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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!

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

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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

In the United Kingdom, this was released as part of a pre-packaged double feature with the British nudist camp film "Nudist Paradise" (1959) (known in the United states under the milder title "Nature's Paradise" (1960)). See more »

Quotes

Tibor Teleky: These drums are gonna drive me off my nut.
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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

Edited into Liane, die Tochter des Dschungels (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Liane
Composed and Performed by Erwin Halletz Und Sein Orchester
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When I say that it's a jungle out there, you believe me!
1 January 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

It's clear that this movie's target audience is 14-year-old boys. "Liane, das Mädchen aus dem Urwald" ("Liane, Jungle Goddess" in English) has little purpose beyond showing off Marion Michael's body, especially the upper half. And boy is there something to show off! I understand that Marion Michael was known as Germany's answer to Brigitte Bardot. As expected, the movie got treated as an adults-only movie upon its initial release (although you can bet money that a number of boys went to see it and it helped them become men).

Obviously the movie has a colonial mentality in its depiction of the Africans. That's to be expected. We can understand that and simply luxuriate in all the shots of Marion Michael swinging from the vines wearing as little as was allowed.


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