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Liane, Jungle Goddess (1956)

Liane, das Mädchen aus dem Urwald (original title)
An expedition discovers blonde 16 year-old Liane venerated by the native tribe in the African jungle and returns her to Hamburg where she is welcomed by her grandfather, ship tycoon Von ... See full summary »

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Marion Michael ...
Liane
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Thoren
Irene Galter ...
Dr. Jacqueline Goddard (as Irène Galter)
Peter Mosbacher ...
Tibor Teleky
Rudolf Forster ...
Theo Amelongen
Reggie Nalder ...
Viktor Schöninck
Rolf von Nauckhoff ...
Prof. Danner
Edward Tierney ...
Kersten (as Ed Tracy)
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
Keller
Herbert Hübner ...
Justizrat Warmuth
Olga von Togni ...
Alma
Jean Pierre Faye ...
Tanga
Arno Paulsen ...
Kriminalkommissar
Anneliese Würtz ...
Frieda the Maid (as Annaliese Würtz)
Editha Horn ...
Miss Helumund
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An expedition discovers blonde 16 year-old Liane venerated by the native tribe in the African jungle and returns her to Hamburg where she is welcomed by her grandfather, ship tycoon Von Amelongen. His nephew Schoening, present head of the firm and prospective heir, tries all to stop his uncle from acknowledging her, including perjury, destruction of evidence, and finally resorting to murder. He dies in an accident driving his car into the river in his flight from the police. There is a subplot around a love quadrangle centered around Thoren, who is secretly loved by biologist Jacqueline who is in turn courted by Hungarian Tibor. Thoren plays paternal protector to Liane before succumbing to her youthful charm and returning with her to the jungle. Written by Michael Jurich <jurich@rummelplatz.uni-mannheim.de>

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This is Liane...a lost child who became savage queen of a black jungle!

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Both Walter Bluhm and Arno Paulsen - who supplied the German voices for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - appear in this film, but don't share scenes together. See more »

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Prof. Danner: Yes, what are we going to do now?
Keller: [lasciviously] Maybe she wants some anesthetic!
Prof. Danner: Stop that nonsense now.
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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Topless Jungle Girls, Cute German Division
12 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

German expedition to Africa's darkest jungle region stumbles upon topless blonde girl whom natives revere as a goddess. Is she possibly the long-lost granddaughter of wealthy Hamburg industrialist? (Would there be a movie if she wasn't?) Well, then, let's take her back to the BRD and reunite her with her family. But will she ever be able to adjust to a world of cars, tap water, and wearing a bra? Therein lies the conflict.

This was strictly adults-only US release of the 1950s and played for years as a "special". The NYT critic of the day declared it virtual pornography, though the exploitation material consists of some seminude Africans in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC-type footage and a few peeks at the bare breasts of heroine Marion Michael, a fresh-faced German teenager. Her long fake hair, and the lion cub she frequently carries around, protect her modesty considerably. (Compare Tanya Roberts in SHEENA, which showed more and drew a PG from the MPAA.)

If, and I'm not naming names, you were too young to see this in the 50s or even the early 60s, when it played your nabe, and you always wondered what kind of positively adults-only thrills you might be missing, LIANE is available in a not-bad (but not-great) print from Sinister Cinema and you can satisfy your curiosity.

The storyline is pretty thin and is laid out point for point in the IMDB synopsis above. Marion is cute as a button and looks a lot more like a 1950s SEVENTEEN covergirl than a denizen of the tropischer Urwald. Sinister describes this as its best-selling Jungle Thrills entry, so apparently I'm not the only one who was waiting for this to hit video. Like so many other long-deferred delights, the anticipation was rather more rewarding than the fulfillment.


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