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The Green Goddess (1930)

Passed | | Adventure | 13 February 1930 (USA)
An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green (as Alfred Green)

Writers:

William Archer (by), Julien Josephson (screen version)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Reginald Sheffield ... Lieut. Cardew (as Reggy Sheffield)
Betty Boyd ... An Ayah
Nigel De Brulier ... Temple Priest (as Nigel de Brulier)
David Tearle David Tearle ... High Priest
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Storyline

An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to execute his three half-brothers in neighboring India. His subjects believe that their Green Goddess has given them the lives of the three Brits as payment for the lives of the Rajah's brothers. They will execute them when the brothers are executed. Trahern and the Crespins must figure a way to use the Rajah's radio to call India for help. Written by Anonymous

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india | british colonial | See All (2) »

Taglines:

The amazing DRAMA OF A WOMAM, A CAD A LOVER, AND A FIEND (Print Ad- The Gazette, ((Montreal, PQ)) 15 March 1930)

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Deusa Verde See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally released with sound on disc, sound on film was added at a later date, resulting in the left side of the image in surviving prints noticeably cropped in order to provide space on which to accommodate the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

The Raja of Rukh: [to Major Crespin] What can you promise that would be worth a brass farthing to me? No, Asia has a long score against you swaggering lords of creation, and by all the gods, I mean to see some of it paid tomorrow!
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Alternate Versions

Warner Brothers also released this film in a silent version in 1930, for which Julien Josephson reportedly also wrote the titles. See more »

Connections

Version of The Green Goddess (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March of the Marionettes
(1872) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gounod
Played on the phonograph
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High-minded hokum
17 February 2016 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

George Arliss, pursing his lips and sneering and maintaining a dignity-through-deviltry poise, is the Brit-hating rajah in this high-flown adaptation of a silent in which he also starred. By today's standards, it's both melodramatic and hilariously racist, with the rajah and his subjects being both polite and murderous to three Brits who have crash-landed in the Himalayas and are about to be sacrificed for the concurrent deaths of three of Arliss's subjects. H.B. Warner and Ralph Forbes indulge in amusing early-talkie overacting, and Alice Joyce at least manages some minimal poignancy as the grieving, about-to-die mother of two kids she fears she'll never see again. It's typical of this early 20th century Western-centrism that Arliss's proposition to her--become my wife, and I'll spare your life--is a fate worse than death, and that she and Forbes, the pilot who crashed, belatedly confess their love for one another, for no discernible plot reason. The early-talkie recording and pacing are uncertain, and the ooga-booga natives are offensive. But is it fun? Oh, yes, mostly for the wrong reasons.


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