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Tarzan Escapes (1936)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure  -  6 November 1936 (USA)
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An expedition seeking to bring Jane back to civilization, and Tarzan into captivity, gets more than it's bargained for.

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Cheetah ...
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White hunter Captain Fry tries to take Tarzan back to civilization, caged for public display. He arrives in the jungle with Jane's cousins, Eric and Rita who want Jane's help in claiming a fortune left her. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It's New! It's amazing! 2 years to produce!

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Action | Adventure

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6 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Capture of Tarzan  »

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$1,058,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The original director was James C. McKay, who filmed many gruesome scenes. In July 1936, he was replaced by John Farrow who practically re-shot the entire film. There were also cast and crew changes: Granville Bates was dropped from the cast, while Herbert Mundin was added, playing a new character. Darby Jones replaced Everett Brown as "Bomba"; Elmer Sheeley replaced Cedric Gibbons as art director; A. Arnold Gillespie replaced James Basevi for special effects; Tom Tutwiler replaced 'Max Fabian' for photographic effects; and Charles Salerno Jr. replaced cameramen Virgil W. Vogel and Walter Strenge. See more »

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In the boat, Capt. Fry gives an order to Bomba who agrees saying, "Yes, bwana," but he does not move his lips. See more »

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[first lines]
Riverboat Captain: All right. Tie her up. Make her fast. Pull her in, boys.
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Connections

Followed by Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938) See more »

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Cannibal Carnival
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Sol Levy
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Another Run Through the Jungle
17 April 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Arriving in Africa from England are handsome medical student William Henry (as Eric Parker) and his attractive sister Benita Hume (as Rita). They are on the continent to find cousin Maureen O'Sullivan (Jane) and bring her back to civilization, where they hope she will claim an inheritance of half a million pounds. Living among the apes by choice, Ms. O'Sullivan mated with jungle man Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) in "Tarzan and His Mate" (1934). Jane's cousins consider themselves lucky to find safari guide John Butler (as Captain Fry), but he secretly plans to cage Tarzan and display him as an exhibit...

Not much happens here that hasn't happened before, some of it even in the previous MGM Tarzan adventures. The plot about bringing Tarzan and Jane back to civilization by hook or by crook didn't work before, and it won't work again. The title "Tarzan Escapes" should be comforting. As this installment was released after the enforcement of the Hays Production Code, MGM had O'Sullivan wear a much more modest costume. This isn't a total loss, however, as O'Sullivan is still sexy and beautiful. This was noticed by writer/director John Farrow, one of those brought in to patch up production problems.

***** Tarzan Escapes (11/6/36) Richard Thorpe ~ Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, William Henry, Benita Hume


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