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Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 20 April 1934 (USA)
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!

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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)
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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

The trailer was scored by Herbert Stothart See more »

Goofs

The apes at the top of the mountain throwing boulders down on the safari team below them are obvious actors dressed in ape costumes. 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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Connections

Follows The Son of Tarzan (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Voo-Doo Dance
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by George Richelavie
Arranged by Paul Marquardt & Fritz Stahlberg
Played during main title
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Maureen O'Sullivan is irresistible as Jane!
2 August 2004 | by henry_ferrillSee all my reviews

It feels weird saying this as a young black man of 29, but Maureen O'Sullivan engenders/embodies a flirty sexuality unequaled in today's movies. She plays tomboyish, but is so flirty at the same time that renders her simply irresistible as Jane. I'm also surprised that Tarzan is still so rough with her and that that was acceptable back in the day. I mean, it's cute, but a tad ungentlemanly.

Since I need to write at least ten lines, I'll continue on...

It's actually really refreshing, the irrelevance of the shame of nudity in this film. Here we are, in 1934, with a man undressing for a bath in the same room with his friend. Jane's naked silhouette tempting the imaginations of every red-blooded American. It's just so natural and alluring in its unabashedness. The skinny-dipping scene is a beautiful ballet of light, water, and skin. It's not pornographic, simply playful and free.

As a black man, I'd love if there was some way the treatment of blacks in this film weren't so harsh, as though all they are are beasts of burden, but I suppose it was a sign of the times. It's darned near slavery. But then again, I never traveled on safari in Africa in the 30s.


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