Director Robert Day
Producer Sy Weintraub
Screenplay Robert Day & Berne Giler

Tarzan Jock Mahoney
Tarim/Khan Woody Strode
Cho San Tsu Kobayashi
Kashi Ricky Der
Mang Earl Cameron
Sechung Christopher Carlos
Hani Jimmy & Salah Jamal
Tor Anthony Chinn
Nari Robert Hu

Tarzan Goes To India (1962), Sy Weintraub's third Tarzan film as producer, was the biggest commercial success in Tarzan history.  Like the earlier film, Weintraub wanted to portray Tarzan as a world traveller because fifty percent of the profits from these films came from abroad.  He was also determined to include a small boy in the screenplay because of the popularity of Jai, the elephant boy, in the previous film.  Most of the location shooting took place in northern Thailand between February and April 1963.  These colourful exotic locales were responsible for making this film the most visually arresting in the entire series.  Jock Mahoney was now 44, making him the oldest Tarzan ever, as Weissmuller had retired at 43.  He still did a lot of his own stunts, but it was a very difficult picture for him.  He was plagued by dysentery, coupled with dengue fever and pheumonia.  He lost 40 pounds (18 kg) and in the later scenes he looks a little emaciated beside Woody Strode's honed muscular physique.  Several years later Strode made several appearances on the Ron Ely Tarzan series and is seen in the film, Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970) (Essoe & Fury)

• The ape cry was not used in this film

PLOT - Note: Spoiler warning
• Tarzan has accepted a mission as a favour to a friend and travels to an oriental realm ruled by ancient customs to protect Kashi, the young spiritual heir.  Kashi is threatened by Khan, the former leader's brother, who is plotting to usurp the throne.  Tarzan agrees to escort Kashi and his guardians, Mang (photo above - far right) and Cho San (photo above - far left), to the Crown City where the boy will be enthroned.  The party face many hardships on route and their guide, Hani (photo above - second from right), is one of Khan's spies. Hani starts a forest fire and Mang is killed in and underground temple when they are attacked by Khan's men.  Tarzan manages to get Kashi and Cho San to the city safely.  As Kashi is ordained Khan invokes the Challenge of Might and Kashi nominates Tarzan as his defender.  Tarzan and Khan face many obstacles tied together, but the challenge culminates in a sword fight on a net over large pots of boiling oil.  Tarzan kills Khan, Kashi is crowned leader and the country is restored to peace and stability.

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Tarzan of the Movies by Gabe Essoe, 1968, The Citadel Press
Kings of the Jungle by David Fury, 1994, McFarland Classics
• The 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 trailer for this film was uploaded to Youtube by me specifically to embed in this web page
• Read a review and rating of this film at At-A-Glance Film Reviews
• Read a Jock Mahoney filmography at The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
• Read a Woody Strode filmography at The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
• This film has never been released commercially but collectors sometimes offer it on DVD on eBay

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This page was updated January 2008