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Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | 27 January 1918 (USA)
Reared by a childless ape, the orphaned heir of the Greystokes becomes one of the apes. Then, Dr Porter organises a rescue expedition, and his beautiful daughter, Jane, catches his attention. Has Tarzan of the Apes found the perfect mate?


Scott Sidney




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 ... Prof. 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


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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Elmo Lincoln was stockier than original Tarzan Stellan Windrow and had trouble doing the sequences in the trees, so they kept the footage shot of Windrow. See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Followed by Tarzan the Tiger (1929) See more »

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Maybe silent movies aren't my thing...
2 August 2004 | by henry_ferrillSee all my reviews

Ever since I started reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' original Tarzan novels, I've been anxious to get my hands on the different interpretations of Jane's "forest god." Well, maybe silent movies aren't my thing, however, like the guy who said he likes to watch silent movies and imagine what it would have taken to create such a picture with the technology they had at the time, I suppose it was interesting. You think they would have had better cutting of the shot with the lion, seeing as it was touted as an actual lion kill. (Hell, just let the camera roll!) But I guess the stuff of legend is mysterious, cryptic, and inspired by what may have been.

I cram to understand how somebody can call this "very interesting," but let it be said that I agree wholly with John G. Olson.

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27 January 1918 (USA) See more »

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Tarzan, o Homem Macaco See more »


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