By the time of Tarzan's Peril, the Tarzan film had slotted into a familiar and well honed formula Tarzan fighting white hunters/trappers/explorers (and for a slight variation here gun-runners) usually seeking treasure; Jane (or the girl of the show) abducted by the villain; lost tribes and cities; plots with simple-minded natives under threat (usually by disease); comic-relief antics with Cheeta; domestic harmony between Tarzan and Jane in the treehut. There is little that this offers to any of the usual. The plot is extremely forgettable moreover, it is one that never even has Tarzan intersecting with the main action for half the film.
One major difference is that this film actually went and shot in Africa the first Tarzan film to do so. The African locations offer much more scope and realism to the backgrounds and animal footage in contrast to the usual cheap backlot adventures and stock footage that we had been given in all the Tarzan films up to this point. The biggest crime though is that the film is shot in black-and-white where you cannot help but think that a colour version would have been magnificent. The film was directed by Byron Haskin, who became a high-profile director of the era with the Disney Treasure Island (1950) and his works for George Pal, especially The War of the Worlds (1953). (See below for Byron Haskins other genre films). Under Haskin, the action scenes, including fights with the natives and a climax that involves Lex Barker swinging in on a vine from different directions to batter George Macready, are somewhat better than they were in most of the series.
Lex Baker is his usual humourless self. The new Jane is Virginia Huston, a minor actress of the era of no particular distinction who proves to be one of the worst Janes in the history of Tarzan films. Hers is a Jane who could not be more unsuited seeming to the jungle life someone who you can see being more at home dealing with society dinners and obsessing with the correct placement of a table placemats than living in the wild. On the plus side, George Macready makes an appealingly ruthless nemesis one of the better among the usually forgettable villains that turn up in the MGM/RKO series.
Byron Haskin is most well known for his work for George Pal with The War of the Worlds (1953), The Naked Jungle (1954), Conquest of Space (1955) and The Power (1967). He directed a number of other genre films including From the Earth to the Moon (1958), Captain Sindbad (1963) and Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), as well as episodes of the classic science-fiction anthology series The Outer Limits (1963-5).
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