Director William Witney
Producer Steve Shagan
Screenplay Jack Gillis

Tarzan Ron Ely
Ramon Jason Evers
Matto Lloyd Haynes
Singleton Sam Jaffe
Miller Harry Lauter
Tatakombi William Marshall
Jai Manuel Padilla Jr
Mary Ulla Strömstedt
Sergeant Chuck Wood

• This film was National General Pictures second attempt to ride the cinematic gravy train by hobbling together another one of the double episodes of the Ron Ely Tarzan TV series.  The two-part episodes, The Blue Stone of Heaven, Parts 1 and 2, were first screened in the US in October 1967 as part of the show's second series.  The show attracted venerable guest stars and these episodes featured the talented 70-year-old character actor Sam Jaffe as Dr Singleton, an archaeologist.  Jaffe's film career began in the silent era but he is well-known for several memorable roles: the High Lama in Lost Horizon (1937); the hero in Gunga Din (1939); and Professor Barnhardt in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1955).  He was also well known to television audiences in the 1960s for his portrayal of the wise Dr Zorba in Ben Casey (1961-1965), which starred Vince Edwards.  The menacing Colonel Tatakombi was played by gifted African American character actor William Marshall.  Ulla Strömstedt played the attractive Mary, whose distrust of Tarzan turns to admiration. (Fury)

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

PLOT - Note: Spoiler warning
• A respected archeologist, Dr Singleton, and his daughter, Mary, seek Tarzan's help in locating an ancient relic called The Blue Stone of Heaven (above).  The stone, which has been lost and buried beneath some pyramids, is believed to endow whoever stands to the right of it with godlike powers.  This legend has aroused the interest of the power-hungry Colonel Tatakombi who aspires to rule the jungle as a supreme dictator.  Tarzan leads the party to the ancient pyramids and when the stone, a large blue statue, is uncovered Tatakombi uses it to instigate a rebellion amongst the local natives (right).  Tatakombi also turns the natives against Tarzan, who has inadvertently violated an ancient taboo.  Tarzan is imprisoned and Mary, who has fallen in love with him, frees him with Jai's assistance.   Tarzan confronts Tatakombi atop the pyramid where he is preaching to the natives.  They fight and Tatakombi is eventually overpowered by Tarzan's strength.  Tarzan destroys the statue to prove to the natives it is only stone.  The Professor and Mary return to civilisation.

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
• Read a Ron Ely filmography at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
• This film has not been released commercially but it is sometimes offered on DVD by collectors on eBay

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