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Tarzan and the Trappers

USA 1958
produced by
Sol Lesser
directed by Charles F. Haas, Sandy Howard
starring Gordon Scott, Eve Brent, Rickie Sorensen, Leslie Bradley, Maurice Marsac, Sol Gorss, William Keene, Scatman Crothers (as Sherman Crothers), Madame Sul-Te-Wan, Bruce Lester, Naaman Brown, Paul Thompson, Carl Christian, Paul Stader, Don Blackman
written by Frederick Schlick, Robert Leach, based on characters created by Edgar Rice Borroughs

Tarzan, Sol Lesser's Tarzan, Tarzan (Gordon Scott)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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First Tarzan (Gordon Scott) has to capture two trappers (Leslie Bradley, Maurice Marsac) who steal his jungle animals, including his pet chimp Cheta and his son, the aptly named Boy (Rickie Sorensen), then a big game hunter (Sol Gorss) and a treasure hunter (William Keene) conspire to kill him, the first because he thinks hunting down Tarzan is the ultimate challenge, the second because he wants to find the typical lost city in the jungle and Tarzan could just get in the way.

The two even manage to temporarily trap Tarzan when they use one of his native friends (Scatman Crothers) as bait, but ultimately, he turns their greed against them and leads them into an ambush in the lost city, where he manages to capture them.

During all this, Eve Brent makes only a marginal appearance as Jane, who cooks for Tarzan and Boy and gives motherly advice.

 


Made out of two episodes of a proposed TV-series that never materialized in full, Tarzan and the Trappers suffers from all the shortcomings of 1950's adventure TV: The direction is stagey, most of the jungle sets are rather obvious studio sets, everything has a cheapish look to it, and the story is very tame in every aspect. Still, the film might offer some mild amusement if you know what you are getting.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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