Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)

Article 4918 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 9-4-2015
Directed by Robert Day
Featuring Mike Henry, David Opatoshu, Manuel Padilla, Jr.
Country: USA / Switzerland
What it is: Tarzan movie

When a boy emerges from the jungle who is believed to be the resident of hidden tribe with a valley full of gold, a crimelord kidnaps him in order to get the gold for himself. However, Tarzan may put a stop to his scheme…

Someone in charge of this movie decided that the Tarzan formula needed to be updated a little. The solution? How about adding some James Bond touches to the mix? Fortunately, the movie only emphasizes this approach during the first twenty minutes or so; things return to normal once Tarzan is back in his loincloth and in the jungle. The fantastic content is pretty marginal; there’s some gadgetry on hand (the main villain’s hobby is designing miniature booby traps) and we have one of those hidden civilizations that pop up in these jungle movies from time to time. The movie is adequate, but no better than that; the pace is rather sluggish and the action sequences aren’t particularly well staged. Mike Henry has a good physique for Tarzan, but as a character in this movie, Tarzan is fairly one-dimensional. There’s quite a bit of animal footage, but even Dinky the chimp doesn’t register much in the way of presence. All in all, the series was getting pretty tired by this point. Still, this is the only movie I’ve seen where a man is killed by a giant cola bottle.

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