Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle (1955)

Article 3710 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-26-2011
Posting Date: 10-11-2011
Directed by Harold D. Schuster
Featuring Gordon Scott, Vera Miles, Peter van Eyck
Country: USA
What it is: Tarzan movie

A doctor who is friendly with an animal-worshiping native tribe is placed in peril when he befriends two professional hunters who are pretending to be cameramen. The hunters intend to drive the sacred animals to a land across the river so they can hunt them safely away from the tribe. Can Tarzan save the doctor and the animals?

For yesterday’s Tarzan movie, I rather liked that the plot was a bit novel; I can’t say the same about this one, which pits Tarzan once again against evil hunters. Furthermore, this is one of the duller entries in the series; it’s the sort of movie where Tarzan is swimming in the same river with a crocodile and they pass each other peacefully. There’s no treehouse, no Jane, no Boy, and even Cheta’s antics are kept to a minimum. Furthermore, outside of the mild fantasy elements inherent in the Tarzan concept, there’s no fantastic content, and the title of the movie doesn’t really mean anything. There are much better Tarzan movies out there.

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