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Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 27 May 1938 (USA)
This is an edited version of the 1935 serial "The New Adventures of Tarzan."


Edward A. Kull (as Edward Kull), Wilbur McGaugh (uncredited)


Charles F. Royal (screen play) (as Chas. F. Royal)




Complete credited cast:
Bruce Bennett ... Tarzan (archive footage) (as Herman Brix)
Ula Holt ... Ula Vale (archive footage)
Frank Baker ... Maj. Martling (archive footage)
Ashton Dearholt ... Raglan (archive footage) (as Don Castello)
Lewis Sargent ... George (archive footage) (as Lew Sargent)
Jack Mower ... Blade (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jiggs ... Nkima


At his English manor, Lord Greystoke - aka Tarzan - recounts his recent adventures in Guatemala. He had been there assisting Major Martling and Ula Vale in their quest for the Green Goddess, a totem worshipped by a primitive jungle tribe inside of which was hidden a formula for a super-explosive. They had successfully wrestled this totem from the natives and were heading back to Livingston when they were attacked by Raglan, a thug sent to steal the Green Goddess and its formula for Hiram Powers' personal use, and the Goddess is seized from them. On the trail of Raglan, they had to deal with his henchmen and also a party of the primitives, sent by the High Priest to retrieve the Goddess. With the Goddess still in Raglan's hands, they were seized by the natives and Tarzan locked in a small cell with a loosely-tethered lion, Ula in an adjacent cell under guard from a hideous jungle hag, and Martling being forced to watch his bumbling valet, George, being tortured by the natives with the ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Bruce Bennett, a former college football star and Olympic athlete, had been author Edgar Rice Burroughs' first choice to play Tarzan in the M-G-M version of his novels. But Bennett was injured filming their first movie, and had to be replaced by Johnny Weissmuller. This version of Tarzan was overseen by Burroughs' own production company, and presented its title character more closely resembling what Burroughs had originally written. See more »


Although they destroy the written formula found inside the idol, there is no mention of the powerful ancient explosive that must have also been contained within the idol, serving as the forewarned means of protection against it being opened by infidels. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [narration] Guatemala, a strange and beautiful country many thousands of miles away, a country with lofty, snow-crested mountains, mighty rivers and deep lakes, quaint little villages and picturesque natives. This is Guatemala on the surface, what a tourist might see if a tourist could ever get there. But under this superficial beauty lie many unsuspected dangers. Those mighty rivers run through treacherous jungle where wild animal life lurks in the shadows. Man-eating lions roam ...
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on Turner Classic Movies is from a later reissue, with the opening credits refilmed to change Brix's billing to his later name, Bruce Bennett. It has also been slightly trimmed to 68 minutes. See more »


Follows Tarzan Escapes (1936) See more »

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Shock to the system
5 April 2005 | by vollenhovenSee all my reviews

I got this movie in a box of Weismuller movies and this movie did feel so awfully compared to the MGM movies of Weismuller. The story starts somewhere in the middle (the beginning being the New adventures of Tarzan)about a statue of a goddess, hence the title. It takes place in Central America, and some of the nature shots seem borrowed from other continents. Bruce Bennet looks very Tarzan, but his acting is terrible, Weismuller is oscarmaterial compared to this man. The action scenes in this movie looks bad, the big fight in the beginning of the movie looks so stupid and silly that it takes the need to watch any further away. But I like punishment and occasionally am surprised on the end. It did not happen. As a movie it is awful and I am not sure that the serial is that good either.

This movie has none of the fun a good Tarzan movie should have. It leaves his viewer bewildered which is not good. My advise ignore this "movie" unless you are a Tarzan fan, then you have to watch it I guess.

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