Tarzan’s Fight for Life (1958)

35mm film, “in Metrocolor”
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by Bruce Humberstone.

Plot Summary

Dr Sturdy is setting up a hospital in the jungle against the wishes of local witch doctor Futa. becomes involved in the struggle between the forces of modern science and ancient belief.


Directed by: Bruce Humberstone
© MCMLVIII [1958] by Sol Lesser Productions, Inc.
Sol Lesser presents an MGM release
Produced by: Sol Lesser
Production Supervisor: Fred Ahern
Written by: Thomas Hal Phillips
Based Upon the Characters Created by: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Assistant Director: William Forsyth
Script Supervisor: Cora Palmatier
Director of Photography: William E. Snyder
African Photography: Miki Carter
Film Editor: Aaron Stell
Music by: Ernest Gold
Music Editor: Alfred Perry
Sound Technician: Jean Speaks
Sound Editor: Henry Adams
Westrex Recording System
Makeup Artist: Gustaf Norin
Art Director: Ernst Fegté

Gordon Scott [Tarzan]
Eve Brent [Jane]
Rickie Sorensen [Tartu]
Jil Jarmyn [Ann Sturdy]
James Edwards [Futa]
Carl Benton Reid [Dr Sturdy]
Harry Lauter [Dr Ken Warwick]
Woody Strode [Ramo]

Alternative Titles

Tarzan e lo stregone – Italy
Tarzán lucha por su vida – Spain
Tarzan taistelee elämästään – Finland
Tarzans Kampf ums Leben – Austria, West Germany

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



  • Motion Picture Herald vol.214 no.7 (21 February 1959) p.27 – note (Film buyers rating)
  • Starlog no.275 (June 2000) pp.90-95 – illustrated interview with Eve Brent (Hollywood and Vine by Tom Weaver)


  • Kings of the Jungle: An Illustrated Reference to Tarzan on Screen and Television by David Fury – review
  • by Walt Lee p.478 – credits
  • Science Fiction Confidential by Tom Weaver – interview with Eve Brent