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Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Family  -  16 June 1939 (USA)
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Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold.

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Johnny Sheffield ...
Boy (as John Sheffield)
Ian Hunter ...
Mr. Lancing
Henry Stephenson ...
Sir Thomas Lancing
Frieda Inescort ...
Mrs. Lancing
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Mr. Sande
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Mrs. Richard Lancing
Morton Lowry ...
Mr. Richard Lancing
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A young couple die in a plane crash in the jungle. Their son is found by Tarzan and Jane who name him Boy and raise him as their own. Five years later a search party comes to find the young heir to millions of dollars. Jane agrees, against Tarzan's will, to lead them to civilization. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Super Story of a Super Man ! The Titan of all Tarzans . . . Giant of all jungle thrills . . . worth the years it took to make !


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16 June 1939 (USA)  »

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Tarzan in Exile  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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It is stated that "Boy" is the heir to the Greystoke title. In the original books, it was Tarzan himself who was the heir to the Greystoke title. See more »

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Tarzan is seen using trapezes when swinging through the jungle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Richard Lancing: Wildebeest again.
Mrs. Richard Lancing: I think we've seen about a million today.
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Followed by Tarzan's Peril (1951) See more »

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My Tender One
(1933) (uncredited)
from Eskimo (1933)
Music by William Axt
Played during end credits
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One of the best of the latter entries
28 November 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

This is a middle point of the Tarzan series. Its when they moved from more violent and sexy adult fare (a prime example being "Tarzan and His Mate") to safer, more polished grade-b matinée films. When compared to the earlier films in the series, one can't help but be disappointed. However, when viewed on its own, its passable entertainment. Its definitely one of the best of the latter entries. It embodies what most people think of when they hear the name Tarzan.

There are several things that work well. First off, Henry Stephenson gives a sympathetic and dignified portrayal of an older British gentleman who accompanies the rescue safari. His performance is very high class, much more so than the series needed. Maureen O'Sullivan, while never a fantastic actress, was certainly ravishing. If you want to see her at her finest, check out "Tarzan and His Mate", which is still the greatest film in the series.

There are also some negative points to this entry. The ending seems rushed and poorly edited. Its also less exciting and suspenseful than the previous entries. This is still an entertaining flick to make you feel nostalgic. (5/10)


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