TARZAN THE APE MAN REVIEWED
“Tarzan The Ape Man” is pretty close to being the worst Tarzan movie ever made. If you’re angry over the recent WB release, you need to get some perspective with this flick. The fact that the WB shield is associated with the film is the only reason it didn’t end up on MST3K. The fact that it was shot on the cheap shouldn’t dissuade you. In fact, you should see what happens when a color film in 1959 gets away with stitching in footage from Black & White and older movies into a color film.
Tarzans and Cheetahs change with great regularity, animals become rubber and the yell never sounds right. But, that jazz score by Shorty Rogers is amazing. I want it vinyl on yesterday, but it’ll never happen. The fact that the director helmed This Island Earth right before this film shouldn’t be lost on anyone. There is an expertise in shooting schlock here that I’d love to see applied to a Tarzan movie, but with a budget. For now, Clip Show Tarzan will have to be a curious rental or stream. I’d highly recommend watching it before seeing the recent theatrical release, as it makes for quite the double feature.
- 1.85:1 standard definition transfer