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Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Lady scientist, Hilary Parker is searching for a rare drug to help combat polio. Opportunist Bruce Edwards joins the quest but is actually after gold and buried treasure.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Virginia Grey, George Reeves
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Boy is away at school in England. The high priest is trying to force a young girl to marry an evil pearl trader posing as the god Balu. She escapes, is recaptured and is finally rescued by ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, George Zucco
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An expedition seeking to bring Jane back to civilization, and Tarzan into captivity, gets more than it's bargained for.

Directors: Richard Thorpe, John Farrow, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Buckler
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

Directors: Cedric Gibbons, Jack Conway, and 1 more credit »
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Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Jungle Jim type Johnny Weissmuller helps Professor Blakely look for a missing colleague who is now playing "god" for a bunch of natives.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Angela Stevens, Selmer Jackson
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Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two safaris enter the African jungle intent on finding a white girl who is the heiress to a fortune. One safari, led by Jungle Jim, wants to make sure she gets the news that she is now a ... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith
Stars: Grant Withers, Betty Jane Rhodes, Raymond Hatton
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An African tribe devoted to the leopard cult is dedicated to preventing civilization from moving further into Africa. Tarzan fights them when the cult first attacks a caravan and next ... See full summary »

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Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Nazis dressed to look like Great Apes are looking for gold, and Jungle Jim must stop them.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Trudy Marshall, Suzanne Dalbert
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A shortage of zoo animals after World War II brings beautiful animal trainer Tanya, her financial backer and her cruel trail boss to the jungle. After negotiating a quota with the native ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
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 Jungle Jim (26 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Kaseem (26 episodes, 1955-1956)
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The sequence at beginning of each episode where Jungle Jim dives off a high cliff into a pool of water was shot at Chicken Rock at Lake Sherwood, California, with stuntman Paul Stader doubling for Johnny Weissmuller. See more »

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The opening credits do not list the leading actors by name. Instead, they say "Jungle Jim, with Skipper, Kaseem, Skipper, and Tamba". See more »

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Extending Weissmuller's Career
24 February 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As Johnny Weissmuller got older and a bit flabbier the Tarzan loincloth didn't quite fit his figure any more. Still he was a box office draw, but he knew he couldn't continue in the series. In the late Forties he signed with Columbia Pictures to do a series of films based on the King Features Cartoon character Jungle Jim.

In the films Weissmuller's only friend was a chimpanzee named Tamba, shades of Chetah from Tarzan. But when the film series ended, Columbia which had by now gone into the television business, put Weissmuller in a half hour series as the intrepid jungle guide who got into all kinds of adventures.

In the Jungle Jim television series Jim got some human co-stars in the persons of Martin Huston as his son Skipper and Dean Fredericks as good friend and assistant Kaseem. Jim was not confined to Africa, some of the shows had Indian, South Sea, and even South American locations, depending on who wanted him to guide.

Weissmuller was real particular, no hunting expeditions, no shooting of animals except with a camera. Apparently he was that good a guide, because that sure cut his income considerably.

Though there were female guest stars, I never recall any romantic plots in any of the episodes. The show ran for one season, but it was in syndication for several years.

My guess is that with all of his marriages, Weissmuller had considerable alimony to pay out to his numerous ex-wives. It's why he took the series. After that he was in demand for a lot of personal appearances, he was still the most well known Tarzan of them all and set the standard for Olympic swimming champions down to today.

Jungle Jim was a good kid's show and even as got into his Fifties Weissmuller still looked better than most fifty somethings.


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