Tuesday, 2 June 2015
First watched : Uncertain
My first exposure to Tarzan was through this TV series which was made between 1966 and 1968 and shown on ITV here in the early seventies. The character was played by Ron Ely , a physically impressive stud if not much of an actor. For the series Jane was dumped as his companion in favour of a young boy called Jai. It's best remembered for Ely's insistence that he perform all his own stunts despite a lack of any training and the catalogue of injuries he suffered as a result.
Ely went on to star in the famously awful film Doc Savage - Man of Bronze ( which didn't stop me going to see it ) and later became a reasonably successful writer of detective fiction.