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TARZAN TV SERIES
Starring Ron Ely
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The first Tarzan television series ran on NBC from
September 1966 to April 1968,
for a total of 57 episodes. Ron Ely played an intelligent
Tagline: The Original Swinger...swinging to new
heights of adventure!
Ely Series (1966-1968)
TITLES ~ DATES ~ GUEST STARS
LINKS TO EPISODE REVIEWS WITH MANY PHOTOS
One of the best features of the series as a whole
is the excellent selection and acting ability of the guest stars.
For this reason I have included the names of the featured
guest stars with every episode.
The main weaknesses of the series are inconsistent
story lines, overuse of the young boy Jai character,
and too little interaction with the world of animals.
1. Eyes of the Lion (Laurie Sibbald ~ Nara,
Ned Romero ~ Oringa)
9/8/1966 A man-eating lion is mistaken for the
'seeing-eye' lion of a young blind girl, who has trained the animal from
infancy to be her eyes and protector in the jungle. Tarzan must prevent
the hostile villagers from killing the wrong lion.
2. The Ultimate
Weapon (Andrew Prine ~ Peter Haines, Jock
Mahoney ~ Hoby Wallington)
9/16/1966 When a game warden is shot by an ivory
poacher looking to make a fortune off the seasonal elephant migration,
the poacher falls off a cliff after tangling with Tarzan, but the accidental
death causes the man's son to vow revenge.
3. Leopard on
the Loose (Russ Tamblyn ~ Bell, Ken Scott
~ Morrisey, Morgan Jones ~ Galloway)
9/23/1966 A trading-post worker in need of money
tries to steal Jai's pet leopard.
4. A Life for a Life
(Jon Alvar ~ Obasi, Danica d'Hondt ~ Calloway)
9/30/1966 After a spider bite fells Jai, Tarzan
races to find one of two people whose blood might have antibodies that
could save the boy: a lady photographer and a wanted murderer.
5. The Prisoner
J. Wilke ~ Spooner, Charles Maxwell ~ Mac, Ken Drake ~ Dude)
10/7/1966 When a native policeman is seriously
injured by a diamond thief, Tarzan tries to get the criminal to jail -
and keep the officer's angry tribe from taking the law into its own hands.
6. The Three Faces of Death
(Ena Harman ~ Laneen, Woody Strode ~ Jamoya)
10/14/1966 Tarzan agrees to compete in three death-defying
events to prove a native woman's right to retain the rulership of her tribe.
7. The Prodigal Puma
(Rafer Johnson ~ Spandrell, Gigi Perreau ~ Sheri Kapinski)
10/21/1966 An embittered big-game hunter tries
to steal a rare puma that Tarzan has captured.
8. The Deadly Silence, Pt. 1 (Bob
Doqui ~ Metusa, Jock Mahoney
~ mad colonel, ...)
10/28/1966 Tarzan tries to stop a bloodthirsty
Colonel from taking over an African village with his soldiers of fortune.
However, Tarzan has been rendered temporarily deaf by an exploding hand
grenade, effectively limiting one of his keen senses, so he must rely on
his near-telepathic ability to communicate with a lion.
9. The Deadly Silence, Pt. 2
(...Woody Strode ~ Sgt. Marshak, Gregorio Acosta ~ henchman)
11/4/1966 Though still deafened by grenades, Tarzan
relies on his animal friends to help him elude the colonel's heavily-armed
10. The Figurehead
Cordell ~ Prince Shariff, Ken Drake ~ Karim)
11/11/1966 Tarzan and Jai try to get young Prince
Sharif out of the jungle to safety. The boy is being pursued by the same
conspirators who assassinated his father.
11. Village of
Fire (Nobu McCarthy ~ Dr. Haru)
11/18/1966 Tarzan races to recover a serum stolen
by a native chief. The drug is the only hope for the fever-wracked Jai,
who has been bitten by a jaguar and is near death.
12. The Day of
the Golden Lion (Suzy Parker ~ Laura
Keller, George Murdock and Curt Lowens)
12/2/1966 A native athletic championship is to
take place, with Tarzan taking part, but there is an attempt to steal the
13. Pearls of
Tanga (Carlos Riva ~ Admiral Gioco)
12/9/1966 Tarzan does battle with a criminal known as
'The Admiral' who has his own submarine and has been poisoning the waters
so that his own crew are the only ones able to recover fabulously valuable
14. The End of the River (Jill Donahue ~ Suzanne,
Michael Whitney & Robert Wilke & G. Murdock)
12/16/1966 A airplane crash in the jungle results
in Tarzan racing to save a girl's life and a perilous struggle with a convicted
15. The Ultimate Duel (Henry Silva ~ Dr.
12/23/1966 A deadly survival test pits Tarzan against
an electronic computer. The jungle lord is being tracked by a tribe of
native killers, directed by a scientist who uses a computer to predict
Tarzan's every move.
16. The Fire People (Mel Lettman ~ David
Chaddo, Elsa Gardenas ~ Dr. Halverson)
12/30/1966 Tarzan and Jai risk their lives to help
a native chief save his people. The superstitious tribesmen, frightened
by a witch doctor, won't abandon their home on a volcanic mountain that's
about to erupt.
17. Track of the Dinosaur (Lloyd Bochner
1/6/1967 Tarzan is marked for murder when he clashes
with a corrupt government official and his female co-conspirator. The pair
are using the natives' beliefs in a monster to drive them away from a rich
18. The Day the Earth Trembled (Susan Oliver
~ Peggy Dean)
1/13/1967 Tarzan reluctantly enlists the aid of
three escaped convicts to escort a group of endangered children to safety.
19. Cap'n Jai (Rockne Tarkington as Tao, Alan
Caillou as Jason Flood, Ben Wright as Hatcher, Chips Rafferty
as Dutch, Russ McCubbin as Zato, Gregg Palmer as Cookie)
1/20/1967 Jai is duped by three double-crossing
sailors, who are attempting to recover some stolen diamonds.
20. A Pride of Assassins (Jill Donahue
~ Diana Lawton, Gene Evans ~ Albers)
1/27/1967 When Tarzan and a young woman threaten
to expose his gunrunning scheme, a smuggler sends assassins after them.
21. The Golden Runaway (Gia Scala ~ Martha
Tolbooth, Khalil Dezaleel ~ Chundra Lai, Stacey Harris)
2/3/1967 To help find a woman's missing brother,
Tarzan takes her to see a village headman, who turns out to be a red-headed
22. Basil of the Bulge (Maurice
Evans ~ Sir Basil Bertram, Warren Stevens ~ Roger Bradley)
2/10/1967 A renowned war-time general, on a treaty
mission in the jungle, is captured by a dissenting tribe with the connivance
of a corrupt official.
23. Mask of Rona (Leslie
Parrish ~ Beryl Swann, Martin Gabel ~ Peter Maas)
2/17/1967 Tarzan is hired by wealthy, pampered
Peter Maas to located Rona Swann who has disappeared into the jungle. When
Tarzan locates the reclusive artist she declines to return and Maas is
actually a gun smuggler.
24. To Steal the Rising Sun (Ron
Glenn, Sr. ~Lukumba, Victoria Shaw ~ Lita MacKenzie)
2/24/1967 An exiled chief returns to the jungle
with three thieves and a plan to steal his former tribe's valuable ruby
- using Tarzan as his unwitting accomplice.
25. Jungle Dragnet (Victoria
Meyerink ~ Mandy Mason)
3/3/1967 A local revolutionary joins forces with
a foreign soldier to try to prevent the discovery of a rich oil field by
silencing a little girl.
26. The Perils of Charity Jones, Pt.1
(Julie Harris ~ Charity Jones, Woody Strode ~ Chaka)
3/10/1967 A missionary from America's midwest enlists
Jai's help to fulfill her father's last wish and deliver an organ to a
primitive tribe, but their boat is disabled.
27. The Perils of Charity Jones, Pt.2
3/17/1967 Tarzan rescues Charity and Jai from hostile
natives, but then the trio are pursued by another tribe who are after the
guns that Jai has hidden.
28. The Circus (Chips rafferty
~ Dutch Jensen)
3/24/1967 Jai and Dutch encounter a fugitive who
is trying to evade a manhunt by joining the circus.
29. The Ultimatum (Ruth
Roman ~ Madiline Riker, Ralph Meeker ~ Karnak)
3/31/1967 A dangerous woman and her hired thugs
threaten to destroy a native village unless Tarzan submits to being their
30. Algie B. for Brave (Maurice
Evans ~ Sir Basil Bertram, Tod Barrett)
4/7/1967 General Bertram returns, and gets Jai's
help on a mission to locate a foreign power's nuclear-detection equipment.
31. Man Killer (Tammy Grimes
~ Polly Larkin)
4/14/1967 Tarzan's search for a murderer is complicated
by a village whose natives employ drugs in their ceremonial rituals.
32. Tiger, Tiger (James Whitmore
~ Cliff Stockwell, Anne Jeffreys ~ Melody)
9/15/1967 Despite a warning from Tarzan that a
deadly tiger is loose in the area, an engineer insists on continuing work
on an irrigation project.
33. Voice of the Elephant
(Fredrick O'Neal ~ tribal spokesman, Murray Matheson ~ Judge)
9/22/1967 The life of Jai's pet elephant is in
danger after it receives the blame for the death of a commissioner.
34. Thief Catcher (Donald Mitchell
~N'duma, George Kennedy & John Haymer ~ convicts)
9/29/1967 The lives of both Tarzan and a native
chief are in danger from two escaped convicts, whose plan involves Jai.
35. The Blue Stone of Heaven, Pt.1
(Sam Jaffe ~ Dr. Singleton, William Marshall ~ Tatakombi...)
10/6/1967 Tarzan leads an archaeological expedition
to a burial ground deep in the jungle, in defiance of an ancient taboo.
Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion
This is a feature film version of episodes 35 and
36, "The Blue Stone of Heaven."
36. The Blue Stone of Heaven, Pt.2
(...Harry Lauter ~ Josh Miller, Ulla Stromstedt ~ Mary)
10/13/1967 A power-mad colonel plans to steal the
jeweled idol and dynamite the burial ground.
37. Maguma Curse (Simon Oakland
~ Burnett, Barbara Luna ~ Frankie)
10/20/1967 Tarzan battles to save a young woman
from a curse of death implemented by an treacherous engineer.
38. The Fanatics (Diana Hyland
~ Diana Russell, Donald Marshall ~ Kimini, William Smithers)
10/27/1967 Tarzan helps a female reporter expose
a rigged tribal election.
39. The Last of the Superman
(Alf Kjellin ~ von Wolvner, Antoinette Bower ~ Helge)
11/3/1967 A unrepentant Nazi forces Tarzan to help
him locate a buried fortune left over from the war.
40. Hotel Hurricane (Stewart Raffill
as Tall Boy, Manuel Padilla, Jr. as Jai, Rockne Tarkington as Tao, Alan
Caillou as Jason Flood, Seamon Glass as Freddy, Donnelly Rhodes as Hank,
Jean Hale as Lora, Bert Freed as Bonacci, Michael Tolan as John Turner,
Ronn Glenn Sr.
11/10/1967 Mobsters try to fool Tarzan and Jai
into helping them recover stolen money.
41. The Pride of a Lioness (James
MacArthur ~ Dr. Wilson, Helen Hayes ~ mother, Geoffrey Holder)
11/17/1967 A young doctor is faced with two opponents
in his attempt to keep his late father's clinic in operation. A native
witch doctor has threatened his death and his socialite mother wants to
have him deported. His mother, Mrs. Wilson, spent 30 lonely years in America
while her husband was a jungle doctor in Africa. When Tarzan refuses to
help her, she bands together with any evil faction in her attempt to get
her son back. Tarzan helps her to realize that her husband was noble and
she decides to stay with her son and help him.
42. Mountains of the Moon,
Pt.1(Ethel Merman, Harry Lauter ~ Whitehead, Rokne Tarkington)
11/24/1967 A widow leads a cult of religious pilgrims
on a dangerous journey into forbidden land, beset by saboteurs as well
as hostile natives.
43. Mountains of the Moon, Pt.2
12/1/1967 McCloud and her followers continue
into forbidden land, but natives on horseback are waiting in ambush.
44. Jai's Amnesia (John Dehner
12/15/1967 Jai suffers a loss of memory as a result
of an accident and ends up involved in an attempt to steal a sacred ruby.
45. Creeping Giants (Robert Wilke
~ Colin Yeager, Raymond St. Jacques ~ Wilson, Joel Fluellen)
12/29/1967 Tarzan fights a powerful land owner
who has duped an engineer into dynamiting a mountain range, a project that
will wipe out several native villages.
46. The Professional (Pat
Conway ~ Colonel Stone, Clarence Williams ~ Sorda)
1/5/1968 A mad colonel and his heavily armed troops
overrun the land of a peace-loving tribe, but he has reckoned without Tarzan.
47. The Convert (Malachi Throne
~ Larson, James Earl Jones ~ Nerlan, Diana Ross & Supremes
1/12/1968 Three nuns who have come to a native
village to set up a hospital become unwitting pawns in a struggle between
the village chief and a scheming land developer.
48. King of the Dwsari
(Robert Loggia ~ Brown, Ernie Terrell [boxer] ~ Zwaka)
1/26/1968 Tarzan is imprisoned when he tries
to free a native tribe that has been duped by a smooth-talking American
49 A Gun for Jai (Ed Bakey ~
Prince, Peter Whitney ~ Mulvaney)
2/2/1968 While protecting a trigger-happy safari
group from angry natives, and from themselves, the jungle lord must search
for the wounded Cheetah the chimp.
50. Trek to Terror (Michael
Ansara ~ Regis, Booker T. Bradshaw ~ Dr. Kenny)
2/9/1968 Tarzan is duped into helping a corrupt
police inspector who arrests a crusading missionary and intends to kill
51. End of a Challenge (Woody
Strode ~ Bangu, Chill Wills ~ Montrose, Henry Jones, Pedro Gonzales)
2/16/1968 Tarzan and Chief Bangu are forced
to forget their mutual animosity as they team up to search for the chief's
son and Jai, who have been kidnaped by a gun-toting thief.
52. Jungle Ransom (Fermando Lamas
~ Ramon Cortinez, Barbara Bouchet, Ted Cassidy)
2/23/1968 As Tarzan and a bandit engage in
a battle of wits, a young woman tries to use both men in an effort to free
her husband, a hostage in the bandit's camp.
53. Four O'Clock Army, Pt.1 (Maurice
Evans ~ Sir Basil Bertram, Julie Haris ~ Charity Jones...)
3/1/1968 No one can agree on how to prevent
a forthcoming raid by slave traders.
54. Four O'Clock Army, Pt.2 (...Bernie
Hamilton ~ Waziri Chief)
3/8/1968 Tarzan goes after the slave traders, whose prisoners
55. Rendezous for Revenge
(John Vernon ~ Dan Burton, Laraine Stephens ~ Doria)
3/15/1968 ~ Tarzan pursues a fugitive couple who are
armed with hand grenades.
56. Alex the Great (Neville Brand
Alex Spence, Michael Dunn ~ Amir)
3/22/1968 ~ The task of protecting a village from a man-eating
lion is complicated by the arrival of a man determined to prove himself
superior to Tarzan - by killing the jungle lord.
57. Trina (Stacey Maxwell
~ Trina McKenzie, Nehemiah Persoff ~ Chembe Kunja)
4/5/1968 ~ A girl requests help from Tarzan to find her
Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion
This is a feature film version of episodes 35 and
36, "The Blue Stone of Heaven." It is the only film version whose title
was changed from that of the original 2-part episode.
~1. Seven stitches to the head from a lion bite
Ron Ely insisted on doing all his own stunts and animal
This resulted in at least 17 wounds and injuries ~~
in the first season alone:
~ 2. broken nose in a water fight
~ 3. dislocated jaw in a fight
~ 4. wrenched neck and disc in vine swinging accident
~ 5. right shoulder separation in vine swinging accident
~ 6. left shoulder separation from vine breaking during
~ 7. 3 broken ribs from same accident
~ 8. right biceps muscle torn in lion fight
~ 9. claw marks from leopard and puma fight
~ 10. sprained wrists from action scenes
~ 11. left leg hamstring muscle pulled
~ 12. right thigh muscle pulled
~ 13. bites and claw marks from jungle animals
~ 14. both ankles sprained from hard landings after leaps
~ 15. tops of feet badly scratched in fall down hill
~ 16. cracked left heel and
~ 17. bottom of right foot torn slipping on rocky mountains.
Ron Ely, fallen angelóTVís Tarzan separated a shoulder
and cracked a rib
when a vine gave way, but like a trouper, went right
back to work.
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