Director Michael Schultz
Producer Charles Hauston
Executive Producers
Max A Keller &
Micheline H Keller
Anna Sandor &
William Gough

Tarzan Joe Lara
Jane Porter Kim Crosby
Archimedes Porter Tony Curtis
Brightmore Jan-Michael Vincent
Joseph Joe Seneca
Juan Lipschitz Jimmy Medina Taggert

• This pretty dismal entry in the series was the pilot for a proposed TV program.  It is not surprising that it was not viable because the fish-out-of water elements of the ape man adjusting to big city life would have worn pretty thin quite rapidly.  It had all been done before, with a lot more class and humour, in MGM's Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942).  Playing Tarzan was 26-year-old ex-photographic model Joe Lara, who, according to publicity, was chosen ahead of three hundred other applicants.  Veteran actor Tony Curtis appears to be having a lot of fun in the hammy role of Archimedes Porter (Archie), a private investigator.  The biggest ask for seasoned Tarzan fans was portraying Jane as a wisecracking, intellectual (she has a college degree in computers) New York cab driver.  It is interesting to note that the names of the Executive Producers of this fiasco - Max & Micheline Keller - also appear on the equally diabolical 1991 Tarzan TV series with Wolf Larson and the only-slightly-better Tarzan's Epic Adventures TV series of 1996, also with Lara.  The common element of all three?  Those God-awful knee-high boots! (Fury)

• To hear the ape cry used in this film click on the image at right

PLOT - Note: Spoiler warning
• Tarzan is devastated when he finds that Kala, his ape mother, has been killed by a hunter's bullet and his anger grows when he also learns that Cheta has been abducted by poachers.  An address on a matchbook leads him to New York where he befriends Jane, a cab driver, but Jane's father, who runs a detective agency, thinks he is weird (above).  A phone number inside the matchbook leads to the Brightmore Foundation run by wealthy playboy, William Brightmore.  At a fancy dress party the elegantly-dressed Jane distracts Brightmore while Tarzan investigates the millionaire's laboratories.  He discovers that many animals, including Cheta, are held captive and are being killed for gene experiments by an international criminal ring.  Tarzan is trapped in Brightmore's grounds and is used as prey in a hunt, with Brightmore the deadly pursuer (right).  Tarzan uses flaming arrows to defeat Brightmore and hands him over to the police.  Jane's romantic advances persuade Tarzan to stay on in NY.

Click on the image below to see a montage of scenes from this film:

Kings of the Jungle by David Fury, 1994, McFarland Classics
• The French poster for this film was pilfered from an eBay auction item
• Both photos are screenshots from my DVD of this film
• The video clip of the montage of scenes from this film was uploaded to Youtube by me specifically to embed in this web page
A Joe Lara filmography at IMDb (Internet Movie Datbase)
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This page was updated April 2008