|Best Tarzan movie poster ever!|
My favorite scene comes early when Tarzan (still in suit and tie) finds himself being shot at in a bullfighting arena and ends up killing his enemy with a giant Coca-Cola prop. It's weirdly humorous and brutal at the same time in a very 007 sort of way. Take a look.
Fritz Lieber wrote the novelization for this splendid saga, and some day I'd love to read it.Why it's never been reprinted is frankly a mystery with so much grand Tarzan material becoming available almost every day.
|Sadly none of the three things mentioned on this poster happen.|
In Tarzan's trip up the Amazon he confronts a rather formidable Jaguar-based death cult which looks pretty smashing at times, but unfortunately does very little besides die in droves. The movie is bogged down pretty early by Tarzan joining up with river boat captain Jan Murray and his kid sidekick Pepe (played by Manuel Padilla from the first movie) and their antics on the really slowly moving boat form the core of the movie. It's pretty much a drag after that with too much animal comedy (something blissfully almost missing from the earlier Henry effort) and essentially losing track of its own plot when they stumble across a beautiful woman doctor upriver. Eventually Tarzan goes toe-to-toe with the arch-villain played by Rafer Johnson, and it's a pretty good battle in a pretty dramatic setting, but sadly it's too little to late to save the movie.
|No promises made on this one.|
So it seems that Mike Henry sued the producers of these three flicks after Cheeta bit him. The Cheeta in these movies did seem to be a rather old and grumpy chimp. So Henry passed on the chance to become TV's Tarzan, a role that went to excellent Ron Ely, one of the most visually convincing Tarzan's ever on screen.