Celebrating the Tarzan Film Centennial #168
The plot to "Tarzan's New York Adventure" (1942), took
the ape man to civilization for the first time in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's
six talkie films.
Circus owner Buck Rand (Charles Bickford) and his trainer
Manchester Mountford (Chill Wills), trapping animals in the jungle, meet
Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller), Jane (Maureen O’Sullivan) and Boy (Johnny
Sheffield). Boy proudly puts his trained elephants through their paces
for the avaricious showmen, who realize that the lad would be a star attraction
in their big top.
Attacked by hostile Joconi tribesmen, the circus men
flee to New York with Boy, leaving Tarzan and Jane for dead in a raging
bushfire. Cheeta the chimp awakens Tarzan and Jane, who escape the fire
and plan their rescue of boy. Arriving at a trading outpost, they are fitted
with civilized clothes and hitch a ride on a mail plane bound for the Big
Apple, where Tarzan and Cheeta try to navigate the concrete jungle with
Following the scant clues left by Boy’s abductors,
Tarzan and Jane enlist the help of nightclub singer Connie Beach (Virginia
Grey) and her boyfriend Jimmie Shields (Paul Kelly), who piloted the men
to Africa. A courtroom showdown with the circus’s devious lawyer (Charles
Lane) ends with Tarzan and Jane losing custody of Boy.
Racing through the city, pursued by the authorities,
Tarzan arrives at the circus, where he enlists the aid of the elephants
in rescuing Boy and administering justice to the corrupt owners. Afterward,
the sympathetic judge (Russell Hicks) restores custody to Tarzan and Jane,
who return to Africa with Boy and Cheeta.