Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

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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 »


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Complete credited cast:
Enid Markey ...
True Boardman ...
Kathleen Kirkham ...
George B. French ...
Binns - a Sailor
Gordon Griffith ...
Colin Kenny ...
Thomas Jefferson ...
Bessie Toner ...
Bar Maid
Jack Wilson ...
Louis Morrison ...
Fred L. Wilson


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>

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Release Date:

27 January 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tarzan bei den Affen  »

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$1,000,000 (USA)

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1.33 : 1
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Film debut of Rex Ingram. See more »


Followed by Tarzan the Mighty (1928) See more »

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Not quite Tarzan, the scholar, found in the novels.
3 May 2000 | by (Jacksonville, Florida) – See all my reviews

At this early point in American film history, Tarzan of the Apes was an instant success. Elmo Lincoln was perhaps the best actor at the time for the role. It's a fairly straight forward telling of the novel, tho Edgar Rice Burroughs was frequently on the set in an advisory role and his input was seldom utilized. In the books, Tarzan was quite the self-made scholar and this was barely touched upon in the film. For 1918, this turned out to be an excellent film, parts of which still hold up today. It's a solid 7 out of 10, and well worth seeing.

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