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Tarzan's adopted son, Boy (Johnny Sheffield), finds gold while swimming in a river and when Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) tells him of all the things this could buy him in civilization, he goes off exploring the world. He is captured by the Ubardis after rescuing a child belonging to their tribe. The natives are about to sacrifice Boy to ward off a plague, when he is rescued by a scientific safari led by Professor Elliot (Reginald Owen) and Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller). Greedy safari members, Medford (Tom Conway) and Vandemeer (Philip Dorn) learn from Boy that there is gold on Tarzan's escarpment. They allow the good Professor Elliot to die from fever and then kidnap Jane and Boy to force them to lead them to the gold. On their way to the "mountain of gold" they are captured by the Joconis who torture the porters to death and take the whites along the river to their village. Tarzan who has been aided by the safari's good cameraman, O'Doul (Barry Fitzgerald), follows then down the river and enlists the aid of elephants and cooperative crododiles in capsizing the native canoes. Jane and Boy are rescued, Medford and Vandermeer are killed, and O'Doul is rewarded with a melon-full of gold nuggets.
|Director: Richard Thorpe
Producer: B.P. Fineman
Writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters) ~
Myles Connolly & Paul Gangelin (screenplay)
Original Music by David Snell
|Special Effects by Warren Newcombe
Black and White (Sepiatone - blue tone) ~ 81m ~ 8 reels ~
35mm negative and print ~ Spherical ~ Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero
Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons ~ Howard Campbell (associate art director)
Set Decoration by Edwin B. Willis
Production Management: Art Smith
Assistant Director: Gilbert Kurland
Joseph M. Newman: second unit director
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Photographic Effects by Lloyd Knechtel
Florida Director of Photography: Lloyd Knechtel
Florida Camera Operator: Al Lane
Production Companies: Loew's Inc. ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Distributors: Loew's Inc. ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Production Dates: 10 July 1941 - 16 August 1941;
additional scenes September 1941 and 22 September 1941 - 8 October 1941
Release Dates: USA December 1, 1941 ~ New York City December 24, 1941 ~ Canada (Toronto) June 30, 1942
Copyright Holder Loew's, Inc.; 12 November 1941; LP10872
Reginald Owen: Born August 5, 1887 at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England and died of a heart attack on November 5, 1972 in Boise, Idaho. He was probably Hollywood's busiest character actor - making more than 80 films. He was educated in England at Sir Herbert Tree's Academy of Dramatic Arts. Owen excelled and made his professional debut also in England at the age of 18. He came to New York in the early 1920s and started working on Broadway by 1924. He left New York in 1928 and moved to Hollywood, hoping to make it in films. In 1929, he landed his first role in The Letter. In 1932 he played Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes.
Although, he didn't get many leading roles, he did get to work with some of Hollywood's most beautiful leading ladies like, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Jeanette MacDonald (Owen's personal favorite), Barbara Stanwyck and Elizabeth Taylor. Owen continued to work into his 70s and 80s making family classics.
Parial Filmography: Robbers' Roost (1932) ~ Sherlock Holmes (1932) ~ Study in Scarlet (1933) ~ Of Human Bondage (1934) ~ Anna Karenina (1935) ~ Call of the Wild (1935) ~ Great Ziegfeld (1936) ~ Rose-Marie (1936) ~ A Tale of Two Cities (1935) ~ A Christmas Carol (1938) ~ Charley's Aunt (1941) ~ A Yank in the RAF (1941) ~ Mrs. Miniver (1942) ~.Woman of the Year (1942) ~ Random Harvest (1942) ~ White Cargo (1942) ~ Madame Curie (1943) ~ National Velvet (1944) ~ Canterville Ghost (1944) ~ Kitty (1945) ~ Imperfect Lady (1947) ~ Three Musketeers (1948) ~ Kim (1950) ~ Tammy and the Doctor (1963) .... Jason Tripp ~ Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) ~ Mary Poppins (1969)~ Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
He took up residence in Hollywood and went on to give outstanding performances in major films He won the Academy Award For Best Supporting Actor in 1944 for his portrayal of gruff, aging Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way. In an Academy first, he was also nominated for the Best Actor Award for the same role, the only actor to ever be so honored.
Filmography Highlights: Bringing Up Baby (1938)
~ Dawn Patrol (1938) ~ The Long Voyage Home (1940) ~ How Green Was My Valley
(1941) ~ None But The Lonely Heart (1944) ~ Going My Way (1944) ~ Duffy's
Tavern (1945) ~ And Then There Were None (1945) ~ Two Years Before The
Mast (1946) ~ The Quiet Man (1952).
Tom Conway: Born Thomas Charles Sanders on September 15, 1904 in St. Petersburg, Russia and died of a liver ailment on April 22, 1967 in Culver City, Los Angeles, California. Tom Conway and brother George Sanders were born to a wealthy family in pre-Bolshevik Revolution Russia, He might have followed his father's occuaption as a rope manufacturer and inherited several estates but for the Revolution. Tom (age 13) and George (age 11), together with their parents and sister Margaret (age 5) emigrated to England, leaving most of their wealth in the hands of the Bolsheviks. The brothers attended Dunhurst and Bedales, public schools, and eventually Brighton College. After college, Tom went to Northern Rhodesia where he worked in gold, copper and asbestos mines and even attempted ranching. Frustrated by his lack of success he borrowed passage home. In England, Conway worked as an engineer in a carburator company and later sold safety glass. He was discovered by a representative from a little theatre group who persuaded him to join them. Conway eventually worked for the Manchester Repertory Company and toured with them in twenty-five or thirty plays. He also appeared in BBC radio broadcasts. Brother George persuaded him to go to Hollywood. To prevent confusion on the part of the public, they tossed a coin to see who would have to change his name. Conway began work for MGM, eventually appearing as a contract player in twelve films there, including a bit part in "Mrs. Minniver".
Brother George, tiring of RKO's Falcon series, offered Tom his first big break as his replacement in "The Falcon's Brother" (1942), he first of ten films he did in the series. He had a multitude of other roles (comedy, adventure, mysteries, horror, musicals, two Tarzan films, SF) but with the collapse of the studio system the calibre and number of film roles started to shrink in the '50s. He turned to television and had many guest roles in shows such as Detective Mark Saber, Rawhide, Adventures in Paradise, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the Betty Hutton Show, etc. Failing eyesight and prolonged bouts with alcohol took their toll on Tom Conway in his last years. His second wife, Queenie Leonard divorced him in 1963 and his brother broke off all contact with him over his drinking. In 1965 he was discovered living in a $2-a-day flophouse in a Venice. Conway stood tall, trim, and white haired to the end. His last years were marked with many hospital visits including an operation for caaracts. Former sister-in-law Zsa Zsa Gabor visited his hospital room one day and gave him $200. He died the next day. (Ref. IMDB)
Filmography Highlights: Lady Be Good (1941) ~ People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941) ~ Falcon's Brother (first of many in the series) (1942) ~ Mrs. Miniver (1942) ~ Rio Rita (1942) ~ Mr. and Mrs. North (1942) ~ The Challenge (Bulldog Drummond) (1948) ~ Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)
Filmography Highlights in Hollywood: Enemy Agent (1940) ~ Ziegfeld Girl (1941) ~ Random Harvest (1942) ~ Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942) ~ Passage to Marseille (1944) ~ I've Always Loved You (1946) in which a future Jane, Vanessa Brown, appeared. ~ I Remember Mama (1948).~ Fighting Kentuckian (1949) ~ Sealed Cargo (1951)
Motion Picture Herald
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January 1942. Elm Street. Theater Row in Dallas
Tarzan's Secret Treasure is playing at the Majestic.
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