The Green Goddess is a totem worshiped by the primitive natives of a lost city deep in the jungles of Guatemala. It contains both a fortune in jewels and an ancient formula for a super-explosive which could threaten world safety in the wrong hands. From Africa, Major Martling and Ula Vale launch separate expeditions to find the Goddess and place its secrets in safe hands. Ula's fiance died in an earlier attempt at the same goal and she has taken up the trail in his memory against the advice of her lawyer, Hiram Powers, who covets the Goddess for himself and sends Raglan, a mercenary, to get it for him. Aboard their ship to Guatemala is Lord Greystoke - aka Tarzan - on a mission to find his old friend, d'Arnot, whose plane crashed in the vicinity of the same lost city. Tarzan joins forces with Martling, and they reach the lost city in time to save d'Arnot, but lose the Goddess to Raglan. Ula joins Tarzan and Martling in pursuit of Raglan, whence they must contend with the perils of the jungle, Raglan's henchmen, and a party of primitives from the lost city sent to retrieve the Goddess...
Running Time: 70 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: PG
Tarzan goes to Guatamala to rescue an old friend and ends up fighting criminals trying to steal an idol containing an explosive secret.
Edgar Rice Burroughs was one of the producers of this serial, so this is probably one of the more accurate portrayals of Tarzan as envisioned in the original books. Herman Brix plays Tarzan, and his yell is something else;my wife thought it sounded like Lou Costello screaming in fright while turning inexplicably into Minnie Pearl. Actually, the serial is pretty good;it takes itself somewhat more seriously than some of the others I've seen, and there's a definite savage touch to the violence that makes it a bit more engrossing. Cheating cliffhangers abound, but actually, the action sequences are done well enough that they don't bother me at all this time around. However, if you get to the last episode, you might be excused for wondering if the story is over in the first five minutes of it. In which case, you'd be right;the last three-quarters of this episode is mostly recycled footage from the first episode. The acting is not particularly good, but you only notice that when the actors are just standing around talking, which isn't very often;the emphasis is definitely on action.
I bought this on DVD and became an instant Herman Brix fan. Though his acting is somewhat stiff, I can see why Edgar Rice Burroughs found Brix to be the "perfect" Tarzan. His build is spot-on, and he excels in the action scenes. If only he made more Tarzan films. (writen by Jenny Goodrich)
CAST & CREW:
Edward A. Kull
Edgar Rice Burroughs
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