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Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Unrated | | Action, Adventure | 20 April 1934 (USA)
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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Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An expedition seeking to bring Jane back to civilization, and Tarzan into captivity, gets more than it's bargained for.

Directors: Richard Thorpe, John Farrow, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Buckler
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Certificate: Passed Action | War | Adventure
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Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Frances Gifford, Johnny Sheffield
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Nancy Kelly, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, George Zucco
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In the African Jungle, a group of Europeans come across the fabled white man who was raised by apes. Tarzan takes an immediate liking to the blond Mary Brooks and rescues her during a nasty... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Hill
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Julie Bishop, Edward Woods
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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Stars: Lex Barker, Brenda Joyce, Albert Dekker
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
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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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tarzan | ivory | jungle | elephant | rescue | See All (35) »

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Johnny Weismuller is back again!

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Action | Adventure

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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20 April 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Companheira de Tarzan  »

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$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

Maureen O'Sullivan does not appear as Jane during the film's famous nude swimming sequence. O'Sullivan is instead doubled by Josephine McKim, a member of the 1924 and 1928 U.S. Womens' Olympic Swim Teams and one of the four U.S. swimmers on that team to win the 1928 gold medal in the 400-Meter Freestyle Relay. 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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Connections

Edited into Tarzan Escapes (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Soldier on the Shelf
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Sherman Myers (i.e. Montague Ewing)
Lyrics by Erell Reaves (i.e. Stanley Damerell and Robert Hargreaves)
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Action! Romance! Heroic Monkeys!
14 July 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I often half-jokingly refer to "Tarzan and His Mate" as the "T2" of the 1930s, simply because it's packed with special effects, action, and spectacle of the big budget variety that I usually associate with modern films. Sure, some of the visuals look duff now - there's heavy use of rear screen projection and rubber animals - but there's also amazing sights like elephant stampedes, monkeys fighting tigers, hapless people tumbling off cliffs, and a huge elephant graveyard that must rank among the most memorable movie sets of all time.

Never mind the spectacle, though; the best part is the script. Maureen O'Sullivan has a surprisingly wonderful role as Jane. In fact, she carries the movie, since all Tarzan can really do is yodel and swing. She has to fend off the advances of two unsavory ivory hunters who want to lure her back to civilization. Tarzan is doubly threatened by these seedy guys - they want to kill his elephants AND they want his woman. This dual conflict keeps the movie cooking.

There's an amazing amount of violence in the film, including some spectacular battles with nasty tribesmen and knife fights with huge beasties. You'll even get to see a corpse with an arrow through its forehead and bugs crawling all over it. There's a bit of nudity as well, but don't get too excited as it's not really Maureen O'Sullivan swimming in the buff (but it is still swimming in the buff, so feel free to get excited anyway!). Amazing, isn't it, that "Tarzan and His Mate" is such a visceral viewing experience...especially when compared to the much tamer films that followed after Hollywood instituted a strict moral code.

Romantic, sexy, exciting, exotic - in short, all you could expect from a Tarzan movie. And the heroic monkeys are just the cutest thing ever. Once you make it past a rather dry first scene, this movie rocks all the way through.


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