Circus owner Buck Rand kidnaps Boy to perform in his show. He forces a pilot to fly him, Boy and his animal trainer out of the jungle. Tarzan and Jane follow them to New York. At a trial over custody of Boy, Tarzan becomes violent and is jailed. With the help of the pilots girlfriend Tarzan, who has since escaped, diving off the Brooklyn Bridge, finds the circus. He and the circus elephants complete the classic rescue.
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This final “Tarzan” entry from the MGM assembly line is arguably one the least effective of the series, though it certainly has its adherents. It all begins when Boy (Johnny Sheffield), adopted son of Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) and Jane (Maureen O’Sullivan), is kidnapped from the jungle by crooked circus promoters Rand (Charles Bickford) and Shields (Paul Kelly) and spirted off to America. This requires Tarzan and his mate to adopt “civilized” clothes and head to New York City, with the troublesome Cheeta the Chimpanzee along for the ride. There are some amusing moments as Tarzan tries to acclimate himself with the Big Apple, and some less amusing ones as Cheeta gets hold of a powder puff and lays waste to an expensive hotel room. The film’s highlight, Tarzan’s leap from the Brooklyn Bridge, comes at the film’s halfway point, and accordingly things slow down considerably during the final reels. Tarzan’s New Adventure works better as a stunt than as an official series entry, but it is still preferable to some of the so-so RKO Radio Tarzan films which were to follow. One racially questionable sequence involving black comedian Mantan Moreland has been understandably removed from some TV prints.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Richard Thorpe
Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Date Release: 1942
Audio & Video: Mono – Black & White
Johnny Weissmuller – Maureen O’Sullivan – Johnny Sheffield
Western Movies – Action Movies
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