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Edgar Rice Burroughs (character)
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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
8 September 1966 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Tarzan (Lord Greystoke), already well educated and fed up with civilization, returns to the jungle and, more-or-less assisted by chimpanzee Cheetah and orphan boy Jai, wages war against poachers and other bad guys.
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Cast

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Ron Ely ... Tarzan (57 episodes, 1966-1968)

Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Jai (52 episodes, 1966-1968)
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Series Directed by
Alex Nicol (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harmon Jones (9 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Witney (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Barry Shear (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Lawrence Dobkin (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Robert L. Friend (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Anton Leader (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Paul Stanley (3 episodes, 1966)
James Komack (3 episodes, 1967)
Earl Bellamy (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Writing credits
Jackson Gillis (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Carey Wilber (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Samuel Newman (5 episodes, 1967)
Don Brinkley (3 episodes, 1966)
Jerry Adelman (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Driskill (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Esther Shapiro (3 episodes, 1968)
Richard Alan Shapiro (3 episodes, 1968)
Lee Erwin (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
James Leighton (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
George F. Slavin (2 episodes, 1966)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (2 episodes, 1967)
S.S. Schweitzer (2 episodes, 1967)
Richard H. Landau (2 episodes, 1968)

Series Produced by
Vernon E. Clark .... associate producer (59 episodes, 1966-1968)
Sy Weintraub .... executive producer (57 episodes, 1966-1968)
Steve Shagan .... producer (37 episodes, 1966-1968)
Maurice Unger .... producer (10 episodes, 1968)
Leon Benson .... producer (6 episodes, 1966-1967)
Don Brinkley .... co-producer (5 episodes, 1966)
Jon Epstein .... producer (5 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Original Music by
Walter Greene (22 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jerry Fielding (12 episodes, 1966-1967)
Nelson Riddle (7 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Loose (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Cinematography by
Gabriel Torres (48 episodes, 1966-1968)
Kenneth Talbot (5 episodes, 1966)
Raúl Martínez Solares (4 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Film Editing by
Reg Browne (16 episodes, 1966-1968)
Edward M. Abroms (14 episodes, 1966-1968)
Renn Reynolds (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Robert Crawford (7 episodes, 1966-1968)
Morton Tubor (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Austin (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bob Collins (3 episodes, 1966)
John Joyce (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Art Direction by
José Rodríguez Granada (33 episodes, 1966-1968)
Herbert Smith (4 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Production Management
Alfonso Sánchez Tello .... production manager (31 episodes, 1966-1968)
Paul Levitt .... production supervisor (9 episodes, 1967)
Jim Cranston .... production supervisor (9 episodes, 1968)
Camilo Sampaio .... production manager (4 episodes, 1966)
Antonio Guerrero Tello .... production manager (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ira Stewart .... assistant director (23 episodes, 1966-1968)
Paul Stader .... second unit director (8 episodes, 1968)
Bill Schwartz .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1966)
Vernon E. Clark .... second unit director (3 episodes, 1966)
Henry Spitz .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Art Department
Leon Davis .... construction coordinator (5 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Sound Department
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (59 episodes, 1966-1968)
Don Minkler .... re-recording / rerecording / ... (33 episodes, 1966-1968)
Bill Mumford .... re-recording / rerecording / ... (33 episodes, 1966-1968)
Jim Bullock .... sound editor / re-recording (4 episodes, 1966)
John Post .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Special Effects by
Laurencio Cordero .... special effects (32 episodes, 1966-1968)
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects (4 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Phill Norman .... optical effects (1 episode, 1967)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Leobardo Sánchez .... camera operator (14 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Casting Department
Ruth Burch .... casting consultant (4 episodes, 1966)
Marvin Paige .... casting consultant / casting (4 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Editorial Department
Renn Reynolds .... supervising film editor (7 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Music Department
Walter Greene .... conductor (26 episodes, 1966-1967)
Gordon Zahler .... music supervisor (23 episodes, 1966-1967)
Emil Cadkin .... orchestration / orchestrator (22 episodes, 1966-1967)
Nelson Riddle .... composer: theme music / conductor (21 episodes, 1967-1968)
Igo Kantor .... music supervisor / music editor (18 episodes, 1966-1968)
Al Teeter .... music editor (18 episodes, 1966-1968)
John Mick .... music editor (17 episodes, 1966-1967)
George Pincus .... music consultant (17 episodes, 1966-1967)
Sydney Lee .... composer: additional music (13 episodes, 1966-1967)
William Loose .... conductor (3 episodes, 1967-1968)

Quinn Amper .... composer: title music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. [us] (59 episodes, 1966-1968)
Margaret Jennings .... production associate / executive producer assistant / ... (33 episodes, 1966-1968)
Joseph Raffill .... animal supervision / animal supervisor (18 episodes, 1966-1967)
Stewart Raffill .... animal supervisor / animal supervision (17 episodes, 1966-1967)
Juanita Portillo .... production secretary / script supervisor (13 episodes, 1967-1968)
Phill Norman .... main title (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Samuel Newman .... story consultant / production associate / ... (7 episodes, 1967)
Syd Marrett .... film coordinator / production coordinator (4 episodes, 1968)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler / head wrangler: Mexico (2 episodes, 1967)

Humberto Gurza .... animal wrangler (unknown episodes)
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min (57 episodes)
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In the course of the first season's shooting, Ron Ely, who insisted on performing his own stunts, sustained seventeen different injuries. These included: singeing his arms and legs running through a burning village, being bitten in the forehead by a "tame" lion (in a later fight with the same lion, Ely was bitten on the lower left thigh), falling down a hill and ripping the skin off the tops of his feet, falling twenty-five feet off a vine and separating his shoulder, falling off another vine and breaking his other shoulder, fracturing three ribs and spraining both wrists.See more »
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Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) (V)See more »

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33 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Tele-Tarzan, 1 October 2005
Author: jonesy74-1 from United States

Aside from Johnny Weismuller, Ron Ely is my favorite Tarzan. An unlikely show, in a sense, it played well amidst the superhero genre that was somewhat prevalent at the time - i.e. Batman with Adam West and Burt Ward and The Green Hornet with Van Williams and Bruce Lee. The show was also contemporary with Star Trek.

Unlike campy Batman, the show took itself seriously and yet, Ron Ely running around in a loin cloth week by week on prime time, didn't seem out of place. Ron played Tarzan serious and straight, dealing with poachers and jungle baddies of all sorts as though it were natural for a partially naked man to be a quasi-jungle policeman/detective. Ely's Tarzan was reminiscent of Hawaii Five-O's Steve McGarrett (played by Jack Lord).

This was no "Me Tarzan" ape-man. Ely's Tarzan was articulate and educated.

Enter Jai (Manuel Padilla Jr. - The Pharoah's Carlos from American Graffiti) and Cheetah the Chimp to provide the less-serious, comedy relief tone to the show. I always wondered how Jai fit in to the cast, as it seemed unusual for a Hispanic boy to be running around in Africa with Tarzan. Was he an orphan or what? Was he a "ward" of Tarzan's, a la Batman's Dick Grayson? Nevertheless, Jai provided an important element to the series - he took the serious edge off of Tarzan and made him compassionate, looking out for a young boy who emulated him (loin cloth and all).

You could always count on Cheetah to bring a smile to Tarzan's face at the end of each show with Jai in hot pursuit shouting, "Cheetah, you come back here," or something of that nature.

Ely had a great physical look for Tarzan. Long and lanky, yet sinewy and strong, he made the physical part of Tarzan's exploits look good. The vine swinging and running through the jungle were performed with style and aplomb.

The introduction always ran with Ely calling out that famous Tarzan yell (Johnny Weismuller's original recorded Tarzan yell - as it was with most Tarzan movies and shows).

The plots were well-contrived and enjoyable. It was one of my favorite series at the time.

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