Tarzan (Lord Greystoke), already well educated and fed up with civilization, returns to the jungle and, more or less assisted by chimpanzee Cheetah and orphan boy Jai, wages war against poachers and other bad guys.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ron Ely ...  Tarzan 57 episodes, 1966-1968
Manuel Padilla Jr. ...  Jai 55 episodes, 1966-1968
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Tarzan (Lord Greystoke), already well educated and fed up with civilization, returns to the jungle and, more or less assisted by chimpanzee Cheetah and orphan boy Jai, wages war against poachers and other bad guys.

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The Original Swinger...swinging to new heights of adventure!

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

8 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Tarzán See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico See more »

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Banner Productions See more »
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(57 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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While the rest of the animals featured in the opening scenes are African species, the last, an elephant, is clearly the Asian species, as evidenced by the size of its smaller ears. See more »

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The five "Tarzan" features starring Ron Ely as the ape-man are actually re-edited episodes of this series, in most cases using two-part segments so as to have one cohesive storyline per film. See more »

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Followed by Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion (1967) See more »

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Tarzan of the TV
28 January 2002 | by Shield-3See all my reviews

I have fond memories of this show, which one of our local independent stations used to air on Sunday afternoons as part of `Tarzan Theatre.' I loved the show at first simply because I was a big Tarzan fan, but I truly came to appreciate it once I started reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels. This is one of the few times Tarzan is portrayed as ERB envisioned him: intelligent and articulate. ERB, however, gave Tarzan a savage and violent side, something you would never see on a `family' TV series of the 1960s. Fortunately, the producers compensated by loading the show with plenty of action.

All the elements came together nicely: Ron Ely had both the physical presence and the acting skill to play a convincing ape-man. I've heard stories of the punishment he took while making the series, injuries that would make Jackie Chan wince, but he kept going. The producers were smart enough not to film in a studio jungle set, but instead take the show on location. The Mexican locations were a gorgeous stand-in for the African savanna and rain forests, and they increase the show's credibility.

There's just one thing I never liked: Jai. I realize there's probably a lot of Jai fans out there, but the kid just irritated me. His main function was both to ask simplistic questions about what was going on so Tarzan could explain for his (and the audience's) benefit, and to eat up valuable screen time that could be spent on Tarzan. It's part of the whole `juvenile sidekick' syndrome in TV, movies and comics that drives me nuts. Ugh.

In spite of that, `Tarzan' was a great series, deserving of much more attention than it currently gets. It may not be the way * you * see Tarzan, but you can't deny it was a well-crafted, exciting and eminently watchable show.


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