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Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

Directors:

Cedric Gibbons, James C. McKay (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by), James Kevin McGuinness (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane Parker
Neil Hamilton ... Harry Holt
Paul Cavanagh ... Martin Arlington
Forrester Harvey ... Beamish
Nathan Curry Nathan Curry ... Saidi
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Storyline

In the first sequel to Tarzan, the Ape Man, Harry Holt returns to Africa to head up a large ivory expedition. This time he brings his womanizing friend Marlin Arlington. Holt also harbors ideas about convincing Jane to return to London. When Holt and Arlington show Jane some of the modern clothes and perfumes they brought from civilization, she is impressed but not enough to return. Tarzan wrestles every wild animal imaginable to protect Jane but when he disallows the expedition from plundering ivory from the elephant burial grounds, it is he who takes a bullet from Arlington's gun. Jane eventually believes that Tarzan is dead but he is nursed back to health by the apes. As Jane and the returning expedition are attacked by violent natives, we wonder if Tarzan can rescue them yet again. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

Johnny Weismuller is back again! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzán y su compañera See more »

Filming Locations:

Silver Springs, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,279,142 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,881,020
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1951) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cedric Gibbons was replaced as director due to other duties as the head of MGM's art department. He was officially replaced by Jack Conway. Maureen O'Sullivan recalled that the actual direction was carried out by James C. McKay (uncredited as director), who was only billed as the animal director. Betty Roth (wife of animal supervisor Louis Roth) doubled for O'Sullivan for some close-up lion scenes at the end of filming due to O'Sullivan's absence for an appendectomy. See more »

Goofs

Harry and Martin climb the rocks toward the top, where the monkeys are, carrying the rifles on their shoulders. But next shot, when Harry is shown from above, he is holding the rifle leaned on the top. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Beamish: I wouldn't trust meself in that jungle if it was me, sir.
Harry Holt: Well, I will.
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Alternate Versions

Maureen O'Sullivan's costume in this film was so brief that during a swimming scene, one of her breasts was exposed. This scene was included in an early edit of the film, but it was cut to appease censors. See more »

Connections

Follows Tarzan the Mighty (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Soldier on the Shelf
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Sherman Myers (i.e. Montague Ewing)
Lyrics by Erell Reaves (i.e. Stanley Damerell and Robert Hargreaves)
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A classic adventure film
24 July 1999 | by Groucho-26See all my reviews

There's something wonderful about the fact that a movie made in 1934 can be head and shoulders above every Tarzan movie that followed it, including the bloated and boring 1980s piece Greystoke. Once the viewer gets past the first three scenes, which are admittedly dull, Tarzan and his Mate takes off like a shot, offering non-stop action, humor, and romance. Maureen O'Sullivan is charming and beautiful as Jane and walks off with the movie. Weismuller is solid as well. Highly recommended.


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