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Green Hell (1940)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance | 26 January 1940 (USA)
A group of adventurers head deep into a South American jungle in search of ancient Incan treasure. A beautiful woman, brought to their camp by hired bearers, has come to join her husband, a... See full summary »

Director:

James Whale

Writer:

Frances Marion (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Keith Brandon
Joan Bennett ... Stephanie Richardson
John Howard ... Hal Scott
George Sanders ... Forrester
Alan Hale ... Doctor Loren
George Bancroft ... 'Tex' Morgan
Vincent Price ... David Richardson
Gene Garrick ... Graham
Francis McDonald ... Gracco
Mala ... Mala (as Ray Mala)
Peter Bronte Peter Bronte ... Santos
Lupita Tovar ... Native Girl
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A group of adventurers head deep into a South American jungle in search of ancient Incan treasure. A beautiful woman, brought to their camp by hired bearers, has come to join her husband, a newer member of the group, who was recently killed by hostile natives. As the months go by, jealousies and tempers flare as fights break out over the woman. The Incan treasure is finally found but the treaure-seekers, now united by a common enemy, are about to be attacked by hundreds of fierce natives armed with bows and poisoned arrows. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Adventure | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die grüne Hölle See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Joan Bennett played Vincent Price's wife in the film, they never met until long after the film was completed. See more »

Goofs

Richardson is hit by two arrows which are at least two feet long. Back at camp, two comrades examine these arrows which are now about a foot long. See more »

Quotes

Jim 'Tex' Morgan: Hey them there alligators sure do look hungry.
Forrester: Well don't fall in, Tex. You might poison them. That'd be tragic.
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Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Failed Jungle Camp
12 August 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Director James Whale was nearing the end of his rope when he made the dismal Green Hell, in which he was perhaps trying to do for jungle movies what his earlier The Old dark House did for horror pictures: to spoof the genre with wit and style. But the script isn't there, and the excellent cast, which includes George Sanders, Vincent Price, George Bancroft and Alan Hale, flounder, and play altogether too sincerely for laughs.

At his peak, in the early and middle thirties, Whale was one of the masters of film. His reputation was at least as high as Hitchcock's, and there seemed no end to what magic he could do on celluloid. His best work was in the horror field, but there was really no reason why he should have stayed there.

One senses in Green Hell a director who wants to get out of the movie business altogether. The film would be sub-par even for a routine studio director. Whale was perhaps eager to get back to his first love, painting. He succeeded.


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