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18 March 1933 (USA) See more »
Charley, hoping to find cultured people in his ancestry in order to be suitable to Muriel's family, is tricked by his rival Ronnie into believing himself a descendant of Tarzan. Conked on the head, Charley suddenly believes he IS Tarzan. | Add synopsis »
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Charley Chase ... Charley Chase
Muriel Evans ... Muriel
Carlton Griffin ... Ronnie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nora Cecil ... Muriel's mother (uncredited)
James Finlayson ... Voice of lion (uncredited)
Charles Gemora ... Mr. Chadwick, the Gorilla (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Clancy (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Organ Grinder (uncredited)

Directed by
Charley Chase (uncredited)
Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer
Cinematography by
Hap Depew 
Film Editing by
William H. Terhune  (as William Terhune)
Sound Department
James Greene .... recording engineer

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18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Plays Like Bad Saturday Night Live Skit, 1 October 2006
Author: Alonzo Church from United States

Charlie Chase, through a waste of celluloid, comes to believe that he is descended from Tarzan. Then he gets conked on the head, and dreams he really is Tarzan. Yes, this is truly NATURE IN THE WRONG.

A spoof of Tarzan might have worked as a decent short -- there is plenty to spoof. But this short takes too long getting to the central idea, and is full of the unfunny stuff one tends to find in Pete Smith specialties, like talking animals, and a family of taking apes. It's not surreal -- it's just not funny. And Charlie Chase in a Tarzan suit? Um...not aesthetically pleasing. There is an attempt to make some humor out of the patently lousy rear projection, but this is better done in WC Fields' Fatal Glass of Beer.

Hope his other talking shorts (now starting to be shown on TCM) are better than this. The silent ones are truly funny and imaginative.

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