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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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John Buckler ...
Captain Fry
Benita Hume ...
Rita
William Henry ...
Eric Parker
Herbert Mundin ...
Rawlins
E.E. Clive ...
Masters
Darby Jones ...
Bomba
Cheetah ...
By Herself - A Chimpanzee
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Storyline

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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Action | Adventure

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Release Date:

6 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Capture of Tarzan  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

The stalk of the flower Tarzan gives to Jane shortens from one shot to another. See more »

Quotes

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

Followed by Tarzan's Revenge (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Cannibal Carnival
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Sol Levy
Played during main titles
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Miss Jane, he's the finest gentleman I ever knew - trousers or no trousers.
19 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Johnny Weissmuller once again dons the loin cloth in this fun and breezy adventure for Edgar Rice Burroughs' famous creation. Directed by Richard Thorpe, story has Tarzan fending of the nefarious intentions of an expedition group who plan to take Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan)) back to civilisation, and Tarzan into side-show captivity.

Weissmuller flexes his muscles and gets help from his wildlife pals, while Jane wonderfully looks like she's auditioning for the porn movie version of the plot. Action is brisk, the dialogue not clunky, and the all round sense of adventurous fun never once leaves the scene. The wildlife footage is impressive for the time and Leonard Smith's photography is very slick.

There's some holes in the plot, but it matters not in the grand scheme of 30s Tarzan movies, it's the sort of film you watched as a kid and adored, and now as adults we go back to find it has thankfully lost none of its charm. Now, where is Jane's telephone number? 7/10


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