Green Goddess, The (1930): Alfred Green’s Melodrama, Starring George Arliss in Oscar Nominated Role

The highly acclaimed British actor George Arliss recreated his stage role in this melodrama, directed by Alfred E. Green, as an oriental ruler who takes a group of British as prisoners.

It was a remake of the 1923 silent film, which was based on the play of the same name by William Archer, adapted by Julien Josephson.

The movie was produced by Warner Bros. using their new Vitaphone sound system.

The Green Goddess also stars Alice Joyce (in her final role), Ralph Forbes and H.B. Warner.

Arliss and Ivan F. Simpson played the same parts in all three productions, while Joyce reprised her role from the earlier film.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Actor: George Arliss

Oscar Context:

The winner was George Arliss, but for his other nomination, the biopic “Disraeli.”  In the early years, an actor could be nominated for more than one screen role.


Directed by Alfred E. Green
Produced by Walter Morosco
Written by Julien Josephson, based on The Green Goddess, the 1921 play
by William Archer
Music by Louis Silvers
Cinematography: James Van Trees
Edited by James Gibbon
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release date: February 13, 1930
Running time: 73 minutes