TARZAN AND THE HUNTRESS (1947)
Article 1875 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-3-2006
Posting Date: 9-30-2006
Directed by Kurt Neumann
Featuring Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
A safari of hunters conspires with some greedy natives to assassinate a native king who is restricting the amount of trapping the hunters can do. When the new regime allows the hunters to capture animals without limit, Tarzan takes action.
The opening parts of this movie are the best, as they feature Tarzan, Jane and Boy all having fun with each other; these scenes show that a real chemistry had developed between all the actors concerned. Cheetah is also on hand, and she proves to be one of the great animal comedians of all time; her quest to get hold of the huntress’s compact is one of the highlights of the movie. These scenes go a long way to compensate for the fact that the plot this time was pretty tired; most of what happens here has happened before in other Tarzan movies, and it is very short of real surprises. Still, it is, like all of the Weissmuller Tarzan movies, rather enjoyable, even if the savagery was long gone by this point. This was, however, Johnny Sheffield’s last movie in the series; his contract had expired and he had signed up with Monogram to make Bomba movies. Weissmuller himself had only one more Tarzan movie in him, though Brenda Joyce would hang around in the series long enough to welcome Lex Barker into the role.