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|TARZAN'S SAVAGE FURY (director: Cy Endfield; screenwriters: based on the characters of Edgar Rice Burroughs/Cyril Hume/Nans Jacoby/Shirley White; cinematographer: Karl Struss; editor: Frank Sullivan; music: Paul Sawtell; cast: Lex Barker (Tarzan), Dorothy Hart (Jane),(Edwards), Charles Korvin (Rokov), Tommy Carlton (Joseph Martin), Darby Jones (Witch Doctor), Bill Walker (Native Chief), Peter Mamakos (Pilot); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sol Lesser; RKO; 1952)|
|"This is the
16th Tarzan picture in the series."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
This is the 16th Tarzan picture in the series. In 1949 Lex Barker took over for Johnny Weissmuller, and this is Lex's fourth of the five Tarzan's he made. Cy Endfield ("Zulu"/"Try and Get Me"/"Hell Drivers") directs without adding much to the formula in this so-so version, while writers Cyril Hume, Nans Jacoby, and Shirley White make the villain as usual a greedy European who comes to the jungle to exploit it by stealing a tribe's diamonds. Dorothy Hart makes her debut as Jane; while Tommy Carlton plays the Boy role, but as another orphan. This film makes reference that Tarzan had a noble birth--his English father was Lord Greystoke and that makes the 'ape man' the Earl of Greystoke--a fact no previous film mentioned.
An expedition into the African
jungle by Lord Oliver Greystoke, another Englishman
The phonies hook up with
Tarzan in his innovative treetop house, and only talk
Tarzan into being their guide because the naive Jane
thinks the diamonds are meant for England--to help
them obtain military might to better protect
themselves. Also along for the trek into dangerous
tribal territory is the playful chimp Cheetah and a
gritty young orphan, Joseph Martin (Tommy Carlton), who Tarzan
rescued from an abusive tribe that was using him to
A diary taken from the real
cousin indicates Tarzan's father was a missionary
worker in the early 1920s among the fierce Wazuri tribe, who died in the
region and his son grew up alone with the animals in
Tarzan doesn't like the Europeans, but leads them through the jungle and then through a drought-stricken plain, until they are are captured by the Wazuris and held hostage. While Tarzan has an elderly tribesman explain to the chief that Tarzan's father was a holy man and a friend to the tribe, Rokov kills the witch doctor and steals the valuable diamonds. He contacts by radio a pilot in Randini, his cohort, who plans to land in a jungle clearing and fly the two thieves out of the hot spot. But not so fast my friends, they still have to deal with Tarzan.
REVIEWED ON 7/25/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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