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Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | September 1957 (Austria)
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 »

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H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gordon Scott ... Tarzan
Robert Beatty ... Tusker Hawkins
Yolande Donlan ... Gamage Dean
Betta St. John ... Diana Penrod
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... 'Doodles' Fletcher (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
George Coulouris ... Carl Kraski
Peter Arne ... Dick Penrod
Orlando Martins ... Oparian Chieftain Ogonoore
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Storyline

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 to their lion god, the party is again save by Tarzan. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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starring Gordon Scott as the New Tarzan See more »

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1957 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan e a Expedição Perdida See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,994,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,046,700
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Solar Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 1956 in the standard 4:3 "flat" ratio, theatrical showings in both USA & UK were usually more or less in the matted 16:9 version, but subsequent television showings have usually reverted back to the full screen "flat" version, as is the Warner Archive DVD-R release. See more »

Goofs

When Tarzan is climbing up the steep hill over which the natives are, there is a man in the bushes who was squatting and then stands , he has light trousers, absolutely nothing to do with the story. See more »

Quotes

Tarzan: [Holding up a mink pulled from the plane's wreckage] What kind of hide is this?
Gamage Dean: It's mink. And don't ask me what I had to do to get it.
'Doodles' Fletcher: The same thing the mink did.
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Tarzan Goes Color
16 September 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

If you start from the first MGM/Johnny Weissmuller film and follow the series through its transformation to RKO and with new actors (Lex Barker, Gordon Scott) then this here would be the nineteenth film and it certainly got a face lift. Not only did the producer's send the cast and crew to Africa for real footage but they also shot the film in color and in widescreen (although most prints are the flat version). This time out Tarzan (Scott) comes across five people whose plane has crashed in the jungle. Along with the help from a hunter, Tarzan tries to get the people to safety but it turns out the hunter has a connection to a deadly tribe who scarifies white people to their Gods. TARZAN AND THE LOST SAFARI has a lot of good things in it like the before mentioned new items but in the end it's still a Tarzan movie with many of the same trappings that hurt previous movies. Once again Scott is very good in the film as he certainly didn't have any trouble fitting into the role. He certainly has the physical look but I thought he also handled the dialogue good enough and had a certain charm that really worked. Betta St. John plays a married woman who Tarzan befriends and she too is quite good. The actors have such good chemistry one wishes that they had written her as being single so that the film could have gone in a different direction. There's no doubt that the authentic shooting in Africa really helps the film because it really adds to the atmosphere. I'm all for back lots at studios but at the same time there's no denying that nothing can top the real thing. With really being in Africa we also get some terrific footage of the wildlife, which is a lot better than the stock footage that took up previous films. The print I watched was the flat version so I can't comment on how well the 2.35:1 was handled but what I saw was impressive. With that said, there's no question that the film goes on for way too long and by this time there's no doubt who will live, who will die and I'm pretty sure we all know what will happen to Tarzan. This predictable side certainly hampers the film but there's no question that this is the best the series has offered since the Weissmuller days.


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