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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

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Carradine
5-Feb-1906 27-Nov-1988 In over 200 B movies
Lionel Jeffries
10-Jun-1926 19-Feb-2010 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Jock Mahoney
7-Feb-1919 14-Dec-1989 Yancy Derringer
Gordon Scott
3-Aug-1926 30-Apr-2007 Played Tarzan, 1955-60
Charles Tingwell
3-Jan-1923 15-May-2009 Breaker Morant


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).

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.

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