Sunday, 3 February 2013
The Revenge of Tarzan's Revenge (Part 2)
If the MGM movies featured the Olympian Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, Lesser's Tarzan's Revenge, in traditional showman style, would present not one but two Olympic gold medalists, decathlete Glenn Morris as Tarzan and Swimmer Eleanor Holm not as Jane but as Eleanor. Lesser believed that Eleanor Holm was so well known by the public that they would never accept her as anyone else but Eleanor. When writing this over seventy years later, this seems ironic because my knowledge of Eleanor Holm comes not from her Olympic achievements but from her portrayal as Tarzan's mate. Surrounding the two inexperience leads, Lesser placed capable B movie director David Ross Lederman, an experienced cast of character actors, Oscar winning film editor Gene Milford, a script that doesn't take itself too seriously by Robert Lee Johnson and a romantic and energetic score made up of original and stock music. What comes out of this combination is a film that is in many ways an unofficial remake of Tarzan the Apeman, itself a loose adaption of the original novel. However it is a very different movie than the 1932 original and inspite of the elements borrowed from MGM, is not a carbon copy of the Weismuller series.(to be continued).