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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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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ...
Boy (as John Sheffield)
Ian Hunter ...
Mr. Lancing
Henry Stephenson ...
Sir Thomas Lancing
Frieda Inescort ...
Mrs. Lancing
Mr. Sande
Mrs. Richard Lancing
Morton Lowry ...
Mr. Richard Lancing


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

16 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tarzan in Exile  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


When Jane is feeding milk to the baby, she's also folding diapers in between scenes. 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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Followed by Tarzan and the Huntress (1947) See more »


Cannibal Carnival
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Sol Levy
Played during main titles
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Custodial Interference
3 August 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

While watching Tarzan Finds A Son today it occurred to me that both this film and Tarzan's New York Adventure were about the same thing, custodial interference. The only difference is in the setting where the question is raised. In this film the issue is decided on Tarzan's home turf in the jungle. And as such he's got a definite home field advantage.

The film begins with Morton Lowry, Laraine Day and pilot Gavin Muir going down in a light plane crash in the jungle. The chimpanzees find their infant son who survived and bring him to Tarzan where Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan raise the boy and name him such.

Five years later guide Henry Wilcoxon lead the Lancings, Henry Stephenson, Ian Hunter, and Frieda Inescourt into the jungle looking for a trace of their relatives. That leads O'Sullivan into a conflict with Weissmuller.

Much as she loves life with the Lord of the Jungle, O'Sullivan does see certain advantages to civilization that their 'son' now played by young Johnny Sheffield might have. Of course all the relatives motives aren't pure which leads to the inevitable conflict.

In the jungle Tarzan who's on a first name basis with every animal can call on both apes and elephants for assistance. That he does in a nice slam bang climax where both simian and pachyderm power are brought to bear.

Louis B. Mayer must have always thanked God that the shooting of Trader Horn in Africa left him with so much background jungle footage to use and not too many times over. The footage is well integrated into this story.

Tarzan Finds A Son has aged well and remains watchable.

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