|1933 TARZAN THE FEARLESS - 12 Chapter Serial (?
Crabbe. Jacquelene Wells.
1933 TARZAN THE FEARLESS -
feature version of serial (85 minutes - video, DVD)
Crabbe. Jacquelene Wells. A safari comes looking for a friend of Tarzan,
Dr. Brooks. Brooks has left in search of a lost temple and this, of
course, excites the crooked safari guides. Lots of action and mischief
This movie (I haven't seen the serial version) is
saved only by the cool shots of Tarzan swinging through the trees. The
female lead is Mary, not Jane.
1935 THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN - 12 Chapter Serial (? minutes
Brix. Ula Holt. Tarzan joins an expedition to the jungles of Guatemala
in search of the Dead City and its priceless Lost Goddess. Tarzan
rescues his old friend D'Arnot from Mayan captivity and, ultimately,
wins the Goddess.
Tarzan as an intelligent gentleman. Herman Brix looks
and acts (at least for the opening chapter) more like the Tarzan of the
books than any actor before or since. Too bad the story is pathetic. The
two movies made from this serial make even less sense.
1935 THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN - feature version of serial (75
Brix. Ula Holt.
1937 TARZAN'S REVENGE (70 minutes - video)
Morris. Eleanor Holm. A hunting expedition arrives and quickly finds
trouble. A sheik wants to make a bride of the lead hunter's daughter,
Eleanor (not Jane, again). Tarzan has other ideas and foils the sheik's
plans at every turn.
This movie is just plain horrible.
1938 TARZAN AND THE GREEN GODDESS - 2nd feature from of 1935
serial (72 minutes)
Brix. Ula Holt.
1949 TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN (73 minutes)
Barker. Brenda Joyce. Tarzan must protect a lost race who have
discovered a fountain of youth from ruthless kidnappers. Jane is tricked
into leading them to the hidden city.
Elmo Lincoln has a cameo in this one. Barker's first
outing as Tarzan is an exciting one. He makes an interesting Tarzan and
fills Weissmuller's shoes (or lack thereof) admirably.
1950 TARZAN AND THE SLAVE GIRL (74 minutes)
Barker. Vanessa Brown. Women are being kidnapped and a plague threatens
to spread out of control. Tarzan must rescue Jane and the other women
before they are forced to repopulate a plague stricken city.
1951 TARZAN'S PERIL (79 minutes)
Barker. Virginia Houston. A ruthless slaver/gunrunner has escaped from
prison and returned to his evil ways. Tarzan must stop him from
contributing to a tribal war and rescue Jane in an exciting climax.
This one has some nice, authentic, African location
1952 TARZAN'S SAVAGE FURY (80 minutes)
Barker. Dorothy Hart. Another hunting party comes to Africa - this time
lead by a man claiming to be Tarzan's cousin, the current Lord Greystoke).
The man is actually a crook named Rokov and he hopes to steal a cache of
diamonds from the Waziri.
Even with a new Boy-like character, Joey, running
around with Tarzan, this movie isn't very good.
1953 TARZAN AND THE SHE-DEVIL (76 minutes)
Barker. Joyce Mackenzie. Tarzan must keep ivory hunters, led by the
She-Devil of the title, from slaughtering a huge herd of elephants.
1955 TARZAN'S HIDDEN JUNGLE (73 minutes)
Gordon Scott. Vera Miles. A hunting party's arrival angers Tarzan. The
crooked hunters, with the unwitting help of a United Nations doctor and
his beautiful assistant, travel to forbidden territory to trap their
prey. Tarzan defeats them, rescues the doctor and his assistant,
returning the jungle to normal.
Gordon Scott's first Tarzan and, boy, does it stink!
Scott redeems himself later (see below)...
1957 TARZAN AND THE LOST SAFARI (84 minutes)
Scott. Betta St. John. After rescuing the passengers of a crashed plane,
Tarzan must lead them safely through the jungle. The natives of Opar
have other ideas and harass the party along the way.
In color! I like the premise of this movie and
probably enjoy it more than it deserves. There is a wonderful children's
book adaptation of this movie.
1958 TARZAN'S FIGHT FOR LIFE (86 minutes)
Gordon Scott. Eve Brent. Tarzan must convince the local natives that the
"white doctor" is a good thing. A devious witch doctor doesn't want that
Another Gordon Scott stinker...
1958 TARZAN AND THE TRAPPERS (74 minutes - video, DVD)
Gordon Scott. Eve Brent. Tarzan battles a motley band of trappers ...
one is after a lost treasure - another wants to murder Tarzan.
Originally intended for a television series, three
episodes were cut together to make this slow movie.
1959 TARZAN'S GREATEST ADVENTURE (88 minutes)
Scott. Sara Shane. This is a FANTASTIC movie! Filmed on location in Africa, Scott plays an
intelligent Tarzan and the pace never lets up! A young Sean Connery plays one of the
Slade and his cronies are traveling upriver to a hidden diamond mine.
Along the way the kill and plunder, taking what they need. Tarzan must
stop them before they get there and proceeds to pick off the henchmen
one by one (when they aren't busy fighting amongst themselves), leaving
just Slade left for the incredible finish.
1959 TARZAN, THE APE MAN (82 minutes)
Denny Miller. Joanna Barnes. A remake of the 1932 Weissmuller/O'Sullivan
This is usually considered the worst Tarzan movie (I
rank it a notch above Tarzan in Manhattan, 1989). There are color tinted
scenes from earlier Weissmuller movies in this film. Tarzan is never
even referred to by name. And, finally, the rubber leopard face is the
funniest thing I've ever seen in a Tarzan movie!
1960 TARZAN THE MAGNIFICENT (88 minutes)
Scott. Betta St. John. Gordon Scott returns with another winner! This isn't quite as good
as Tarzan's Greatest Adventure but it's mighty close. Jock Mahoney, who plays Tarzan in
the next film, is the villain!
Tarzan, burdened with an assortment of stranded travelers, must
deliver Coy Banton, a cold-hearted murderer, to the authorities in Mantu.
Following them on their journey, and determined to stop them before they
reach Mantu, are Banton's equally cold-hearted father and brothers.
1962 TARZAN GOES TO INDIA (86 minutes)
Jock Mahoney. Tarzan travels to India to save hundreds of elephants that
will be drowned when a dam (for a newly constructed power plant) is
completed. With the help of Jai, the elephant boy, Tarzan manages to
save the elephants and the power plant.
I've never really cared for this movie or for Jock
Mahoney's version of Tarzan (I like most of his other roles, though).
Some nice location filming...
1963 TARZAN'S THREE CHALLENGES (92 minutes)
Jock Mahoney. Again Tarzan travels to a foreign country - the time the
far east. Tarzan, championing for the boy set to assume the throne, must
battle a challenger in an ancient ritual.
Mahoney took ill while filming this movie and by the
end he looks horrible. It is hard to believe Tarzan could best Woody
Strode in the shape he was in!
1966 TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD (90 minutes)
Henry. Nancy Kovak. Tarzan travels to Mexico in an attempt to stop a
group of mercenaries from murdering a looting a lost Incan civilization.
With the help of a lion and a leopard, Tarzan tracks them down and makes
sure justice is served.
James Bond meets Tarzan - this one has a trendy 60's feel to it. I
enjoyed the Fritz Leiber "novelization" much more.
1967 TARZAN AND THE GREAT RIVER (88 minutes)
Henry. Diana Millay. A deadly leopard cult is sacking villages and
enslaving their people to work in a hidden diamond mine. Tarzan defeats
Barcuma, the cult leader, and frees the people.
1968 TARZAN AND THE JUNGLE BOY (90 minutes)
Mike Henry. A boy, presumed dead six years earlier, is found alive and
well and living in the jungle. While Tarzan is trying to locate the boy,
he gets mixed up in a tribal feud as they attempt to choose a successor
for their dying chief.
Another hopeless attempt at a Boy-like character...
1970 TARZAN'S DEADLY SILENCE (88 minutes)
Jock Mahoney & Woody Strode play the villains in this feature version of a two-part
story from Ely's television series.
A madman called the Colonel is enslaving the locals and building
himself a formidable army in the process. Tarzan, after temporarily
losing his hearing, battles the military expert with the help of jungle
animals and tactics.
1970 TARZAN'S JUNGLE REBELLION (92 minutes)
Ulla Stromstedt. Another movie made from a two-part story (The Blue Stone of Heaven) from
Ely's television series.
The Blue Stone of Heaven, according to legend, will give its owner
incredible power. The evil Colonel Tatakombi wants it and doesn't intend
to let Tarzan guide an archaeological team to it.
1982 TARZAN, THE APE MAN (112 minutes - video)
Miles O'Keeffe, Bo Derek. Another remake of the 1932 Weissmuller film.
Tarzan doesn't speak a word (he does grunt a lot) and
Jane can't seem to keep her clothes on. A nicely photographed movie but
it still really stinks.
1984 GREYSTOKE, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (129 minutes - video)
Christopher Lambert. Andie McDowell. The story of the Tarzan's early
life among the apes and his first visit to civilization.
If the movie had ended at the mid-point it would have
been the best Tarzan movie ever made! The opening portion, dealing with
Tarzan's early jungle life, is fabulous! It's when the scene shifts to
civilization the movie takes a nosedive. I thought Christopher Lambert
did a great job...
1989 TARZAN IN MANHATTAN - TV Movie (100 minutes - DVD)
Joe Lara. Kim Crosby. Cheetah is kidnapped and brought to New York to be
used as a test subject in the villains evil scheme. Tarzan follows,
meets Jane (a cab driver!) and her father, rescues the animals and foils
the villains plans.
The worst Tarzan movie ever made - the less said the
1996 TARZAN: THE EPIC ADVENTURES - TARZAN'S RETURN - TV Movie
Lara. Cory Everson. Joe Lara is back - and he has improved. The climax takes place in
Pellucidar; something we've never seen in a Tarzan film. Tarzan is (reasonably)
intelligent but what is the deal with those boots!?
1998 TARZAN AND THE LOST CITY (83 minutes - video,
Van Dien. Jane March. White hunters are searching (again) for the
treasures in the lost city of Opar. Tarzan is called in to help stop
A lot of nice scenery and a decent (though short and very
soft-spoken) Tarzan. More hocus-pocus than any other Tarzan movie and I'm not really sure
why Opar needed Tarzan's help - they seemed more than capable of taking care of things
1999 ENCHANTED TALES: TARZAN OF THE APES (48 minutes - animated - video)
Sony Wonder Home Video. Produced by Diane Eskenazi. A cheaply made, direct- to- video,
animated film trying to capitalize on the Disney feature film. Some embarrassing songs and
poor animation make this "movie" very easy to dislike.
1999 DISNEY'S TARZAN (100 minutes - animated feature - video,
Goldwyn. Minnie Driver. Disney does Tarzan and they do a wonderful job! Fantastic
animation highlights this delightful story of Tarzan's youth and his first encounter with
Jane. Tarzan races through the jungle like never before. The scene where Tarzan and Jane
exchange names is terrific!
2002 DISNEY'S TARZAN AND JANE (70 minutes - animated - video, DVD)
Michael T. Weiss, Oliva d'Abo. Tarzan and Jane celebrate their first
anniversary together in this direct-to-video sequel. The character
development, plot, and animation are all markedly inferior to the
feature film version, but the movie is still quality kid's fare.
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