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The Green Goddess (1923)

Three British subjects arrive in the land of the Rajah of Rukh, during the time of the British Raj.


Sidney Olcott


William Archer (play), Forrest Halsey (adaptation)

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Cast overview:
George Arliss ... Rajah of Rukh
Alice Joyce ... Lucilla Crespin
David Powell ... Dr. Traherne
Harry T. Morey ... Major Crespin
Jetta Goudal ... Ayah
Ivan F. Simpson ... Watkins (as Ivan Simpson)
William Worthington ... The High Priest


Three British subjects arrive in the land of the Rajah of Rukh, during the time of the British Raj.

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Release Date:

14 August 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den grønne Gudinde See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Green Goddess salad dressing is named for its tint. The most accepted theory regarding its origins points to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923, when the hotel's executive chef Philip Roemer wanted something to pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. He then concocted this dressing, which, like the play, became a hit. This dressing, which contained anchovies, scallions, parsley, tarragon, mayonnaise, tarragon vinegar, and chives,is a variation of a dressing originated in France by a chef to Louis XIII who made a sauce au vert (green sauce) which was traditionally served with "green eel". See more »


Referenced in American Experience: War of the Worlds (2013) See more »

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The Silent George Arliss
17 September 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This must have been a spectacular stage show. I can see how it would work there: the shooting, the strangling, the processional before the murder; these would really have worked under the proscenium arch, and there is a good attempt to open it out in the added scenes, but the whole thing comes to a crashing halt for me at the thought that anyone would look at Alice Joyce when he's got Jetta Goudal on his second string.

Also, Mr. Arliss -- who once in court described himself as the world's greatest actor and explained later than he had been under oath to the tell the truth -- is, alas, voiceless, and so largely wasted in a silent movie, although his witty stage ad libs are preserved in the titles. Even so, he acts everyone else off the screen, even as they chew the scenery in order to be noticed -- except Jetta Goudal, who is simply luscious. Harry Morey, as Miss Joyce's two-bottle-a-day husband is a caricature and you know at the halfway mark how it is all going to turn out.

Still, there is Mr. Arliss to look at, before he turned so old and arthritic-looking in the 1930s -- perhaps because he was trained in the more posing-and-exposition style of acting fashionable in the 19th century. If this comes your way, give it a look, but ask them to crank it a trifle faster than they did tonight at the Museum of Modern Art. The IMDb lists it at 80 minutes. It was originally announced at 90 minutes, but the print from UCLA ran 110 minutes. Either the opening needs to be cut or it needs to be projected a couple of feet per minute faster. Maybe both.

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