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Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)

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

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Myles Connolly (original screenplay), Paul Gangelin (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane Parker
Johnny Sheffield ... Boy (as John Sheffield)
Reginald Owen ... Professor Elliott
Barry Fitzgerald ... O'Doul
Tom Conway ... Medford
Philip Dorn ... Vandermeer
Cordell Hickman Cordell Hickman ... Tumbo
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Storyline

A scientific expedition happens to discover that gold exits on Tarzan's escarpment. The villainous Medford and Vandermeer kidnap Jane and Boy to extort from Tarzan the location of the gold. Everyone is captured by wicked natives. Tarzan and his elephants rush to the rescue. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El tesoro de Tarzán See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone) (blue tone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Due to many budget cutbacks following the death of Irving Thalberg many stock shots from former movies were used. See more »

Goofs

When the natives are hurling spears at the truck, the tips of some of the spears bend, flex, or rebound (they are obviously made of rubber or foam). See more »

Quotes

O'Doul: [accompanied by native boy, encountering large lion in jungle] Make a run for it, sonny. I can't move. The angels and the saints preserve me... and the pickaninny here, keep an eye on him, too.
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Connections

Referenced in Happy Days: A Date with Fonzie (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

My Tender One
(uncredited)
from Eskimo (1933)
Music by William Axt
Played during end credits
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Gold on Tarzan's Plateau
30 April 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Tarzan's Secret Treasure Johnny Sheffield finds gold at the bottom of the river where he and the family are out for their morning dip. The Boy knows nothing of what the yellow stuff is and Tarzan could care less as it doesn't effect his style of living, but Jane knows and wants it kept secret for all concerned.

A scientific expedition saves young Sheffield from the clutches of a savage tribe and Johnny Weissmuller is naturally grateful. But when the kid gives away the secret of the gold two of the white men, Tom Conway and Phillip Dorn get real greedy as Maureen O'Sullivan knew they would. Not even the protestations of the expedition leader Reginald Owen dissuades the other two, in fact they withhold fever medicine from him so Owen dies.

This episode of the Tarzan saga is nicely done and contains every kind of jungle peril out there, savage native tribes, attacking rhinoceros, lions, elephants and crocodiles. The last two figure in a very exciting climax when Tarzan puts things right in his jungle paradise.

Tarzan's Secret Treasure also features a very droll performance by Barry Fitzgerald as a most lucky Irishman who was along on the expedition. Fitzgerald's character has a good heart and does earn Tarzan's gratitude for services above and beyond. But as the film ends I believe Weissmuller and O'Sullivan are trusting a bit much to man's better nature in regard to him.

All in all, not too bad a Tarzan film.


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