Weissmuller and O'Sullivan appear together in their third TARZAN picture, but this time Jane is wearing a dress (compliments of the Hays Code fashion emporium) and the loving couple are living in a tree house, complete with an elephant-driven elevator. O'Sullivan is tricked into separating from Weissmuller by some dastardly hunters, leaving the ape-man with a sad look on his face. After the usual animal battles and elephant stampedes, the swinging pair are reunited. One shockingly evil scene includes a painful ritual performed by a native tribe, showing victims tied spread-eagled to bent trees. The trees are then released, sending the poor souls flying into various sections of the jungle. Originally titled THE CAPTURE OF TARZAN, this picture was substantially reshot and re-edited, apparently being too frightening and daring for the pampered audiences. One of the film's three writers, John Farrow, went on to marry O'Sullivan.
After growing bored with her mundane job, Evans quits and heads to an old ghost town where her grandmother had been a notorious dancehall queen. In a dream sequence that takes up much of the film, Evans sees herself as her famous ancestor and meets the various characters of her Old West life. Among them is, of course, Rogers, a nice-guy cowboy. The unusual plot is not particularly well handled, with a faulty script and middling direction. There is some action but a larger emphasis is on the songs, a feature that was beginning to become rather noticeable in Rogers' films of this period. Despite the weakness, this series entry did pretty well at the box office.