When I was growing up, the local CBS affiliate played the Johnny Weismuller Tarzan movies every Saturday, or so it seemed, so I and my sisters watched them a lot. In many of these movies, Jane or Boy (Tarzan’s adoptive son) would be abducted by the villain of the piece, who would in turn get himself, and his captives, captured by the local cannibals, commonly called the JuJus. This would occasion Tarzan to escape from whatever deathtrap he was in that week and [del]intimidate[/del] rally a herd of elephants, pack of chimpanzees, or pride of lions to assist him in his rescue of his family and slaughter of the bad guys. As he approached, the captives would always be heartened when they heard Weismuller’s signature yell, and the JuJus would quake in terror.
Something I always wondered, watching this, was why the HELL did the JuJus stay where they were at that point? I mean, given their reaction to the yell, they KNEW it heralded the arrival of a pissed-off Tarzan, and what that meant. In such a circumstance, you’d think they’d say to themselves, “Okay, I need to either get the hell away from these hostages so I can plausibly pretend not to be involved in the evildoing hereabouts, or else hasten to their side and try to assist them so Tarzan will be grateful for my assistance. Not that he needs it, as he is Tarzan and has all the armies of the wildnerness at his command, while I am just a dude with a pointy stick.”
Also, why did the villainous great white hunters do anything to get on Tarzan’s bad side in the first place? I mean, he always began the movie by killing a rhino, lion, hippo, or crocodile single-handed, armed only in a knife, and frequently in the middle of a raging river. The great white hunter would frequently witness this. You’d think, upon witnessing this, the VGWHs woul say to themselves, "Okay, if we find ourselves at cross-purposes with this fellow, we should endeavor to negotiate. And by ‘negotiate,’ I mean ‘humbly ask his permission and slink away glad tobe alive if he refuses said permission.’ "
But that’s just me. What little things do YOU wonder about from old movies?