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Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Family | 16 June 1939 (USA)
Tarzan finds a boy from a crashed plane and raises him with Jane in the jungle. A search party comes looking for the plane.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

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
Johnny Sheffield ... Boy (as John Sheffield)
Ian Hunter ... August Lancing
Henry Stephenson ... Sir Thomas Lancing
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. August Lancing
Henry Wilcoxon ... Mr. Sande
Laraine Day ... Mrs. Richard Lancing
Morton Lowry ... Mr. Richard Lancing
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Storyline

A young couple die in a plane crash in the jungle. Their son is found by Tarzan and Jane who name him Boy and raise him as their own. Five years later a search party comes to find the young heir to millions of dollars. Jane agrees, against Tarzan's will, to lead them to civilization. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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All New! The First Tarzan Picture In 3 Years! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan in Exile See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,265,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,551,840
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The broken rifle belonged to Captain Fry, who was in the previous film, Tarzan Escapes (1936). Angry that an animal had been shot, Tarzan took Fry's rifle and smashed it against a tree. See more »

Goofs

Jane says that there are tigers in the jungle. This may be true, but not in Africa. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Richard Lancing: Wildebeest again.
Mrs. Richard Lancing: I think we've seen about a million today.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released as Tarzan in Exile (1939), the film originally ended with the death of Jane. Protests by fans and Edgar Rice Burroughs forced the studio to reshoot much of the film so Jane survives. See more »

Connections

Featured in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Big Parade of Hits for 1940 (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

My Tender One
(1933) (uncredited)
from Eskimo (1933)
Music by William Axt
Played during end credits
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It's a boy!
6 May 2009 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

With Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) and Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) nicely settled into their treetop des-res (complete with all mod cons), it was only going to be a matter of time before we heard the pitter patter of little footsteps (other than Cheetah's, of course). However, with the Hays Code in full effect, and our arboreal lovebirds not actually wed, they sure weren't going to be permitted to have a child of their own via the normal method.

The writers of the Tarzan series get around this problem by having a child delivered from the sky by 'the great metal stork'—a plane that crashes in the jungle with a baby boy as the only survivor. Cheetah finds the wailing bundle of joy and whisks him off to Tarzan and Jane, who decide to adopt the lad, naming him Boy (Tarzan's second choice, after having Elephant rejected by Jane).

Five years of blissful family life later, and an expedition turns up at the escarpment searching for the plane and any possible survivors. But Tarzan and Jane have become rather attached to their little tyke, and aren't about to give him up, especially when they discover that two of the visitors only want Boy for his vast inheritance.

Aimed at the matinée crowd, this particular instalment features none of the graphic nastiness or raciness that can be found in the first two Tarzan films (the obligatory native killing at the end of the film—via a huge skull-cracking device—is brief and non-explicit); instead, we get mild peril as Boy is attacked by pipe-cleaner tarantulas and a back-projected rhino, comic relief courtesy of Cheetah the chimp, and a lot of fun interplay between Tarzan and his 'son', the best scene being an impressively shot moment of underwater horseplay.

6.5 out of 10, happily rounded up to 7 for the bit where Cheetah turns her lips inside-out to amuse the new arrival (which makes me laugh just thinking about it).


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