FILM SUMMARYTarzan's Magic Fountain was Lex Barker's first Tarzan film -- producer Sol Lesser interviewed more than 1,000 actors to replace Johnny Weissmuller in the role of Tarzan. Barker turned out to be one of the better film Tarzans, even though Weissmuller was obviously a hard act to follow after his 16 years and 12 films at MGM and RKO studios. Magic Fountain is Brenda Joyce's last appearance as Jane (making her the only Jane ever to appear opposite two different Tarzans). The film is about yet another tribe of people hidden in the jungle somewhere. In their secret valley is a fountain of youth, which keeps a woman who crash landed in the jungle decades ago looking as young as she was when her plane went down. After she had returned to the outside world, word of the fountain leaked out and unscrupulous hunters are now trying to find and exploit it. Tarzan tries to keep the hunters from finding the hidden valley of the fountain. The flyer ages as the effects of the fountain wear off -- a theme previously explored in James Hilton's Lost Horizon. Elmo Lincoln, the original Tarzan from 1918's Tarzan of the Apes and a few silent film sequels has a cameo as a fisherman.
Alternate Title: Tarzan and the Arrow of Death
Produced by Sol Lesser
Directed by Lee Sholem
Writing credits: Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters)
~ Harry Chandlee ~ Curt Siodmak
Cinematography: Karl Struss
Film Editing: Merrill G. White ~ John Sheets
Production Design: Phil Paradise
Art Direction: McClure Capps
Set Decoration: Otto Siegel (uncredited)
Makeup: Norbert Miles
Production Management: Barney Briskin
Assistant Director: Bert Briskin
Sound: Franklin Hansen
Wardrobe Supervisor: Frank Beetson Jr.
Musical Director: Alexander Laszlo
Cheetah Trainer: Albert Antonucci
Sript Supervisor: Shirley Baron
Unit Publicist: Bob Fender
Still Photographer: Madison S. Lacy
Gaffer: John M. Lee
Camera Operator: William Margulies
Publicity Director: Harry Niemeyer
Grip: Morris Rosen
LOCATION: RKO Culver City 40 Acres backlot
A Life's Journey Through the Newspapers of the World
A Collection of newspaper clippings and articles from
Chicago to Tarzana ~ around the world ~ and back to Encino/Tarzana
Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs and
Lex examine a stack of Tarzan books.
Onetime decathlon man, new Tarzan Barker
is in condition for role.
Here he attacks evil with Tarzan's accustomed vigor.
Tarzan's Magic Fountain, soon to be released is the twenty-fifth of a motion-picture series that began in 1918 with Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan. In it is an actor who should bring new polish to an old role, Alexander Crichlow Barker II (Lex Barker on the screen), the tenth and newest Tarzan, has a background that includes Phillips-Exeter Academy Princeton, New York society and the Broadway stage. A barrel-chested, six-foot-four 200-pounder, he even has the ability to memorize and deliver lines.
Barker family includes
wife Constance, Alexander III, 1
and Lynn, 5.
Latest Tarzan, Lex Barker,
exhibits jungle emotion to Brenda Joyce,
who also played opposite Weissmuller.
Lex Barker regularly suns himself
by the swimming pool of friend's home
to acquire, keep legendary Tarzan tan.
Tarzan the tenth keeps in condition with rigorous exercise
As swim champ Johnny Weissmuller's
successor, Lex must swim daily,
learn speedy crawl stroke.
Horizontal bar workouts help keep
Lex's muscles trim and also keep weight
down to a Tarzan-like 200.
Shower ends Lex's non-acting day
that includes lifting weights,
punching bag and many other exercises.
Tarzan chronology shows the series has been popular for 30 years, an all-time motion-picture record.
Note: The photos above for Polar and Pierce have been switched.
Also, Gene Polar was far from being a "silent-serial star" and "movie idol of his day."
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