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|TARZAN AND THE AMAZONS (director: Kurt Neumann; screenwriters: John Jacoby/characters by Edgar Rice Burroughs; cinematographer: Archie Stout; editor: Robert Crandall; cast: Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan), Brenda Joyce (Jane), Johnny Sheffield (Boy), Henry Stephenson (Sir Guy Henderson, the Archeologist), Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya (Amazon Queen), Barton Maclane (Ballister), Don Douglas (Anders), Steven Geray (Brenner), J.M. Kerrigan (Splivens), Frederic Brunn (LaTour), Lionel Royce (Basov), Shirley O'Hara (Athena), Aquanetta (Amazon Maiden); Runtime: 76; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sol Lesser; RKO; 1945)|
film in the franchise is a ridiculous tale made
more palatable only by
Tarzan just being Tarzan."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
This ninth Tarzan film in the franchise is a
tale made more palatable only by Tarzan just being
from vines, fighting a crocodile and upholding the
pure values of the
jungle). Director Kurt Neumann ("She
Devil"/"Kronos"/"The Deerslayer") has to deal with a new
Jane, Brenda Joyce, as Maureen O'Sullivan relinquished
the part. Writer John Jacoby has to deal
with coming up with some fresh
material in a franchise going stale.
After two years in
Jane returns home to the jungle to be with her mate
and adopted son Boy (Johnny Sheffield). Also accompanying Jane
upper-crust scientist friends from London. The jovial
to lead an archeological
expedition to study tribes in
the area. But at the docking area the scientists'
curiosity is aroused
when Cheetah, Tarzan's frisky pet chimpanzee, gives Jane a welcome home
present of a rare
gold bracelet that's worth a fortune. This is the
bracelet lost by an
Amazon Woman from the secret city of Palmyra, a city of women hidden behind
mountains, who broke the rule of leaving the city and
had to be rescued
by Tarzan from an attack by leopards and a panther.
Tarzan carried her
back to her people because she sprained an ankle. The
Amazon Queen (Mme.
allows Tarzan to
leave because she trusts him to keep the secret and
indifferent to all the gold treasures in the city. But
realize that the naive Boy followed, and will disobey
to not tell the white men where they got the gold
he's helping science make a great discovery Boy leads
the scientists to
the hidden city, who travel with the thugs Ballister (Barton Maclane) and Splivens (J.M.
Kerrigan). The latter two run the outpost by the
river, where the boats
dock. Once inside the hidden city, greed overtakes the
men and the
greediest of them all, Ballister, goes on a killing
spree until all the
greedy white men get served their just desserts, while
Boy at the last
minute is rescued by Tarzan.
Tarzan, as is the
most of these ventures, has to contend with white men
who come to
Africa with guns with the intention of ripping off the
land. They serve
as a bad influence on a wide-eyed Boy. Though Tarzan
between good visitors and bad, the Amazons consider
all intruders evil
and subject to their harsh punishment.
REVIEWED ON 6/7/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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