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Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | 27 January 1918 (USA)
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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Scott Sidney
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Complete credited cast:
Elmo Lincoln ... Tarzan
Enid Markey ... Jane Porter
True Boardman ... John Clayton - Lord Greystoke
Kathleen Kirkham ... Alice Clayton - Lady Greystoke
George B. French ... Binns - a Sailor
Gordon Griffith ... Tarzan - Younger
Colin Kenny ... Greystoke's Nephew
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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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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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$3,270,000
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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For the African village scenes native huts were constructed and 800 locals were hired as extras. The village was burned to the ground for the final village scene. 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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Referenced in Tansan vs. Tarsan (1963) See more »

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Elmo had to be the guy...
13 September 2002 | by jokk2155See all my reviews

...because of his already established reputation as a Hollywood strong man (e.g. his role as the Mighty Man of Valor in the 1916 DW Griffith classic "Intolerance").

Also, the image of Tarzan in 1918 was not that of a lithe gymnast like Christopher Lambert in "Greystoke", but of a man powerful enough to wrestle lions. Strength equalled bulk.

There's an interesting piece of trivia attached to that movie and Uganda (that's in East Africa) where I'm now based. There's a popular myth around here that the 1918 version of "Tarzan of the Apes" was filmed on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. In fact it was shot, I believe, in Louisiana.


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