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Tarzan's Magic Fountain

Released Feb 5, 1949 1h 13m Adventure List
Reviews 22% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings The ape man (Lex Barker) finds an aviator (Evelyn Ankers) who crashed 20 years earlier near a Fountain of Youth. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member The first Tarzan film minus Weissmulle,r and replaces him with Lex Barker as the new Tarzan. In this outing the Lord of the Apes finds a secret Valley where nobody ages, so it's basically "Lost Horizon" with more loincloths. Co-written by Curt Siodmak, who wrote a few minor classics including "The Wolf Man," "I Walked with a Zombie" and "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers," makes this one of the better later Tarzan films. Overall, it's nothing brilliant, but if you're in the right mood it's entertaining enough and far better than any of the cheaper Tarzan spinoff-/ripoff Bomba films. Alan Napier, Alfred on the 1960s Batman TV series, also appears in the film, as does Albert Dekker, who played the evil Dr. Soberin in "Kiss Me Deadly." Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Tarzan gets in the fantastical fantasy of Shangri-La with his jungles own version of this. It's not a bad effort in reality. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was surprisingly good, for me, a demanding Tarzanophile. . The production values were better than expected, the cinematography impressive at times especially in the far-shots of the mountain-climbing scenes. The plot was fairly enjoyable throughout, and the acting by a cast of familiar faces in many supporting roles was pretty darn good, so kudos to the director. The stock animal scenes were pretty well blended in with the action, and I was impressed by Lex Barker actually riding an (Indian of course) elephant 2/3 of the way through the film, but there was a macaw sitting on a branch that the adventurers walked past,. led by Jane. A macaw in an African scene! Makes by stomach turn: Yikes that is too phony. I can ignore the Indian elephant misappropriation, but not the macaw. The ending was also palatable. You could tell that Kurt Siodmak, the co-screenwriter and an accomplished fantasy writer of the time had a positive influence on the story-telling. I remember walking into a movie theater as a kid and seeing the opening scenes which are still rivited into my memory. Seeintg them again as an adult was an equally happy experience, to my surprise. And Cheetah steals the show over and over and over again! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) -- [5.0] -- Lex Barker takes over the loincloth from Johnny Weissmuller, who was simply getting too old and heavy to continue swinging on vines. Unfortunately, what Barker has in looks, he lacks in charisma. The story in this "Lost Horizon-"esque episode involves a woman (Evelyn Ankers) who crashed in the jungle thirty years ago and happened upon a tribe possessing a literal fountain of youth. When Tarzan finds out she's the only person who can testify on behalf of an imprisoned man, he seeks her out, and later defends her adoptive tribe against nefarious hunters. A mediocre entry for sure. It would have helped if the cutsey-poo monkeys weren't so front and center. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Lex Barker takes over the role of Tarzan. In this adventure Tarzan brings a woman out of a jungle village that guards the fountain of youth so that she can get a man out of jail (the man in jail was accused of the woman's murder.) When she wants to go back to the village this causes problems for Tarzan as the people of the village want to keep its location secret. It's a fun, short adventure film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Lex Baxter takes over the loin cloth from Johnny Weissmuller with this Tarzan film. "Boy" is nowhere to be found, which is a plus. Lex's portrayal as Tarzan though is a bit meh. Tarzan comes off as stupid instead of self taught. Once the action kicks in though, all is forgotten since Lex does a fine job in the physical bits. The plot is a bit weird, even for a Tarzan film, but it all works and holds your interest. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The ape man (Lex Barker) finds an aviator (Evelyn Ankers) who crashed 20 years earlier near a Fountain of Youth.
Lee Sholem
Production Co
Sol Lesser Productions
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 5, 1949, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 18, 2016
1h 13m