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The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935)

Not Rated | | Action , Adventure | 21 May 1935 (USA)
The Green Goddess is a totem worshiped by the primitive natives of a lost city deep in the jungles of Guatemala. It contains both a fortune in jewels and an ancient formula for a ... See full summary »

Directors:

Edward A. Kull, Wilbur McGaugh (uncredited)

Writers:

Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel), Edwin Blum (as Edwin H. Blum) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bruce Bennett ... Tarzan (as Herman Brix)
Ula Holt ... Ula Vale
Ashton Dearholt Ashton Dearholt ... P.B. Raglan (as Don Castello)
Frank Baker ... Maj. Francis Martling
Lewis Sargent Lewis Sargent ... George
Harry Ernest Harry Ernest ... Gordon Hamilton [Chs. 1-4, 12]
Dale Walsh Dale Walsh ... Alice Martling [Chs. 1-4, 12]
Jiggs Jiggs ... Nkima the Chimp
Merrill McCormick Merrill McCormick ... Bouchart [Ch. 1] / Lopez [Ch. 10]
Jack Mower ... Ula's Companion [Ch. 1] / Capt. Simon Blade [Ch. 11]
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Storyline

The Green Goddess is a totem worshiped by the primitive natives of a lost city deep in the jungles of Guatemala. It contains both a fortune in jewels and an ancient formula for a super-explosive which could threaten world safety in the wrong hands. From Africa, Major Martling and Ula Vale launch separate expeditions to find the Goddess and place its secrets in safe hands. Ula's fiance died in an earlier attempt at the same goal and she has taken up the trail in his memory against the advice of her lawyer, Hiram Powers, who covets the Goddess for himself and sends Raglan, a mercenary, to get it for him. Aboard their ship to Guatemala is Lord Greystoke - aka Tarzan - on a mission to find his old friend, d'Arnot, whose plane crashed in the vicinity of the same lost city. Tarzan joins forces with Martling, and they reach the lost city in time to save d'Arnot, but lose the Goddess to Raglan. Ula joins Tarzan and Martling in pursuit of Raglan, whence they must contend with the perils of the... Written by <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Taglines:

The Greatest Tarzan of All Time!

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan and the Lost Goddess See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes) | (part 1)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original story for this serial featured munitions runners, Alice and Gordon mistaken for spies and pursued by the Guatemalan police, and Ula Vale as a mysterious figure revealed in the final episode to be an undercover government operative. The script was rewritten during production and these elements dropped. However, the original treatment was used for the pressbook synopsis and the original chapter titles were retained despite lacking relevance any longer (e.g. "Operative 17" as the final chapter). Virtually all Tarzan/serial film "historians" continue to refer to the pressbook synopsis, also, instead of watching the serial, and thus fail to accurately present the story that was finally filmed. Caveat emptor. See more »

Goofs

Chapter three: After the explosion in the cave, D'Arnot has his head bandaged. Next shot, no bandage. See more »

Alternate Versions

Over the years, it has been reported many times, with varying specifics, that at some point the audio track was judged unacceptably poor and entirely re-recorded, with a completely different cast dubbing the dialogue. This is just urban legend, apparently extrapolated from the fact that the first feature version cut from the film was reissued, after WWII, in the UK, with a cheaply dubbed soundtrack (the quality of which was then blamed, in a title card following the credits, on "variable atmospheric conditions" in Guatemala during the original filming) - which version then became the one available on TV in the USA, while the full serial languished in the vaults. In reality, this feature was the only time any cutting of this film's footage was redubbed. See more »

Connections

Edited into Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938) See more »

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Greystoke goes to Guatemala
7 April 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I have to review what I see and sad to say other than interesting location cinematography in Central America, there's not much to recommend The New Adventures Of Tarzan.

Edgar Rice Burroughs who was personally involved in the making of this film would have been better to have left it in the hands of the professionals at MGM who while they changed his legendary character knew how to make a film. They would also have advised him to not shoot on location as they did in Trader Horn. The production costs nearly bankrupted MGM and the costs here rendered impossible any kind of profit.

In addition what I saw on TCM was a cut down feature film taken from a movie serial. The serial ran over 4 hours and the film 75 minutes. You can't make anything coherent from that.

Bruce Bennett is quite the well built Tarzan. He's starring in this under his real name of Herman Brix, the same name for which he won a Silver Medal in the Shotput in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Later when he became Bruce Bennett he learned his craft as actor and is best remembered for The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre and Mildred Pierce as an actor.

I'm sure Bennett did a bit of cringing when he saw this film or was reminded of it in the 100 years of life he had on planet earth.


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