Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)

81 mins | Adventure | 1941

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Producer:

B. P. Fineman

Cinematographer:

Clyde De Vinna

Editor:

Gene Ruggiero

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

A pre-production news item in HR noted that M-G-M wanted actor Philip Reed for a role in the film, but he did not appear. According to HR news items, location shooting was done in Wakulla Springs, FL. For the underwater swimming sequences in the film, modern sources indicate that a local Florida woman doubled for Maureen O'Sullivan. For additional information on the "Tarzan" series, consult the Series Index and see Tarzan, the Ape Man in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ... More Less

A pre-production news item in HR noted that M-G-M wanted actor Philip Reed for a role in the film, but he did not appear. According to HR news items, location shooting was done in Wakulla Springs, FL. For the underwater swimming sequences in the film, modern sources indicate that a local Florida woman doubled for Maureen O'Sullivan. For additional information on the "Tarzan" series, consult the Series Index and see Tarzan, the Ape Man in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Aug 1941.
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Box Office
15 Nov 1941.
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Daily Variety
12 Nov 1941.
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Film Daily
13 Nov 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 41
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jun 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jun 41
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Sep 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Sep 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Nov 41
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Nov 41
p. 375.
New York Times
25 Dec 41
p. 33.
Variety
19 Nov 41
p. 9.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog in Florida
Cam op
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
DETAILS
Series:
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 24 December 1941
Production Date:
10 July--16 August 1941
addl scenes mid September 1941 and 22 September--8 October 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 November 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10872
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
sepia, blue tone
Duration(in mins):
81
Length(in feet):
7,299
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7624
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

One day, Boy, the son of Tarzan and Jane, finds some gold nuggets in the river near their African jungle home. That night, after Jane tells Boy stories about civilization, he decides to go and look for it. After leaving his parents a note, Boy rides his little elephant, Buli, and takes the family's pet chimpanzee, Cheeta, with him. After many adventures, Boy meets a young native named Tumbo and together they escape from a charging rhinoceros. The children go to Tumbo's village, where they find his mother dying from a fever. When the tribe sees Boy, they think that he has brought the ravaging fever with him and start to burn him at the stake. Just then, a truck arrives with some white men carrying guns. They save Boy, but the natives attack them until Tarzan arrives and stops them. The men are scientists, led by Prof. Elliott, who are looking for an ancient tribe. On the way to Tarzan and Jane's treehouse, Boy shows the other two scientists, Vandermeer and Medford, a nugget and tells them that there are more in the river. Tarzan is suspicious of Medford, who is impressed with the "richness" of the area in which he and Jane live. That evening, Elliott's photographer, O'Doul, demonstrates motion picture projection with a movie that shows an airplane. An excited Boy then says that Medford promised to buy him an airplane when he gets the gold. Medford tries to explain things away, but Elliott insists that they will not destroy Tarzan's home by looking for gold. The next morning, Boy innocently takes Medford and Vandermeer to the ... +


One day, Boy, the son of Tarzan and Jane, finds some gold nuggets in the river near their African jungle home. That night, after Jane tells Boy stories about civilization, he decides to go and look for it. After leaving his parents a note, Boy rides his little elephant, Buli, and takes the family's pet chimpanzee, Cheeta, with him. After many adventures, Boy meets a young native named Tumbo and together they escape from a charging rhinoceros. The children go to Tumbo's village, where they find his mother dying from a fever. When the tribe sees Boy, they think that he has brought the ravaging fever with him and start to burn him at the stake. Just then, a truck arrives with some white men carrying guns. They save Boy, but the natives attack them until Tarzan arrives and stops them. The men are scientists, led by Prof. Elliott, who are looking for an ancient tribe. On the way to Tarzan and Jane's treehouse, Boy shows the other two scientists, Vandermeer and Medford, a nugget and tells them that there are more in the river. Tarzan is suspicious of Medford, who is impressed with the "richness" of the area in which he and Jane live. That evening, Elliott's photographer, O'Doul, demonstrates motion picture projection with a movie that shows an airplane. An excited Boy then says that Medford promised to buy him an airplane when he gets the gold. Medford tries to explain things away, but Elliott insists that they will not destroy Tarzan's home by looking for gold. The next morning, Boy innocently takes Medford and Vandermeer to the river and gives them more nuggets, then tells them that Tarzan knows where there is a mountain of gold. When Tarzan and Jane arrive, Tarzan angrily orders the men to leave. Back at camp, Elliott promises to leave as soon as O'Doul, who has come down with the fever, gets well. Tarzan gives O'Doul some jungle medicine and he improves, but soon Elliott and Boy also become ill. Medford breaks Elliott's medicine glass as he collapses, then tells the worried Jane that they have better medicine at their encampment. Although Tarzan does not want to leave, Medford and Jane convince him that he should bring back the medicine. When Tarzan returns, Medford tells him that Elliott has died and that the now-hidden Jane and Boy will be returned home when Tarzan takes him to the mountain of gold. Tarzan takes him there and Medford tells him where his family is being held. As Tarzan starts to leave on a swinging vine, however, Medford shoots at and apparently kills him. Back at camp, O'Doul pretends to become partners with Medford and Vandermeer and agrees to go with them through dangerous Jaconi tribe lands. During the journey, Tumbo and Cheeta, who had secretly followed Tarzan, try to get O'Doul's attention. When the rest of the party stops, they discover O'Doul, seemingly dead and he is able to sneak off with Tumbo to find Tarzan. Medford and the others are soon captured by the Jaconi, who kill the bearers then take the others down the river in canoes. Meanwhile, Tarzan, who was merely unconscious, awakens and O'Doul and Tumbo tell them where Jane and Boy are. Tarzan then races to Jaconi country. Finding their canoes, Tarzan tips them over and fights an alligator who is about to attack Boy. Unable to get to Jane, Tarzan signals the elephants, who stampede and rout the natives. When Medford and Vandermer's canoe is tipped over, they are killed by an alligator. Finally back at their home, Tarzan and Jane secretly fill a gourd with gold and give it to O'Doul, who is returning to civilization. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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