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Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

 -  Action | Adventure  -  20 April 1934 (USA)
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The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

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Beamish
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Storyline

In the first sequel to Tarzan, the Ape Man, Harry Holt returns to Africa to head up a large ivory expedition. This time he brings his womanizing friend Marlin Arlington. Holt also harbors ideas about convincing Jane to return to London. When Holt and Arlington show Jane some of the modern clothes and perfumes they brought from civilization, she is impressed but not enough to return. Tarzan wrestles every wild animal imaginable to protect Jane but when he disallows the expedition from plundering ivory from the elephant burial grounds, it is he who takes a bullet from Arlington's gun. Jane eventually believes that Tarzan is dead but he is nursed back to health by the apes. As Jane and the returning expedition are attacked by violent natives, we wonder if Tarzan can rescue them yet again. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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ivory | jungle | elephant | rescue | sequel | See more »

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Johnny Weismuller is back again!

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Action | Adventure

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Release Date:

20 April 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Companheira de Tarzan  »

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Budget:

$1,279,142 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (1951) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "African" elephants were actually Indian elephants fitted with prosthetic tusks and ears, as MGM already owned several Indian elephants and considered them easier to handle. See more »

Goofs

When fighting the lions, Jane repeatedly fires a single-shot bolt action rifle from scene to scene without apparently reloading it, as though it contained a clip. When she finally runs out of ammo, she ejects the last shell and looks at the empty chamber as though checking for another round. But when she lays the rifle down, you can see it does not have a clip or even the opening for one. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Beamish: I wouldn't trust meself in that jungle if it was me, sir.
Harry Holt: Well, I will.
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Follows Tarzan the Fearless (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

My Tender One
(1930) (uncredited)
from Eskimo (1933)
Music by William Axt
Played during end credits
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Maureen O'Sullivan is irresistible as Jane!
2 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It feels weird saying this as a young black man of 29, but Maureen O'Sullivan engenders/embodies a flirty sexuality unequaled in today's movies. She plays tomboyish, but is so flirty at the same time that renders her simply irresistible as Jane. I'm also surprised that Tarzan is still so rough with her and that that was acceptable back in the day. I mean, it's cute, but a tad ungentlemanly.

Since I need to write at least ten lines, I'll continue on...

It's actually really refreshing, the irrelevance of the shame of nudity in this film. Here we are, in 1934, with a man undressing for a bath in the same room with his friend. Jane's naked silhouette tempting the imaginations of every red-blooded American. It's just so natural and alluring in its unabashedness. The skinny-dipping scene is a beautiful ballet of light, water, and skin. It's not pornographic, simply playful and free.

As a black man, I'd love if there was some way the treatment of blacks in this film weren't so harsh, as though all they are are beasts of burden, but I suppose it was a sign of the times. It's darned near slavery. But then again, I never traveled on safari in Africa in the 30s.


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