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TARZAN’S SECRET TREASURE (1941) A gold discovery endangers the Jungle Lord’s family. Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O’Sullivan and John Sheffield star. Reginald Owen, Barry Fitzgerald, Tom Conway and Philip Dorn play interlopers who stir up trouble. TARZAN’S NEW YORK ADVENTURE (1942) “Stone jungle,” Tarzan says when he sees New York City. But the Lord of the Apes can master any jungle – especially when determined to find son Boy, kidnapped by unscrupulous circus operators. TARZAN AND THE AMAZONS (1945) Tarzan welcomes home Jane (Brenda Joyce) from a family visit to England and then rushes to the aid a secluded female tribe put in jeopardy after Boy leads a party of archaeologists to their hidden valley. TARZAN AND THE LEOPARD WOMAN (1946) A murderous tribe that wears the disguise and claws of leopards attacks a visiting caravan and menaces Jane and Boy. Could the cult’s beautiful and calculating queen (Acquanetta) outmatch the strength and fury of Tarzan? DISC 1: TARZAN’S SECRET TREASURE and TARZAN’S NEW YORK ADVENTURE DISC 2: TARZAN AND THE AMAZONS and TARZAN AND THE LEOPARD WOMAN Subtitles: English, Français & Español.
The movies in this second collection of Tarzan adventures pass the Samuel L. Jackson Snakes on a Plane title test. Either you want to own a film called Tarzan and the Leopard Woman or you don't. And if you're a fan of the original Tarzan movies, then no doubt you must. These are the last six Tarzan films to star Johnny Weissmuller in the iconic role that spawned a thousand hollers (so ingrained is Carol Burnett's imitation of his signature shout-out that Weissmuller's own performance seems lacking!). Produced for RKO, they are low-budget affairs, but really, who watches Tarzan movies for the production values? The more fake the backdrops and the more obvious the mismatched stock animal footage the better! Tarzan and the Amazons (1945) offers more traditional jungle villains and exploitative explorers, while exotic cults figure in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946).
Maureen O'Sullivan has left the jungle, but Brenda Joyce makes for a very fetching Jane. Johnny Sheffield matures before our eyes as Boy. And Weissmuller still manages to avoid loincloth malfunctions as he swings through the trees and tangles with animal and human adversaries. He is both a role model ("Never kill for fun, only for food," he tells Boy at one point) and something of a jungle chauvinist ("Jungle much more peaceful before woman come," he jokes with Jane). But the breakout star of these films is Cheetah, who effortlessly steals every scene he's in, whether covering his eyes when Tarzan and Jane kiss or parachuting out of an airplane. Things were getting rote by the time of Tarzan's Secret Treasure, and the jungle is left behind entirely for Tarzan's New York Adventure, which has some fun stunts. It's a Hollywood cliché, but truly, they don't make 'em like this anymore! --Donald Liebenson and Robert Horton
Just like I remembered them from watching when I was much younger!Published 15 days ago by David B. Pelletier SR
I enjoyed these films but really missed Maureen O Sullivan,the original Jane.The new Jane comes across a bit too worldly for the jungle. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Booklist Princess