4.9/10
377
15 user 3 critic

Tarzan and the Trappers (1958)

After dispatching a ruthless hunter who traps animals for gain, he has to contend with his brother who is out for revenge.

Directors:

(as Charles Haas), | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tarzan must escort his prisoner Coy Banton out of the jungle to the authorities. The boat is blown up by Coy's father and brothers. In addition to Coy Tarzan must now lead five more of the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, Betta St. John
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Dr. Sturdy is trying to establish a modern hospital in the jungle. His efforts are strongly opposed by Futa, the witch doctor, and Ramo, a native warrior. There are kidnappings, a race ... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Gordon Scott, Eve Brent, Rickie Sorensen
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Tarzan leads five passengers from a downed airplane out of the jungle. En route white hunter Hawkins tries to sell them to the Oparian chief. Captured by the Oparians and nearly sacrificed ... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Gordon Scott, Robert Beatty, Yolande Donlan
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Summoned by an Indian princess, Tarzan travels to India where hundreds of wild elephants are in danger. A company is building a hydroelectric dam and the contractors have only a few weeks ... See full summary »

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Jock Mahoney, Leo Gordon, Mark Dana
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Four British villains raid a settlement to obtain explosives for use in a diamond mine. In doing so they nearly destroy the settlement, so and Tarzan pursues them to their mine.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Gordon Scott, Anthony Quayle, Sara Shane
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An aviatrix emerges from the jungle looking as young as she was when her plane went down many years before. Unscrupulous hunters discover that this is due to a secret fountain of youth. ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Sholem
Stars: Lex Barker, Brenda Joyce, Albert Dekker
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Hunters trespass into Sukulu country, where animals are sacred, posing as photographers. Their work has the blessing of the U.N.'s Dr. Celliers, close friend of the Sukulu chief. The ... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster
Stars: Gordon Scott, Vera Miles, Peter van Eyck
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The spiritual leader of an oriental country is dying. The leader's evil brother Khan is plotting to prevent Kashi, the youthful heir, from assuming his rightful position. Tarzan is summoned... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Jock Mahoney, Woody Strode, Tsu Kobayashi
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Tarzan acts as a guide for two British government agents recently arrived in Africa to secure a great cache of diamonds for the English military. However, the agents are not what they seem.

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Lex Barker, Dorothy Hart, Patric Knowles
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Escaped convicts are selling weapons to a warlike native tribe.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Lex Barker, Virginia Huston, George Macready
Certificate: Passed Action | War | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Zandra, white princess of a lost civilization, comes to Tarzan for help when Nazis invade the jungle with plans to conquer her people and take their wealth. Tarzan, the isolationist, ... See full summary »

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Frances Gifford, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The Lionians are a tribe dying of a mysterious disease. Their Chief decides to kidnap Jane and Lola, a half-breed nurse, in order to help repopulate his civilization. Tarzan must rescue ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Sholem
Stars: Lex Barker, Vanessa Brown, Robert Alda
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
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
...
Tyana (as Sherman Crothers)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ...
Witch Woman
Paul Stader ...
Sikes' Henchman
Gil Perkins ...
Sikes' Henchman
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 March 1960 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

Tarzan e os Caçadores  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Boy's, or Rickie Sorensen's hair is short for most of the film, but in a few instances it's noticeably longer. See more »

Quotes

Tarzan: [to Jane] I talk with any man that stops hunters that kill animals.
See more »

Connections

Follows Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
aspect ratio on Warner Archive release atari-3
Boy's Hair Sproketer
Why was the series rejected for Television? kentonc2001
Discuss Tarzan and the Trappers (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?