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Green Hell

USA 1940
produced by
Harry E. Edington for Famous Productions/Universal
directed by James Whale
starring Douglas Fairbanks jr, Joan Bennett, John Howard, George Sanders, Alan Hale, George Bancroft, Vincent Price, Eugene Gericke, Francis McDonald, Mala, Peter Bronte, Lupita Tovar
screenplay by Frances Marion, additional dialogue by Harry Hervey, music by Frank Skinner, cinematography by Karl Freund

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A group of explorers led by Brandon (Douglas Fairbanks jr) goes deep into the jungle to find some Incan ruins (and a treasure attached to it of course), but it is not long before one of them (Vincent Price) gets shot dead by some poisoned native arrows. Then, out of nowhere and without rhyme or reason, the dead man's wife Stephanie (Joan Bennett) arrives, and out rag tag team of adventurers, all of whom haven't seen a woman in months camping next to the ruins, collectively falls in love with her, especially Forrester (George Sanders), the Brit of the group. Brandon insists though that Stephanie returns to civilisation at the first possible opportunity - which is made quite difficult when their native guide (Francis McDonald) turns up dead. Brandon insists to take Stephanie back to civilisation herself, but he just doesn't want to admit to anyone, not even himself, that he's head over heels in love with the girl - and she loves him back - and wants to abandon his team of adventurers for her.

Then a tribe of evil Indios attack, and our group of adventurers reconciles after Brandon is seriously wounded, and they decide to die in the Indio attack like one big and happy family - when another tribe of Indios attack the first tribe of Indios to avenge the death of the guide, an in the process free our heroes.

Oh yeah, and in case you wondered, Brandon survives and gets Stephanie in the end.

 

This could have been a wonderful adventure movie with a few creepy touches (the sets of the ruins are quite atmospheric) and a bit of romance tagged on. What we get instead is a boring romance in which everything is talked to death, and which takes place in the jungle and amidst wonderful ruin-sets rather by chance than anything else. And not even the fluid and at least sometimes poignant direction of James Whale or a pretty solid ensemble cast are able to save anything much.

Not worth your while.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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