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Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958)

Approved | | Action , Adventure | July 1958 (USA)
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 »

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Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters), Thomas Hal Phillips
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gordon Scott ... Tarzan
Eve Brent ... Jane
Rickie Sorensen Rickie Sorensen ... Tartu, Tarzan's Adopted Son
Jil Jarmyn ... Ann Sturdy
James Edwards ... Futa
Carl Benton Reid ... Dr. Sturdy
Harry Lauter ... Dr. Ken Warwick
Woody Strode ... Ramo
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Storyline

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 against time for serum, capture of Tarzan, the struggle of modern medicine against magic, etc. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Thrilling Adventures of the Greatest "Tarzan" of Them All! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzán lucha por su vida See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the final feature for producer Sol Lesser, ending a career that produced over one hundred features, including many other Tarzan features. See more »

Goofs

During the river journey, the dugout canoe that Tartu had been working on doesn't show the freshly-scraped area on one end where Tartu had been working on it. If it's really the same canoe (and it probably is), then this scene was filmed before the scenes in which Tartu pretended to be working on the canoe by scraping some of the gray weathered wood off of one end and exposing fresh pale white wood underneath. See more »

Quotes

Ramo: Why not take heart of Tarzan instead of warm heart of lion?
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Connections

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

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Tarans's Fight For Life
11 January 2010 | by mhrabovsky6912See all my reviews

A lot of critics have panned this movie as a poor Tarzan film ...I totally disagree...Gordon Scott is a magnificent Tarzan with a superman physique - just what the role demanded....Scott must save a tribal village from an evil witch doctor named Futa who hates Tarzan with a passion because Tarzan knows that the witch doctor's medicine is inferior to Dr. Carl Sturdy who is in the jungle trying to develop a serum to fight tropical infections....adding to the film is a romance between Dr. Sturdy's daughter (Jill Jarmyn) and her father's medical cohort. Movie was made in brilliant technicolor with very good lighting effects....Gordon Scott gives the Tarzan yell from a limb on a tree as Futa's henchmen try to attack and kill natives bringing supplies to Dr. Sturday...It should be mentioned that MGM inserted several ft of footage to this film from film from "Tarzan and the Lost Safari" also starring Scott.....Scott is by far the most athletic Tarzan of them all, the handsomest and best athlete for the role... Check out a scene where a 25 ft python is wrapped around Scott who is trying to protect Jane from attack....lots of good action scenes and lions and evil tribesman...standard fare for the day for a Tarzan movie....Scott introduces his son as "Tartu" and not "boy" for some strange reason in the film....James Edwards (the cook in "The Caine Mutiny") gives a good action job as the evil Futa.....I liked this Tarzan film a lot and one year later Scott starred in the classic "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure" with Anthony Quayle and a young Sean Connery of 007 fame.


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