7.2/10
5,499
43 user 38 critic

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 2 April 1932 (USA)
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:

Writers:

(based upon the characters created by), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
4,828 ( 1,113)

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

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

An expedition seeking to bring Jane back to civilization, and Tarzan into captivity, gets more than it's bargained for.

Directors: Richard Thorpe, John Farrow, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Buckler
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Certificate: Passed Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A letter from Jane, who is nursing British troops, asks Tarzan's help in obtaining a malaria serum extractable from jungle plants. Tarzan and Boy set out across the desert looking for the ... See full summary »

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Nancy Kelly, Johnny Sheffield
Certificate: Passed Action | War | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Zandra, white princess of a lost civilization, comes to Tarzan for help when Nazis invade the jungle with plans to conquer her people and take their wealth. Tarzan, the isolationist, ... See full summary »

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Frances Gifford, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Boy is away at school in England. The high priest is trying to force a young girl to marry an evil pearl trader posing as the god Balu. She escapes, is recaptured and is finally rescued by ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, George Zucco
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of archaeologists asks Tarzan to help them find an ancient city in a hidden valley of women. He refuses, but Boy is tricked into doing the job. The queen of the women asks Tarzan to help them.

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An African tribe devoted to the leopard cult is dedicated to preventing civilization from moving further into Africa. Tarzan fights them when the cult first attacks a caravan and next ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

While on an African expedition with her father, Jane Parker meets Tarzan, and the two become fascinated by each other.

Director: John Derek
Stars: Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Miles O'Keeffe
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A shortage of zoo animals after World War II brings beautiful animal trainer Tanya, her financial backer and her cruel trail boss to the jungle. After negotiating a quota with the native ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. The mother dies soon after. ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Ralph Richardson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Doris Lloyd ...
Forrester Harvey ...
Beamish
Ivory Williams ...
Riano
Edit

Storyline

James Parker and Harry Holt are on an expedition in Africa in search of the elephant burial grounds that will provide enough ivory to make them rich. Parker's beautiful young daughter Jane arrives unexpectedly to join them. Harry is obviously attracted to Jane and he does his best to help protect her from all the dangers that they experience in the jungle. Jane is terrified when Tarzan and his ape friends first abduct her, but when she returns to her father's expedition she has second thoughts about leaving Tarzan. After the expedition is captured by a tribe of violent dwarfs, Jane sends Cheetah to bring Tarzan to rescue them... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

MORE THRILLS THAN "TRADER HORN" (original ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 April 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tarzan, the Ape Man  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$652,675 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The elephants used in the early Weissmuller films were not African but Asian elephants with African sized ears strapped on. This practice is still common because the Asian species is much more docile than the African. In later films the fake ears were abandoned altogether figuring no one would know the difference. See more »

Goofs

During the river crossing with the hippopotamus attacks, Parker fires multiple shots from his two-barreled rifle without obvious reloading. Since his bandoleer does not change, he could not have reloaded it between cuts anyway (even if he had been physically been able too). See more »

Quotes

James Parker: [James, Jane's father, starts to leave when she starts to undress] Yes, well, I-I-I-I I think I better be...
Jane Parker: Darling, don't be silly and embarrassed by me! Why, you bathed me some times and you spanked me too! Several times.
James Parker: Rarely, dearly.
Jane Parker: No, preferably, if you actually had. I wouldn't be so obstinate. And I am! Very obstinate.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Voo-Doo Dance
(uncredited)
Music by George Richelavie
Arranged by Paul Marquardt & Fritz Stahlberg
Played during main title
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Tarzan is a hit in movies
30 January 2007 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Johnny Weissmuller,the former Olympic champion in swimming,makes his debut as Tarzan.The movie spawned a lot of sequels and Weissmuller continued as Tarzan for 11 more films during the next 16 years. I had seen this early and somewhat primitive talkie a couple of years back and found it hard to sit through.I decided I'd give it another chance and was surprised at how much more I enjoyed it.Weissmuller is stunning, he fits the part excellent and looks amazing.There's screen charisma by the thousands.Maureen O' Sullivan as Jane really made the role her own.The African footage, shot during the making of "Trader Horn" is exciting and must have been worth the ticket on its own back in the thirties.There's some bad rear-projection used,but it doesn't spoil the movie if you don't let it bother you. So enjoy this entertaining film.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
1930s sex scene bornwriter17
WRONG NAME rrjustron
how many times... Irishmafia088
tarzan / wizard of oz connection? dearnhar
Check Johnny Weissmuller's Official WebSite drs_29
Were animals actually killed? normvog
Discuss Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?