The Green Goddess (1930)

80 mins | Melodrama | 1930

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HISTORY

AMPAS sources note that when George Arliss was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in 1930, his performances in both this film and Disraeli (see above) were under consideration. At the awards ceremony, however, only his Disraeli performance was acknowledged. According to the Var and NYT reviews, The Green Goddess was filmed prior to Disraeli , but held back by Warner Bros. to be released after.
       In 1923, a silent adaptation of the play was made by Distinctive Productions under the title The Green Goddess . That film was directed by Sidney Olcott and also starred George Arliss and Alice Joyce and featured Ivan Simpson as the Raja's valet. Arliss also had appeared in the 1921 Broadway production of the play. Reviews compared the 1930 film unfavorably with the 1923 ... More Less

AMPAS sources note that when George Arliss was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in 1930, his performances in both this film and Disraeli (see above) were under consideration. At the awards ceremony, however, only his Disraeli performance was acknowledged. According to the Var and NYT reviews, The Green Goddess was filmed prior to Disraeli , but held back by Warner Bros. to be released after.
       In 1923, a silent adaptation of the play was made by Distinctive Productions under the title The Green Goddess . That film was directed by Sidney Olcott and also starred George Arliss and Alice Joyce and featured Ivan Simpson as the Raja's valet. Arliss also had appeared in the 1921 Broadway production of the play. Reviews compared the 1930 film unfavorably with the 1923 picture. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
22 Feb 1930
p. 36.
Film Daily
16 Feb 1930
p. 8.
Life
7 Mar 1930
p. 20.
New York Times
14 Feb 1930
p. 20.
New Yorker
22 Feb 1930
p. 80.
Variety
19 Feb 1930
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Art titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Green Goddess by William Archer (New York, 18 Jan 1921).
DETAILS
Release Date:
1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 13 February 1930
release: 3 March or 8 March 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 September 1929
Copyright Number:
LP667
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also a silent version.
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
6,653
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A plane carrying British Major Crespin, his wife Lucilla and Dr. Traherne is forced to make an emergency landing in a remote area of India governed by the ruthless, Oxford-educated Raja of Rukh. Unable to take off again, the party is surrounded by the Raja's men and taken to his palace, where he treats them as prisoner-guests, threatening the kill them unless Lucilla becomes one of his wives. Traherne and Crespin try to bribe the Raja's valet, Hawkins, to send a wireless message to alert the British army of their whereabouts, but Hawkins betrays them and is killed. Crespin is able to send the message himself but is killed before Lucilla and Traherne are rescued by the arrival by British ... +


A plane carrying British Major Crespin, his wife Lucilla and Dr. Traherne is forced to make an emergency landing in a remote area of India governed by the ruthless, Oxford-educated Raja of Rukh. Unable to take off again, the party is surrounded by the Raja's men and taken to his palace, where he treats them as prisoner-guests, threatening the kill them unless Lucilla becomes one of his wives. Traherne and Crespin try to bribe the Raja's valet, Hawkins, to send a wireless message to alert the British army of their whereabouts, but Hawkins betrays them and is killed. Crespin is able to send the message himself but is killed before Lucilla and Traherne are rescued by the arrival by British planes. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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