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Writers:
Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)
James Kevin McGuinness (screen play)
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Release Date:
20 April 1934 (USA) See more »
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Johnny Weismuller is back again!
Plot:
The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane Parker

Neil Hamilton ... Harry Holt
Paul Cavanagh ... Martin Arlington
Forrester Harvey ... Beamish
Nathan Curry ... Saidi

Johnny Weissmuller ... 'Tarzan'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Everett Brown ... Bearer (uncredited)
Ray Corrigan ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Yola d'Avril ... Madame Feronde (uncredited)
Paul Porcasi ... Monsieur Feronde (uncredited)
Desmond Roberts ... Henry Van Ness (uncredited)
William Stack ... Tom Pierce (uncredited)
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Directed by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Conway (co-director) (uncredited)
James C. McKay (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)

James Kevin McGuinness (screen play)

Howard Emmett Rogers (adaptation) and
Leon Gordon (adaptation)

Bud Barsky  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Bernard H. Hyman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (photographed by)
Clyde De Vinna (photographed by) (as Clyde DeVinna)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Held (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
A. Arnold Gillespie  (as Arnold Gillespie)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Grinde .... second unit director (uncredited)
James C. McKay .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Errol Taggart .... assistant director (uncredited)
Errol Taggart .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
George E. Lee .... on-set propman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Graham .... sound effects (uncredited)
T.B. Hoffman .... sound effects (uncredited)
C.S. Pratt .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Basevi .... special effects director (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... art effects (uncredited)
Irving G. Ries .... photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
George Barrows .... stunts (uncredited)
Alfredo Codona .... stunt double: Johnny Weissmuller (uncredited)
Ray Corrigan .... stunts (uncredited)
The Flying Codonas .... stunt doubles: Johnny Weismuller/Maureen O'Sullivan (uncredited)
The Picchianis .... stunt doubles: Johnny Weismuller/Maureen O'Sullivan (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Allan .... still photographer (uncredited)
William Foxall .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ray Ramsey .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Roberts .... camera operator (uncredited)
Lester White .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William Axt .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
William Axt .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ray Corrigan .... double: Johnny Weissmuller (uncredited)
George Emerson .... animal supervisor (uncredited)
George Emerson .... double: Johnny Weissmuller (uncredited)
Louis Goebel .... animal supervisor (uncredited)
Josephine McKim .... double: Maureen O'Sullivan when swimming (uncredited)
Bert Nelson .... animal supervisor (uncredited)
Bert Nelson .... double: Johnny Weissmuller (uncredited)
Betty Roth .... double: Maureen O'Sullivan in retakes (uncredited)
Louis Roth .... animal supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
104 min | Finland:96 min (1951) | 91 min (cut) | West Germany:87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 (1951) | Finland:K-16 (1934) | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1954) | Netherlands:18 (passed with cuts) (original rating) (1934) | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1305-R) (26 August 1935 for re-release) | West Germany:12 (fr.16;nf)

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Trivia:
Cedric Gibbons was replaced as director due to other duties as the head of MGM's art department. He was officially replaced by Jack Conway. Maureen O'Sullivan recalled that the actual direction was carried out by James C. McKay (uncredited as director), who was only billed as the animal director. Betty Roth (wife of animal supervisor Louis Roth) doubled for O'Sullivan for some close-up lion scenes at the end of filming due to O'Sullivan's absence for an appendectomy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Martin and Harry are talking around the table, Martin holds the pipe with his right hand about his belly. From one shot to another, his right hand appears about his chest and, subsequently, holding the pipe in the mouth.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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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The Adventures of Tarzan and Jane, 9 July 2005
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

TARZAN AND HIS MATE (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1934), directed by Jack Conway (credited to MGM art director Cedric Gibbons), a sequel to the successful TARZAN THE APE MAN (1932), remains a highly acclaimed entry in the series. As with its predecessor, the character of Tarzan (and now Jane) do not appear until late into the story, in this instance 23 minutes from the start of the movie. Hailed by many as the best of the entire series, it's noted solely not only for its action and adventure, but for its sexual innuendos, Jane's two-piece jungle wear, as well as the most eye-opening sequence of all, the underwater swimming of Tarzan (still sporting his loincloth) with Jane, in long shot and shown from her back, completely in the nude. This now famous sequence which was later removed, especially from commercial television, has amazingly survived over the years and now restored, elevating the standard 93 minute print back up to its near theatrical length of 105 minutes. Johnny Weissmuller, the Olympic swimming champion chosen to play Edgar Rice Burrough's literary jungle hero, reprises his role, with an added bonus with mono-syllable ideologue. Unlike his co-star, Maureen O'Sullivan, Weissmuller's movie career became limited solely to playing Tarzan while O'Sullivan ventured in other screen roles without losing her identity as Jane.

In the conclusion of TARZAN THE APE MAN, Jane's father (C. Aubrey Smith) dies in Mutia Escartment, Harry Holt (Neil Hamilton) returns to England without his love, Jane, who has chosen to remain in the jungle with Tarzan. The sequel opens with Harry returning to Africa, accompanied by his assistant, Marlin Arlington (Paul Cavanaugh), to secure the ivory fortune at the elephant burial ground. En-route through the jungle, their safari meets up with danger as they are attacked by murderous natives and gorilla tribes. In time the safari is saved by the jungle call of Tarzan, who then escorts Harry to his mate, Jane. While Harry's intentions are honorable, with the hope of having Jane return home to England with him, Arlington's is not, plotting to do away with Tarzan and causing trouble for everyone concerned.

The supporting players consist of Forrester Harvey reprising his role as Beamish; Doris Lloyd, who also appeared in TARZAN THE APE MAN, assuming another part, that of Madame Feronde; Paul Porcasi as Monsieur Gironde; Desmond Roberts as Henry Van Ness; William Stack as Pierce; and Nathan Curry as Saidi.

The behind the scenes look to the making of TARZAN AND HIS MATE is as interesting as the movie itself. According to sources, there were complications during production, former silent screen matinée idol Rod LaRocque was replaced by Paul Cavanaugh, Jack Conway took over for Cedric Gibbons in the director's chair, having to film much of the movie all over again, as well as technical problems and script revisions. In spite of everything, it finally was completed, being the classic is has become.

A pre-code movie if ever there was one, TARZAN AND HIS MATE was obviously made for the adult masses. It would be another decade before the Tarzan films reverted more to the appeal of children like a Saturday afternoon matinée. Villains are the main factor in much of the series, and Paul Cavanaugh's performance, which might have gone to resident MGM bad guy John Miljan, plays a convincing one. His evilness speaks through his shifty eyes, especially on how he looks at the carefree Jane in her most abbreviated jungle attire as she sucks out snake poison from his forearm. He even forces his intentions on Jane by kissing her on the lips. Another interesting mention is the death of Tarzan's pet monkey, Cheta, midway through the story, while attempting to save Tarzan from a vicious rhinoceros. However, Cheta's offspring, mourning for its mother, is then adopted by Jane, who calls this one Cheta, too.

Action scenes are plentiful, bringing out many highlights, including some well constructed ones including Tarzan's battle against a 14-foot crocodile, he defeating the natives, and leading elephant stampedes. Jane also shows off her courage and skill while facing the dangers of the jungle as she plays dead while being surrounded by lions. Besides the recognized Tarzan yell, Jane gives out her jungle call as well, normally as a distress signal, in the more operatic sounding level, along with Jane's leap from the tree-top into the arms of Tarzan below - acrobatic style. With much of these ingredients and fast pace action, TARZAN AND HIS MATE is in many ways close to being superior to TARZAN THE APE MAN.

TARZAN AND HIS MATE, along with the remaining post 1934 MGM films in the series, were distributed on video cassette during the 1990s, then onto DVD in 2004. This along with the other Tarzan adventures played on the American Movie Classics cable channel from 1997 to 2000, and beginning in 2004, Turner Classic Movies picked up the option in airing the duration of the MGM/ Weissmuller series (1934-1942), making this second entry the most televised thus far. (***1/2) Next installment: TARZAN ESCAPES (1936).

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