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Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968)
Mike Henry
Film number 3 of 3 in the Henry series


Tarzan and the Jungle Boy Credits

Reference: IMDB
Tagline: Eric Was Just a Boy, But He Could Still Teach the Mighty Tarzan a Few Secrets of the Jungle!

ALIZA GUR
Plot Outline:
Tarzan is joined by a reporter (Aliza Gur) and her fiance on a journey to find a boy who was abandoned in the jungle six years earlier.
The search party must also battle an evil native, who is out to kill the boy and take over as chief of his brother's tribe.
 
 

CAST
Mike Henry: Tarzan
Rafer Johnson: Nagambi
Aliza (Alizia) Gur: Myrna (as Alizia Gur)
Steve Bond: Erik
Ronald Gans: Ken
Edward Johnson: Buhara

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Director: Robert Gordon
Producers: Robert Day and Sy Weintraub (executive)
Writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters) ~ Stephen Lord
Release Date: May 1968 (USA)
Company: Banner Productions
Original Music: William Loose
Cinematography: Özen Sermet
Film Editing: Reg Browne and Milton K. Mann
Art Direction: Herbert Smith
99 min ~ Colour ~ Location: Brazil
Aspect Ratio:2.35 : 1 ~ Sound: Mono
 
 


TARZAN AND THE JUNGLE BOY
A Review By Steve Allsop
Thanks to a good friend in the Burroughs community, I was finally able to watch Tarzan and the Jungle Boy, and was I in for a treat! This last of the classic run of Tarzan movies is also one of the best ever.

Much of that is because of Mike Henry, who is the closest thing I have ever seen to a Frazetta painting come to life. That may not be an accident, either -- this was filmed in early 1966, after Frazetta had made an impact with his ERB paperbacks. Henry is so physically superior that he really makes Burroughs' superhuman and inexhaustible vitality believable. Like Tom Jones sings in Thunderball, "He runs while others walk."

This story has a little of everything to please the Tarzan movie fan. It also has virtually everything to please a Tarzan book fan too, except for a lost city. This film comes very close to really pastiching the books. Henry's Tarzan is the best of both worlds -- he has the raw animal instinct of Weissmuller combined with the beauty and intelligence of Joe Lara.
 
 

There were so many cool scenes in it that I can hardly remember all the ones I wanted to mention. Thankfully this is set in Africa, so we get to see Tarzan as Lord of his own land in this. The "Jungle Boy" is the best boy since Johnny Sheffield, a far cry from the Jai type. One great scene: the jungle boy captures a guinea hen with his bare hands to eat. Another great scene is of Tarzan and the Jungle Boy swinging together through the trees, and we get a Tarzan's-eye view of this for the first time I ever remember.

When Tarzan first meets the boy, the boy's leopard growls menacingly at Tarzan, who then calmly goes over, sits down beside the cat and begins stroking its neck. This is the same cat that had just been in a terrible fight with a lion, and that was also a highly realistic scene of that battle. The cats both looked like they meant business.

Another beautiful moment -- Henry picks up a black warrior, Gordon Scott-style, over his head, and hurls him into the other warrior, and they are both thrown off of a cliff to their doom. Also, a fantastic element -- while Henry is swimming under water, his foot gets caught by a giant clam.

This was the last of the classic run of Tarzan films, at least for over a decade. Too bad, too. I wonder what Henry is doing today? I would like to get him to come out of retirement and do one last Tarzan film, just like Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again. And I would pay some serious cash for a book by Henry describing his workout routine for playing Tarzan!


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