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Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 5 February 1949 (USA)
Tarzan secretly arrives in Blue Valley, the land of the magical fountain of youth, to find the intrepid aviatrix who can save an innocent man. But, is she the same person she used to be? Can Tarzan protect the vale's ultimate mystery?

Director:

Lee Sholem

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (screenplay), Harry Chandlee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Tarzan
Brenda Joyce ... Jane
Albert Dekker ... Mr. Trask
Evelyn Ankers ... Gloria James Jessup
Charles Drake ... Mr. Dodd
Alan Napier ... Douglas Jessup
Ted Hecht ... Pasco
Henry Brandon ... Siko
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Storyline

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. Tarzan tries to keep the hunters from finding the hidden valley setting of the fountain. The flyer ages as the effects of the fountain wear off. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan and the Arrow of Death See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lex Barker was forced to shave his normally hairy chest in order meet the requirements of the role in this and the Tarzan films that followed. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Cheeta (who is an ape) drinks the elixir. She does not turn into a baby chimp, she becomes a monkey with a tail. The Fountain of Youth retards aging, it would not cause evolutionary regression. See more »

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Follows Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948) See more »

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Welcome, Lex Barker!
25 December 2014 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

First Tarzan film with Lex Barker in the title role, "Tarzan's Magic Fountain" is a welcome improvement after Johnny Weissmuller's last entry, the dull "Tarzan and the Mermaids", whose only saving grace was the location shooting in México, with its attractive monuments and landscapes. When he moved the franchise to RKO Radio, producer Sol Lesser was much helped with the addition of Barker, a handsome, tall and dignified Lord Greystoke; simple and attractive art direction and inexpensive but effective visual effects. Although the story is lineal and easy, lacking strong emotional or action peaks, it is still fun to watch, due to its fantasy elements: a British woman pilot who disappeared in an African jungle (not to far from Tarzan's home), reappears 20 years later looking as young as when her small plane crashed, thanks to the magic fountain of Blue Valley. Soon greedy men want to get there and start a business bottling the fountain water. (In the story, the product target is women, but in these days it would be also a success among vain men). The plot is more romantic than this but it's up to you to discover the whole story. And Cheetah is funnier than ever!


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