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Tarzan and the Trappers

1958

Tarzan (Gordon Scott) deals with the villainous Schroeder (Leslie Bradley), who is illegally collecting animals for zoos, only to be menaced by Schroeder's hunter brother Sikes (Sol Gorss), out for revenge, who teams up with greedy trader Lapin (William Keene) in a hunt for human game...Tarzan himself. Re-edited from 3 episodes of a never-shown TV series, with studio action intercut with location and wildlife footage. Jane (Eve Brent) has little to do.


Tarzan and the Trappers (1958) is an action adventure film featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs' famous jungle hero Tarzan and starring Gordon Scott, Eve Brent, Rickie Sorensen and Lesley Bradley. The movie was filmed as three pilot episodes for a television series which were edited into a feature film when the project was abandoned, and so was released in black and white rather than color, like other contemporary Tarzan films. The film did finally appear on television, but only in 1966. It was shot in Chatsworth, Los Angeles.

Plot

The idyllic jungle life of Tarzan (Gordon Scott), Jane Porter (Tarzan) (Eve Brent) and Tartu (Rickie Sorensen) is interrupted by a drum message telling them of predatory hunters loose in the jungle. Tarzan disrupts the animal-collecting expedition of the hunters, Schroeder (Lesley Bradley) and Rene (Maurice Marsac); he frees a baby elephant whose mother they have killed and then leads the elephant herd against them when they make hostages of Tartu and Cheeta the chimp. Afterwards he warns off two other hunters, Sikes (Sol Gorss) and Lapin (William Keene), seeking to plunder the lost city of Zarbo. He is attacked by their men, but escapes and shadows their party. Aware of Tarzan's continued presence, the hunters capture his native friend Tyana (Scatman Crothers), and trap the ape man when he tries to free him. Tyana's tribe rescues the two. Finally, the hunters reach Zarbo, but find it empty of both people and treasure. In a final conflict, Tarzan overcomes the villains, who are then turned over to the authorities by the natives.


Category:1958 films
Category:1950s fantasy films
Category:1950s adventure films
Category:English-language films
Category:Tarzan films
Category:American fantasy films
Category:Films directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Category:Sequel films

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