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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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Will New York Ever Be the Same after Tarzan? See more (22 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 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8090) | West Germany:6

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This was the first film shown free to servicemen overseas. A 16 mm copy was sent to Iceland and shown 10 May 1942.See more »
Continuity: Tarzan gives the spear to Boy handle up and blade down. When Boy takes it, next shot, it is reversed.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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Will New York Ever Be the Same after Tarzan?, 18 July 2007
Author: Charles Delacroix from United States

This is the last of the six great "Tarzan classics" with Johnny Weismuller and Maureen O'Sullivan. And I frankly didn't think I would like it: who, after all, wants to see Tarzan anywhere but in the jungle?

But this turned out to be a delightful tale after all. We are given enough of Tarzan, Jane, Boy, and the animals in the jungle to set the stage; and then are whisked to New York for a story full of situational humor, social commentary, and adventure.

Cheetah perhaps plays a bigger role in this movie than in any of the others. Cheetah provides us with great scenes of fun and good humor, opening the movie at the beginning and closing it at the end in the jungle. In both scenes, Cheetah opens with the elephants with delightful playfulness. In between, we have Cheetah going to New York with Tarzan and Jane for a series of easy-going, hilarious romps that help to really provide this movie with a special humor to offset what is I'll admit I really didn't like Boy's "tricks" with the baby elephants at the beginning of the movie. This all seemed very unnatural, and that really undermines the movies depiction of Boy in the Jungle.

However, the perhaps predictable but mordant social commentary contrasting "civilization" and Tarzan's jungle was to me a very good fit for a movie that really more than usual emphasizes environmental contrasts. The adventure/action scenes of Tarzan high above the streets of New York, and far above the Brooklyn Bridge, were wonderful.

The cinematography was excellent, crisply precise. The pace occasionally lagged, but in general, was good. All in all, this is a very worthwhile addition to the great Tarzan canon, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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