Review: ‘Tarzan and the Huntress’

Some 16 Tarzan films have ground through the hopper since National broke the ice in 1918 with Tarzan of the Apes. Sol Lesser, releasing through RKO, has turned out five of the jungle epics in the past four years. His latest shapes up as a moderately entertaining adventure film.

Some 16 Tarzan films have ground through the hopper since National broke the ice in 1918 with Tarzan of the Apes. Sol Lesser, releasing through RKO, has turned out five of the jungle epics in the past four years. His latest shapes up as a moderately entertaining adventure film.

Apeman this time flexes his muscles to repel the depredations of a zoological expedition which seeks to capture scores of animals for various zoos. Huntress Tanya (Patricia Morison) is a leader of the safari, along with Weir (Barton MacLane) and Marley (John Warburton). Fauna quota set by native king Farrod (Charles Trowbridge) dampens the hunters’ prospects. Weir, along with sinister Prince Ozira (Ted Hecht), a nephew of the king, arranges for the potentate’s elimination in a hunting ‘accident.’

Story’s modeled after the countless plots found in any juvenile’s library. Acting is also singularly undistinguished. Johnny Weissmuller’s lines are confined to monosyllabic utterances and his still striking physique remains his top asset. Kurt Neumann could have directed at a faster pace.

Tarzan and the Huntress

Production

Lesser/RKO. Director Kurt Neumann; Producer Sol Lesser; Screenplay Jerry Gruskin, Rowland Leigh; Camera Archie Stout; Editor Merrill White; Music Paul Sawtell; Art Director Paul Paradise

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 72 MIN.

With

Johnny Weissmuller Brenda Joyce Johnny Sheffield Patricia Morison Barton MacLane John Warburton

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