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Posted October 1, 2010
Of the countless actors who have portrayed Tarzan since Elmo Lincoln first appeared in 1918¿s ¿Tarzan of the Apes,¿ Gordon Scott remains the best to ever don a loincloth. So it¿s no surprise that on this no-frills DVD double feature, ¿Tarzan and the Trappers¿ is the better picture. The 1958 film was actually intended to comprise the first three episodes of a television series, but instead was made into a better-than-average Sol Lesser production that runs 74 minutes. The film¿s story remains contemporary, with Tarzan forced to fight for his own life while stopping greedy traders from illegally trapping and removing wildlife from the jungle. In ¿Tarzan the Fearless,¿ 1932 Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Larry ¿Buster¿ Crabbe¿ turns in a far less satisfying performance as the Lord of the Jungle. Stringing together four episodes of a 1933 serial to produce a thin 61-minute film, the story of Tarzan rescuing a scientist (E. Allyn Warren) and his beautiful daughter (Jacqueline Wells) from a series of dumb villains and cliché-riddled mishaps lacks the intensity of Edgar Rice Burroughs¿ original novels or Tarzan on-screen sagas from the 1950s and 60s. There are no real DVD extras; simply a menu with viewers able to select which movie they want to watch. However, with so few classic Tarzan flicks available on DVD, the title is worth seeking out for die-hard fans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.