Highlights in this one include a fist-fight between Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe (I won't give away the winner, but check the cast order); a cat-fight between Virginia Grey and ... See full summary »
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Highlights in this one include a fist-fight between Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe (I won't give away the winner, but check the cast order); a cat-fight between Virginia Grey and Carol Thurston that the male cast of Sienfeld would pay to see and, just to keep things moving, Weissmuller wrestles an alligator, and there are two mid-water collisions between small-craft boats, a big ship wreck and a blazing swamp fire finale. Toss in a plot that has Weissmuller as a psycho-neurotic war veteran who, because he piled up his Navy destroyer on the rocks, now dreads returning to his pre-war occupation of a pilot guiding ships through the channels at the mouth of the Mississippi. Throw in icy Virginia Grey as a spoiled heiress out to take Johnny away from his job, his friends and the girl he loves (who knows why), and you have enough plot and action for two Pine-Thomas jewels. Heck of a good deal. Written by
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In between the Tarzan and Jungle Jim series of films, Johnny Weissmuller got to this item with one of his fellow film Tarzans. Swamp Fire casts Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe as a pair of bayou locals who are rivals for Carol Thurston.
Weissmuller saw war service in the Coast Guard while Crabbe basically sat World War II out. It's mentioned that the Coast Guard wouldn't take him, but there are other branches of the service. The fact that he apparently didn't do any service should have set off alarm bells with his issues.
But Weissmuller has a few of his own. He lost a craft in the Pacific and that upsets any man who makes a living on the water. But that doesn't bother Thurston nor rich New Orleans society woman Virginia Grey who eyes Weissmuller like a slab of beef at the butcher shop.
Crabbe gets really annoyed that Weissmuller's now got two women panting after him and he can't get to first base with Thurston once Weissmuller returned. It sets up all their conflicts for the remainder of the film.
Although Buster Crabbe did many roles besides Tarzan in his career, this was it for Johnny Weissmuller who had gotten too old for Tarzan. Other than the gimmick of the two Tarzans in bayou heat, there's not a whole lot else to recommend Swamp Fire.
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