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Volume 1960

Tarzan Goes To India ~ 1962


After Gordon Scott's retirement, producer Sy Weintraub renamed his company Banner Productions and began a search for film Tarzan 13. Former stuntman, 43-year-old Jock Mahoney, who had previously lost the audition for the role of Ape Man to Lex Barker, seemed to fit Weintraub's image of Tarzan -- lean, tall and very agile. Weintraub had first noticed Mahoney in Tarzan the Magnificent in which he had played the villain.
SUMMARY
Tarzan is summoned to India by an old friend, a maharajah, and Princess Kamara, who are concerned that 300 elephants will be drowned when a valley is flooded by a new dam for a hydroelectric scheme.  Tarzan clashes with O'Hara, the project manager, and Bryce, the construction engineer, who are determined to complete the project by the deadline. Tarzan is assisted by Jai, a young mahout who rides a mighty elephant named Gajendrah.  Local refugees displaced by the new dam build a large stockade. Tarzan kills Bala, the rogue leader of the elephants, with an arrow to the brain.  The refugees drive the elephants into the stockade and then Tarzan, riding Gajendrah, leads the elephants through the pass but he must demolish a blockade with an arrow rigged with dynamite to allow the elephants to escape.  Tarzan then offers the services of both the elephants and the refugees to help finish the project on time.  Mission completed.
TRIVIA
  • Jock Mahoney aka Jacques O'Mahoney: b. 1919.02.07 Chicago ~ d. 1989.12.14 (stroke) Bremerton, WA
  • Jock was a pilot in USMC WWII and attended the University of Iowa
  • In THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN (1948) Jock doubled for star Errol Flynn, leaping down a giant staircase to tackle the movie's villain.
  • He was married to Lorraine O'Donnell, Margaret Field (1952) and Autumn Russell (1967)
  • Jock Mahoney was film Tarzan number 13.
  • Mahoney had played the villainous Coy Banton in Gordon Scott's Tarzan the Magnificent
  • Mahoney at age 42 was the oldest actor to be hired for the Tarzan role (Weissmuller was 43 when he retired from the role)
  • Mahoney had auditioned for the Tarzan role after Weissmuller's retirement. He lost out to Lex Barker.
  • Actress Simi was chosen from 800 applicants who had answered an ad in a Bombay paper.
  • Jai the elephant boy was discovered on the streets of Bombay.
  • The film was a great commercial success, becoming the highest grossing film in the series.
  • The cast includes Indian Bollywood actors Feroz Khan, Simi Garewal and Murad who had pivotal roles.
  • Ironically nearly 20 years after he played Tarzan, Mahoney returned to jungle as the stunt coordinator of Bo Derek's TARZAN THE APE MAN (1981)

  • CAST
     Jock Mahoney ...  Tarzan
     Jai ...  Elephant Boy
     Leo Gordon ...  Bryce, Head Engineer
     Mark Dana ...  O'Hara
     Feroz Khan ...  Prince Raghu Kumar
     Simi Garewal ...  Princess Kamara (as Simi)
     Murad ...  Maharajah
     Jagdish Raay ...  Raaj
     G. Raghaven ...  Chakra
     Aaron Joseph ...  Drive
     Abas Khan ...  Pilot
     Pehelwan Ameer ...  Mooty
     K.S. Tripathi ...  Conservation officer
     Peter Cooke ...  Foreman
     Denis Bastian ...  Servant

    88 min ~ Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1 more
    Filming Locations: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India more



    CREDITS
    Producer: Sy Weintraub ~ Jesse Corallo (associate producer)
    Director: John Guillermin ~  Dennis Bertera (assist.) ~ Chimankant Gandhi (assist.)
    Writers: Robert Hardy Andrews ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters)
    Original Music: Ken Jones
    Cinematography: Paul Beeson
    Film Editing: Max Benedict
    Art Direction: George Provis
    Makeup Department: Stuart Freeborn
    Production Managementa: Joe LevySecond Unit Director or Assistant Director
    Art Department: Joseph Cairns ~ William Green ~ K.P. Sankarankutty
    Sound Department: Chris Greenham (dubbing) Bill Howell (recordist)
    Special Effects: Roy Whybrow
    Camera and Electrical Department: Ellis Dungan ~ Godfrey A. Godar ~ Thomas Tilly
    Music Department (composers): Jaikishan Dayabhai Pankal ~ Shankarsinh Raghuwanshi

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        The Love Bug -1968
        Bandolero! -1968
        Tarzan's Three Challenges -1963
        Tarzan Goes to India -1962
        Tarzan the Magnificent -1960
        A Time to Love and a Time to Die -1958
        The Land Unknown -1957
        Battle Hymn -1956
        Away All Boats -1956
        Santa Fe -1951
        The Nevadan -1950
        The Doolins of Oklahoma -1949

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