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The Green Goddess
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Release Date:   16 Sep 1923
Premiere Information:   New York premiere: 14 Aug 1923
Duration (in reels):   10
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Cast:   George Arliss (Rajah of Rukh)  
    Alice Joyce (Lucilla Crespin)  
    David Powell (Dr. Traherne)  
    Harry T. Morey (Major Crespin)  
    Jetta Goudal (Ayah)  
    Ivan Simpson (Watkins)  
    William Worthington (The High Priest)  

Summary: Fleeing a threatened Hindu uprising, Major Crespin and his wife, accompanied by Dr. Traherne, travel by airplane to a distant settlement. The Rajah of Rukh makes them his prisoner-guests when the airplane crashes in his kingdom. He informs the three that they will be killed in retaliation for the approaching execution by the British of his three brothers. Crespin and Traherne bribe the butler to send an appeal for help over the wireless, but he betrays them and loses his life. Crespin gets the message through before the rajah shoots him. British aviators arrive in time to save Traherne and Mrs. Crespin. 

Production Company: Distinctive Productions  
Distribution Company: Goldwyn-Cosmopolitan Distributing Corp.  
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Writer: Forrest Halsey (Adpt)
Photography: Harry Fischbeck (Dir of photog)
Music: Joseph Carl Breil (Mus score)
Country: United States

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Songs:
Source Text: Based on the play The Green Goddess by William Archer (New York, 18 Jan 1921).
Authors: William Archer

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Distinctive Productions 17/9/1923 dd/mm/yyyy LP19418

Physical Properties: b&w:
  Si:
  Sd, also Si: Released as 8 reels, 8,000 ft.

 
Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Airplane accidents
  Brothers
  Butlers
  Great Britain. Army
  Hindus
  Hostages
  India
  Radios
  Royalty

Note: The play The Green Goddess was also the basis of a sound and dialogue film of the same name produced by Warner Bros. in 1930. That film was directed by Alfred E. Green and also starred George Arliss and Alice Joyce. Arliss also had starred in the Broadway production of the play. 

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