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Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)
Cyril Hume (adaptation)
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Release Date:
2 April 1932 (USA) See more »
You Will Hail It As The Year's Biggest Screen Thrill! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Bizarre and sexy - should have been a silent film. See more (42 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan

Neil Hamilton ... Harry Holt

C. Aubrey Smith ... James Parker

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane Parker
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Cutten
Forrester Harvey ... Beamish
Ivory Williams ... Riano
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ray Corrigan ... Ape (uncredited)
Johnny Eck ... Bird Creature (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke 
Writing credits
Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)

Cyril Hume (adaptation)

Ivor Novello (dialogue)

Produced by
Bernard H. Hyman .... line producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Clyde De Vinna (photographed by)
Harold Rosson (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Tom Held (film editor)
Ben Lewis (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Production Management
J.J. Cohn .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Grinde .... second unit director (uncredited)
Arthur Rose .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
George E. Lee .... on-set propman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Paul Neal .... sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... photographic effects (uncredited)
George Bruggeman .... stunt double (uncredited)
Al Cadutta .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Cadutta .... stunts (uncredited)
Alfredo Codona .... stunt double: Weissmuller swinging shots (uncredited)
Ray Corrigan .... stunts (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger .... stunts (uncredited)
Norm Taylor .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Bauder .... second camera (uncredited)
Charles G. Clarke .... additional photography (uncredited)
Clifton L. Kling .... still photographer (uncredited)
William Snyder .... additional photography (uncredited)
Music Department
William Axt .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
George Emerson .... animal supervisor (uncredited)
Louis Goebel .... animal supervisor (uncredited)
Bert Nelson .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Louis Roth .... animal supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tarzan, the Ape Man" - USA (review title)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 (1952) | Finland:K-16 (1932) | Netherlands:AL | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Clark Gable was considered for the role of Tarzan, but was deemed too much of an unknown to play the ape man.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the scene near the end of the picture, when the elephants are tearing up the village of the little people, elephants are wounded: one is shown running off to the right, acutely favoring its front leg - a tether can be seen, between the leg and the neck of the animal, forcing it to run on only 3 legs.See more »
Jane Parker:Thank you for protecting me.
Jane Parker:I said, thank you for protecting me.
Tarzan:[points at Jane] Me?
Jane Parker:No. I'm only "Me" for me.
Tarzan:[points at Jane] Me.
Jane Parker:No. To you, I'm "You."
Tarzan:[points at himself] You.
Jane Parker:No...
[Thinks for a second]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Down Twisted (1987)See more »
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29 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Bizarre and sexy - should have been a silent film., 14 January 2000
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

It has to be said - this is a very strange film. A proper young English lass is kidnapped by a white man who, for reasons never explained in this version, lives with the apes. She instantly falls in love with him and gives up everything to swing through the trees with him. Hardly the kind of thing America in the early thirties would have thought proper. Which makes this film quite subversive - and Johnny Weissmuller is practically naked! His beauty, particularly in body shape and skin tone, is special - but so too is the performance of Maureen O'Sullivan. With Weissmuller monosyllabic at best, it is left to O'Sullivan to convey most of the story - and she does it with great grace and charm - and quite a bit of sex!

All that aside, there is some remarkable animal footage - sometimes with the actors and at other times with obvious doubles. There is a band of marauding pygmies (basically dwarves in black make-up) that has to be seen to be believed! The hardest things to take in this film though are its racism (the whites whip their black servants, and, when O'Sullivan's dad says that Tarzan has no real human feelings, O'Sullivan explodes "But he's white"!), and the rather fake animals used in certain scenes - particularly the men in ape suits. There is also some really bad rear projection. But, if you can ignore all that, there is much to enjoy and Cheeta the chimp is very cute.

But it is in the silent action sequences that the film really flies. Too often it gets bogged down in static sound sequences - and there is the usual problem with early talkies of too little music. It makes me think what a great silent film this would have been. W.S. Van Dyke was a first-rate visual director with many impressive silent films like "The Pagan" and if we could now just sit back and watch this sexy action film without talking and sound effects, just a great music score, this film could well be considered a masterpiece. But then I guess we would never have heard Tarzan's famous cry.

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