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Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

Kohn and Alice Clayton set sail for Africa. Mutineers maroon them. After his parents die, the newborn Tarzan is taken by a great Ape, Kala. Later the boy finds his father's knife and uses ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elmo Lincoln ... Tarzan
Enid Markey ... Jane Porter
True Boardman ... John Clayton - Lord Greystoke
Kathleen Kirkham Kathleen Kirkham ... Alice Clayton - Lady Greystoke
George B. French George B. French ... Binns - a Sailor
Gordon Griffith ... Tarzan - Younger
Colin Kenny ... Greystoke's Nephew
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson ... Professor Porter
Bessie Toner Bessie Toner ... Bar Maid
Jack Wilson Jack Wilson ... Captain of the Fuwalda
Louis Morrison ... Innkeeper
Eugene Pallette
Fred L. Wilson Fred L. Wilson
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Storyline

Kohn and Alice Clayton set sail for Africa. Mutineers maroon them. After his parents die, the newborn Tarzan is taken by a great Ape, Kala. Later the boy finds his father's knife and uses it to become King of Apes. Binns, the sailor who saved the Claytons and who has been held by Arab slavers for ten years, finds the young Tarzan and then heads for England to notify his kin. A scientist arrives to check out Binns' story. Tarzan, now a man, kills the native who killed Kala; when their chief is killed the black villagers appease Tarzan with gifts and prayers. The scientist's daughter Jane is carried off by a native, rescued by Tarzan (who has burnt the native village), aggressively loved by him ("Tarzan is a man, and men do not force the love of women"), and at last accepts him with open arms. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Was produced in the jungles during 11 months of the most tremendous effort at faithfulness to detail in emphasizing all the powerful situations in the original story See more »

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 January 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan, o Homem Macaco See more »

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Gross USA:

$3,270,000
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Production began with Stellan Windrow playing Tarzan. After five weeks of shooting, Windrow quit to enlist in the First World War. Footage of him swinging from vines remains in the final film. According to Edgar Rice Burroughs' biographer Robert Fenton, Windrow was using "Winslow Wilson" as a stage name at the time. See more »

Alternate Versions

Abridged version released by Hollywood Film Enterprises in 1937 with the title, Tarzan the Boy. See more »

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Followed by The Son of Tarzan (1920) See more »

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Not quite Tarzan, the scholar, found in the novels.
3 May 2000 | by miller-moviesSee all my reviews

At this early point in American film history, Tarzan of the Apes was an instant success. Elmo Lincoln was perhaps the best actor at the time for the role. It's a fairly straight forward telling of the novel, tho Edgar Rice Burroughs was frequently on the set in an advisory role and his input was seldom utilized. In the books, Tarzan was quite the self-made scholar and this was barely touched upon in the film. For 1918, this turned out to be an excellent film, parts of which still hold up today. It's a solid 7 out of 10, and well worth seeing.


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