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The New Adventures of Tarzan
Tarzan and the Green Goddess

USA 1936
produced by
Ashton Dearholt, George W. Stout, Ben S. Cohen for Burroughs-Tarzan Pictures Inc
directed by Edward Kull
starring Herman Brix (= Bruce Bennett), Ula Holt, Frank Baker, Dale Walsh, Harry Ernest, Ashton Dearholt, Lewis Sargent, Merrill McCormick, Earl Dwire, Mrs.Gentry, Philip Sleeman, Joe de la Cruz, Jiggs
story by Charles F.Royal, Edwin F.Blum, screenplay by Basil Dickey, Charles F.Royal, based on the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, cinematography by Edward Kull, special effects by Ray Mercer, Howard Anderson

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Tarzan

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Tarzan (Herman Brix), by now an educated man who still prefers life in Africa to our civilisation, learns that his mentor D'Arnot has gone missing in Guatemala & is blieved to have been captured by an ancient Mayan tribe. So he wastes no time to join an expedition to Guatemala, consisting of Major Martling (Frank Baker), his daughter Alice (Dale Walsh), her fiancé Gordon (Harry Ernest) & comical sidekick George (Lewis Sargent), who look for the legendary Mayan statue of a Green Goddess, which holds the formula to a dangerous explosive - & somehow they plan to use it for the good of mankind.

But of course, such a powerful explosive attracts all kinds of villains as well, here in the form of Raglan (Ashton Dearholt, having taken over from Don Castello, who fell in before shooting commenmced - his name still appears in the credits though), who wants to steal the formula for the explosive for an even more evil weapons manufacturer.

& so evil is Raglan, that in pursuit of the explosive he has already killed the fiancé of Ula Vale (Ula Holt), who is now pursuing him to spoil his plans & get revenge ...

Tarzan's expedition gets to the ancient city of the Green Goddess, but much to their surprise, the city is still inhabited by hordes of ferocious Mayans led by their ruthless queen (Mrs.Gentry), & they waste no time in taking the group prisoner, & when Tarzan refuses to take their queen as his mate, they are about to be sacrificed, & only Tarzan's strength & George's machine gun can break them free - along with D'Arnot, who was also held prisoner by the Mayans ... 

But while the natives were preoccupied with their reluctant guests, Raglan has seized the opportunity to steal the Goddes, & it's only thanks to Ula that our little expedition group hasn't lost track of him - a track that, after many a typical jungle adventure, leads them to

but by now, Raglan has stolen the Green Goddess, as the natives were preoccupied with their prisoners, & only after a series of jungle adventures & with the help of Ula Vale, who is still on Raglan's track despite Tarzans suggestions for her to leave Raglan to him, can they keep up with Raglan, who soon leaves the jungle for the next city to meet his contact, but instead, he almost loses the Goddess to Tarzan here.

Soon though, it's back to the jungle for all but D'Arnot, Alice & Gordon, who have parted for safety, & soon too, once again all our heroes are captured by a natiove tribe (this time the natives are eerily hooded), but again, thanks to Tarzan's prowess, they can all break free & stay on Raglan's track until he reaches Mantique, where they can secure the Goddess from him.

Unfortunately though, the boat they charter to take them & the Goddess back to England belongs to Silas Blade - the very same weapons manufacturer Ragloan has been in cahoots with - & he stops at nothing to0 get the Goddess into his possession. Only a hurricane saves our heroes in the end as Blade's ship is wrecked, & Tarzaqn, Ula, Martling & George turn outto be the only survivors ...

Later, at Tarzan's estate in England, Ula decides - for the good of mankind - to destroy the formula for the explosive that was found inside the Goddess ...

 

Edgar Rice Burroughs, not at all content with the treatment of his creation, Tarzan, in the movies - he wanted him sees as an educated adventurer rather than the noble savage he was in the MGM-series - decided to take matters into his own hands & set up Burroughs Tarzan Pictures Inc to produce his own screen-versions of his novels.

For this, the first production of the company, he had an expedition organized (the Ashton Dearhold expedition, as prominently displayed on posters & lobby-cards) to take him & his whole film crew to Guatemala to film on location - which was quite a venture for a film production back then, especially a serial. Despite a great deal of authencity, this massive on-location shooting does not work entirely for the serial, as in many scenes it looks rather crude, many scenes could have done with a little more planning or reshooting, the pacing is sometimes off, & the sound quality is rather poor even for mid-30's standards. Also, despite the great efforts for authencity, the filmmakers couldn't resist to throw in a few scenes of African wildlife (filmed at the Selig Zoo, Los Angeles).

On the plus side however, the serial does contain some beautiful scenery & the Mayan ruins are first class, thanks to the trip to Guatemala, & some of the fights with wild beasts are rather breathtaking (since they are real fights of man vs animal instead of actors getting rugs thrown at them), & in general the action scenes - because of the rather primitive possibilities of on-location shooting - have a rather dangerous, daredevil quality.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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