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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 »

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Alfred E. Green (as Alfred Green)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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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) »

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

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Adventure

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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: You may have noted in history dear lady that family affection is seldom the strong point of princes.
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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

Featured in The Naughty Twenties (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March of the Marionettes
(1872) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gounod
Played on the phonograph
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Colonialist Tripe Undermined and Lifted by Crafty Arliss
28 February 2020 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

"The Green Goddess" is a dated piece of colonialist exotica--one of those old-time melodramas hyper-concerned with the purity of white women in the face of lascivious racial others. Its saving grace is the performance by George Arliss as the Raja. Besides acting circles around the rest of the cast--seemingly being the only one here capable of a wry expression or sly mugging for the camera--the cunning he brings to his character seems to extend to a lack of earnestness to the ridiculous role and scenario. He plays a monarch of a fictional kingdom in the Himalayas who affects English manners, while in truth the English actor is affecting an Eastern stereotype. Because Arliss makes light of the melodramatics and doesn't shy away from hamming it up, this creaky early talkie may be enjoyed as something of a guilty pleasure. The Academy wasn't wrong to honor this talent; although he's usually ascribed for having won the Best Actor Oscar for "Disraeli" (1929), he was doubly nominated that season for this film, too, and I think it his better.

Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on one's taste for being amused by others' incompetence, nobody else in "The Green Goddess" appears to be in on the joke. Ivan F. Simpson, despite, like Arliss, reprising the same role from stage, to the 1923 silent-film version and here, is unremarkable. The zealots in bald caps look preposterous. Alice Joyce, returning from the 1923 film, as well, along with the other two British colonialists are atrocious. They merely read their stupid lines and feign earnestness. The married couple's climactic dialogue is laughably bad. Compare it to Arliss's sardonic quips. Some credit, I suppose, deserves to go to those behind the camera for allowing Arliss to play his part, but given that nobody else on screen comes along suggests he's the sole talent in this one. Indeed, the rest of "The Green Goddess" is utter rubbish, but Arliss is a delight.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Deusa Verde See more »

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1.37 : 1
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