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Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Boy (as John Sheffield)
Sir Thomas 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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Release Date:

16 June 1939 (USA)  »

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Tarzan in Exile  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Johnny Sheffield claims that he was handpicked by Johnny Weissmuller after screening hundreds of applicants for the role of boy. Weissmuller is also the person who taught Sheffield to swim for the movie. See more »


At the climax when Boy is being chased by a lion, sudden position changes in the leaves in the background bushes show the progress of the traveling split screen from right to left, used so that both could be in frame without any danger. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Richard Lancing: Wildebeest again.
Mrs. Richard Lancing: I think we've seen about a million today.
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Follows Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938) See more »


Cannibal Carnival
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Sol Levy
Played during main titles
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One Of The Better Tarzans
15 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was another interesting, fast-moving Tarzan film with plenty of action and even a little more humor than normal.

The action scenes are hokey (shots of wild animals on a screen in back of the live actors) and even the background scenery is obviously painted but, hey, it's an old film. That I can put up with, but not the vast amount of "darlings" uttered by "Jane" (Maureen O'Sullivan). That gets really annoying

However, the rest of the film is very entertaining, very good and even very clever at times. The story is about Tarzan and Jane acquired "boy" (Johnny Sheffield) when the latter was five years old.

Overall: entertaining and one of the better Johnny Weissmuller-Tarzan entries.

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