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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:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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
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Actors Who’ve Played the Same Character the Most Times
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User Reviews:
A great film, often eclipsed by its sequel. 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 E. 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)

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Trivia:
This film used considerable stock footage from Trader Horn (1931) also directed by W.S. Van Dyke, resulting in some very obvious back-projection effects, particularly toward the beginning of the picture.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Harry sits down on the ground in front of Jane, there is a campfire on his left side. In subsequent shots, which show him from the front, the campfire disappears.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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Soundtrack:
Voo-Doo DanceSee more »

FAQ

What is Tarzan's backstory? How did he come to live in the jungle?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Do elephants really have graveyards where they go to die?
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29 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A great film, often eclipsed by its sequel., 8 February 2001
Author: Sarah (history_65) from Glasgow

Of course, Tarzan and His Mate is by far the best film in the wonderful 1930s MGM series. But you shouldn't therefore overlook its forerunner, Tarzan the Ape Man. This is also a great movie and has some fantastic moments. In particular, get a load of the lighting and the way in which the jungle's well-defined shadows are cast across Tarzan's (equally well-defined!) torso. Also worth watching, of course, to discover what Tarzan really says, as he certainly DOESN'T ever say 'Me Tarzan, You Jane'. While Tarzan and His Mate is often cited for its sexy content, this movie is also pretty hot in places; a beautiful pre-code film, which is a must for any Tarzan fan to see.

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