Review: ‘Tarzan and His Mate’

In Tarzan and His Mate, second of the Metro series with Johnny Weissmuller, the monkeys do everything but bake cakes and the very human elephants always seem on the verge of sitting down for a nice, quiet game of chess; yet the picture has a strange sort of power that overcomes the total lack of logic.

In Tarzan and His Mate, second of the Metro series with Johnny Weissmuller, the monkeys do everything but bake cakes and the very human elephants always seem on the verge of sitting down for a nice, quiet game of chess; yet the picture has a strange sort of power that overcomes the total lack of logic.

Tarzan No. 1 ended with Tarz and the white girl from England at peace in their jungle kingdom. They’re again at peace as No. 2 ends, but in the 92 minutes between the two fade-outs they’re almost in pieces, several times. Trouble starts soon as the domain of Mr and Mrs Tarzan (Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan) is trespassed upon by Neil Hamilton and Paul Cavanagh, a couple of heels from Mayfair. Boys are after the fortune in ivory which lies in a pachyderm graveyard.

Tarzan and his mate spend most of their time swinging through the branches. The Tarzans also do some fancy swimming, particularly during a tank sequence when Weissmuller and a lady swimmer doubling for O’Sullivan, perform some artistic submarine formations. The lady is brassiere-less, but photographed from the side only.

Tarzan and His Mate

Production

M-G-M. Director Cedric Gibbons; Screenplay Howard Emmett Rogers, Leon Gordon, James Kevin McGuinness; Camera Charles Clarke, Clyde De Vinna

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1934. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Johnny Weissmuller Maureen O'Sullivan Neil Hamilton Paul Cavanagh Forrester Harvey Nathan Curry
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