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Tarzan Escapes (1936)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 6 November 1936 (USA)
An expedition seeking to bring Jane back to civilization, and Tarzan into captivity, gets more than it's bargained for.

Directors:

Richard Thorpe, John Farrow (uncredited) | 3 more credits »

Writers:

Cyril Hume (screen play), Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane
John Buckler John Buckler ... Captain Fry
Benita Hume ... Rita Parker
William Henry ... Eric Parker
Herbert Mundin ... Herbert Henry Rawlins
E.E. Clive ... Masters
Darby Jones ... Bomba
Cheetah Cheetah ... Cheetah-A Chimpanzee
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Storyline

Jane's cousins Rita and Eric Parker arrive in Africa searching for her. Their uncle has died and has left her half a million pounds provided she agrees to return to civilization. A professional hunter, Captain Fry, quickly agrees to escort them to the escarpment where rumor has it there there lives a great white ape. He's intrigued when told that the great white ape is likely Tarzan and his plan is to capture him and put him on display. When they all find each other, Jane agrees to return to London if only to ensure that her cousins get their late uncle's wealth. Fry manipulates Tarzan into believing that Jane will never return only to trap him. When Jane and the others are taken prisoner by warring tribesmen, it's left to Tarzan to rescue them. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Capture of Tarzan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,058,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A great number of scenes were lifted from the two previous Tarzan films. A few examples include the scene with the acacias on the plane with the mountains in the distance, the escarpment, the wildebeest scene, shooting the lion, distance shots of men falling, Cheetah fleeing from the lion, and the crocodile fight. See more »

Goofs

The stalk of the flower Tarzan gives to Jane shortens from one shot to another. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Riverboat Captain: All right. Tie her up. Make her fast. Pull her in, boys.
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Alternate Versions

The alternate version had various working titles: Tarzan Returns, Tarzan and the Vampires, Tarzan, and finally, The Capture of Tarzan. The story about the preview audiences for The Capture of Tarzan may not be true - Rudy Behlmer (an authority on the Tarzan pics) feels that it may not have happened and I have not come across any primary evidence that it did in contemporary news stories/reviews - just a possibly apocryphal story in a secondary source from the 1960s, which is repeated by another author more recently. See more »

Connections

Followed by Tarzan's Revenge (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Cannibal Carnival
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Sol Levy
Played during main titles
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8 March 2017 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

This may in fact have been the first movie in history to be the third installment in a series. It wasn't until much later that numbered sequels would even be applied to movies. I really do not like the title because it implies that Tarzan is captured and then he escapes from the city like King Kong. He is in fact captured in this movie, but he immediately escapes and it's pretty irrelevant to the rest of the movie. Anyway, this was still nice. I think my favorite bit would probably be how the sets still look great. I believe they used actual animals for this and it shows.

I admit the plot could be better. It features Jane's cousin trying to bring her back to the city. It really is nice to see how this connects to the previous two films. It's not that much of a direct continuation, but still good. It's great to see all the characters and settings the original two movies had. While not a classic, it's still pretty enjoyable. It just has a very humble feeling to it and it's nice to see such an iconic star like Johnny Weismuller in such an iconic role. ***


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