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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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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)
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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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Runtime:
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:
Continuity: On the rock, after he changes some words with Rawlins, Capt. Fry turns to his right-hand side. The next shot shows him turning to his left.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Riverboat Captain:All right. Tie her up. Make her fast. Pull her in, boys.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Day of the Locust (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable entry in the Tarzan series, 20 November 2008
Author: James Christian from United States

If I was to summarize my feelings about "Tarzan Escapes" in one sentence, this is what I would write: I *loved* the first two Tarzan films, and I *like* the third film.

"Tarzan Escapes" isn't a bad film, but it's clear that the writers had used up a lot of their imagination on the first two installments. The basic premise is that Jane's cousins Rita and Eric go into the jungle to find Jane. Once again, they head to the Mutia Escarpment (the elephant graveyard), and they commission Captain Fry, along with his comedic friend Rawlins, to lead them there.

The first half of this film is basically kiddie fare. The Rawlins character attempts (but never quite succeeds) at providing comic relief, and the animal scenes are less perilous and more comedic. However, about halfway through the movie, a sudden twist occurs, and the story takes on a much more serious tone. It's not too strong for kids, so they should still enjoy it all. And adults, if they can overlook the bad comedy in the first half, should find the overall film very satisfying.

Tarzan has broadened his vocabulary a bit since the first two films, and his and and Jane's relationship is still sparkling. Cheeta has more of a role in this movie, and they've spiffed up their jungle décor considerably. (Only the castaways on Gilligan's Island have a more deluxe setup without electricity.)

Several of the animal scenes are lifted from "Tarzan and His Mate", so some of the excitement and freshness are lost. But there is still plenty to get excited about. I did notice that the sound quality is much improved. (I had to watch parts of the first two films with subtitles just to understand what they were saying. The sound is much clearer in the third movie.)

Overall, it's a rousing adventure film. It's nice to say hi to our jungle friends once again, and there are enough new elements to be more than just a rehash of the previous stories.

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