Screen’s new Tarzan, Glenn Morris, and the swimmer, Eleanor Holm, romp, swim, run and swing through trees in another of Edgar Rice Burrough’s fables about the kid’s hero who grew up with the animals. There are a few laughs, intentional and otherwise, to strengthen the entertainment value for adult trade.
A minor fault of the picture is that it’s too long, frequently becoming draggy through repetition and lack of dramatic variation. Menace is an ever-present factor, however, and the suspense is at times rather well maintained. Both human and animal dangers coat the action as it follows a safari across a part of Africa to the hidden mansion of a villainous king who’s after the girl.
Morris’ feats on ropes between trees and elsewhere, including in the water, make him a highly acceptable Tarzan. His physique is what the fiction hero calls for. Cast in support includes George Barbier as the American Babbitt who’s looking for trophies; his wife, played well by Hedda Hopper; the spoiled-type hunter, George Meeker, and C. Henry Gordon as the native ruler.