6.0/10
499
10 user 13 critic

Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

The plot follows the novel more closely than does any other Tarzan movie. John and Alice Clayton take ship for Africa. Mutineers maroon them. After his parents die the newborn Tarzan is ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Tarzan and Jane are sailing for France in answer to a call for help from Countess de Coude who is being persecuted by her brother Rokoff. After a duel with the Countess' jealous husband, ... See full summary »

Directors: Harry Revier, George M. Merrick
Stars: Gene Pollar, Karla Schramm, Estelle Taylor
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The scenario follows the book closely. Tarzan's son Jack (Korak to the apes) is kidnapped from England by Tarzan's old enemy Paulovich. He escapes into the African jungle with the help of ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur J. Flaven, Harry Revier
Stars: Kamuela C. Searle, P. Dempsey Tabler, Nita Martan
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tarzan spurns the love of La, Queen of Opar. When he isn't trying to keep the Bolshevik Rokoff and Clayton (pretender to the Greystoke estate) from reaching Opar, he is attacked ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert F. Hill, Scott Sidney
Stars: Elmo Lincoln, Louise Lorraine, Scott Pembroke
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In the African Jungle, a group of Europeans come across the fabled white man who was raised by apes. Tarzan takes an immediate liking to the blond Mary Brooks and rescues her during a nasty... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Hill
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Julie Bishop, Edward Woods
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Flora Hawks is in love with the overseer of Tarzan's African estate. After a search for a legendary city of diamonds, Tarzon races with his pet lion Jad-bal-ja to save Haws from being sacrificed to a lion-god.

Director: J.P. McGowan
Stars: James Pierce, Frederick Peters, Edna Murphy
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After Tarzan's estate is destroyed by Arabs Jane is sold into slavery by a man posing as a friendly scientist. Tarzan develops amnesia after a blow to the head. When he recovers his memory ... See full summary »

Director: Henry MacRae
Stars: Frank Merrill, Natalie Kingston, Al Ferguson
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

Directors: Cedric Gibbons, Jack Conway, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Mary and Bobby Trevor are castaways befriended by Tarzan. When Lord arrives, looking for the family heir, Black John tries to fill that role and marry Mary in England. Tarzan shows up and marries her instead.

Directors: Jack Nelson, Ray Taylor
Stars: Frank Merrill, Al Ferguson, Natalie Kingston
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An aviatrix emerges from the jungle looking as young as she was when her plane went down many years before. Unscrupulous hunters discover that this is due to a secret fountain of youth. ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Sholem
Stars: Lex Barker, Brenda Joyce, Albert Dekker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tarzan and Jane are to sail for England. They are attacked by natives and Tarzan is believed to have been killed. The Greystoke relatives return to England, the Porters (Jane's family) goes... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Lucas
Stars: Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, Thomas Jefferson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Enid Markey ...
...
Kathleen Kirkham ...
George B. French ...
Binns - a Sailor
...
...
Thomas Jefferson ...
Bessie Toner ...
Bar Maid
Jack Wilson ...
...
Innkeeper
Fred L. Wilson
Edit

Storyline

The plot follows the novel more closely than does any other Tarzan movie. John and Alice Clayton take ship for Africa. Mutineers maroon them. After his parents die the newborn Tarzan is taken by a great Ape, Kala. Later the boy finds his father's knife and uses it to become King of Apes. Binns, the sailor who saved the Claytons and who has been held by Arab slavers for ten years, finds the young Tarzan and then heads for England to notify his kin. A scientist arrives to check out Binns' story. Tarzan, now a man, kills the native who killed Kala; when their chief is killed the black villagers appease Tarzan with gifts and prayers. The scientist's daughter Jane is carried off by a native, rescued by Tarzan (who has burnt the native village), aggressively loved by him ("Tarzan is a man, and men do not force the love of women"), and at last accepts him with open arms. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tarzan | ape | slaver | boy | knife | See All (43) »

Taglines:

With an unusually brilliant cast including...[list of cast members]...and 500 others See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

27 January 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tarzan bei den Affen  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,000,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

National Film Corporation, the production company, hired eight acrobats to play apes, for which costumes made from goat skins and elaborate masks were constructed. See more »

Connections

Followed by Green Inferno (1973) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Elmo, How You've Let Yourself Go!
29 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whenever I watch a silent film, I try to view it in the proper context (time it was made, technology, etc.). I got a kick out of this film. I imagined what wonder there was in viewing giraffes, rhinos, elephants, pythons, and a host of jungle life. I particularly enjoyed the young man who played Tarzan as a child. His face was continually full of wonder and life. For me, the movie took a downturn when Elmo Lincoln showed up. For a guy who obviously spent his time running through the jungle, climbing trees, wrestling critters ten times his size, he looked like one of the guys that used to sit next to my father at his favorite watering hole. He has that huge paunch and those fleshy white legs. I was very aware that this Tarzan was in continual danger of falling off a branch (possibly breaking it) and doing himself harm. Let's face it: he also wasn't exactly going to win any beauty contests. If Jane hadn't had a bad experience with he fiancé, would she have given him a second look. Jane, no great prize herself, gets together with him, but I couldn't help but wonder what they would be doing, other than the obvious. All that aside, it was fun seeing this. I had heard about the film for years and decided to purchase a copy for myself. It was worth it for the novelty.


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?