screenshots / Tarzan and the Jungle Boy / 1968 Paramount Pictures


Tarzan assists a photojournalist and her assistant in their search for a boy who has been missing for six years in the jungle after the death of his father, a geologist. Hindering the search is the tribal power struggle between Buhara and his brother, the evil Nagambi. In the end, Tarzan convinces the jungle boy to return to civilization so as to get a proper education.

Though the story is set in Africa the filming locations are in Brazil along the Amazon River.

The title's jungle boy Erik (whom the natives call Jukaro) is played by Steve Bond who would later find fame in the 1980's on TV's General Hospital and as a male stripper for Chippendales. Film roles include Massacre at Central High (1976), Gas Pump Girls (1979) and Picasso Trigger (1988).

Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson (Nagambi) had previously appeared as the villian Barcuma in Tarzan and the Great River. In 1968 he was one of three people who tackled Sirhan Sirhan moments after he shot Robert F. Kennedy. Rafer Johnson passed in 2020 at the age of 86.

After filming his Tarzan trilogy back-to-back in 1965, Mike Henry turned down the lead in the upcoming television series giving exhaustion as one of his reasons. Perhaps to those not familiar with his Tarzan movies, Henry may be best remembered for his appearances in three Smokey and the Bandit films as Jackie Gleason's dim-witted son Junior Justice.

Mike Henry passed in 2021 at the age of 84.