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Tarzan's Revenge (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 7 January 1938 (USA)
Eleanor and her parents are hunting big game, acompanied by her wimpish fiance. Ben lleu Bey wants to add her to his 100-woman harem. Tarzan wants her too.


D. Ross Lederman


Robert Lee Johnson (screen play), Jay Vann (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Glenn Morris ... Tarzan
Eleanor Holm Eleanor Holm ... Eleanor Reed
George Barbier ... Roger Reed
C. Henry Gordon ... Ben Alleu Bey
Hedda Hopper ... Penny Reed
Joe Sawyer ... Olaf Punch (as Joseph Sawyer)
George Meeker ... Nevin Potter
Corbet Morris ... Jigger - Nevin's Servant
John Lester Johnson John Lester Johnson ... Koki - Chief Bearer
Frederick Clarke Frederick Clarke ... Ben Alleu's Servant


Eleanor and her parents are hunting big game, acompanied by her wimpish fiance. Ben lleu Bey wants to add her to his 100-woman harem. Tarzan wants her too. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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TARZAN CALLS AGAIN...and new thrills sweep the jungle wilds! See more »


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Release Date:

7 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan's Revenge See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill Elliott (uncredited as the river boat captain) later became known as Wild Bill Elliott in a series of westerns for Republic and Allied Artists. See more »


While Tarzan is showing Eleanor his vine skills, there are two short scenes of an Asian elephant in the jungle. The Asian elephant is only indigenous to Asia and is not found in Africa. See more »


Roger Reed: [to Eleanor] Yes, sir, i'm going to take back to Evansville a bunch og rare animals that'll make the New York Zoo look like a hicksville proposition.
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Alternate Versions

According to the book "Tarzan of the Movies," an unauthorized Turkish release of this film years later had a Turkish actor's face superimposed over Glenn Morris' in some scenes. See more »


Featured in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 1 July 2008 (2008) See more »


In the Depths
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Nem Herkan
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Not The Worst Tarzan Film
6 April 2005 | by Eric-62-2See all my reviews

Despite its reputation as being among the worst of the Tarzan films, this largely forgotten attempt to challenge the established MGM series of Johnny Weismuller and Maureen O'Sullivan is really no worse than any of the later Tarzan movies of the 1940s and 1950s (not surprising since Sol Lesser, who later took over the series after MGM abandoned the series produced this) in terms of silly plot, laughable stereotypes etc. The real reason why the film gets it's bad reputation is because of Glen Morris, the 1936 Decathlon champion, who makes for a very unconvincing Tarzan with a goofy expression and his awkward way of saying his only two words in the whole script ("Tarzan!" and "Good!"). The later movies at least have more convincing Tarzans. Morris learned his lesson and never tried acting again (I shudder to think of what might have happened had Yankees legend Lou Gehrig embarrassed himself by being in this film, as he had been Lesser's first choice).

By contrast, Olympic swimming legend Eleanor Holm fares much better. Like Morris, she had no experience for the part other than her athletic fame but she seems to at least be having a good time like the first prize winner on amateur night, showing off some spunk as Tarzan's eventual mate (keeping her own name Eleanor, rather than being called Jane), and also looking quite lovely in a bathing suit. If anything, she comes off as better than any of the women who followed Maureen O'Sullivan in the part of Jane and it would have been interesting to see her in other Tarzan films.

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