HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Three Musketeers in Cavalier Boots
Hunter's Prayer, The
Country
Absolution
Rough Draft, A
Battle of the Godfathers
Lu Over the Wall
She's Funny That Way
Vox Lux
Aftermath, The
Five Fingers for Marseilles
Jupiter's Moon
Favourite, The
Mysteries of the Gods
Coming Home
De Sade
Patti Cake$
Hellbound
Final Destination 2
Romance
Bros: After the Screaming Stops
Cockleshell Heroes, The
Mule, The
Sunday in the Country
Nutcracker Fantasy
Spellcaster
Hipsters
Executive Action
Captain Marvel
Zombie Girl
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rhinoceros
Monkey King 3, The
Adventurers, The
Stripped to Kill
Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
Aladdin's Magic Lamp
Christopher Robin
Hole in the Ground, The
Daniel
   
 
Newest Articles
Wondrous Women: Supergirl vs Captain Marvel
Things Have Changed: Films You'd Be Insane to Make Now
The Hole in the Ground: Director Lee Cronin Interview
She's Missing: Director Alexandra McGuinness Interview
Woo's the Boss: Last Hurrah for Chivalry & Hand of Death on Blu-ray
Get Ahead in Showbiz: Expresso Bongo and It's All Happening
Outer Space and Outta Sight: Gonks Go Beat on Blu-ray
Tucked: The Derren Nesbitt Interview
Locomotion Pictures: The Best of British Transport Films on Blu-ray
Roman Scandals: Extreme Visions from Ancient Rome
Spider-Wrong and Spider-Right: The Dragon's Challenge and Into the Spider-Verse
Monster Dog: Cujo on Blu-ray
For Christ's Sake: Jesus Christ Superstar and The Last Temptation of Christ
Not In Front of the Children: Inappropriate Kids Movies
Deeper into Ozploitation: Next of Kin and Fair Game
   
 
  Tarzan's New York Adventure First We Take ManhattanBuy this film here.
Year: 1942
Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Virginia Grey, Charles Bickford, Paul Kelly, Chill Wills, Cy Kendall, Russell Hicks, Howard C. Hickman, Charles Lane, Miles Mander, Mantan Moreland, Darby Jones, Cheeta, Elmo Lincoln
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: In the depths of the African jungle, Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) and his partner Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) are enjoying a swim with their adopted son Boy (Johnny Sheffield) when their frolicing is halted by the droning sound from above. They look up and see an aeroplane flying overhead, and it seems to be landing nearby; Boy is excited, as he always is by the prospect of seeing a plane, but Tarzan is wary. He goes over to see who these visitors are, and they turn out to be circus owners herding up animals for their show. But what if they took Boy with them as well?

And that's precisely what they do, for this, the final pairing with Weissmuller and O'Sullivan, which alone puts it in a special place in the hearts of Tarzan movie fans. O'Sullivan was growing tired of the series, and this instalment was written expressly to placate her so she got a more grown up storyline and the chance to wear a wardrobe more varied than the one she usually wore in these films, i.e. a short, animal skin dress. It wasn't enough, however, and she would not follow Weissmuller and Sheffield when they carried on to RKO for the rest of the films.

For all the more serious aspects to Tarzan's New York Adventure, it's the comedy you're most likely to remember. First the Ape Man has to get to the Big Apple, and to do so Boy has to be taken away: though he is not kidnapped, as many sources say, no, he goes of his own accord but only because he thinks his adoptive parents have perished in a fire started by a fearsome tribe that sees off the circus folk. Incidentally, the tribe scupper Tarzan by cutting the vine he is swinging from - why didn't anyone think of that before? It never crossed the minds of all those Great White Hunters in previous adventures.

Anyway, off Boy goes, flying to New York, and Tarzan and Jane are saved by Cheeta in the nick of time. Now they must reach the United States, but by the time they get to the city Boy is thirty-three years old! No, only joking, this is the movie world so the couple (with Cheeta) make swift progress across the continent and end up having to wear proper clothes, which for Tarzan is a first. He's such a strapping chap he has to have a suit made for him, and it's strange seeing Weissmuller so attired, even if that is what he undoubtedly would wear in real life.

For a while the film looks like Cheeta's New York Adventure, with the ape getting the lion's share (chimp's share?) of the camera time as he startles the urban folk and causes low level havoc, even riding on the roof of a taxi cab when Tarzan tries to leave him back in the hotel room. But some of the funniest bits of business see Weissmuller taking a shower with his clothes on and yelling with satisfaction, or marching straight up to a nightclub chanteuse (Virginia Grey) as she is singing, demanding answers. He's lots of fun to watch, putting this a notch above some of his other entries, and when he gets to show off his athleticism by, say, diving off the Brooklyn Bridge, you know he is a champion worth cheering for, so even if he has trouble explaining his ideas of freedom to an American court of law, we know he's a triumphant force for good. Music by David Snell.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2735 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
  Desbris M
Paul Shrimpton
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
  Derrick Smith
Darren Jones
   

 

Last Updated: