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The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 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 (based on character created by), Charles F. Royal (screenplay) (as Charles Francis Royal) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Bruce Bennett ... Tarzan (as Herman Brix)
Ula Holt ... Ula Vale
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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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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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 7: When Tarzan gets untangled from the tiger trap, you can see gashes and blood running, but, shortly thereafter there is no sign of either. 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 »

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Edited into Dark Jungle Theater: The New Adventures of Tarzan (2015) See more »

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Interesting, and a bit mad
4 August 2019 | by kmoh-1See all my reviews

Or mad, and a bit interesting, take your pick. Herman Brix/Bruce Bennett is a good, athletic Tarzan, rather oddly at home in Africa, Latin America and England, equally comfortable in a loincloth or jungle fatigues, and even (in the final episode) fancy dress. His Tarzan cry is especially memorable, sounding as if he has just trapped his testicles in his desk drawer.

Unlike many serials, the plot develops in nearly linear fashion rather than repeatedly cycling round, and the Guatemalan locations are fascinating and well-used. The animals that Tarzan fights look less like pyjama cases than usual. There is a lot of evidence of cutting and rewriting, so it would be a stretch to say that it all made sense.

Some of the major characters disappear after Chapter Four for no obvious reason, only to reappear in the final summing up (the serial certainly improves when the cast is slimmed down; they are not missed). George, the comedy relief, degenerates from someone capable of machine-gunning dozens of natives to death early on, into a babbling cretin in the later episodes. He is literally unable to pick up a valuable clue without dropping it into the nearest river, or to walk in a straight line without falling into a cunning trap. And to cap it all, the final scene takes place at a party where everyone is dressed as a Tyrolean gypsy - why?


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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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