TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934 U.S.) D: CEDRIC GIBBONS/JACK CONWAY/JAMES C. McKAY (uncredited) W: JAMES KEVIN McGUINESS P: BERNARD H. HYMAN
Neil Hamilton and the suspicious, lecherous Paul Cavanagh go on a safari into the jungle so they can cash in on the ivory at an elephant's graveyard. Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) and Jane (sexy Maureen O'Sullivan, seen in some risque pre-code scenes) guide them and their native "boys". When Cavanagh shoots one of the black slaves at point blank range, it's no big thing. Second entry in the b/w series (following TARZAN THE APE MAN) has lots of men in gorilla suits (who throw boulders), impressive trapeze stunts, crocodile wrestling, casual racism and the usual high standard of visual FX that mixes stock footage and actors in inventive and imaginative ways that put today's lacklustre CGI FX to shame. Ray "Crash" Corrigan appears in a gorilla suit as usual, and was also Weissmuller's stunt double. Forrester Harvey isn't in it much as comic relief. With Paul Porcasi and scenes with Doris Lloyd were originaly deleted. Disjointed but highly entertaining stuff. The next in the series was TARZAN ESCAPES.

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