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Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure  |  May 1942 (USA)
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Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus.

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Johnny Sheffield ...
Boy (as John Sheffield)
Virginia Grey ...
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Buck Rand
Paul Kelly ...
Jimmie Shields
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Manchester Montford
Cy Kendall ...
Colonel Ralph Sergeant
Russell Hicks ...
Judge Abbotson
Howard C. Hickman ...
Blake Norton (as Howard Hickman)
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Gould Beaton
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Portmaster
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Matthew Boulton ...
Portmaster (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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 pilot's girlfriend Tarzan (who has since escaped, diving off the Brooklyn Bridge) finds the circus. He and the circus elephants complete the classic rescue. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Action | Adventure

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May 1942 (USA)  »

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Tarzan Against the World  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

This was the first film shown free to servicemen overseas. A 16 mm copy was sent to Iceland and shown 10 May 1942. See more »

Goofs

Cheetah is shown drinking from 3 of four bottles in Jane's suitcase and then throwing each of those three bottles away. But after the alcohol bottle is discarded, a medium view of the suitcase reveals all four bottles still in their carrier in the suitcase. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boy: Cheetah! What is it?
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Tarzan: Uguna. Strange sound in sky. Big. Far off.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Maisie Theme
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Music by David Snell
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Tarzan better without clothes
17 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Of course, this is the line Johnny Weissmuller uses as Jane tries to convince him to "suit up" for their adventure to New York. Of course, it applies as Tarzan (and Jane) spend an excessive time in this film out of their jungle togs. Perhaps it could have served to have Tarzan accompany a clothed modest Jane to the city in his jungle loincloth, but it was not to be.

Rumor was that the studio used a more mature civilized setting as a way to persuade Maureen O'Sullivan to continue in the series as Jane, as she reportedly had tired of the role of Jane. Unfortunately, though due to her frequent pregnancies, this would be her final outing as Jane, ending one of the most sensual on screen pairings of herself & Weissmuller as Jane & Tarzan.

That being said, this film probably has the most memorable comical scenes and lines of any Tarzan entry. From the jungle tailor's inabilities to find dress clothing to fit the muscular Tarzan, to Tarzan's branding of New York as a "stone jungle", to his taking a shower with his suit on in the hotel, this film is worth its weight in the laughs alone.


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