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Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)

Tarzan must escort his prisoner Coy Banton out of the jungle to the authorities. The boat is blown up by Coy's father and brothers. In addition to Coy Tarzan must now lead five more of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Day

Writers:

Berne Giler (screenplay), Robert Day (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Scott ... Tarzan
Jock Mahoney ... Coy Banton
Betta St. John ... Fay Ames
John Carradine ... Abel Banton
Lionel Jeffries ... Ames
Alexandra Stewart ... Lori
Earl Cameron ... Tate
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Conway (as Charles Tingwell)
Al Mulock Al Mulock ... Martin Banton
Gary Cockrell ... Johnny Banton
Ron MacDonnell Ron MacDonnell ... Ethan Banton (as Ron McDonnell)
Harry Baird ... Warrior Leader
Christopher Carlos Christopher Carlos ... Native Chief
John Sullivan John Sullivan ... Wyntors
Ewen Solon ... Dexter
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Storyline

Tarzan must escort his prisoner Coy Banton out of the jungle to the authorities. The boat is blown up by Coy's father and brothers. In addition to Coy Tarzan must now lead five more of the boat's passengers through the jungle, pursued by hostile natives. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Greatest of Them All! See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan, der Gewaltige See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Solar Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Quayle was offered the role of Abel Banton. See more »

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Tarzan: I can't understand a man who would rather live in fear than fight - no matter what the cost!
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Follows Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938) See more »

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Serious jungle adventure with Gordon Scott as Tarzan
16 September 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED IN 1960 and directed by Robert Day, "Tarzan the Magnificent" covers events in Africa when Tarzan has no recourse but to escort a formidable prisoner, Coy Banton (Jock Mahoney), through the jungle to the authorities in Kairobi. Along for the trek are five passengers of a river boat destroyed by Coy's ruthless father (John Carradine) & cutthroat brothers. The latter pursue Tarzan & the group to save Coy.

Despite his short hair, Gordon Scott was one of the better Tarzans; and this was his last of six Tarzan flicks in six years. Most critics cite Scott's previous movie "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure" (1959) as one of the best Tarzan movies (which I've never seen) with this one running not far behind. The tone is believable, akin to "Sands of the Kalahari" (1965), with Tarzan's exploits thankfully being kept within the realm of realism. Speaking of his feats, there's a lot of jungle action, including a knockdown-drag-out fight at the climax. The way Coy uses psychology to disrupt the group and gain the allegiance of one of them is reminiscent of "The Naked Spur" (1953).

Unfortunately, I found the members of the group and their interactions rather dull, including Tarzan. The script needed another rewrite to flush out the human interest. Moreover, the two women, Betta St. John & Alexandra Stewart, are serviceable, but the movie called for at least one woman of the caliber of Julie Adams, which can be observed in "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), if you need to get my drift. For these two reasons "Tarzan the Magnificent" doesn't arise to the greatness of "Sands of the Kalahari." Yet it's not bad and is certainly a worthwhile austere jungle thriller. You can't beat the authentic African locations in living color (each of which 1934's heralded "Tarzan and His Mate" lacked).

Interestingly, the main villain here, Jock Mahoney, went on to play the next Tarzan in two movies.

THE FILM RUNS 82 minutes and was shot in Kenya with interiors done at Shepperton Studios, England. WRITERS: Berne Giler & Robert Day.

GRADE: B-


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