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Tarzan (1966 TV series)

Tarzan
Opening title
Genre Action
Adventure
Drama
Fantasy
Starring Ron Ely
Manuel Padilla, Jr.
Alan Caillou
Rockne Tarkington
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 57
Production
Executive producer(s) Sy Weintraub
Producer(s) Leon Benson
Jon Epstein
Steve Shagan
Maurice Unger
Running time 60 mins.
Production company(s) Banner Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original channel NBC
Original release September 8, 1966 – April 5, 1968

Tarzan is a series that aired on NBC from 19661968. The series portrayed Tarzan (played by Ron Ely) as a well-educated character, one who, tired of civilization, had returned to the jungle where he had been raised. The show retained many of the trappings of the classic movie series, including Cheeta, while excluding other elements, such as Jane, as part of the "new look" for the fabled apeman that producer Sy Weintraub had introduced in previous motion pictures starring Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, and Mike Henry. CBS aired repeat episodes the program during the summer of 1969.

Contents

  • Production notes 1
    • Theatrical Motion Picture Versions 1.1
  • Cast 2
    • Guest stars 2.1
    • Recurring Appearances 2.2
  • Episode list 3
    • Season 1: 1966–67 3.1
    • Season 2: 1967–68 3.2
  • DVD release 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Production notes

Mike Henry had just filmed several big-screen adventures as Tarzan in Brazil and was slated to play the lead in the TV series, but backed out due to disagreements with producer Sy Weintraub over the use of wild animals and lack of safety protocols. Ron Ely was originally to have played a Tarzan impostor in a proposed episode of the TV series, but took over the lead role.

Like Jock Mahoney, Ely performed his own stunts when playing Tarzan. Unlike Mahoney, Ely was not a professional stuntman and sustained seventeen different injuries during the first season. These included singeing his arms and legs running through a burning village (Village of Fire); being bitten in the forehead by a "tame" lion (in a later fight with the same lion, Ely was bitten on the lower left thigh); falling down a hill and ripping the skin off the tops of his feet; falling twenty-five feet off a vine and separating his shoulder; and falling off another vine and breaking his other shoulder, fracturing three ribs and spraining both wrists.

Producer Sy Weintraub shifted filming from Brazil to the Churubusco studio in Mexico because of production delays.

In September 1966, former screen Tarzans James Pierce (1927), Johnny Weissmuller (1932–1948), and Jock Mahoney (1962–1963) appeared with Ron Ely as part of the publicity for the upcoming premier of the TV series. Weissmuller was approached to guest star as Tarzan's father, but nothing came of it. Joseph C. Pohler, who as Gene Pollar had portrayed Tarzan in a 1920 film and was in 1966 the "oldest living Tarzan," complained in tongue-in-cheek fashion that he had not been invited to the publicity event because producers had assumed he was dead.

Ely made his directorial debut with the second-season episode Hotel Hurricane, which was a re-working of the 1948 film noir classic Key Largo, with the action transplanted from Florida Keys to the African jungle.

Both actor Ron Ely and line producer Steve Shagan became successful novelists.

Theatrical Motion Picture Versions

Several two-part episodes were later re-edited into theatrical motion pictures, released through National General Pictures:

  • "The Blue Stone of Heaven" was released as Tarzan’s Jungle Rebellion in 1967; "The Blue Stone of Heaven" also served as the pilot for the series and was later aired as a 2-part story in the 2nd Season.
  • "The Four O’Clock Army" was released as Tarzan and the Four O’clock War in March 1968
  • "The Deadly Silence" was released as Tarzan’s Deadly Silence in July 1970
  • "The Perils of Charity Jones" was released as Tarzan and the Perils of Charity Jones in October 1971.

Cast

Ron Ely as Tarzan

Guest stars

Recurring Appearances

Renowned Shakespearean actor Maurice Evans would have a recurring guest-starring role as retired Brigadier Sir Basil Bertram, hero of the Battle of the Bulge. American stage actress Julie Harris had a recurring guest-starring role as missionary Charity Jones. Veteran Australian actor Chips Rafferty had a recurring guest-starring role as Dutch Jensen.

The following actors made multiple appearances in different roles: Robert J. Wilke, Gene Evans, Michael Whitney, Jill Donohue, Strother Martin, Bernie Hamilton, Michael Pate, Lloyd Haynes, Barbara Bouchet, Harry Lauter, Simon Oakland, John Anderson, James Earl Jones, Robert DoQui, Geoffrey Holder, Gregg Palmer, Jacques Aubuchon

Episode list

Season 1: 1966–67

Ep Title Original air date
1 1 "Eyes of the Lion" September 8, 1966 (1966-09-08)
When a blind girl's seeing eye lion is mistaken for a rogue, Tarzan must prove the beast's innocence.
2 2 "The Ultimate Weapon" September 16, 1966 (1966-09-16)
The vengeful son of an ivory poacher swears revenge on Tarzan.
3 3 "Leopard on the Loose" September 23, 1966 (1966-09-23)
A post worker desperate for money kidnaps Jai's pet leopard.
4 4 "A Life for a Life" September 30, 1966 (1966-09-30)
The Lord of Jungle must race against time when Jai is bitten by a poisonous spider.
5 5 "The Prisoner" October 7, 1966 (1966-10-07)
After a police officer is injured by a diamond thief, Tarzan must prevent the officer's tribe from exacting vigilante justice.
6 6 "The Three Faces of Death" October 14, 1966 (1966-10-14)
Tarzan helps out a woman seeking to retain leadership of her tribe.
7 7 "The Prodigal Puma" October 21, 1966 (1966-10-21)
A big game hunter targets a puma Tarzan has captured.
8 8 "The Deadly Silence: Part 1" October 28, 1966 (1966-10-28)
9 9 "The Deadly Silence: Part 2" November 4, 1966 (1966-11-04)
Rendered deaf by an explosion, Tarzan still tries to stop a colonel from taking over a village.
10 10 "The Figurehead" November 11, 1966 (1966-11-11)
Tarzan and Jai protect a young prince.
11 11 "Village of Fire" November 18, 1966 (1966-11-18)
After Jai is bitten by a leopard, Tarzan must recover a special serum that can save the boy.
12 12 "The Day of the Golden Lion" December 2, 1966 (1966-12-02)
13 13 "Pearls of Tanga" December 9, 1966 (1966-12-09)
14 14 "The End of the River" December 16, 1966 (1966-12-16)
15 15 "The Ultimate Duel" December 23, 1966 (1966-12-23)
16 16 "The Fire People" December 30, 1966 (1966-12-30)
17 17 "Track of the Dinosaur" January 6, 1967 (1967-01-06)
18 18 "The Day the Earth Trembled" January 13, 1967 (1967-01-13)
19 19 "Cap’n Jai" January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
20 20 "A Pride of Assassins" January 27, 1967 (1967-01-27)
21 21 "The Golden Runaway" February 3, 1967 (1967-02-03)
22 22 "Basil of the Bulge" February 10, 1967 (1967-02-10)
23 23 "Mask of Rona" February 17, 1967 (1967-02-17)
24 24 "To Steal the Rising Sun" February 24, 1967 (1967-02-24)
25 25 "Jungle Dragnet" March 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
26 26 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 1" March 10, 1967 (1967-03-10)
27 27 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 2" March 17, 1967 (1967-03-17)
28 28 "The Circus" March 24, 1967 (1967-03-24)
29 29 "The Ultimatum" March 31, 1967 (1967-03-31)
30 30 "Algie B. for Brave" April 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
31 31 "Man Killer" April 14, 1967 (1967-04-14)

Season 2: 1967–68

Ep Title Original air date
32 1 "Tiger, Tiger" September 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)
An engineer ignores Tarzan's warning about a tiger on the loose.
33 2 "Voice of the Elephant" September 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)
Jai's pet elephant is blamed for the death of a commissioner.
34 3 "Thief Catcher" September 29, 1967 (1967-09-29)
35 4 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 1" October 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)
36 5 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 2" October 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)
37 6 "Maguma Curse" October 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)
38 7 "The Fanatics" October 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)
39 8 "The Last of the Superman" November 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)
40 9 "Hotel Hurricane" November 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)
41 10 "The Pride of a Lioness" November 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)
42 11 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 1" November 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)
43 12 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 2" December 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)
44 13 "Jai’s Amnesia" December 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)
45 14 "Creeping Giants" December 29, 1967 (1967-12-29)
46 15 "The Professional" January 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)
47 16 "The Convert" January 12, 1968 (1968-01-12)
48 17 "King of the Dwsari" January 26, 1968 (1968-01-26)
49 18 "A Gun for Jai" February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)
50 19 "Trek to Terror" February 9, 1968 (1968-02-09)
51 20 "End of a Challenge" February 16, 1968 (1968-02-16)
52 21 "Jungle Ransom" February 23, 1968 (1968-02-23)
53 22 "Four O’Clock Army: Part 1" March 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)
54 23 "Four O’Clock Army: Part 2" March 8, 1968 (1968-03-08)
55 24 "Rendezvous for Revenge" March 15, 1968 (1968-03-15)
56 25 "Alex the Great" March 22, 1968 (1968-03-22)
57 26 "Trina" April 5, 1968 (1968-04-05)

DVD release

On March 13, 2012, Warner Bros. released Tarzan: Season 1, Part 1 & Tarzan: Season 1, Part 2 on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. These are manufacture-on-demand (MOD) releases, available exclusively through Warner's online store and only in the US.[1][2]

On September 17, 2013, Warner Bros. released Tarzan: The Complete Second Season on a DVD 6 Disc set, 26-Episodes in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection.[3]

References

  1. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000278425.do
  2. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000278423.do
  3. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000439315.do?promo=sliderTARZANS2home

External links

Preceded by
N/A
Tarzan (TV series)
Tarzan (NBC)

1966–1968
Succeeded by
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
1976–1980
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