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 ...
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An aviatrix emerges from the jungle looking as young as she was when her plane went down many years before. Unscrupulous hunters discover that this is due to a secret fountain of youth. ... See full summary »
Don, Smokey and Whopper are are their way to Placer City where Don's brother Brad is U.S. Marshal. But when Don gets there, he finds that Marshal Brad is not his brother, but an impostor. ... See full summary »
Tarzan must escort his prisoner Coy Banton out of the jungle to the authorities. The boat is blown up by Coy's father and brothers. In addition to Coy Tarzan must now lead five more of the ... See full summary »
Dr. Sturdy is trying to establish a modern hospital in the jungle. His efforts are strongly opposed by Futa, the witch doctor, and Ramo, a native warrior. There are kidnappings, a race ... See full summary »
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A "Broadway Brevity" short from Vitaphone shot in Technicolor that spoofs the Hollywood studio set-up. When the ballerina star of a musical feature walks off in a huff, aided by the ... See full summary »
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
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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 »
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 »
It's surprising that MGM would make such a super-cheesy film.
"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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