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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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The best film of the entire "Tarzan" film series. See more (50 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)

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: Jane lies in front of two furious lions with her back next the rock. The following shot, just from the rock side, shows that she is a little way from the rock.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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Movie Connections:
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The best film of the entire "Tarzan" film series., 27 May 1999
Author: TroyAir from Florida, USA

Maureen O'Sullivan turns in a stunning performance as "Jane", Tarzan's love interest. O'Sullivan's Jane set a new standard for female lead characters - strong, independent, intelligent, and not afraid to accept new challenges and face new dangers. This is remarkable given that, at the time the film was made, the typical American view was that a woman's place was in the kitchen, yet here we see an attractive, diminutive, well-bred Englishwoman living in the jungle under harsh conditions and loving every minute of it. Several times during the film, a band of explorers try to convince Jane to return to civilization and conform to society's standards, and part of the film's plot revolves around her decision as to whether or not she should leave Tarzan and the jungle life and return to America, which has led some to draw parallels between women deciding between the workplace (a man's world at the time) and the home (a woman's world at the time) and the film's world of the jungle and then-modern society.

Johnny Weismuller is cast perfectly for this role. The fact that he's an Olympic swimmer lends credibility to his role as a muscular he-man living with the apes. While some people have criticized his lack of acting ability (confusing his limited lines to be equivalent with limited acting ability), I've come to the conclusion that he's a natural actor - one who can express a range of emotion with very few words - which is exactly what Tarzan should be. As an athlete, Weismuller is used to expressing himself physically - Weismuller's Tarzan is a man of few words and limited grammar, but his eyes and body language express exactly what he's feeling and thinking. While Jane is the speaker who does, Tarzan is the doer who speaks. Jane is the civilized communicator who is not afraid to dive into a crocodile-infested river. Tarzan is the noble savage who dives into a river and only speaks to clarify what his eyes and hands are saying.

The plot is basically this: a band of explorers venture into the jungle to search for the legendary elephant graveyard to find their fortune in ivory elephant tusks. They meet Jane and befriend her, hoping that she and Tarzan will help them in their search. She convinces Tarzan to guide the hunters, although Tarzan does not feel comfortable with the venture, believing that the hunters should not be violating the sanctity of the animals' graveyards (and the unspoken law of the jungle). Indeed, at one point the hunters wound an innocent animal to track it to a grave. Tarzan decides that the hunters are evil and leaves their safari, though Jane continues on as the hunters provide her with a taste of the civilized life she left behind.

We see the conflict in Tarzan between his love for Jane and his love for the animals. We see the conflict in Jane between her love of Tarzan and her memories of civilization. The decisions that the two must make as the movie progresses have been interpreted by some as having hidden meanings and that the film producers were using the Tarzan vehicle to make statements about modern society. But I'll let you watch the film yourself and make your own decisions.

One last thing: this is the only film in the series (other than the "Tarzan" film made by John Derek and starring Bo Derek) in which Jane wears a two-piece leather costume. It's also the only installment (other than the "Tarzan" film by the Dereks) in which Jane becomes nude (but in a non-sexual scene). Trying to persuade Jane to return to civilization, the hunters give Jane a formal evening gown, which she wears to dinner and all through the night. The next morning, as she climbs out of bed still wearing it, Tarzan picks her up and carries her out onto a tree limb over the river. He dumps her into the water while holding onto the dress, so that she falls into the river naked. Tarzan makes no long soliloquy here - he's just expressed his opinion on the whole matter of civilized society quite succinctly.

See the film. It's the only "Tarzan" film worth watching (well, in addition to "Greystoke" with Christopher Lambert).

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