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Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | May 1942 (USA)
Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Myles Connolly (screenplay), William R. Lipman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane
Johnny Sheffield ... Boy (as John Sheffield)
Virginia Grey ... Connie Beach
Charles Bickford ... Buck Rand
Paul Kelly ... Jimmie Shields
Chill Wills ... Manchester Montford
Cy Kendall ... Colonel Ralph Sergeant
Russell Hicks ... Judge Abbotson
Howard C. Hickman ... Blake Norton (as Howard Hickman)
Charles Lane ... Gould Beaton
Miles Mander ... Portmaster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Boulton ... Portmaster (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Circus owner Buck Rand kidnaps Boy to perform in his show. He forces a pilot to fly him, Boy and his animal trainer out of the jungle. Tarzan and Jane follow them to New York. At a trial over custody of Boy, Tarzan becomes violent and is jailed. With the help of the pilot's girlfriend Tarzan (who has since escaped, diving off the Brooklyn Bridge) finds the circus. He and the circus elephants complete the classic rescue. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

For the first time, the King of the Jungle comes face to face with the strange and terrifying perils of a big city! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan Against the World See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,060,720, 31 December 1942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,927,420, 31 December 1942
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The song performed in the nightclub is also sung by Mary Jane Watson in Spider-man 3. See more »

Goofs

Tarzan gives the spear to Boy handle up and blade down. When Boy takes it, next shot, it is reversed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boy: Cheetah! What is it?
Jane: Cheetah must be seeing things. What is it, Tarzan? What is it?
Tarzan: Uguna. Strange sound in sky. Big. Far off.
Jane: I don't hear anything.
Tarzan: Tarzan hear. Cheetah hear. Elephant hear.
Boy: Now I hear it. Like a great wind coming.
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Connections

Followed by Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Maisie Theme
(uncredited)
Music by David Snell
Played during main titles
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A fairly decent entry from the Tarzan oeuvre
2 December 2014 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

In a fairly decent entry from the Tarzan oeuvre, Johnny Weissmuller is the quintessential Tarzan. All others pale in comparison. His athleticism is legendary, but even so, I was surprised to read that he actually made the two hundred foot jump from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River. Can a man really do that? The effects were pretty good for its day, however cheesy they look in this era of computer generated images. I suppose that audiences were not supposed to notice that the elephants doing the tricks were all Asian, and not African elephants. And I guess that the child-labor laws were a bit more relaxed in those days, what with "Boy" darting around underneath and atop said pachyderms. Maureen O'Sullivan was so pretty. I noticed that she carried a curvy, womanly body, a little soft around the middle, and with stout legs. This is not a put-down, I think it is lovely, but it struck me as to what a product of the times that this was. Nowadays, an actress would spend six months in the gym and be more muscular than Weissmuller before being filmed in that costume. Too bad in my opinion.


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