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Writers:
Cyril Hume (screen play)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)
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Release Date:
6 November 1936 (USA) See more »
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It's New! It's amazing! 2 years to produce!
Plot:
An expedition seeking to bring Jane back to civilization, and Tarzan into captivity, gets more than it's bargained for. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not bad but very similar to another Weissmuller Tarzan film. See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Everett Brown ... Hostile Native Chief (uncredited)
Johnny Eck ... Gooney-Bird (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
John Farrow (uncredited)
James C. McKay (uncredited)
George B. Seitz (uncredited)
William A. Wellman (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Cyril Hume (screen play)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)

Jack Cummings  contributing writer (uncredited)
Edwin H. Knopf  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... associate producer
Jack Cummings .... producer (uncredited)
Phil Goldstone .... producer (uncredited)
Bernard H. Hyman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leonard Smith (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
W. Donn Hayes (film editor)
Frank Lawrence (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Elmer Sheeley 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (uncredited)
 
Art Department
James E. Newcom .... art effects (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
T.B. Hoffman .... sound (uncredited)
Standish J. Lambert .... sound (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... sound (uncredited)
Ralph A. Pender .... sound (uncredited)
Ralph Shugart .... sound (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... sound (uncredited)
R.L. Sterling .... sound (uncredited)
Charles E. Wallace .... sound (uncredited)
Don T. Whitmer .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (uncredited)
Tom Tutwiler .... photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Norm Taylor .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Gough .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Salerno Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Albert Scheving .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernest Wilson .... tutor: Swahili, Mr. Weissmuller (uncredited)
 
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89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 (1951) | Finland:K-16 (1937) | Norway:7 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1563) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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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:
Factual errors: Cheeta is listed in the opening credits as playing "Herself", but numerous shots throughout the film show Cheeta with male genitalia.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Riverboat Captain:All right. Tie her up. Make her fast. Pull her in, boys.
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Not bad but very similar to another Weissmuller Tarzan film., 25 February 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This installment of the Tarzan series starring Johnny Weissmuller is very similar to one of these movies made just a few years later, "Tarzan Finds a Son!". Both have family members who come to retrieve one of Tarzan's family to take them back to civilization to retrieve a large inheritance and in both cases, it turns out that some of these 'nice people' aren't so nice after all.

The episode begins with Jane's family arriving at the Tarzan residence. They inform Jane that she's an heiress to the family fortune and that she should come back with them to claim it. None of them realize that the Captain, however, is unconcerned about this and has evil plans of his own. But, when this jerk tries to make a pact with a local tribe of nasties, the nasties turn out to be even bigger jerks and it looks like all the white folks are about to breath their last.

There are a few nice things about this film. E.E. Clive plays a very nice part as a guy who really seems taken with Tarzan and his lovely consort. Additionally, the film is very, very romantic--almost as much as "Tarzan and His Mate". However, the film also features very, very vague motivations for the Captain and you really never have any idea why he does what he does. There are also a few odd inconsistencies--such as Cheeta being called a 'she' despite featuring very large male anatomy! Also there is that stupid looking bird-like thing that made me laugh--and which was also in a bit scene in "Tarzan's Secret Treasure". And, like all the early Weissmuller Tarzan films it features Asian elephants with weird fake prosthetic ears! All in all, a decent but not particularly inspired entry but it's a darn shame that it's practically the same major plot ideas as are found in "Tarxan Finds a Son". Oh, and by the way, look for Tarzan to inexplicably use the word 'escarpment'!

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