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Tarzan's New York Adventure
Tarzans Abenteuer in New York

USA 1942
produced by
Frederick Stephani for MGM
directed by Richard Thorpe
starring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Charles Bickford, Paul Kelly, Chill Wills, Cy Kendall, Russell Hicks, Virginia Grey, Mantan Moreland, Howard C. Hickman, Charles Lane, Miles Mander
written by Myles Connolly, William R.Lipman, based on characters by Edgar Rice Burroughs, music by David Snell

Tarzan, Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller), Tarzan at MGM

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Another group of hunters, led by Buck Rand (Charles Bickford) have entered Tarzan's (Johnny Weissmuller) jungle in an airplane to hunt for animals for a circus - much to his dismay, so he gives them an ultimatum to leave ... but it might already be too late, because the aiplane has caught the eye and imagination of Tarzan's son Boy (Johnny Sheffield), who soon befriends Buck and his men and shows them his skills as animal trainer - which is why Rand soon takes an interest in him.

Then though a tribe of natives attack the airplane, and when Tarzan and Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) are coming to the rescue, the natives manage to cut one of the vines they are travelling on and hurl them down some cliffs ... to their deaths presumably, but to make sure, they also set this neck of the wood on fire ...

Rand and company make an escape meanwhile, and they take Boy with them ... to save at least him, as Rand claims ...

Of course, Tarzan and Jane aren't really dead, they are saved by their chimp Cheetah, and soon decide to go after Boy to get him back ... even if they have to go to New York (and even if Tarzan has to wear suit and tie) ...

In New York, Tarzan, Jane and Cheetah, with the help of Rand's well-meaning pilot Shields (Paul Kelly) and his nightclub singer girlfriend (Virginia Grey) soon manage to track boy down to a circus owned by Rand and Colonel Sargent (Cy Kendall) - but while in civilisation, Jane wants to do it the civilized way, so they drag Rand and Sargent to court. For a while, the trial over custody of the child even seems to go well, until Rand's lawyer (Charles Lane) finds out that Tarzan and Jane aren't Boy's real parents (see Tarzan finds a Son), which seems to turn the case in Rand's favour ... which is when Tarzan starts showing his savage streak ... so much so that he is arrested in court himself, but makes good an escape over the roofs of New York and over (and I mean over) Brooklyn Bridge, to in the end free Boy the only way he knows how (and the way he did in all previous films): Using elephants ...


The first two Johnny Weissmuller-Tarzans (Tarzan, the Ape Man and Tarzan and his Mate) were great jungle adventure films, but after them, the formula has quickly become stale and the films had a certain loveless look to it, so for this one, the sixth installment, it was decided to inject new blood into the series and let Weissmuller/Tarzan do his shtick in New York, to somewhat amusing results - and wouldn't you know it, the idea actually works: Tarzan's New York Adventure is a self-ironic take on the series mainstays (including the usual elephant attack at the finale) that also includes many of Tarzan's jungle stunts transferred into the big city, and a bit of courtroom drama. The only real annoying scenes are the endless comical interludes of chimp Cheetah which every now and again interrupt the story, while not being really funny. On the other hand a short scene featuring black comedian Mantan Moreland does demonstrate how to make the most of a scene that does not even look funny on paper.

Tarzan's New York Adventure by the way was the last Tarzan Film produced by MGM. Maureen O'Sullivan left the series after this one, but Weissmuller and Sheffield moved over to RKO to make some more Tarzans, with the next film being 1943's Tarzan Triumphs (no Jane in this one though or in Tarzan's Desert Mystery). In 1945 (Tarzan and the Amazons), Brenda Joyce joined the series as the new Jane.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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