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Tarzan Escapes (1936)

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

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Jane's cousins Rita and Eric Parker arrive in Africa searching for her. Their uncle has died and has left her half a million pounds provided she agrees to return to civilization. A professional hunter, Captain Fry, quickly agrees to escort them to the escarpment where rumor has it there there lives a great white ape. He's intrigued when told that the great white ape is likely Tarzan and his plan is to capture him and put him on display. When they all find each other, Jane agrees to return to London if only to ensure that her cousins get their late uncle's wealth. Fry manipulates Tarzan into believing that Jane will never return only to trap him. When Jane and the others are taken prisoner by warring tribesmen, it's left to Tarzan to rescue them. Written by garykmcd

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6 November 1936 (USA)  »

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The Capture of Tarzan  »

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$1,058,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Tarzan doesn't appear until 23 minutes into the film. 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 Savage Fury (1952) See more »

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Cannibal Carnival
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Sol Levy
Played during main titles
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Could have been excellent
19 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This could have been an excellent film, but due to the numerous directions, refilmings, and cuts, what we get is a watered down entry. The vampire bat scene was cut because it was deemed to be too scary, yet the crocodile scene which thrilled audiences in Tarzan and His Mate was re-used. I doubt the bat scene could have driven audiences away but such was the environment back in the day.

Likewise, the wardrobes of Tarzan and Jane were changed to comply with the Hays Code. Male audiences were disappointed to see Jane in a lengthened one-piece dress, though the hem would rise in future installments to display Jane's cheesecake. Tarzan's loincloth is also broadened, particularly in the rear to cover his backside.

Nevertheless, the love affair between Tarzan and Jane is still quite prominent in this movie. Johnny Weissmuller once again excels as the buxom king of the jungle, and Maureen O'Sullivan pleases as a lovely Jane in spite of her increased wardrobe coverage.


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