Tarzan the Magnificent (20-Jul-1960)|
Director: Robert Day
Writers: Robert Day; Berne Giler
From novel: Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs (based on characters)
Keywords: Outdoor Adventure
||In over 200 B movies
||Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
||Played Tarzan, 1955-60
Review by anonymous (posted on 1-Sep-2006)
Probably the best Tarzan
film of them all, although it still doesn't do justice to Edgar Rice
Burroughs' unique creation. Where the Weissmuller Ape-Man was a wild,
super-strong feral character, the producers opted to dilute his mental
capabilities (read the first novel). In this film, the Ape-Man's
intellect is more in keeping with ERB's original creation, but the
producers opeted to dilute his super-strength, wildness and animal
characteristics. Even though, Gordon Scott's performance is great, the
plot is more adult in theme than most of the films, and the Africans
are portrayed in a dignified mannner, befitting many of the African
characters in ERB's original stories. The action scenes are well done,
and Robert Day's direction is brisk and fast paced. In my opinion, this
film has two of the Greatest villians in film history: John Carradine
and Jock Mahoney as Abel and Coy Banton (father and son), respectively.
Mahoney and Scott engage in a violent fight at the end of the film,
which they did without stuntmen. The great cast includes Betta St.
John, Lionel Jeffries, Charles Tingwell, Alexandria Stweart, and Al
Mulock. Don't miss it, but read the original novels by Edgar Rice
Burroughs to see what you're really missing.
Review by Tarzn1950 (posted on 21-Sep-2005)
Apart from the nostalgia John Weissmuller has provided for 8 decades, Tarzan The Magnificent is probably the best Tarzan film of all time. Gordon Scott appears more comfortable with the role, and without, Jane, Boy or Cheeta, he is on his own, and does a great wonderful portrayal, and it will be his last. The supporting cast is superb, with Jock Mahoney, John Carradine, and Lionel Jeffries. This a mature adult movie, with a fast moving plot, and lots of action for the younger viewers. 4 Stars ****
Note: Mahoney who had already been the star of televisions "The Range Rider", "Yancy Derringer" and countless movies, replaces Scott in the next two Tarzan movies, with "Tarzan Goes To India" (1962) & "Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963).
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