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Tarzan's Secret Trasure
Tarzans Geheimer Schatz

USA 1941
produced by
B.P. Fineman for MGM
directed by Richard Thorpe
starring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Reginald Owen, Tom Conway, Philip Dorn, Barry Fitzgerald, Cordell Hickman
written by Myles Connolly, Paul Gengelin, based on characters by Edgar Rice Burroughs, music by David Snell

Tarzan, Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller), Tarzan at MGM

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In Tarzan's (Johnny Weissmuller) jungle, his son Boy (Johnny Sheffield), finds gold, but has no idea what to do with it ... until his mother Jane tells him about  the value gold would have in civilisation ... & soon enough, boy grows so curious about civilisation that he one night leaves mum & dad to go there ... but he doesn't get too far, since soon enough, he meets native boy Tumbo (Cordell Hickman), who asks him to help his dying mother ... but boy can do precious little, mother dies, & Tumbo's tribe think it's Boy's fault & want to sacrifice him - when an expedition, led by benign professor Elliott (Reginald Owen) stops by to save Boy.

Unfortunately though, while Elliott & his assistant O'Toole (Barry Fitzgerald) are honest men, their guides Medford (Tom Conway) & Vandermeer (Philip Dorn) are less so, & when they hear about the gold found in Tarzan's jungle which Tarzan won't let them take just like that, they first kill Elliott, then lure Tarzan away & take Jane & Boy hostage, to be released only in exchange for the gold. Reluctantly Tarzan has to give in.

But when he shows Medford his gold, Medford even shoots him ...

Then the whole expedition makes its getaway with Jane & Boy captives & plans to soon come again to mine the gold ... but of course their escape route leads through some wild natives' territory, & soon enough too, the whole expeition finds themselves captives of especially savage natives ... all but O'Toole, who has made a getaway from the group, & with the help of Tumbo found Tarzan, who has not been quite killed but left on an inescapable narrow cliff - inescapable until O'Toole helps.

Then Tarzan proceeds to attack the natives, who are canoeing down some crocodile infested river, by one by one tipping over their canoes (& thus feeding the crocodiles), & this way, freeing Jane & Boy. & to really finish the natives off, Tarzan drives his friends, a horde of elephants, into the river to cause maximum havoc.

In the end, Tarzan, Jane and Boy are reunited, & of the expedition only O'Toole has survived, & he is allowed to travel back to civilisation with a bag of gold ...

 

In this fifth installment in MGM's Tarzan-series, the formula - evil white men are entering Tarzan's realm & threaten to destroy his world, but in the end the jungle (= natives) turn against them, & Tarzan has to turn against the natives to save Jane (& Boy) - has grown considerably stale, so the whole story of the film as such holds little interest & is in fact interchangeable with those of the previous movies. It's only when the particularly gruesome natives start torturing their prisoners & when Tarzan fights the natives in crocodile infested waters & calls in his elephants for help that the film comes into its own, unfortunately though that's too little, too late.

 

 

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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