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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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FORGOTTEN WORLD of Pygmy Idol-Worshippers ! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Talttumaton Tarzan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As with most Tarzan movies, it is never explained how characters maintain perfectly quaffed hair and clean-shaven faces in the midst of a jungle that is labeled "uncharted territory" on a map as the film begins. 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

Col. James Parker: Has any woman ever meant anything to you?
Harry Holt: All women mean something to me!
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Follows Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955) See more »

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Liabango
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Written by Thomas Yangha
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It's surprising that MGM would make such a super-cheesy film.
17 September 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Tarzan, the Ape Man" is an incredibly cheap and cheesy movie. You would think that coming from MGM it would be a big-budgeted picture but instead it's filled with recycled footage as well as children posing as adult Pygmies. It's one of the saddest looking Tarzan films you can find. You can read the IMDB trivia for specifics on all the cost-cutting moves the filmmakers used...and there are many cheesy short-cuts! Here are a few I thought were funny: To hide the fact that old footage (mostly taken from the Johnny Weissmuller films), the filmmakers 'cleverly' tinted old black & white shots and hoped the audience was too stupid to notice....which you can't help but notice! This happens repeatedly and is not only cheap but annoying. But it gets worse--such as the leopard attack where the animal's face is clearly a plastic mask! Another time, Tarzan stops an elephant...and if you look closely, you can see it's an Indian elephant wearing prostetic ears to make it look like an African one! But the funniest portion was the recreation of the famous swimming scene from "Tarzan and His Mate"...using a crappy green screen! It was about the worst and dumbest thing in the film and made me chuckle.

Overall, this schlocky mess is just terrible and is among the dumbest Tarzan pic ever. I can't say dumbest because I haven't seen them all It's even worse than the many B-movies of the 40s and 50s set in the African jungles....and that's saying a lot!


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