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Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959)

This movie has little connection with the 1932 original. It does, however, have lifted footage (tinted to more-or-less match the color), including obvious footage of Weissmuller's ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman)

Writers:

Robert Hill (screenplay), Edgar Rice Burroughs (character)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Denny Miller ... Tarzan
Cesare Danova ... Harry Holt
Joanna Barnes ... Jane Parker
Robert Douglas ... Col. James Parker
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Storyline

This movie has little connection with the 1932 original. It does, however, have lifted footage (tinted to more-or-less match the color), including obvious footage of Weissmuller's vine-swinging. Miller is not once called Tarzan in the movie, and his yell is also lifted Weissmuller. The elephants who wreck the pygmy village are lifted/tinted from the original, but the "pygmies" (real in the original) were kids from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. Costumes are left over from "King Solomon's Mines" so that more stock footage could be lifted. And the crocodile fight is taken from "Tarzan and his Mate" Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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They Challenge the TABOOS of a Forbidden Land ! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Talttumaton Tarzan See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,438,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,727,800
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The musical score for this film, by noted jazz musician Shorty Rogers, often bears no relation to what is seen on screen, and gives the impression someone has brought a wind-up phonograph on the safari and is merely playing a random jazz recording from their personal collection. See more »

Goofs

The elephant that is shown charging soon before Jane is picked up by Tarzan is an Asian elephant, not an African elephant. The fake large ears are noticeable as Tarzan says, "Un-ga-wa" to the elephant to lift Jane and himself onto it; they are almost falling off. Asian elephants are less aggressive than African, and are more easily trained. Also, they don't live in Africa. See more »

Quotes

Harry Holt: [When Jane offers water to Tarzan's pet chimp] Why don't you offer him my pants and helmet as well- One ape is as good as another!
Jane Parker: His master is not an ape - He's more of a man than you are!
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Connections

Followed by Tarzan the Magnificent (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Salingo
(uncredited)
Written by Thomas Yangha
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One of the worst Tarzan movies ever made
18 March 2018 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This particular Tarzan movie (made by the Metro Goldwyn Mayer studio) has long had a very bad reputation, which may explain why Turner Classic Movies (which has free access to all the older MGM movies) seldom shows it. Is the movie really deserving of its bad reputation? Pretty much so, in my opinion. Made during the start of the long decline of the studio, it's really obvious that the top brass did not give the filmmakers adequate funds or resources. For example, the movie is jam-packed with stock footage, even having the gall to showcase some stock footage that was originally filmed in black and white while the newly shot footage was shot in color. Things aren't much better when it comes to the newly shot footage. The newly shot footage often looks cheap, with (among other things) tacky set dressing and poor special effects. There's also no feeling of great adventure, or even awe and wonder. Instead, scene after scene seems to have been shot with great haste without considering if the scenes would grab an audience. This may explain why the actors seem to be going through the motions. This includes the title character, who comes more like a lucky doofus instead of someone who has skill and knowledge about how to conquer every challenge and danger in the jungle. And believe it or not, Tarzan pretty much comes across as a secondary character instead of being up front and center! It's then a real surprise that Tarzan in this movie doesn't keep letting out a loud shout of pain instead of his familiar yell.


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