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Tarzan and the Great River (1967)

In Brazil, Dr. Ann Philips tries to inoculate the superstitious natives against an epidemic. The murderous Jaguar Men oppose the intrusion. The natives take heart when the riverboat captain's helper Pepe volunteers for the first shot.


Robert Day


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Complete credited cast:
Mike Henry ... Tarzan
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Captain Sam Bishop
Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Pepe
Diana Millay ... Dr. Ann Philips
Rafer Johnson ... Barcuna
Paulo Gracindo ... Professor


Tarzan travels to South America at the request of his old friend, a Professor who believes an ancient cult is preying on the local native population. He soon dons his loincloth and with Cheetah and pet lion Baron travels up the Amazon river. He meets up with Captain Sam Bishop and his young ward Pepe and all of them are soon in the hunt for the Jaguar Men and their leader Barcuna. Tarzan rescues a pretty doctor, Ann Phillips, after her jungle hospital is burned to the ground. Together, they set off into the jungle to confront the cultists who are enslaving the local population. Written by garykmcd

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In the second week of filming, Dinky the chimp bit Mike Henry on the jaw. It took 20 stitches to repair the wound. Henry had monkey fever delirium for three days, and took three weeks to recuperate. The chimp was destroyed and replaced. Henry later sued the production company for negligence. He won the suit, but the amount was not made public. See more »


The boat is traveling on a river in Brazil and come across a herd of hippopotamus in the river. Hippos are indigenous to Africa and therefore should not have appeared in a river in South America. See more »


Captain Sam Bishop: I don't get it! You mean you travel with a chimp and a lion?
Tarzan: I have my reasons.
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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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A great Tarzan in a weak film
8 July 2018 | by gridoon2020See all my reviews

Plenty of eye-candy in the awesomely athletic form of Mike Henry, but too much monkey business (literally), too much "precocious orphan boy" stuff, and not nearly enough action until the climactic mano-a-mano fight between Tarzan and the evil tribal chief. The story is plodding and tiresome, and the direction is sometimes inept - strange, because it was done by the same man (Robert Day) who also made the solid "Tarzan The Magnificent" in 1960. ** out of 4.

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September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Tarzan and the Big River See more »

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2.35 : 1
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