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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:

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

Col. James Parker: Has any woman ever meant anything to you?
Harry Holt: All women mean something to me!
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Connections

Remade as Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Makalue
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Written by Thomas Yangha
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This is a terrible Tarzan Movie!
16 January 2009 | by lostinactionSee all my reviews

After watching this I had to write a comment about it. So many actors played Tarzan, so many directors directed Tarzan, so many actresses played Jane but this one is one of the worst acted and directed Tarzan Movie. Tarzan swings on the Liane to one place to another and then back to the former place. The Movie begins with a hilarious scene about a Watusi on a board of a steamer. We'll never found out what he was doing on the ship and why some wounded leave the ship. I've not seen a Tarzan Movie for a while and of course not all were masterpieces but at least somehow entertaining. This is entertaining but on another way. So bad that's funny and annoying too. There are some bad footage taken from an old BW Tarzan Movie. What did they thought the audience wouldn't recognize black & white scenes in a color movie? There are also other footages taken from other movies. Most of the scenes are terrible hilarious. BTW what is a spider doing on the top of a mountain? Aren't Pygmies people of short stature? Please watch out the attack of the natives. Interesting Tarzan cannot doesn't say many words only the scream in that. The scream is clearly taken from Johnny Weissmuller but I don't think that he would like this movie. Next to the Bo Derek Tarzan this is the worst. Better you don't watch it.


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