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Tarzan's Greatest Adventure

UK 1959
produced by
Sy Weintraub, Harvey Hayutin for Solar Film/Paramount
directed by John Guillermin
starring Gordon Scott, Anthony Quayle, Sara Shane, Niall MacGinnis, Sean Connery, Al Mulock, Scilla Gabel
story by Les Crutchfield, screenplay by Berne Giler, John Guillermin, based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, music by Douglas Gamley

Tarzan, Tarzan (Gordon Scott), Solar Film's Tarzan

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A gang of natives attack a trading post, kill a few people in the process, and steal several boxes of dynamite. Soon though it turns out that the natives weren't natives at all, but a gang of white cutthroats led by Tarzan's (Gordon Scott) one-time friend Slade (Anthony Quayle).

The only clue to Slade's gang (consisting of Sean Connery, Niall MacGinnis), Scilla Gabel and Al Mulock) is that they have escaped in a boat, but while everybody else thinks they went downriver to deliver the dynamite to some rebels, Tarzan is convinced they went upriver and goes there on his own by canoe for some personal vendetta - but soon he has to put up with Angie (Sara Shane) as his companion who has just wrecked her small plane and who sees the whole thing as an adventure.

Eventually, Tarzan catches up with Slade and gang and they have a shoot-out (with Tarzan using bow and arrow), in which Slade's gang experiences some losses, but Tarzan is also injured when the gang uses dynamite.

Angie nurses Tarzan back to health, but soon afterwards, she herself is captured by Slade and company, but one of Slade's companions, Kruger (Niall MacGinnis), frees her when the others are sleeping, just to somehow upset Slade and get him to make a fatal mistake.

Soon, Kruger and Slade - by now the only two survivors of the gang - are at each others throats, and ultimately Slade kills his former ally ... then though he has to face Tarzan. The battle between the men is long and violent, but at the end, Tarzan kills Slade by throwing him off some riffs.

Angie has somehow fallen for Tarzan and wants him to come with her, but Tarzan declines and the two part ways.

 

Tarzan's Greatest Adventure breaks away from the typical Tarzan-mold: The story is no longer a larger-than-life adventure yarn but rather a thriller that is set only incidently set in the jungle, and Tarzan himself is no longer the mere knight in shining armour, but an embittered man who goes on a personal vendetta - and Gordon Scott in this film gives probably his best performance as Tarzan. All of this infuses new blood into the series that has grown a bit stale especially when RKO produced it, it even adds a realistic edge to the series, also helped by extensive location shooting in Africa.

In all, Tarzan's Greatest Adventure might not be the best Tarzan -ilm ever, it might not even be considered as your typical Tarzan-movie - but as far as jungle thrillers go, this is a pretty good one.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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