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Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927)

Flora Hawks is in love with the overseer of Tarzan's African estate. After a search for a legendary city of diamonds, Tarzon races with his pet lion Jad-bal-ja to save Haws from being sacrificed to a lion-god.

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J.P. McGowan

Writers:

Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel), William E. Wing (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Pierce ... Tarzan
Frederick Peters ... Esteban Miranda
Edna Murphy ... Betty Greystoke
Harold Goodwin ... Jack Bradley
Dorothy Dunbar ... Lady Greystoke
D'Arcy Corrigan D'Arcy Corrigan ... Weesimbo
Boris Karloff ... Owaza
Robert Bolder ... John Peebles
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Flora Hawks is in love with the overseer of Tarzan's African estate. After a search for a legendary city of diamonds, Tarzon races with his pet lion Jad-bal-ja to save Haws from being sacrificed to a lion-god.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan e o Leão Dourado See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A standout in the cast was Yi-Ching Lin, a Chinese giant who stood eight feet tall and weighed 300 pounds. See more »

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Followed by Tarzan in the Golden Grotto (1969) See more »

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I'm A Tarzan Fan, But...
15 February 2002 | by DPEversoleSee all my reviews

I found this to be the most disappointing of the silent-era films (though the lost Gene Polar opus, "The Revenge of Tarzan," was supposedly worse). Despite Edgar Rice Burroughs' enthusiasm for the casting of James Pierce, he really does not make a good Ape-Man, and seems more at ease in the "dinner jacket" scenes set at Lord Greystoke's African estate. Pierce would have been better served should he have chosen to stay with the film "Wings" (the first -- 1927 -- Academy Award winner for Best Film) instead of opting for this rather dodgy entry into the Tarzan series. To give Pierce credit, this future Burroughs son-in-law did make a fine radio Tarzan, and was a capable supporting actor in B-productions (Flash Gordon, a few low-budget westerns, etc.). Far more important, as a pilot, he was one of the founding members of what would become the Air National Guard.

Overall, a few good action sequences scattered here and there, some nice set designs, but little else to recommend it. Except, perhaps, for the presence of Boris Karloff in one of his early roles, hamming it up as a villainous African Chieftain. Only in Hollywood!

The only known print is titled in French (reportedly unearthed in the closet of an insane asylum!), and clocks in at about 57 minutes in length.

Oh, by the way, when Pierce, with little notice, dropped out of "Wings," the producers of that film were forced to hurriedly recast his role. They settled on a gangly young lad named Gary Cooper.


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