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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)

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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the boat, Capt. Fry gives an order to Bomba who agrees saying, "Yes, bwana," but he does not move his lips.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:
Spoofed in A vadon fia (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Tender OneSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Tarzan Escapes/Tarzan Finds A Son!, 10 October 2004
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

My second Tarzan double-feature slot and the cracks are beginning to show! That said, TARZAN ESCAPES (1936; ***) is much better than online reviews would have you believe: true, there is ample stock footage on display here but it also boasts a strong plot line and cast (featuring Benita Hume, future wife of Ronald Colman and later George Sanders, as well as MGM staple Herbert Mundin and James Whale favorite E.E. Clive, not to mention the villainous John Buckler who comes to a particularly sticky end in this one) to even things out. By now, Weissmuller and O' Sullivan have grown considerably in their respective parts but the influence of the Hays' Office (established while the film was in production, resulting in extensive re-shoots before it could be classified for exhibition!) is also very much in evidence: Tarzan and Jane's behavior (to say nothing of the latter's 'wardrobe') is rather chaste this time around, and even the violence is there mainly by virtue of recycled scenes from the two previous entries in the series!!

TARZAN FINDS A SON! (1939; **1/2), though certainly briskly-paced and fairly enjoyable in itself, is where things really start to degenerate and a sense of deja'-vu hangs over the proceedings like a cloud; not that this factor is an isolated case in franchises of this period – consider, for instance, the noticeable leap in quality from the ornate SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939) to a strictly programmer-level THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942)… To make matters worse (though, I guess, this can be pinned down to personal opinion), we have here the addition of another jungle 'initiate' in the figure of Boy who emulates Tarzan in his every move, down to that grating yodel! Besides, his getting into endless predictable scrapes throughout, forcing Tarzan's nick-of-time intervention and queuing in further stock footage from the earlier films (now looking pretty rough-hewn alongside the lavish budgets MGM could afford by the end of the decade!), does the picture no favors at all in the story department!! Logic, too, is casually thrown out the window: the film opens with a plane crash-landing (i.e. before reaching its intended destination), yet when a search party is set in motion (5 years after the fact, conveniently allowing Boy to grow up and become attached to the Tarzans!), its members (invariably harboring an agenda of their own) go directly to the supposedly forbidden/secret part of the jungle where the Lord Of The Apes has set up residence…sheesh!! Once again, the familiar cast-list adds to the fun, though it has to be said that Ian Hunter (usually playing the reliable type) makes for an unconvincing villain in this one.

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