Cinema: Durable Lianas

With a chest thump and ape warble, Tarzan will start vine-swinging from the lianas for the 26th time next week. In Tarzan and the Slave Girl, Producer Sol Lesser is giving the tenth and current Tarzan (Lex Barker) a new mate—probably Vanessa Brown. But the script will hold close to the tried & true line that has enchanted three decades of romantics and grossed around $3,000,000 a picture. Tarzan has been the most durable and successful series in movie history.

The first Tarzan (1918) was strong, silent Elmo Lincoln. Best-known was Olympic Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, who eventually grew too fat, after appearing...

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