Tarzan the Tiger (1929)

Article #1202 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-29-2004
Posting Date: 11-26-2004
Directed by Henry MacRae
Featuring Frank Merrill, Natalie Kingston, Al Ferguson

Tarzan loses his memory while trying to gather jewels from the temple of Opar to pay for his estate, and then finds himself battling for his life against a false friend intent on betraying him.

Now, this is a relief; a silent serial that is not only in good condition, but has an excellent musical soundtrack and fine sound effects to round out the experience. It’s also another one based directly on one of Burrough’s novels, in this case “Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar”. Frank Merrill is quite effective as Tarzan; in fact, he even exhibits a few moments of Herculean strength that pushes this one even more into the realms of fantasy. It even has a few effective lyrical moments that you rarely find in serials, especially during the first episode. Once again, we have a whole slew of villains, and they’re as apt to betray each other as to join forces against Tarzan. I would have to say at this point of time that this one is far and away my favorite Tarzan serial, and certainly one of the better serials I’ve seen of any kind. Incidentally, the Weissmuller Tarzans were not the first ones to feature nude swimming from Jane, as Natalie Kingston demonstrates here at one point. One-time Dr. Jekyll Sheldon Lewis is also on hand as a villainous Arab.

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