Tarzan and the Great River

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Tarzan and the Great River
Tarzan and the Great River (movie poster).jpg
Directed by Robert Day
Produced by Sy Weintraub
Steve Shagan
Written by Bob Barbash
story by Bob Barbash and Lewis Reed
Based on Characters created 
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring Mike Henry
Rafer Johnson
Diana Millay
Jan Murray
Music by William Loose
Cinematography Irving Lippman
Edited by Anthony Carras
Edward Mann
James Nelson
Banner Productions
Allfin A.G.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • September 1967 (1967-09)
Running time
88 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Tarzan and the Great River (1967) is an adventure film starring Mike Henry in his second of three film appearances as Tarzan. This movie was produced by Sy Weintraub and Steve Shagan, written by Bob Barbash (from a story by Barbash and Lewis Reed), and directed by Robert Day. It was released in September 1967.[1]


Tarzan is called to Brazil by an old friend, The Professor (Paulo Gracindo) to help stop the Jaguar Cult, led by Barcuma (Rafer Johnson), from running off Dr. Ann Philips (Diana Millay) who is there to give much-needed inoculations to native villagers along the Amazon River.

Tarzan is assisted by Baron (a lion) and Cheeta (a chimpanzee), both of whom he brought from Africa, as well as Captain Sam Bishop (Jan Murray), a riverboat pilot, and Bishop's young ward, Pepe (Manuel Padilla Jr.).

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Production notes[edit]

The movie was filmed entirely on location in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro Zoo, Parque Lage and Tijuca Forest).

Dinky, the chimp portraying Cheeta, bit Mike Henry on the jaw during filming, requiring twenty stitches. The chimpanzee was destroyed, and Henry later sued the producers for this accident and other unsafe working conditions on all three of his Tarzan films. The parties settled out of court. [3]


  1. ^ http://www.erbzine.com/mag19/1962.html
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062341/
  3. ^ Essoe, Gabe. Tarzan of The Movies, New York: Citadel Press,1968.

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