Tarzan and the Green Goddess

Limpid direction makes this sequel to [The New Adventures of Tarzan, 1935, taken from a 12-episode serial] fall way short of even the limited possibilities of an independent production. Herman Brix, who still gets billing as an Olympic champ, is at home in the Tarzan role, but even his robust endeavors fail to lift this production.

With:
Herman Brix Ula Holt Frank Baker Don Castello Law Sargeant Jack Mower

Limpid direction makes this sequel to [The New Adventures of Tarzan, 1935, taken from a 12-episode serial] fall way short of even the limited possibilities of an independent production. Herman Brix, who still gets billing as an Olympic champ, is at home in the Tarzan role, but even his robust endeavors fail to lift this production.

Quest of the Major Martling (Frank Baker) expedition for a legendary ‘green goddess,’ containing a valuable munitions formula, is glossed over lightly, travelog clips and foggy distant shots developing to the point where the inevitable enemy party headed by Raglan (Don Castello) starts using devious methods to grab the much desired formula.

This rings in the fights between natives, ambushes, captures, fist battles, and always the colossal deeds of Tarzan. If he isn’t able to defeat 12 men at a clip, it is an off-day.

Despite these episodes, told in oldtime serial fashion, and a comparatively realistic storm at sea, the new Tarzan story seldom impresses or even proves exciting. Jungle scenes, supposed to be Guatemalan wildland, are fair. Ula Holt, as the heroine who goes on the expedition’s party, is mediocre. Dialog is elementary. Edward Kull directs with a heavy hand.

Tarzan and the Green Goddess

Production: Burroughs-Tarzan. Director Edward Kull; Screenplay Charles F. Royal; Camera [uncredited]

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 72 MIN.

With: Herman Brix Ula Holt Frank Baker Don Castello Law Sargeant Jack Mower

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