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The Green Goddess (1930)

Passed | | Adventure | 13 February 1930 (USA)
An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to ... See full summary »

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Alfred E. Green (as Alfred Green)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... The Raja
Ralph Forbes ... Dr. Traherne
H.B. Warner ... Major Crespin
Alice Joyce ... Lucilla
Ivan F. Simpson ... Watkins (as Ivan Simpson)
Reginald Sheffield ... Lieut. Cardew (as Reggy Sheffield)
Betty Boyd ... An Ayah
Nigel De Brulier ... Temple Priest (as Nigel de Brulier)
David Tearle David Tearle ... High Priest
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An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to execute his three half-brothers in neighboring India. His subjects believe that their Green Goddess has given them the lives of the three Brits as payment for the lives of the Rajah's brothers. They will execute them when the brothers are executed. Trahern and the Crespins must figure a way to use the Rajah's radio to call India for help. Written by Anonymous

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india | british colonial | See All (2) »

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The amazing DRAMA OF A WOMAN, A CAD A LOVER, AND A FIEND (Print Ad- The Gazette, ((Montreal, PQ)) 15 March 1930) See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

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Trivia

Filmed in 1929 and completed and copyrighted (7 September 1929) before Disraeli (1929), but was held out of release until later at the request of George Arliss because he felt the other film was a better vehicle for his talkie debut. See more »

Quotes

The Raja of Rukh: I have implicit confidence in you, Watkins. I know that anything they have to offer you will have to be paid either in England or in India - and I know that you dare not show your nose in either country. You have a very comfortable job here...
Watkins: My grateful thanks to you, sir.
The Raja of Rukh: ...and you don't want to give the hangman a job, either in London, or in India.
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Alternate Versions

Warner Brothers also released this film in a silent version in 1930, for which Julien Josephson reportedly also wrote the titles. See more »

Connections

Version of Adventure in Iraq (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March of the Marionettes
(1872) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gounod
Played on the phonograph
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4 October 2008 | by franklyn21See all my reviews

I was nine years old when I saw this movie. I have re-read your synopsis and it validates every item in my memory. I characterized George Arliss in this role as the 'poobah' of his kingdom.

When the British warships' longboats pull away toward their ship, George is on a promontory overlooking the scene. He had just unsuccessfully bargained for keeping the girl and giving the pilot and the Dr. back to the Brits.

With a final sigh, I recall the movie's closing line as he states, "Well, she probably would have been a lot of trouble anyway."

Even a nine year old could appreciate that line and the resignation with which he delivered it. That line has been a friend for my entire life and I am now about to be 89. I learned from your summary that George died on Feb. 5, my birthday. I also learned to appreciate British character actors.

If one's movie life started in 'talkies' with Al Jolson (Sonny Boy), George Arliss, Charlie Chaplin (silent), or even Douglas Fairbanks, it is very difficult to get interested in contemporary films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Deusa Verde See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (Vitaphone)

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1.37 : 1
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