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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) »

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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Deusa Verde See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Footage of the airplane in flight appears edited into short clips to avoid showing obvious roads on the ground. See more »

Quotes

The Raja of Rukh: Again, forgive the vulgarism, my goose is cooked.
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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 Adventure in Iraq (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March of the Marionettes
(1872) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gounod
Played on the phonograph
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A Very Fine George Arliss Performance
21 January 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A small plane is forced down somewhere near the Himalayas. On board are an English major, his young wife and their doctor friend. The plane lands in the tiny Princedom of Rukh, ostensibly under the British Viceroy, but actually ruled by a curiously deranged old Raja. The three visitors find themselves at the mercy of the Raja and are caught up in his lustful plots & plans.

This very early talkie is an interesting little curio and still fun to watch. George Arliss is a fascinatingly sardonic Raja. His every word & gesture entertain the imagination. Mr. Arliss was a very important & distinguished English actor working in Hollywood in the 1930's, although now he's sadly neglected. This was his first talkie - (but was released after DISRAELI). All of his Warner Brothers movies are very entertaining, if you can find them.

In the supporting cast are Ralph Forbes as the heroic doctor; H.B. Warner & Alice Joyce as the callous Major & his estranged wife; gaunt Nigel de Brulier as a suspicious temple priest; and Ivan Simpson as the Raja's wicked butler.


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