Green Hell (1940)

87 mins | Adventure | 26 January 1940

Director:

James Whale

Writer:

Frances Marion

Producer:

Harry E. Edington

Cinematographer:

Karl Freund

Editor:

Ted J. Kent

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
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HISTORY

The viewed print was missing the opening credits. Production credits are from reviews. A pre-production news item in HR notes that Universal wanted to borrow John Payne from Warner Bros. for this film. According to publicity materials contained in the production files at the AMPAS Library, a camera crew was sent to Southern Mexico to shoot background scenes. Acording to reviews, in order to provide an air of accuracy, "Iron Eyes" Cody and W. C. Wilkerson, two Native Americans, performed the archery tricks in the film. According to the MPH review, this was producer Harry Edington's first and last picture for Universal. After its completion, he went to work for ... More Less

The viewed print was missing the opening credits. Production credits are from reviews. A pre-production news item in HR notes that Universal wanted to borrow John Payne from Warner Bros. for this film. According to publicity materials contained in the production files at the AMPAS Library, a camera crew was sent to Southern Mexico to shoot background scenes. Acording to reviews, in order to provide an air of accuracy, "Iron Eyes" Cody and W. C. Wilkerson, two Native Americans, performed the archery tricks in the film. According to the MPH review, this was producer Harry Edington's first and last picture for Universal. After its completion, he went to work for RKO. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Jan 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
31 Jan 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jan 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Jan 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Oct 39
p. 60.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Jan 40
p. 44.
New York Times
30 Jan 40
p. 15.
Variety
24 Jan 40
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
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NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
WRITERS
Story and scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
[Sd] tech]
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DETAILS
Release Date:
26 January 1940
Production Date:
began late August 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 December 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9363
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5836
SYNOPSIS

Keith Brandon enlists Hal Scott, David Richardson, Dr. Loren, Tex Morgan and Forrester in an expedition to locate a lost treasure buried beneath an ancient Incan city. Led by Indian guides Gracco and Mala, the men penetrate the "green hell" of the Amazon jungle until they find the subterranean passage leading to the hidden temple. However, as Richardson emerges from the tunnel, he is wounded by poisoned arrows shot by hostile Indians, and Brandon sends Bracco and his men back to civilization for ammunition, provisions and serum for the dying Richardson. The natives return with Richardson's wife Stephanie, who learns that her husband has died. Soon after, the natives desert, and Stephanie is stranded in the jungle camp, where her presence fosters jealousy between Forrester and Brandon and dissension among the others. Brandon, who is in love with Stephanie, plans to escort her out of the jungle, but on the eve of their departure, Stephanie learns that her late husband had another wife, and consequently feels betrayed by all men. Their departure is delayed when a raging storm strikes, and while trying to save the excavation of the lost temple, the men discover a buried crypt laden with gold and a curse of death on whomever disturbs the treasure. The curse appears to be coming true when hostile savages lay seige to the camp, and after the killings of Graham and Forrester, death for the remainder of the group appears imminent. As Stephanie pledges her love for Brandon, Mala and his tribe appear to slay the attackers and save the ... +


Keith Brandon enlists Hal Scott, David Richardson, Dr. Loren, Tex Morgan and Forrester in an expedition to locate a lost treasure buried beneath an ancient Incan city. Led by Indian guides Gracco and Mala, the men penetrate the "green hell" of the Amazon jungle until they find the subterranean passage leading to the hidden temple. However, as Richardson emerges from the tunnel, he is wounded by poisoned arrows shot by hostile Indians, and Brandon sends Bracco and his men back to civilization for ammunition, provisions and serum for the dying Richardson. The natives return with Richardson's wife Stephanie, who learns that her husband has died. Soon after, the natives desert, and Stephanie is stranded in the jungle camp, where her presence fosters jealousy between Forrester and Brandon and dissension among the others. Brandon, who is in love with Stephanie, plans to escort her out of the jungle, but on the eve of their departure, Stephanie learns that her late husband had another wife, and consequently feels betrayed by all men. Their departure is delayed when a raging storm strikes, and while trying to save the excavation of the lost temple, the men discover a buried crypt laden with gold and a curse of death on whomever disturbs the treasure. The curse appears to be coming true when hostile savages lay seige to the camp, and after the killings of Graham and Forrester, death for the remainder of the group appears imminent. As Stephanie pledges her love for Brandon, Mala and his tribe appear to slay the attackers and save the expedition. +

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