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Tarzan Escapes (1936)

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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Taglines:

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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

Tarzan doesn't appear until 23 minutes into the film. See more »

Goofs

On the rock, after he changes some words with Rawlins, Capt. Fry turns to his right-hand side. The next shot shows him turning to his left. 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

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Connections

Edited from Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

My Tender One
(1933) (uncredited)
from Eskimo (1933)
Music by William Axt
Played during end credits
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Slightly Disappointing, could have been better
19 April 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

That's not to say this is not quite good. No Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan certainly shine as the romantic leads Tarzan and Jane. In fact, this may be the most romantic of all the Weissmuller films so if that's what attracts you, you'll likely love this. However if jungle adventure and fun is more up your alley, you may be slightly disappointed. Oh there are some surprisingly graphic attacks from enemy native tribes and Tarzan has an intense battle with a crocodile yet it doesn't seem quite enough somehow and doesn't make up for the story feeling slightly disconnected at times. There's a gaping plot hole here involving Captain Fry, after Tarzan is in his cage, later losing him. Also the lizards at the end are more likely to produce laughter than terror.


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