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Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters)
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Release Date:
May 1942 (USA) See more »
In All The World No Thrill Like This! See more »
Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Tarzan Chimp Cheeta Dies at 80, or Most Likely Not
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane Parker
Johnny Sheffield ... Boy (as John Sheffield)
Virginia Grey ... Connie Beach

Charles Bickford ... Buck Rand
Paul Kelly ... Jimmie Shields, Pilot

Chill Wills ... Manchester Montford
Cy Kendall ... Col. Ralph Sergeant
Russell Hicks ... Judge Abbotson
Howard C. Hickman ... Blake Norton, Tarzan's Lawyer (as Howard Hickman)

Charles Lane ... Gould Beaton, Sargent's Lawyer

Miles Mander ... Portmaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Boulton ... Portmaster (scenes deleted)
Wade Boteler ... First Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Messenger with Cablegram (uncredited)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Second Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Inez Cooper ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Marjorie Deanne ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Porter (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
James Dime ... Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Courthouse Elevator Operator (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Inspector at Airport (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Sun Lee, the Chinese Tailor (uncredited)

Anne Jeffreys ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Darby Jones ... Swahili Chief (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Eddie, the Headwaiter (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ... Sun Lee's Assistant (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Sun Lee's Measuring Assistant (uncredited)
Elmo Lincoln ... Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Second Cab Driver (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Policeman (uncredited)
Harry Monty ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mantan Moreland ... Sam, the Nightclub Janitor (uncredited)
Dorothy Morris ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Bailiff (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... Policeman in Patrol Car (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Mike, an Airport Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Circus Roustabout Driving Car (uncredited)
Natalie Thompson ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Policeman Telephoning (uncredited)
Jasper Weldon ... Janitor (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... First Cab Driver (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
Florence Wright ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edgar Rice Burroughs  characters
Myles Connolly  screenplay
Myles Connolly  story
Gordon Kahn  uncredited
William R. Lipman 

Produced by
Frederick Stephani .... producer
Original Music by
David Snell 
Cinematography by
Sidney Wagner 
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns) (as Shoup)
Production Management
Art Smith .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Howard Campbell .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (as Arnold Gillespie)
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Other crew
George Emerson .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

In the scene where Tarzan jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge, Johnny Weissmuller actually jumped 250 feet off the bridge.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the jungle scenes, Tarzan is swinging on trapezes.See more »
[first lines]
Boy:Cheetah! What is it?
Jane:Cheetah must be seeing things. What is it, Tarzan? What is it?
Tarzan:Uguna. Strange sound in sky. Big. Far off.
Jane:I don't hear anything.
Tarzan:Tarzan hear. Cheetah hear. Elephant hear.
Boy:Now I hear it. Like a great wind coming.
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Tarzan Takes Manhattan!, 16 August 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

As MGM knew Maureen O'Sullivan was departing the 'Tarzan' series, and budget and talent constraints were forcing the long-running series out of the studio (RKO would soon be Tarzan's new home), they decided to end things with a bang, clothing Johnny Weissmuller in a double-breasted suit, and setting him loose in New York's concrete jungle. The gamble worked, magnificently!

The premise is simple; Boy, thinking Tarzan and Jane are dead, after falling into a raging fire during a tribal attack, is whisked away by an evil circus big game hunter (Charles Bickford) in a chartered plane. (How so many planes land safely in the middle of the jungle in these films is never explained...)

Rescued by Cheetah, Tarzan and Jane hike across Africa, dress in more modern attire (a VERY funny scene!), and fly across the Atlantic to try and retrieve their son.

The fun begins when the pair reach New York. Tarzan's bemused reaction to a black taxi driver, his takes on radio, indoor plumbing, and nightclubs, are priceless (and were recreated years later in Paul Hogan's wonderful 'Crocodile Dundee'). There are a few slightly offensive racial stereotypes displayed, but considering the period of the film, these are really quite tame.

A few nagging questions about the series are addressed in this film...'What happens if Boy gets sick?' and 'How is he being educated?', although the biggest question is never addressed...How does a boy with a British 'mother' and an Ape Man 'father' end up with an American accent?

When the courts fail to return Boy (the jungle couple can't prove legal custody), Tarzan takes matters into his own hands, breaking out of the courthouse, and performing an extraordinary series of rooftop swings, leaps and acrobatics to get to the New Jersey home of the circus, climaxing with a breathtaking 100-foot dive off the Brooklyn Bridge. The sequence is still fabulous, over 50 years after the film was released!

The film concludes with the almost stereotyped rescue scene, as elephants rescue Tarzan and Boy, yet again! Evil is vanquished, the family is reunited by the court, and the judge is going to catch some really BIG fish when he comes to visit!

If you're looking for gritty realism, you won't be popping a Tarzan flick into the VCR, anyway, but if you want thrills, laughs, and wonderful escapism, look no further!

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