This outing was helmed by director John Guillermin who would of course raise to fame with The Towering Inferno, the 1976 King Kong remake and the laughably bad King Kong Lives. He did make one other Tarzan movie, Tarzan Goes to India, but it was nowhere near as good as Tarzan's Greatest Adventure.
In this movie Tarzan is played by Gordon Scott and as I mentioned this isn’t the stilted possibly brained damaged version as portrayed by most actors prior to this film. The Tarzan in the Burroughs books was man who became fluent in several languages and not just human ones, so seeing a thoughtful intelligent Tarzan as portrayed by Scott was a nice surprise. The only criticism I have of his version of the Ape Man is that he has a 1950s haircut and lives in a treehouse with Cheetah the only real two holdovers from the Johnny Weissmuller days.
“Cheetah, time to swing on over to the local jungle barber salon.”
“No, I need no sermon to tell me how I feel about Dr. Quarles.”
“Death is never a pretty sight. We’ll see it again before the hunt is over.”
“I like my jungle men shaken not stirred.”
“Don’t delude yourself that we’re four to one. Tarzan won’t come in the front door, you know.”
A jungle man and his accessories.
Statistically speaking, it’s still the safest way to travel.
Who of course wins in the end is never in question.
This is easily one of my favorite Tarzan films; there is not one cast member that doesn’t given an excellent performance with Quale a real standout with his twisted portrayal of Slade. Though the film was shot in Africa sadly most of the animals are from stock film libraries and are not well integrated into the movie but this doesn’t do much to harm what is really a taught jungle thriller.
f you are a fan of Tarzan this is a must see film, don’t Cheetah yourself out of seeing it.