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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)  »

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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Trivia

Footage of the Murchison Falls in Africa, originally shot for Trader Horn (1931), was used in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Rawlins climbs a rock after Jane, Capt. Fry is already on the rock in front of Eric. But when Rawlins approaches him, there is no one behind him any more. 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 and the Lost Safari (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

My Tender One
(1933) (uncredited)
from Eskimo (1933)
Music by William Axt
Played during end credits
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"Tarzan makes me alive..."
29 January 2017 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Jane's cousins come to Africa looking to take her back to England. They enlist the help of a big game hunter who, like every hunter in the Tarzan series, is evil. None of this goes over well with Tarzan. Third entry in MGM's Tarzan series is less impressive than the first two but still entertaining in its own right. Maureen O'Sullivan's charm and playful chemistry with Johnny Weissmuller is the best part of the movie. Actually, it's probably the best part of the entire series to me.

As other reviewers have discussed, this one was meddled with by the studio, who deemed the original cut too violent after poor screenings. Unfortunately, we'll probably never know how good that version was. The biggest cut we know of is the much-talked about climax involving giant bats. It sounds pretty cool and I hope someday a copy of that cut exists so we can see it. Still, even with the cuts, the climax of this film is still exciting.

It's an enjoyable film, even if it doesn't hold up well compared to the two that preceded it. Weissmuller and O'Sullivan are terrific. The rest of the cast is pretty good, too, with Herbert Mundin a standout. I can't imagine any fan of the series not liking this one, even if the spectre of "what might have been" hangs over it. Too bad about those bats, though.


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