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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Tarzan, Vol. 2 (Tarzan's Secret Treasure / Tarzan and the Amazons / Tarzan's New York Adventure / Tarzan and the Leopard Woman)
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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
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Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941) - In this entry, Boy discovers a bunch of gold sitting at the bottom of the jungle family's swimming hole, and uses the odd rocks for his slingshot. Not long after, a safari stumbles it's way onto Tarzan's escarpment looking to capture some exotic animals, but learns of the gold. Hoping to find the source of the gold, the men will stop at nothing to discover the hidden treasure.
Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942) - This one is a lot of fun, and probably the highlight of this collection. While trying to capture wild animals for his circus, a ruthless animal trainer discovers Boy's talent with animals. Thinking that Tarzan and Jane have been killed by a native tribe, they take Boy back to New York to put him on display. Jane and Tarzan follow the trail of the circus owner all the way back to New York City where Tarzan must learn to deal with civilization. Cheeta is riot in this one,
Tarzan and the Amazons (1945) - Tarzan rescues a beautiful young woman from being attacked by a Panther. Tarzan sees by her jewelry that she belongs to a hidden tribe of Amazon women, Taking the wounded girl home, Boy follows Tarzan and learns the location of the lost tribe. Some treasure hungry men learn that Boy knows where the Amazon women are located and convince him to lead them to where no man (except Tarzan) has gone before.
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946) - Education is coming to Africa, but one tribe does not want outsiders to civilize their region. Instead this tribe worships a Leopard god, and sends their warriors dressed in Leopard skins with claws to attack caravans. A young warrior wants to prove himself by bringing back Jane's heart for the Leopard god.
Each of these films are fun in some way, and if you are a "Tarzan" fan, then you should definitely have these movies in your collection. The only thing holding me back from a five-star rating is Brenda Joyce's "Jane". Maureen O'Sullivan made that role, and it's hard to see someone else step in. Specifically in "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman", Jane does little more than stand around looking scared and helpless, even when Boy is fighting for his life, Joyce's Jane does nothing to help? In the earlier films Jane wasn't helpless, and showed real strength.
Still, these are great films that I will re-visit often.
stories. They are very exciting and makes my wife sit on the edge of her chair at times from all the excitement that Tarzan gets into
and out of.
No doubt I will be swiping this for my own enjoyment many a nights but I can forsee a frequent use of these rapes!!!