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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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Johnny Weissmuller shows Johnny Sheffield the Ropes See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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:
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 »
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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Soundtrack:
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Johnny Weissmuller shows Johnny Sheffield the Ropes, 25 April 2011
Author: wes-connors from Earth

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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