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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:
Elmo Lincoln ...
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 ...
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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 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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27 January 1918 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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Edgar Rice Burroughs sold the film rights for "Tarzan of the Apes" to the National Film Corporation on June 6, 1916. He received a record $5,000 cash advance on royalties, $50,000 in company stock and 5% of gross receipts. See more »

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Followed by The Adventures of Tarzan (1921) See more »

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Pretty good for an early version.
25 October 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio.) – See all my reviews

While Elmo Lincoln is hardly ones choice for the role, this is still a pretty good adaption, and much closer to the original story. It was probably really thrilling when it was originally released in 1918, but today we've seen it all before. Of course, the 30's version is the best, but this still isn't bad.


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