July 20, 2012 Subject:
I just had to chime in and say that Bennett is the epitome of Tarzan. Having read all of the E. R. Burroughs books as a young lad I had Bruce Bennett pictured in my mind having never seen a Tarzan movie. Watch the movie for the treat of seeing Tarzan a Burroughs described him. (Although the literary Tarzan was not as politically correct as the silver screen version)
February 10, 2010 Subject:
No Cheeta (who's still alive, BTW)
Ignore the screwball plot that has Tarzan (Herman Brix a.k.a. Bruce Bennett) off to Guatemala to rescue a French pilot who crashed while flying over stock footage of East Africa. (I told you it was a screwball plot.) The first half of this movie is mostly a bad travel log. In the second half all hell breaks loose with Tarzan battling a ferocious jaguar and a nasty leopard. (Don't ask me how the damn leopard got to Guatemala!) Then he moves on to rescuing babes, and ends up in an extended, single-handed fist fight with about a thousand natives. (Phew!) Brix/Bennett makes a pretty decent Tarzan, though he isn't quite as much fun as Weissmuller and his "Me Tarzan. You Jane." In fact there is no Jane. Sit through the wrong-headed travel log. It definitely will be worth it. FOOTNOTE: This is a condensation of the 12 part serial. Also see "Tarzan and the Green Goddess," which is excerpted from the same serial.
September 27, 2007 Subject:
The Not so New Adventures of Tarzan
This movie, because of Bruce Bennett’s portrayal of Tarzan has been a favorite of mine for more years than I care to remember. Unfortunately, I can’t bear to watch the print you are showing. It is a reissue with a dubbed soundtrack which was released in the late fifties. Bruce Bennett’s excellent baritone voice is replaced with a nasally whine which makes me cringe, he should have sued.
The original film ran for 75 minutes, but this print only runs 59 minutes. Sadly this appears to me the only print available, as it was shown on AMC several years ago when they had a Tarzan film festival. There is a 75 minute video out there, but it is the same print with 15 minutes of stock jungle added to it.
As to Edgar Rice Burroughs involvement with the film, he was a partner with Dearholt, Stout and Cohen in Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprise, but didn’t tale any part in the filming. He did view the rushes pf the film and made deletions and additions to the finished film.
D. Peter Ogden
June 24, 2007 Subject:
Since IMDb lists Edgar Rice Burroughs as one of the two writers and the production company as Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises Inc., I'm inclined to believe that Mr. Burroughs WAS involved in the making of this film (previous review notwithstanding)...
Great movie! I really enjoyed it!
March 18, 2007 Subject:
Lord of the Apes
A search to find out more about this Tarzan lead me to some interesting facts.
Herman Brix only just died in February 2007 at the age of 100! Those Olympic genes certainly paid off. This, in turn lead me to discover E.Burroughs did NOT produce or have anything to do with the making of this film. It was, however, produced by a close friend who had the same vision.
Overall, this is a very entertaining film and is especially good paired with The Green Goddess. These two films were actually twelve parts of a serial edited for some theaters into two full length features. This was done at the time of its release, not later, although there are "edited for television" versions with added sound effects and the like from the late 50's.
Great action/adventure for a Saturday afternoon.
November 10, 2004 Subject:
The REAL Tarzan...
Not many realize this feature, along with 'Tarzan and the Green Goddess', were produced by E.R. Burroughs, himself. He wanted a screen portrayal of Tarzan as he had written him, a noble intelligent Ape Man/Lord Greystoke, not as Hollywood had made him ("Me Tarzan, you Jane"). And NO Cheetah.
Olympic-winning athlete Herman Brix (later known as Bruce Bennet) makes the transition from refined English Lord to savage Lord of the Jungle very convincingly. Both New Adventures and Green Goddess were actually filmed in Guatimala as a theatrical multi-part serial for Saturday matinees, later to be made into two features.
Enjoy an intelligent and exciting portrayal of Tarzan as Burroughs wanted him to be seen.