Green Hell


1h 27m 1940

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 26, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

Keith Brandon enlists Hal Scott, David Richardson, Dr. Loren, Tex Morgan and Forrester in an expedition to locate a lost treasure buried beneath an ancient Incan city. Led by Indian guides Gracco and Mala, the men penetrate the "green hell" of the Amazon jungle until they find the subterranean passage leading to the hidden temple. However, as Richardson emerges from the tunnel, he is wounded by poisoned arrows shot by hostile Indians, and Brandon sends Bracco and his men back to civilization for ammunition, provisions and serum for the dying Richardson. The natives return with Richardson's wife Stephanie, who learns that her husband has died. Soon after, the natives desert, and Stephanie is stranded in the jungle camp, where her presence fosters jealousy between Forrester and Brandon and dissension among the others. Brandon, who is in love with Stephanie, plans to escort her out of the jungle, but on the eve of their departure, Stephanie learns that her late husband had another wife, and consequently feels betrayed by all men. Their departure is delayed when a raging storm strikes, and while trying to save the excavation of the lost temple, the men discover a buried crypt laden with gold and a curse of death on whomever disturbs the treasure. The curse appears to be coming true when hostile savages lay seige to the camp, and after the killings of Graham and Forrester, death for the remainder of the group appears imminent. As Stephanie pledges her love for Brandon, Mala and his tribe appear to slay the attackers and save the expedition.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 26, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

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Notes

The viewed print was missing the opening credits. Production credits are from reviews. A pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that Universal wanted to borrow John Payne from Warner Bros. for this film. According to publicity materials contained in the production files at the AMPAS Library, a camera crew was sent to Southern Mexico to shoot background scenes. To provide an air of accuracy, "Iron Eyes" Cody and W. C. Wilkerson, two Indians, performed the archery tricks in the film. According to the Motion Picture Herald review, this was producer Harry Edington's first and last picture for Universal. After its completion, he went to work for RKO.