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Edgar Rice Burroughs (story)
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Release Date:
11 August 1933 (USA) See more »
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Romance! Adventure! Thrills! See more »
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In the African Jungle, a group of Europeans come across the fabled white man who was raised by apes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Buster Crabbe ... Tarzan
Julie Bishop ... Mary Brooks (as Jaqueline Wells)
Edward Woods ... Bob Hall (as Eddie Woods)
Philo McCullough ... Jeff Herbert
E. Alyn Warren ... Dr. Brooks

Mischa Auer ... High Priest
Matthew Betz ... Nick
Frank Lackteen ... Abdul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Symona Boniface ... Sara (uncredited)
Everett Brown ... Bearer (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Guard (uncredited)
Darby Jones ... Anga (uncredited)

Al Kikume ... Warrior (uncredited)
Carlotta Monti ... Madi (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Slave Trader (uncredited)
Ivory Williams ... Unga (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert F. Hill  (as Robert Hill)
 
Writing credits
Edgar Rice Burroughs (story)

Basil Dickey (continuity) &
George H. Plympton (continuity)

Walter Anthony (dialogue editor)

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Brotherton (photography) (as Jos. Brotherton)
Harry Neumann (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Himm (film editor)
 
Production Management
Julian Lesser .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Theodore Joos .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Charles J. Hunt .... sound editor
 
Stunts
George DeNormand .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bert Goodrich .... stunt double (uncredited)
Red Knight .... stunt double (uncredited)
Nellie Walker .... stunt double (uncredited)
Thelma Warren .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... music supervision
Henry Hadley .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gene Johnston .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Oliver Wallace .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sam Wineland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Lord Wright .... screen play supervisor (as Wm. Lord Wright)
Walter Anthony .... dialogue director (uncredited)
David Holt .... human double: chimpanzee (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
200 min (12 episodes) | USA:61 min (feature) | UK:86 min (feature)
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In addition to the 12-chapter serial, producer Sol Lesser edited the first four chapters into a 1933 feature film, with a trailer announcing future chapters at the theater weekly. However, some theaters did not show the trailer, causing confusion about the abrupt ending of the movie.See more »
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Continuity: When Tarzan first takes Mary to his cave, her skirt is torn, then it's not torn, then it's torn again.See more »
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Call of TarzanSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Tarzan the Giggler, 1 April 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

** (out of 4)

Mary Brooks (Julie Bishop) travels into the jungle with some men to search for her missing father. Thankfully she runs into Tarzan (Buster Crabbe) who helps on her search as well as helps fight some of the bad people in her group. TARZAN THE FEARLESS is a pretty bad movie that features all sorts of campy moments but I think it remains watchable because it does have a certain charm thanks to its badness. Originally this was meant to be a 12-part serial but sadly that version is now missing. The producer basically took the first four chapters and turned them into this movie so that will explain why things sometimes don't make sense or that the story is jumping all around the place. Without the serial to see exactly what they did, it's hard to say if they improved anything but most of the time these serial chapters to features don't work. There are quite a few campy moments with this film and most of them are Tarzan himself. He has a really silly and annoying howl here that will certainly make you laugh. As with the first MGM film, Tarzan can't speak here so instead of talking to Mary he always breaks into this weird laugh that makes him seem rather slow. It's clear Crabbe was going for a different type of performance because he makes the Tarzan character more of a mentally challenged person than anything else. Bishop is certainly easy on the eyes as the love interest. Philo McCullough was actually good as the main villain and we get Edward Woods playing the good guy. The film is full of stock footage, fights with lions and of course the eye-rolling moment of yet another beauty getting into their bathing suit and going swimming when of course a croc shows up. TARZAN THE FEARLESS is a real mess of a movie but fans of bad cinema should get a few kicks out of it.

I will also say that Turner Classic Movies showed a 87-minute version, which I actually found much better than an earlier version running 71-minutes and included on one of those public domain packs. If you think the fuller version doesn't make much sense try watching that shorter one!

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