Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)

35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

A British fantasy film directed by Robert Day. Production began on 25 January 1960 in Kenya 1Kine Weekly vol.512 no.2728 (14 January 1960) p.15.

Plot Summary

leads prisoner Coy Banton out of the jungle but the criminal is almost rescued by his father and brothers who blow up the boat they're travelling on. Tarzan now has to continue leading Banton to justice while also protecting five of the boat's passengers from attack by hostile natives.


Directed by: Robert Day
© MCMLX [1960] by Solar Film Productions Ltd
A Paramount release. Sy Weintraub and Harvey Hayutin present
Produced by: Sy Weintraub
Screenplay by: Berne Giler and Robert Day
Based on the Characters Created by: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Director of Photography: Ted Scaife
Editor: Bert Rule
Music by: Ken Jones
Sound Recording: Buster Ambler, Bob Jones
Wardrobe Supervisor: Felix Evans
Make Up: Tony Sforzini
Hairdressing: Ivy Emmerton
Art Director: Ray Simm
This film was made in Africa with the cooperation of the Kenya Government, the Kikuyu and Masai tribes

Gordon Scott as Tarzan
Jock Mahoney (Coy Banton)
Betta St. John (Fay Ames)
John Carradine (Abel Banton)
Lionel Jeffries (Ames)
Alexandra Stewart (Laurie)
Gary Cockrell (Johnny Banton)
Earl Cameron (Tate)
Charles Tingwell (Conway)
Al Mulock (Martin Banton)
Harry Baird (warrior leader)
Christopher Carlos (native chief)
Ron MacDonnell (Ethan Banton)
John Sullivan (Wyntors)
Ewen Solon (Dexter)
Jacqueline Evans (Mrs Dexter)
Thomas Duggan (Frye)
Peter Howell (Dr Blake)
John Harrison (N'Como)
George Taylor (Captain Hayes)

Alternative Titles

Mahtava Tarzan – Finland
Tarzan and the Five
Tarzán el justiciero
– Spain
Tarzan il magnifico
– Italy
Tarzan, der Gewaltige
– Austria, West Germany
Voittamaton Tarzan
– Finland

Extracts included in
Biography: Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996)



  • Kine Weekly vol.512 no.2728 (14 January 1960) pp.15, 30 – note (Production by Bill Edwards)
  • Kine Weekly vol.512 no.2730 (28 January 1960) p.17 – note (Production by Bill Edwards)
  • Kine Weekly vol.517 no.2750 (16 June 1960) p.34 – note (Renter's news); note (Trade shows)
  • Kine Weekly vol.517 no.2751 (23 June 1960) pp.18-19 – credits, synopsis, review (Reviews for showmen by Josh Billings)


  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.454
  • John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver pp.248-250
  • Kings of the Jungle: An Illustrated Reference to Tarzan on Screen and Television by David Fury – review
  • by Walt Lee p.477 – credits