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May 1920 (USA) See more »
The scenario follows the book closely. Tarzan's son Jack (Korak to the apes) is kidnapped from England by Tarzan's old enemy Paulovich... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Kamuela C. Searle ... Korak - Son of Tarzan grown up
P. Dempsey Tabler ... Lord Greystoke / Tarzan
Nita Martan ... Meriem - as a young woman (as Manilla Martan)
Karla Schramm ... Lady Greystoke / Jane
Gordon Griffith ... Jack - Son of Tarzan as a Boy
Mae Giraci ... Meriem - as a girl
Eugene Burr ... Ivan Paulovich
Frank Morrell ... Sheik Amor Ben Khatour
Ray Thompson ... Malbihn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saville De Sacia
Frank Earle
Kathleen May
Lucille Rubey
Charles G. Clarke ... Arab Slave Trader (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur J. Flaven 
Harry Revier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edgar Rice Burroughs  novel
Roy Somerville 

Produced by
David P. Howells .... executive producer
Harry M. Rubey .... producer
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke 
Walter Bell (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Harry Revier 
Casting by
Jean Temple 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Humiston .... additional photography
James C. Hutchinson .... additional photography

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Also Known As:
"Jungle Trail of the Son of Tarzan" - USA (alternative title)
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248 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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The original plan was to film the production on a tropical island in the South Pacific where they would use the natives as extras.See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Fairly Good Print Has Been Found, 15 February 2002
Author: David Eversole ( from Kentucky, USA

A complete print of this serial, containing one of filmdom's most persistent urban legends, is now available, though a bit ragged in spots (missing frames, "sprocket jitters," etc. My copy is missing most of the musical soundtrack as well). I recommend it to the Tarzan fan, casual and completist, and to any silent movie fan. As has been noted on many occasions, P. Dempsey Tabler is quite woefully miscast as Tarzan (here known in the civilized world as Lord Greystone instead of Greystoke); fortunately he remains in England until near the end, allowing Kamuela Searle to enthusiastically carry the bulk of the picture as Jack Clayton, aka Korak ("Killer" in the language of Burroughs' Apes). Manilla Martan, as Meriem, Korak's damsel in constant distress, is also well-cast, and in those pre-Hayes Code days, gets away with a bit of nude bathing.

Most will see this serial having heard of Searle's death following the infamous elephant rescue. This has been debunked by Burroughs enthusiasts, who quote a letter from Searle's brother to "The Burroughs Bulletin," stating that though badly injured when the elephant slammed him to the ground still tied to a pole, Kamuela recovered, but died in 1924 of cancer.

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