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Director:
Writers:
Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)
Cyril Hume (adaptation)
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Release Date:
2 April 1932 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You Will Hail It As The Year's Biggest Screen Thrill! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
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NewsDesk:
(36 articles)
Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2
 (From Cinelinx. 14 September 2014, 6:33 PM, PDT)

'Tarzan' Synopsis Released as Shooting Begins
 (From MovieWeb. 16 July 2014, 2:16 PM, PDT)

Actors Who’ve Played the Same Character the Most Times
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User Reviews:
Love, Action, & Adventure--will make you feel like a kid again! See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tarzan, the Ape Man" - USA (review title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
At no point in this movie is the line "Me Tarzan, you Jane" spoken. When Jane and Tarzan meet, it is she who initiates the verbal exchange, repeatedly indicating herself and giving her name until he repeats it. She then points to him, indicating that she wants to know if there's a word for who he is as "Jane" is the word for who she is, until eventually he understands and says, "Tarzan."See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Tarzan is stalked by a lioness in the trees. Lions rarely climb trees except to escape heat and insects or poach a kill of another predator.See more »
Quotes:
Jane Parker:Thank you for protecting me.
Tarzan: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:
Soundtrack:
Voo-Doo DanceSee more »

FAQ

What is Tarzan's backstory? How did he come to live in the jungle?
Why is Jane in Africa?
Where was the safari going?
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Love, Action, & Adventure--will make you feel like a kid again!, 18 November 2008
Author: James Christian from United States

I'm sure I saw bits and pieces of "Tarzan, the Ape Man" on television when I was a kid, but I never really paid much attention to it. I just recently checked out the DVD from my local library, and I was amazed to discover what I had been missing all these years.

This movie made me feel like a young boy, craving excitement and adventure. This first installment in the MGM Tarzan movies delivers big time. Yes, the special effects and interweaving of the stock footage looks a bit dated, but remember that this film was only made three years after the first "talkie" (i.e. a sound picture, not a silent movie). There are certain techniques that obviously stem from the silent movie days. But to me, this just adds to the charm.

The animal footage is excellent. For the first time in a long time, I was actually on the edge of my seat during a movie. The CGI effects today are amazing, but they're so overdone (most of the time). The thrills and suspense in "Tarzan" are heightened, because you know everything you see is physically tangible, not an actor reacting to a green screen.

I still don't know how they did some of those scenes without anyone getting hurt. Swinging from the treetops, wrestling with lions, wrestling with leopards, being chased by wild animals--all of these things make for great entertainment and adventure.

I should also mention that the relationship between Tarzan and Jane is one of the most captivating I've ever seen in a movie. It's very understated, yet very sexy. Today, they would ruin the story by making the couple have sex after five minutes. But because the sexual chemistry is only hinted at, the entire relationship is one of Jane flirting and Tarzan pursuing. It just builds and builds. This romance actually has excitement to it. Definitely one of the best screen romances of all time.

Despite a few minor shortcomings in the special effects of the time, this is a thrilling movie. Great adventure, great excitement, great entertainment. Don't miss it!

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