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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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Tagline:
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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Awards:
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Action! Romance! Heroic Monkeys! See more (46 total) »

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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
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:
Revealing mistakes: About 12 minutes into the film, when the safari is traveling along a river, you can see a vehicle traveling along a road high on the other side of the river.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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Soundtrack:
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Action! Romance! Heroic Monkeys!, 14 July 2004
Author: dr_foreman from Brooklyn, NY

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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