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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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Never Such Thrills - Excitement - Romance! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor John Buckler who played Captain John Fry died in an automobile accident one week prior to the release of this film and never got the chance to see it. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the picture, Rita crosses her fingers on the table while she talks about a rich uncle. In the following shot her hands are apart from each other. 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

Although the cinema version was intact all UK DVD versions are cut by 26 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of a roped leopard being tormented by natives and the genuine tripping of a lion after it has been shot by a hunter. See more »

Connections

Followed by Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Cannibal Carnival
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Sol Levy
Played during main titles
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One of the very good ones
15 June 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Third film in the Johnny Weissmuller--Maureen O'Sullivan Tarzan series. Two of Jane's cousins come to the jungle to persuade her to return to civilization. With them is safari hunter Captain Fry (John Buckler) who secretly has plans to capture Tarzan and bring him back to civilization as a sideshow attraction. And then there is the vicious native tribe near by...

Not as good as the first two (which were great) but still very enjoyable. This film was a disaster--it took 2 years to make and went through multiple rewrites, reshoots, cutting, editing and was overhauled completely when a test audience hated it. The film is pretty violent (for 1936) but the original was even more so with a vampire bat sequence that got completely cut out! The sex has been toned down too--Jane is dressed VERY modestly this time around and she's fully clothed during the underwater swimming sequence (she was totally nude in "Tarzan and his Mate". Still, this film isn't really for kids. The violence IS pretty strong. Also Tarzan and Jane's tree house is quite elaborate this time around. And there are shots of Cheetah laughing that are hysterical.

The acting varies--Weissmuller is very good as Tarzan--his emotions show clearly through his face (but he does look a little old in a few sequences); O'Hara is still bad as Jane and everybody else is TERRIBLE--especially Buckler and Herbert Munder (stuck with the thankless "comic" relief role).

Still this is fast-moving with plenty of action. Worth catching.


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