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Liane, Jungle Goddess (1956)

Liane, das Mädchen aus dem Urwald (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure | 4 October 1956 (West Germany)
An expedition discovers blonde 16 year-old Liane venerated by the native tribe in the African jungle and returns her to Hamburg where she is welcomed by her grandfather, ship tycoon Von ... See full summary »

Director:

Eduard von Borsody

Writers:

Anne Day-Helveg (novel), Thomas Fough (idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Michael ... Liane
Hardy Krüger ... Thoren
Irene Galter Irene Galter ... Dr. Jacqueline Goddard (as Irène Galter)
Peter Mosbacher ... Tibor Teleky
Rudolf Forster ... Theo Amelongen
Reggie Nalder ... Viktor Schöninck
Rolf von Nauckhoff Rolf von Nauckhoff ... Prof. Danner
Edward Tierney Edward Tierney ... Kersten (as Ed Tracy)
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Keller
Herbert Hübner ... Justizrat Warmuth
Olga von Togni Olga von Togni ... Alma
Jean Pierre Faye Jean Pierre Faye ... Tanga
Arno Paulsen Arno Paulsen ... Kriminalkommissar
Anneliese Würtz Anneliese Würtz ... Frieda the Maid (as Annaliese Würtz)
Editha Horn Editha Horn ... Miss Helumund
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Storyline

An expedition discovers blonde 16 year-old Liane venerated by the native tribe in the African jungle and returns her to Hamburg where she is welcomed by her grandfather, ship tycoon Von Amelongen. His nephew Schoening, present head of the firm and prospective heir, tries all to stop his uncle from acknowledging her, including perjury, destruction of evidence, and finally resorting to murder. He dies in an accident driving his car into the river in his flight from the police. There is a subplot around a love quadrangle centered around Thoren, who is secretly loved by biologist Jacqueline who is in turn courted by Hungarian Tibor. Thoren plays paternal protector to Liane before succumbing to her youthful charm and returning with her to the jungle. Written by Michael Jurich <jurich@rummelplatz.uni-mannheim.de>

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This is Liane...a lost child who became savage queen of a black jungle!

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 October 1956 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Liane, Jungle Goddess See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

DCA's U.S. poster proclaimed Marion Michael as "Germany's answer to BRIGITTE BARDOT." See more »

Quotes

Prof. Danner: Yes, what are we going to do now?
Keller: [lasciviously] Maybe she wants some anesthetic!
Prof. Danner: Stop that nonsense now.
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Alternate Versions

Differences between the German version and the English-dubbed version include completely different takes of the same set-ups in the sequence where we first see Liane (for instance, in the dubbed version Liane enters with the lion cub in her arms, which she then puts on the ground, while in the German she instead has a shadow covering her, which she then walks out from), as well as sometimes more, sometimes less shots of Liane (the German version for instance includes a couple of shots with considerably more visible breasts in the sequence where Liane is caught). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Liane (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Liane
Composed and Performed by Erwin Halletz Und Sein Orchester
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The perfect film for sexually repressed 12 year-olds!
19 August 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Liane, Jungle Goddess" is a slight film but one that pubescent boys would generally love. This is because in this Tarzan knockoff, the queen of the jungle is a good looking teenage girl from runs around topless (and wearing little else) during the first portion of the film. It's the sort of film that they simply couldn't have made in the US at the time due to censorship laws and I wasn't surprised that it was a German film (dubbed into English).

When the film begins, you see the usual stock footage of Africa--for the most part. It is less grainy and looks good, but it's also random--with Toucans (a South and Central American bird) and natives with blowguns (they use them in the Pacific and South America) in Africa! This sort of thing isn't that unusual in a 1940s and 50s jungle epic--and as I mentioned above, the quality of the footage is pretty good otherwise.

A group of explorers learn that there is a white teen living in the jungle amongst 'those savages', so they kidnap her and take her back to civilization. A problem arises, however, when an unscrupulous man contemplates harming Liane because she might be the heir to a family fortune--and he's counting on having this money for himself.

For this sort of movie, "Liane" is actually pretty good. While it's not a must-see or even a very good movie, it's a mildly enjoyable B-movie that has slipped into the public domain (and can be downloaded from the link on IMDb). My only serious reservation is that the actress playing Liane was only 16 and I worry that pervs might watch the film for all the wrong reasons. 12-18 year-old pervs are welcome...old creepy guys watching it are not!

By the way, I was really surprised when one of the characters was referred to as 'Mr. Goehring'. Considering it was made only a little over a decade after the war, I certainly was not expecting to hear this name in a German film!


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