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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 See more »
NewsDesk:
(36 articles)
Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2
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'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:
Exceptional adventure! 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)

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Trivia:
Clark Gable was considered for the role of Tarzan, but was deemed too much of an unknown to play the ape man.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:
Referenced in Howard the Duck (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Voo-Doo DanceSee more »

FAQ

What did Harry mean when he said that the escarpment must be climbed "according to Hoyle"?
Where was the safari going?
How did Tarzan get his name?
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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Exceptional adventure!, 20 June 2004
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

This is the first of the MGM Tarzan films featuring Olympic medalist Johnny Weismuller in the titular role. It is new out on DVD, in a box set that contains the first six (out of twelve) that he would make. His co-star in these first six films (though I think she disappears in the latter six) is Maureen O'Sullivan, one of the greatest beauties Hollywood ever knew. They are the perfect Tarzan and Jane. Tarzan the Ape Man is extraordinary. The second film of the series, Tarzan and His Mate, is an acknowledged masterpiece of the adventure drama, but I'd almost rank Ape Man aside with it. It is beautifully done in every way, fun and exciting, but also at lengths gentle, charming, and downright erotic. There's a long scene where Tarzan and Jane play in the water. It's so sweet and so sexy. There's hardly any background music to the film, which sets it apart from many in its era that overused their musical scores. Long scenes are played out silently. There is no attempt to make up for a lack of dialogue. Of course, since this is the first time Tarzan meets men (at least white men), he doesn't speak much except for a few grunts to his chimpanzee buddies. It's quite amazing how much attention and care is put into the way Tarzan behaves, how he has become chimp-like. I also begin to notice with this film how good an actor Johnny Weismuller is. Tarzan the Ape Man is really a wonderful film. The new box set is absolutely a must-have. 10/10.

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