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Tarzan and the Trappers (1958)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure  -  21 March 1960 (Iran)
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After dispatching a ruthless hunter who traps animals for gain, he has to contend with his brother who is out for revenge.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rickie Sorensen ...
Boy
Leslie Bradley ...
Schroeder (as Lesley Bradley)
Maurice Marsac ...
Rene
Bruce Lester ...
Commissioner Brandini
Naaman Brown ...
Tribesman
Paul Thompson ...
Tribesman
Carl Christian ...
Tribesman
Sol Gorss ...
Sikes (as Saul Gorse)
William Keene ...
Lapin
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Tyana (as Sherman Crothers)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ...
Witch Woman
Paul Stader ...
Sikes' Henchman
Gil Perkins ...
Sikes' Henchman
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Tarzan deals with the villainous Schroeder, who is illegally collecting animals for zoos, only to be menaced by Schroeder's hunter brother Sikes, out for revenge, who teams up with greedy trader Lapin in a hunt for human game...Tarzan himself. Re-edited from 3 episodes of a never-shown TV series, with studio action intercut with location and wildlife footage. Jane has little to do. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Originally intended as a TV series; three episodes were re-edited into a movie after all three networks (this was before all the cable channels) rejected the series. See more »

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There is a shot of a lemur. Lemurs do not exist in Africa but are found only in Madagascar. See more »

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Tarzan: He who hunts in jungle is in turn hunted.
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A Tarzan for the Eisenhower Years
18 September 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

The Tarzan you grow up is likely to always be "your" Tarzan, so for the generation which came of age in the 1950s, that means Gordon Scott. He might not have been the best Tarzan, (that's always a matter of debate), but he was certainly a good one. His "Tarzan and the Trappers" is a minor work, apparently stitched together from some TV episodes, but it demonstrates how the Tarzan character reflects the changing moods of the times.

In this case, the times are the Eisenhower Years and so Tarzan, Jane, and Boy come across here as a typical suburban family not that far removed from, say, "Ozzie and Harriet." Of course, the father in this particular family seems to speak with a third-grade education and he must spend an awful lot of time in the gym, but these are minor points.

"Tarzan and the Trappers" also reflects the prudish morality of the 1950s. Tarzan and Jane, for example, seem to have two side-by-side but separate treehouses which allows for "proper" sleeping arrangements. Care has also been taken to downplay Tarzan's sexuality, moving him away from his powerful masculinity toward a tamer, almost neutered status. Gordon Scott's loincloth, for instance, rides high enough on his torso to completely hide his navel, which must have caused some problems during filming. ("Sorry, Gordon, you'll have to do it again. We saw your belly button.") And in that inevitable scene in which Tarzan is captured and put into bondage, his arms stretched up and tied high above his head, we see that Gordon Scott's armpits have been carefully shaved. Apparently male body hair, either on the chest or in the armpits, was a "no no" because it emphasized the actor's sexual nature. Despite these efforts to "housebreak" and "domesticate" Tarzan, however, Gordon Scott still manages to exude an undeniable appeal and for us Eisenhower kids, he'll always be "our" Tarzan.


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