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Tarzan's New York Adventure -- When kidnappers take Boy to the United States as a circus attraction, Tarzan swings in to the rescue over the Brooklyn Bridge. Featuring Maureen O'Sullivan's last appearance as Jane.


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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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(5 articles)
Gone With The Wind didn't give a damn about slavery
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 17 November 2013, 10:00 PM, PST)

Tarzan Chimp Cheeta Dies at 80, or Most Likely Not
 (From Alt Film Guide. 28 December 2011, 6:09 PM, PST)

The Things They Tweet:
 (From WENN. 28 December 2011, 11:11 AM, PST)

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High budget MGM film is one of the most entertaining in the lot... See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane

Johnny Sheffield ... Boy (as John Sheffield)

Virginia Grey ... Connie Beach

Charles Bickford ... Buck Rand

Paul Kelly ... Jimmie Shields

Chill Wills ... Manchester Montford

Cy Kendall ... Colonel Ralph Sergeant
Russell Hicks ... Judge Abbotson
Howard C. Hickman ... Blake Norton (as Howard Hickman)

Charles Lane ... Gould Beaton

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
Myles Connolly (screenplay) and
William R. Lipman (screenplay)

Myles Connolly (from a story by)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)

Gordon Kahn  uncredited

Produced by
Frederick Stephani .... producer
Original Music by
David Snell (musical score)
Cinematography by
Sidney Wagner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
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)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Norway:7 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8090) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

The final time that Maureen O'Sullivan would reprise her role as the character "Jane" in the Weissmuller Tarzan Franchise.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in El crimen del cine Oriente (1997)See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
High budget MGM film is one of the most entertaining in the lot..., 7 May 2011
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

If you're a Tarzan fan of the Johnny Weismuller films, this is one you can't afford to miss.

Even the first twenty-two minutes of jungle scenes are briskly paced and amusing while JOHNNY WEISMULLER, MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN and JOHNNY SHEFFIELD encounter downed pilot PAUL KELLY and hunter CHARLES BICKFORD after their plane crashes. The plot is the usual simple one--Boy has been taken from the jungle and taken to New York City by circus exploiters--and Tarzan's mission is to recover him in time for a happy ending.

No expense has been spared in this big budget production from MGM. Although Cheetah gets lots of prime time, especially during the first half of the film, the supporting cast includes a lot of recognizable players such as Virginia Grey, Chill Wills, Charles Lane and villainous Cy Kendall. In this sixth film of the series (the last one featuring Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane), there's lots of monkey business involving tricks and stunts by a team of smart elephants worthy of any circus revue.

And thanks to director Richard Thorpe, the script plunges ahead easily to become one of the most entertaining in all the Tarzan films featuring Johnny Weismuller. At the fadeout, all is well in the jungle again after some amusing adventures in the Big City--including Tarzan's plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge.

Highly recommended for fans of the series.

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