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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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1.37 : 1
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In the original script Jane was to have died (Maureen O'Sullivan wanted out of the Tarzan series). Fan protest forced a last-minute rewrite in which Jane recovers from her near-fatal wound, admitting she had been wrong to disobey Tarzan. See more »

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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 »

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[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 Savage Fury (1952) 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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Johnny Weissmuller shows Johnny Sheffield the Ropes
25 April 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Mysterious air currents and mechanical failures cause a private plane to crash in Africa, with only a baby boy surviving. Tarzan's chimp "Cheeta" swings by and tosses the blanketed lad to jungle king Johnny Weissmuller (as Tarzan), who has arrived to investigate. Mr. Weissmuller brings the baby home to pretty Maureen O'Sullivan (as Jane). They adopt the baby by declaration and decide to call him "Boy" (an unimaginative name, but it fits). The baby quickly grows into cute preteen Johnny Sheffield. As young Sheffield learns the ropes from Weissmuller, an expedition of his surviving family members is investigating. Naturally, they will want to take the Lancing baby away from Tarzan and Jane...

Much has been made of the fact that "Tarzan Finds a Son!" has the jungle couple's son arriving by plane crash, instead of vaginally. This is due to moral guidelines set by the Hays production code being more rigorously enforced in 1934. This raises some questions, however. It has been generally accepted that Weissmuller's "Tarzan" and O'Sullivan's "Jane" never marry, and that they adopt "Boy" in this film. However, the script of this film suggests a legal marriage has taken place off-screen. Their on-screen "adoption ceremony" appears to be on much shakier ground. More obviously, plot potential favored Sheffield's arrival by plane. This entry's highlight is sparkling underwater photography.

****** Tarzan Finds a Son! (6/16/39) Richard Thorpe ~ Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Ian Hunter


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