Tarzan Goes to India (1962)

Article 3709 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-25-2011
Posting Date: 10-10-2011
Directed by John Guillermin
Featuring Jock Mahoney, Jai, Leo Gordon
Country: UK / USA / Switzerland
What it is: Tarzan abroad

The completion of a dam will flood out a valley where a herd of 300 elephants resides. No attempts have been made to evacuate the beasts because they’re being lead by a dangerous rogue elephant. Tarzan arrives in India at a friend’s request, and seeks to save the elephants by killing the rogue and and placing a benevolent elephant in its place. But can he accomplish this before the only exit point from the valley is walled in?

As is often the case with Tarzan movies, the only fantastic content in this one is the marginal fantasy element of Tarzan himself; otherwise, this is straightforward jungle adventure. Its rating of 4.9 on IMDB indicates it is not well liked, but I found this fairly decent; the basic story is fairly original, the India locations give the movie a different flavor from the other Tarzan movies, and though he’s leaner than some of the other people who’ve played the role, I don’t mind Jock Mahoney as Tarzan. The biggest problem I have is that the villains of the piece seem poorly motivated; they act villainously just because they’re villains, though it’s nice that the two of them are different enough (one is redeemable, the other is irredeemable) that they give us a bit of variety. This one is definitely for elephant fans, as there are a lot of them on hand here. On a side note, I do wonder why Tarzan couldn’t afford to take a flight that was willing to actually land at his point of arrival instead of having him dive out of the plane into a body of water, but maybe that’s just Tarzan showing off. There’ll probably be more Tarzan hijinks tomorrow.

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