced to watch his bumbling valet, George, being tortured by the natives with the ... Written by Rich Wannen <>

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27 May 1938 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is part of the public domain. See more »


This film supposedly takes place in Guatemala, Central America, yet footage of African animals such as rhinos and giraffes is shown. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [narration] Guatemala, a strange and beautiful country many thousands of miles away, a country with lofty, snow-crested mountains, mighty rivers and deep lakes, quaint little villages and picturesque natives. This is Guatemala on the surface, what a tourist might see if a tourist could ever get there. But under this superficial beauty lie many unsuspected dangers. Those mighty rivers run through treacherous jungle where wild animal life lurks in the shadows. Man-eating lions roam ...
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Followed by Tarzan's Revenge (1938) See more »

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Finally....a Tarzan film for extremely stupid people!
5 March 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have seen a ton of Tarzan films recently--most of them the classic Johnny Weissmuller films. So, when I watched "Tarzan and the Green Goddess" the difference between this film and the rest was obvious. Not only was this a bad movie, but it was a pretty dumb one. Now I am not saying that the other Tarzan films were's just that "Tarzan and the Green Goddess" is about as far from perfect as you can get!!! Below are a small number of the seriously screwed up things about this film:

1. Tarzan is in Guatemala. Freakin' Central American GUATEMALA!! 'Nuff said!

2. Despite being in Guatemala, you see stock footage of mountain lions and lots of African animals!

3. Despite being raised in the jungle by apes, this Tarzan is nearly as well-spoken, mannerly and polite as John Gielgud! Apparently this Tarzan went to charm school and was raised by English apes!

4. The story was original a 12-part serial. However, some geniuses decided to chop it apart and create an all-new movie from these parts. As a result, the story is often incomprehensible and dumb. Perhaps part of what they cut out were the 10 years or more Tarzan spent in charm school.

The bottom line is that this is a bargain basement Tarzan--and the writers seemed to have complete contempt for the material and the audience. See it at your own peril.

Oh, and at one point in the film they talk about the Mayan ruins at Quirigua. This is a real place and I have visited there myself--it's pretty cool. However, I saw no evidence of any Mayan explosive devices like they had in the film--and, by the way, it IS a Mayan ruin, not Aztec (which they called it in the movie).

UPDATE: Apparently this film and "The New Adventures of Tarzan" were pieced together using portions of the SAME movie serial. Both are pretty bad--but at least the picture quality and sound in "Tarzan and the Green Goddess" were a bit better. Also, for more on these films and how they relate to the MGM series, check out the Wikipedia page for the movies.

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