Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tarzan's New York Adventure1942

Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)




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This final "Tarzan" entry from the MGM assembly line is arguably one the least effective of the series, though it certainly has its adherents. It all begins when Boy (Johnny Sheffield), adopted son of Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) and Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan), is kidnapped from the jungle by crooked circus promoters Rand (Charles Bickford) and Shields (Paul Kelly) and spirted off to America. This requires Tarzan and his mate to adopt "civilized" clothes and head to New York City, with the troublesome Cheeta the Chimpanzee along for the ride. There are some amusing moments as Tarzan tries to acclimate himself with the Big Apple, and some less amusing ones as Cheeta gets hold of a powder puff and lays waste to an expensive hotel room. The film's highlight, Tarzan's leap from the Brooklyn Bridge, comes at the film's halfway point, and accordingly things slow down considerably during the final reels. Tarzan's New Adventure works better as a stunt than as an official series entry, but it is still preferable to some of the so-so RKO Radio Tarzan films which were to follow. One racially questionable sequence involving black comedian Mantan Moreland has been understandably removed from some TV prints. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Maureen O'Sullivan
as Jane Parker
Virginia Grey
as Connie Beach
Paul Kelly
as Jimmy Shields
Chill Wills
as Manchester Mountford
Cy Kendall
as Col. Ralph Sergeant
Russell Hicks
as Judge Abbotson
Howard Hickman
as Blake Norton
Charles Lane
as Gould Beaton
Miles Mander
as Portmaster
Matthew Boulton
as Portmaster
Cyrus W. Hickman
as Blake Norton
Elmo Lincoln
as Roustabout
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Critic Reviews for Tarzan's New York Adventure

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A hoot and a blast.

August 8, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Wild plot has the ape man swinging on the Brooklyn Bridge. (Insert Tarzan yell here.)

October 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

The most enjoyable of the later Tarzan movies.

July 19, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

A good-natured romp that showcases Tarzan's selfless dedication to his family

July 19, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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