Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938)

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The creator of the famous jungle lord, Edgar Rice Burrough's and his production company are behind this Tarzan serial. For added realism, he had it filmed on location in the Guatemalan jungles where the cast and crew really suffered for their art amidst the heat, humidity, poisonous snakes and voracious insects. This is the first, and maybe the only film in which Tarzan speaks fluent English, the kind he spoke in the original book. His latest adventure begins when he is searching for an old friend. Eventually, the great ape-man ends up in the fabulous temple of the Lost Goddess where he finds unimaginable treasure and horror.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics
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Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprise

Cast

Herman Brix
as Tarzan (Bruce Bennett as Herman Brix)
Ula Holt
as Ula Vale
Frank Baker
as Maj. Martling
Don Costello
as Raglan (Ashton Dearholt as Don Costello)
Bruce Bennett
as Tarzan
Lewis Sargent
as George
Dale Walsh
as Alice Martling
Harry Ernest
as Gordon Hamilton
Jack Mower
as Blade
Earl Dwire
as Scientist
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Critic Reviews for Tarzan and the Green Goddess

All Critics (1)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

One of the lesser films in the Tarzan series.

Full Review… | April 16, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Tarzan and the Green Goddess

Tarzan (Brix) and his friends struggle to be the first to loot a Guatamalan idol from the natives of the Dead City, so the secret of ancient Mayan explosives don't fall into the wrong hands. "Tarzan and the Green Goddess" is a condensed version of the second half of a serial titled "The New Adventures of Tarzan", and subsequently is a sequal to the condensed version of the serial's first half. And it shows. Based on references characters make (along the lines of "let's hope the monsters of the Dead City aren't chasing us!") give the impression that a far more exciting adventure led up to the drab and boring events of this one. This is perhaps the dullest Tarzan tale I've ever seen. Some excitement creeps in during the film's final third--when characters return to the Dead City and once again deal with the goofy cultists who live there--but it's too little, too late. A movie about the "gay gypsy party" that Lord Greystoke hosts to celebrate his return from Central America would probably have been more interesting. The only positive thing I can find to say about this film is that Brix bears a close resemblence to one of my favorite Tarzan depictions in art--that from the pen of the great Russ Manning. He's also an okay actor, but he manages to ruin the performance by delivering a Tarzan "victory cry" that sounds like he's if he's taking part in a hog calling contest. I think even the biggest fans of Tarzan can safely take a pass on this sorry effort. Tarzan and the Green Goddess Starring: Herman Brix, Ula Holt, Frank Baker, Lew Sargent, and Ashton Dearholt Director: Edward Kull

Steve Miller
Steve Miller
½

51/100. It's not up with the Weismuller versions, but it certainly has a unique perspective. It's set in Guatemala rather than Africa and is produced by Edgar Rice Burrroughs himself, so in some ways it is more faithful to the original book. It is cheaply produced nonetheless. Bruce Bennett makes a fair Tarzan. It's entertaining, but seems a bit amateur in it's production values.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

It?s not up with the Weismuller versions, but it certainly has a unique perspective. It?s set in Guatemala rather than Africa and is produced by Edgar Rice Burrroughs himself, so in some ways it is more faithful to the original book. It is cheaply produced nonetheless. Bruce Bennett makes a fair Tarzan. It?s entertaining, but seems a bit amateur in it?s production values.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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