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Tarzan and the Lost Safari

Tarzan, perennial screen hero in black-and-white here takes to color. Along with the tint treatment, Tarzan takes to authentic jungle backgrounds, and the antics come off entertainingly under H. Bruce Humberstone's actionful direction. Listed as a British production by John Croydon for the Sol Lesser presentation banner, film is the first Tarzan to wear the Metro release label in some 15 years. The combination of African footage lensed in Technicolour by Miki Carter and the matching studio-staged sequences by C. R. Pennington-Richards adds excellent sight values to go with the standard adventuring.

Tarzan, perennial screen hero in black-and-white here takes to color. Along with the tint treatment, Tarzan takes to authentic jungle backgrounds, and the antics come off entertainingly under H. Bruce Humberstone’s actionful direction. Listed as a British production by John Croydon for the Sol Lesser presentation banner, film is the first Tarzan to wear the Metro release label in some 15 years. The combination of African footage lensed in Technicolour by Miki Carter and the matching studio-staged sequences by C. R. Pennington-Richards adds excellent sight values to go with the standard adventuring.

Gordon Scott has the physique for the title role and does acceptably by it. This one was lensed about a year ago.

The script finds the hero guiding a party of bored uppercrust socialites out of the jungle after its plane has crashed. To give the hero obstacles to overcome, plot introduces ‘Tusker’ Hawkins (Robert Beatty), hunter who has a deal to turn over some white sacrifices to a native chief (Orlando Martins) as payment for a vast hoard of ivory.

Distaff roles fall to Yolande Donlan and Betta St.John, members of the party, and both come through nicely. Beatty is a good heavy.

Tarzan and the Lost Safari

UK - US

  • Production: Croydon/Lesser. Director H. Bruce Humberstone; Producer John Croydon; Screenplay Montgomery Pittman, Lillie Hayward; Camera R. Pennington-Richards, Miki Carter; Editor Bill Lewthwaite; Music Clifton Parker; Art Director Paul Sheriff
  • Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 80 MIN.
  • With: Gordon Scott Robert Beatty Yolande Donlan Betta St. John Wilfred Hyde White George Coulouris
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