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Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952)

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Tarzan's cousin comes to Africa in hopes that Tarzan will help him secure a fortune in diamonds essential to England's military security. The cousin is immediately killed off by his guide ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Edwards, English Traitor
Charles Korvin ...
Rokov, Russian Agent
Tommy Carlton ...


Tarzan's cousin comes to Africa in hopes that Tarzan will help him secure a fortune in diamonds essential to England's military security. The cousin is immediately killed off by his guide Rokov who persuades Edwards to impersonate the cousin. Joey (Boy's substitute) was used by natives as crocodile bate until Tarzan rescued him. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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14 March 1952 (USA)  »

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Tarzan, the Hunted  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The photo of Lord Greystoke is really Lex Barker in a beard and mustache. See more »


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Tarzan: White boy. Boy English.
Joseph 'Joey' Martin: No, I'm American.
Tarzan: Boy speak English. Boy English.
Joseph 'Joey' Martin: I'm American.
Tarzan: Boy English.
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Follows Tarzan Triumphs (1943) See more »

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Tarzan's Diamond Fury
14 August 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952)

** (out of 4)

Fourth installment in Lex Barker's turn as the legendary ape man. This time out Tarzan and Jane (Dorothy Hart) are fooled by a man pretending to be Tarzan's cousin who claims to be from the Greystoke family. It turns out that the man wants Tarzan to lead him to a valley full of priceless diamonds and the ape man goes along for the ride but soon realizes that he's been lied to. TARZAN'S SAVAGE FURY is another mildly entertaining entry in the series, which was clearly running out of ideas. The one new thing is that this film offered up Tarzan's connection to the riches, which had been left out of the previous three Baxter films as well as all twelve Weissmuller films. Who knows why they decided to bring it up at this point but it does add for some mildly entertaining scenes and especially some early stuff where Tarzan talks about how he ended up being raised by apes. The rest of the film is pretty much "B" movie material as we get your typical action scenes, poor stock footage and even some very sloppy moments here. The sloppy moments happen during a scene where Tarzan is trying to prevent a rhino from charging. Of course, Baxter is in the frame with the rhino thanks to rear projection but take a look at the footage being shown. There are a few seconds were the footage is missing some frame, which gives the rhino these weird movements. Even worse is when the scene is over and the rhino basically disappears right in front of your eyes! Whoever knew Tarzan could do magic? There are some pretty campy moments to be found here including one sequence where some natives are using young boys to lure crocs into the river so that they can be caught. This entire sequence of boys being chased by wooden crocodiles is rather silly and especially how fake the crocs look. Barker is certainly in fine form as the ape man and he manages to get a few good laughs here. The actor was clearly into character and he has some nice chemistry with Hart who was playing Jane for the first and last time. Patrick Knowles (THE WOLF MAN) adds some nice support in his role as does Charles Korvin as another one of the bad guys. Tommy Carlton plays "Joey", a kid Tarzan finds at the croc hunt and who he brings home. He was clearly meant to be a replacement for "Boy" and the actor does a nice job in terms of charm and bringing some life to the material. The action scenes are mainly cheap and there's no question that the budgets kept getting cut down but there's some nice material to be had with some of the campiness including the before mentioned fake crocodiles. TARZAN'S SAVAGE FURY certainly isn't going to make anyone forget CITIZEN KANE but at the same time there's enough cheap charm if you enjoy "B" movies or jungle adventures. At the same time, it's clear that the series was never going to return to those early MGM classics.

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