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Director:
Writers:
Cyril Hume (screen play)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)
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Release Date:
16 June 1939 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Super Story of a Super Man ! The Titan of all Tarzans . . . Giant of all jungle thrills . . . worth the years it took to make !
Plot:
Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Custodial Interference See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane
Johnny Sheffield ... Boy (as John Sheffield)
Ian Hunter ... Mr. Lancing
Henry Stephenson ... Sir Thomas Lancing
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Lancing

Henry Wilcoxon ... Mr. Sande

Laraine Day ... Mrs. Richard Lancing
Morton Lowry ... Mr. Richard Lancing
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gavin Muir ... Pilot (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
Cyril Hume (screen play)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Leonard Smith (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero (film editor)
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Urie McCleary .... associate art director
Glen Barnes .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Stunts
Harry Monty .... stunt double: Johnny Sheffield (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Delos Jewkes .... voice double: Tarzan's yell (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
82 min | West Germany:88 min
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Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1939) | Norway:7 (1959) | Portugal:M/6 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5299) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
With the exception of the opening and closing credits, there is no musical score.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jane is feeding milk to the baby, she's also folding diapers in between scenes.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Divorce Italian Style (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Tender OneSee more »

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Custodial Interference, 3 August 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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