Tarzan - on the Screen

Tarzan and his Mate
Tarzan and his Mate

A visual history of Tarzan in the movies.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was the creator of Tarzan, he also wrote the John Carter of Mars series of SF novels. But it was Tarzan that brought him fame, wealth and a place among the immortals of literature. Tarzan of the Apes was first published in 1912 in the October issue of pulp magazine All-Story Magazine. It was published in book form in 1914. The book was so popular Burrough's wrote two dozen more Tarzan adventures before his death in 1950.

Tarzan of the Apes 1918
Tarzan of the Apes 1918
Tarzan of the Apes 1918 poster
Tarzan of the Apes 1918 poster



Tarzan of the Apes (1918) directed by Scott Sidney, starring Elmo Lincoln the first screen Tarzan, and Enid Markey as Jane Parker. 73mins

Elmo Lincoln (1889-1952) played Tarzan in two movies and a serial.

IMDB rating 6.0

Revenge of Tarzan - poster
Revenge of Tarzan - poster



The Revenge of Tarzan (1920) directed by Harry Revier and George Merrick, starring Gene Pollar as Tarzan, Karla Schramm as Jane. 90mins.

No copies of this film have survived, just a few photos and a poster.

IMDB rating 6.5 (!)

The Son of Tarzan - poster
The Son of Tarzan - poster



The Son of Tarzan (1920) directed by Arthur Flaven and Harry Revier. Starring P. Dempsey Tabler as Tarzan, Karla Schramm as Jane. 253mins.

A serial in 15 chapters.

IMDB rating 6.1.

Adventures of Tarzan 1921 poster
Adventures of Tarzan 1921 poster



The Adventures of Tarzan (1921) directed by Robert Hill and Scott Sidney, starring Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan, Louise Lorraine as Jane.

A serial in 15 chapters.

IMDB rating 6.9.

Tarzan and the Golden Lion
Tarzan and the Golden Lion


Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927) directed by J.P.McGowan, starring James Pierce as Tarzan, Edna Murphy as Betty Greystoke. 57mins.

Boris Karloff appears as a villainous African chieftain.

IMDB rating 5.3.

Tarzan the Mighty - poster
Tarzan the Mighty - poster



Tarzan the Mighty (1928) directed by Jack Nelson and Ray Taylor. Starring Frank Merrill as Tarzan, Natalie Kingston as Mary.

A serial in 15 chapters.

IMDB rating 6.4.

Tarzan the Ape Man
Tarzan the Ape Man
Tarzan the Ape Man 1932 poster
Tarzan the Ape Man 1932 poster

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) directed by W.S. Van Dyke, starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, Maureen O' Sullivan as Jane Parker also starring Neil Hamilton and C. Aubrey Smith. 100mins.

Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984) was an Olympic swimming champion, winning 5 gold medals. He was of Hungarian descent. Tarzan the Ape Man was a big hit and Weissmuller starred in 11 more Tarzan films. He became the greatest screen Tarzan of them all.

Maureen O'Sullivan (1911-1998) starred in 6 Tarzan films, she remains the most famous Jane Parker in the movies.

IMDB rating 7.1.

Tarzan the Fearless
Tarzan the Fearless


Tarzan the Fearless (1933) directed by Robert Hill, starring Buster Crabbe as Tarzan, Julia Brooks as Mary. 200mins.

A serial in 12 chapters. Buster Crabbe would be more famous as Flash Gordon in three popular serials.

IMDB rating 5.1.

Tarzan and his Mate
Tarzan and his Mate
Tarzan and his mate
Tarzan and his mate

Tarzan and his Mate (1934) directed by Cedric Gibbons, starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, Maureen O' Sullivan as Jane, also starring Neil Hamilton and Paul Cavanagh. 104mins

Widely regarded as the best Tarzan movie of them all, it is packed with action and famous for Jane's revealing clothing, she would be showing less flesh in subsequent movies no thanks to the newly formed Hollywood production code. The film also includes a nude swim by Jane after her clothes get caught on a branch when Tarzan playfully throws her into a river.

Among the films selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2003.

IMDB rating 7.5.

The New Adventures of Tarzan
The New Adventures of Tarzan
New Adventures of Tarzan - poster
New Adventures of Tarzan - poster



The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935) directed by Edward Kull, starring Bruce Bennett as Tarzan, Ula Holt, Frank Baker. 257mins.

A serial in 12 chapters.

IMDB rating 5.2.

Tarzan Escapes
Tarzan Escapes
Tarzan escapes - poster
Tarzan escapes - poster



Tarzan Escapes (1936) directed by Richard Thorpe, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Buckler, E.E. Clive, Herbert Mundin. 89mins.

Cheetah the Chimp reportedly died of kidney failure in 2011 at the grand old age of 80, there has been some debate as to whether this was the original chimpanzee from the Weissmuller Tarzans.

Tagline - It's new! It's amazing! 2 years to produce!

IMDB rating 6.8.

Tarzans Revenge
Tarzans Revenge



Tarzan's Revenge (1938) directed by D. Ross Lederman, starring Glenn Morris as Tarzan, Eleanor Holm, George Barbier, C. Henry Gordon. 70mins.

Tagline - The Tarzan thrill of a lifetime!

IMDB rating 4.9.

Tarzan Finds a Son
Tarzan Finds a Son


Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939) directed by Richard Thorpe, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O' Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield as Boy, Ian Hunter, Henry Wilcoxon. 82mins.

Censors wouldn't let Jane give birth to a son, because she and Tarzan weren't legally married, so they find Boy, the only survivor of a plane crash which killed his parents.

Johnny Sheffield (1931-2010) would play Boy in 6 more Tarzan films before starring as Bomba the Jungle Boy in 12 movies between 1949 and 1955.

IMDB rating 6.8.

Tarzan's Secret Treasure - poster
Tarzan's Secret Treasure - poster
Tarzans Secret Treasure
Tarzans Secret Treasure


Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941) directed by Richard Thorpe, satrring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Reginald Owen, Barry Fitzgerald and Tom Conway. 81mins.

To cut costs the film features many stock shots from previous Tarzan films including Tarzan wrestling with that darn croc again, repeated in nearly all the Weissmuller movies.

IMDB rating 6.8.

Tarzan's New York Adventure
Tarzan's New York Adventure
Tarzans New York adventure - poster
Tarzans New York adventure - poster



Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942) directed by Richard Thorpe, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O' Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Virginia Grey and Charles Bickford. 71mins.

Tarzan and Jane go to New York to save Boy who has been captured by villains to perform at a circus show.

The last Tarzan movie to feature Maureen O' Sullivan as Jane and the last of the MGM Weissmuller Tarzans. He would continue his iconic role over at RKO studios.

IMDB rating 6.9.

Tarzan Triumphs - poster
Tarzan Triumphs - poster

Tarzan Triumphs (1943) directed by Wilhelm Thiele, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield, Frances Gifford, Stanley Ridges and Sig Rumann. 76mins.

The first of the RKO series of Weissmuller Tarzan films.

Tagline - Most thriling Tarzan of all!

IMDB rating 6.7.


Tarzans Desert Mystery - poster
Tarzans Desert Mystery - poster

Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943) directed by Wilhelm Thiele, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield, Nancy Kelly and Otto Kruger. 78mins

An unusual entry in the series featuring a lost world of prehistoric monsters, including man-eating plants and giant spiders.

Tagline - Tarzan defies enemy agents in a hot bed of intrigue and danger.

IMDB rating 6.7.

Tarzan and the Amazons
Tarzan and the Amazons



Tarzan and the Amazons (1945) directed by Kurt Neumann, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce as Jane Parker, Johnny Sheffield, Henry Stephenson and Maria Ouspenskaya. 76mins.

Brenda Joyce (1917-2009) takes over as Jane after Maureen O'Sullivans departure from the role. She would play the part in five films.

IMDB rating 6.7.

Tarzan and the Leopard Man
Tarzan and the Leopard Man
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman - poster
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman - poster



Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946) directed by Kurt Neumann, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield, Acquanetta and Edgar Barrier. 72mins.

Tagline - An exotic beauty rules the jungle!

IMDB rating 6.6.

Tarzan and the Huntress - poster
Tarzan and the Huntress - poster




Tarzan and the Huntress (1947) directed by Kurt Neumann, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield, Patricia Morison and Barton MacLane. 72mins.

Johnny Sheffield's last movie as Boy.

Tagline - Adventure crashes to the screen!

IMDB rating 6.7.

Tarzan and the Mermaids
Tarzan and the Mermaids
Tarzan and the Mermaids - poster
Tarzan and the Mermaids - poster

Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948) directed by Robert Florey, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, George Zucco, Andrea Palma and Linda Christian. 68mins.

Johnny Weissmuller's last movie as Tarzan.

Tagline - Tarzan at his best!

IMDB rating 6.2.

Lex Barker in Tarzan's Magic Fountain
Lex Barker in Tarzan's Magic Fountain
Tarzan's Magic Fountain - poster
Tarzan's Magic Fountain - poster


Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) directed Lee Sholem, starring Lex Barker as Tarzan, Brenda Joyce, Albert Dekker, Evelyn Ankers and Charles Drake. 73mins.

Lex Barker's (1919-1973) first Tarzan movie, he would play the role in five films.

Brenda Joyce's last Tarzan movie.

Elmo Lincoln, the first screen Tarzan, has a cameo as a fisherman.

Tagline - New Daring! New Dangers!

IMDB rating 5.6.

Tarzan and the Slave Girl - poster
Tarzan and the Slave Girl - poster




Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950) directed by Lee Sholem, starring Lex Barker, Vanessa Brown as Jane, Robert Alda and Hurd Hatfield. 74mins.

Tagline - Tarzan avenges stolen jungle slave brides!

IMDB rating 5.4.

Tarzan's Peril - poster
Tarzan's Peril - poster

Tarzan's Peril (1951) directed by Byron Haskin, starring Lex Barker, Virginai Huston as Jane, George Macready, Douglas Fowley and Alan Napier. 78mins.

The first Tarzan film to be partially filmed on location in Africa,

Tagline - New Jungle Thrills!

IMDB rating 5.7.


Tarzan's Savage Fury - poster
Tarzan's Savage Fury - poster



Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952) directed by Cy Endfield, starring Lex Barker, Dorothy Hart as Jane, Patric Knowles, Charles Korvin and Tommy Carlton. 81mins.

Tagline - The King of the Jungle battles lawless fortune hunters!

IMDB rating 5.5.

Tarzan and the She Devil
Tarzan and the She Devil
Tarzan and the She Devil - poster
Tarzan and the She Devil - poster

Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953) directed by Kurt Neumann, starring Lex Barker, Joyce Mackenzie as Jane, Raymond Burr, Monique van Vooren and Tom Conway. 75mins.

Lex Barker's last Tarzan movie.

Tagline - The best of all the Tarzans!

IMDB rating 5.0.

Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle


Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955) directed by Harold D. Schuster, starring Gordon Scott as Tarzan, Vera Miles as Jill Hardy, Peter van Eyck and Jack Elam. 72mins.

Gordon Scott's (1926-2007) first Tarzan movie he would play the role in five movies before going on to play various muscular heroes in Italian sword and sandal epics.

Scott fell in love with Vera Miles while making this film and they married in 1956.

IMDB rating 5.6.

Tarzan and the Lost Safari - poster
Tarzan and the Lost Safari - poster

Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957) directed by H. Bruce Humberstone, starring Gordon Scott, Robert Beatty, Yolande Donlan, Betta St. John, Wilfrid Hyde-White and George Coulouris. 86mins.

The first Tarzan movie in colour.

Tagline - All new and the greatest of them all!

IMDB rating 5.6.

Tarzan's Fight for Life
Tarzan's Fight for Life
Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958) poster
Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958) poster


Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958) directed by H. Bruce Humberstone, starring Gordon Scott, Eva Brent as Jane, Rickie Sorensen, Jill Jarmyn and Woody Strode. 86mins.

It really was Tarzan's fight for life when Gordon Scott was nearly killed by a giant Python he was wrestling with in the movie, six men finally managed to pull the snake off him.

IMDB rating 5.0.

Sean Connery and Anthony Quayle in Tarzan's Greatest Adventure
Sean Connery and Anthony Quayle in Tarzan's Greatest Adventure
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure - poster
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure - poster


Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959) directed by John Guillermin, starring Gordon Scott, Anthony Quayle, Sara Shane, Niall MacGinnis and Sean Connery. 88mins.

One of the best Tarzan movies and featuring a young Sean Connery as one of the villains, three years before receiving his licence to kill as James Bond 007 in Dr. No.

Tagline - Adventure's mightiest hero lives his mightiest adventure!

IMDB rating 6.2.

Tarzan the Ape Man (1959)
Tarzan the Ape Man (1959)



Tarzan the Ape Man (1959) directed by Joseph Newman, starring Denny Miller as Tarzan, Joanna Barnes as Jane Parker, Cesare Danova and Robert Douglas. 82mins.

Reportedly the lowest budget Tarzan film ever made, full of stock footage from previous films and cheap special effects.

Tagline - They challenge the taboos of a foreign land!

IMDB rating 4.0.

Tarzan the Magnificent - poster
Tarzan the Magnificent - poster



Tarzan the Magnificent (1960) directed by Robert Day, starring Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, Betta St. John, John Carradine and Lionel Jeffries. 82mins.

Gordon Scott's last Tarzan movie.

Jock Mahoney plays a villain in this film and would take over as Tarzan in the next film

Tagline - The Greatest of them all!

IMDB rating 6.3.

Tarzan Goes to India - poster
Tarzan Goes to India - poster

Tarzan Goes to India (1962) directed by John Guillermin, starring Jock Mahoney as Tarzan, Jai as Jai the Elephant Boy, Leo Gordon, Mark Dana, Feroz Khan and Simi Garewal. 88mins.

Jock Mahoney (1919-1989) takes over from Gordon Scott as Tarzan, he would play the role in one more movie. He was the oldest actor to play Tarzan.

Tagline - Most Spectacular of them all!

IMDB rating 5.0.

Tarzan's Three Challenges - poster
Tarzan's Three Challenges - poster




Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963) directed by Robert Day, starring Jock Mahoney, Woody Strode, Tsu Kobayashi and Earl Cameron. 92mins.

Jock Mahoney's last Tarzan movie.

Tagline - Three times more thrilling than any Tarzan adventure you've ever seen!

IMDB rating 5.6.


Tarzan and the Valley of Gold - poster
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold - poster



Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966) directed by Robert day, starring Mike Henry as Tarzan, Nancy Kovack, Manuel Padilla Jr, David Opatashu and Don Megowan. 90mins.

Mike Henry's (1936-) first movie as Tarzan, he would play the part in two more movies.

Manuel Padilla Jr's (1955-2008) first appearance with Tarzan, he would become popular on the Tarzan TV series as Jai (1966-1968).

IMDB rating 5.9.


Tarzan and the Great River (1967)
Tarzan and the Great River (1967)
Tarzan and the Great River - poster
Tarzan and the Great River - poster



Tarzan and the Great River (1967) directed by Robert Day, starring Mike Henry, Jan Murray, Manuel Padilla Jr, Diana Millay and Rafer Johnson. 88mins.

Mike Henry was bitten on the chin by Dinky the chimp and needed 20 stitches.

Tagline - Tarzan swings into the most dangerous jungle adventures of all time!

IMDB rating 5.0.

Tarzan and the Jungle Boy - poster
Tarzan and the Jungle Boy - poster



Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968) directed by Robert Gordon, starring Mike Henry, Rafer Johnson, Aliza Gur, Steve Bond and Ron Gans. 99mins.

Mike Henry's last Tarzan movie.

Tagline - Erik was just a boy, but he could still teach the mighty Tarzan a few secrets of the jungle!

IMDB rating 5.0.

Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion - poster
Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion - poster



Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion (1967) directed by William Witney, starring Ron Ely, William Marshall, Nichelle Nichols, Sam Jaffe, Harry Lauter and Manuel Padilla Jr as Jai. 94mins.

Ron Ely (1938-) was popular on TV as Tarzan (1966-1968)

The movie was stitched together from episodes of the Tarzan TV series and released to theaters.

IMDB rating 5.2.

Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970)
Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970)

Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970) directed by Robert L. Friend, starring Ron Ely, Jock Mahoney, Woody Strode, Manuel Padilla Jr and Nichelle Nichols. 88mins

Originally a two-part episode re-edited for theatrical release.

Tagline - Guns, grenades and an army of men roar through the jungle to destroy the most dangerous animal alive...TARZAN!

IMDB rating 5.2

Bo Derek and Miles O'Keeffe in Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)
Bo Derek and Miles O'Keeffe in Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) poster
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) poster


Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) directed by John Derek, starring Bo Derek as Jane Parker, Richard Harris, John Phillip Law and Miles O' Keefe as Tarzan. 107mins.

The first R-rated Tarzan movie, featuring Bo Derek wearing very little and in some scenes no clothing at all as she has fun in the jungle with Tarzan. Director and former actor John Derek was Bo's husband at the time. One of the worst movies ever made.

Tagline - The most beautiful woman of our time in the most erotic adventure of all time.

IMDB rating 3.0.

Greystoke - Legend of Tarzan - Lord of the Apes
Greystoke - Legend of Tarzan - Lord of the Apes

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), directed by Hugh Hudson, starring Christopher Lambert as Tarzan, Andie MacDowell as Jane Porter, Ian Holm, James Fox, Ian Charleson, Nigel Davenport, David Suchet and Ralph Richardson. 143mins.

The first attempt to make a 'classy' film of the legend of Tarzan. Christopher Lambert is excellent as the jungle man who fails to adopt to civilised society. Ian Holm and Ralph Richardson are particularly good in supporting roles.

The first Tarzan film to receive Oscar recognition, nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Richardson), Best Make Up (fantastic work by Rick Baker) and Best Screenplay. Nominated for 6 British Academy Awards winning Best Make Up.

IMDB rating 6.2.

Tarzan and the Lost City
Tarzan and the Lost City



Tarzan and the Lost City (1998) directed by Carl Schenkel, starring Casper Van Dien as Tarzan, Jane March as Jane, Steve Waddington and Winston Ntshona. 83mins.

Casper Van Dien had played Johnny Rico in Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi epic Starship Troopers (1997).

The first Tarzan movie to be filmed entirely in Africa,

IMDB rating 3.8.

Disney's Tarzan (1999)
Disney's Tarzan (1999)
Disney's Tarzan (1999)
Disney's Tarzan (1999)
Disney's Tarzan (1999) poster
Disney's Tarzan (1999) poster


Tarzan (1999) directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima, starring the voices of Tony Goldwyn (Tarzan), Minnie Driver (Jane), Glenn Close (Kala), Lance Henricksen (Kerchak), Brian Blessed (Clayton), Nigel Hawthorne (Professor Porter), Wayne Knight (Tantor) and Rosie O' Donnell (Terk). 88mins.

A Walt Disney animated movie. It won an Oscar for Best Song "You'll be in my heart" (Phil Collins). And was nominated for 11 Annie Awards winning for Technical Achievement in the Field of Animation.

Tarzan grossed $448m worldwide, the most successful Tarzan film to date.

IMDB rating 7.0.

Tarzan (2013) poster
Tarzan (2013) poster

Tarzan (2013) Directed by Reinhard Klooss, starring the voices of Kellan Lutz, Robert Capron, Jaime Ray Newman, Spencer Locke and Brian Bloom.

A German-French-American computer animated movie which premiered in Russia in October 2013. It will open in Summer 2014 in the US and UK.

Filmed in 3D

Tarzan (2013) poster
Tarzan (2013) poster
Tarzan and family
Tarzan and family

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Wow! going all the way back to 1918 and the Elmo Lincoln Tarzan. Of the 42 Tarzan movies in your hub I can have only seen 5 for sure....I am sure I have seen more, because it seemed that a Tarzan movie was always on tv when I was younger....and all the movies have blurred together in my memory.

It looks like Tarzan and his Mate (1934) is the highest rated one according to IMDB....and Bo Derek's Tarzan is the worst rated by IMDB(no real surprise there). In my house the Disney Tarzan is in heavy rotation...as it seems to get picked about once a week.

Lots of great photos, especially considering some of the movies are closing into 100 years....thanks for doing all the research on this hub...and I will be bookmarking as an excellent Tarzan reference. Voted up and interesting.....and finally I am looking forward to seeing Sean Connery play the bad guy in his Tarzan movie.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Back in the day Tarzan movies and the Little Rascals were eagerly looked for on Saturday afternoons. Good look back Steve. The uncut Tarzan and his Mate really is the best one but all the MGM ones were pretty good.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Bruce, your comments and observations are always appreciated.

I was originally planning to post a selection of Tarzan films but in the end I decided to do them all! I had all the images so why not use them? :)

I was worried about the length of the page thinking it might go all wonky in the end but it can take the load. Docmo's epic hub on Tintin was even bigger with more images so that inspired me to make it bigger.

I've got about 20 of the old Tarzan's on disc, bought some box sets a few years ago.

I like the Disney Tarzan, excellent animation. It's all CG now I miss the artistry of the old painted animated movies, the background artwork to many of those Disney classics was astounding and few people notice them.

My favourite Tarzan movie is Tarzan and his Mate, such a fun movie and Maureen O'Sullivan was a real hottie in those skimpy bits of cloth she was wearing, only for that one movie, damn those censors! :)


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Alastar, appreciate you swinging into my jungle hub. I like the old MGM Tarzans too. Tarzan was always fighting that same old croc. ;)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Ah Steve, some of these took me back to Saturday morning shows at the Gaumont Cinema in my hometown, happy days. I always likes Jonny Weissmuller movies and we used to laugh our little heads off at the antics of Cheetah! I have seen the JW moves over and over again as a child and a teenager and loved them at the time; I suspect I wouldn't watch one now. My favourite poster here is the one for The Revenge of Tarzan which I haven't seen; I just think it a great poster. Voted up, great photos and posters.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hello Jools, thanks for the comment. I had so many posters I ended up using them all! A bit of overkill but I wanted to include as many Tarzan films as I could. That Revenge of Tarzan poster is a really good one. Looking at the Son of Tarzan poster is he fondling her breasts? oooh ;)


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Let me put it this way. I have only ever seen Johnny W. films and not all of them or even a big chunk of them. I can't remember which ones I have seen as it has been a long time and some seem quite similar when it has been a long time. as such, I will skip the stage that I usually do first where I say which ones I have seen and which ones I haven't seen, and which ones I am looking forward to seeing.

I will say this:

I am, however, most likely to watch J.W. films, that I love silent films, and the fact that Boris Karloff is in one of those silents intrigues me.

I will talk about posters/artwork later. This is just checking in.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Flora, thanks for checking in and commenting. I've got the first Elmo Lincoln silent and all the Weissmuller, Barker and Scott Tarzans, but I would still like to check out some of the others.

42 Tarzan films seems a lot but there have been over 200 Dracula and Sherlock Holmes films according to IMDB, wow! :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Yes Steve, I saw the booby action -shocking!


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Maybe that's how Tarzan says hello? I wonder how he says thank you? I found a whole bunch of these films over at Youtube, quality is variable.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Wow, looks like you put a lot of research into this hub, as it's amazing how many movies that have been made about Tarzan over the years. great job at putting all this together.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Steve, appreciate that. I was only going to add about 20 Tarzan films and got carried away. I have to try to show a little more restraint next time. :)


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Hi Steve; Good to see more Tarzan love for the Ape Man's 100th anniversary. I'm going to link this up with my '100 years of Tarzan' hub.

Weissmuller is everybody's favorite Tarzan, mostly because of the great interplay between him and Maureen O'Sullivan.

I don't know if it was really the original Cheetah who lived to be 80 but if it was, its an amazing feat.

Rob


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Rob, appreciate the link. I've linked your Cheetah the Chimp and Tarzan hubs to this one. The one thing I nearly always forget is to link, even to my own hubs.

Currently watching Tarzans Three Challenges, courtesy of Youtube, it's not a particularly good one. Very little action and the location is Asia not Africa. Both Jock Mahoney Tarzan films take place out of Africa. :)


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Comments on Posters:

There is quite a variety of art style over the years.I prefer the posters where the face of the actors looked like the actual actors. And the ones that too busy are just that -too busy. The oddest one to me is the one with the lion roaring as the largest character, so to speak, of the poster..as if he is the most important. If the movie were called Tarzan and the Lion I could understand, but Tarzan looks tiny in comparison.

None of the posters can match the awesome body J.W. had in real life, especially when he is smaller than the animal in the poster. The closest - and my favourite - is the foreign language poster for Tarzan Escapes. He was very sexy. (Sorry, but I am female...)

as for the ones that are not J.W., my favourite poster is a bit odd - Tarzan the Mighty. I choose it among the non J.W. posters because it's bright bold colours.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

So there's Johnny Weissmuller for Flora and Maureen O'Sullivan for Steve, anyone fancy Cheetah? hahaha! You gotta love Cheetah, a real character even in those stills. Btw is it Cheetah or Cheeta? Google seems to favour 'Cheetah the chimp'. 750,000 results compared to 93,000.

I love the photo of them in the three monkeys pose, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. :)


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adeleceleste 4 years ago from United States

WOW! This Hub is AMAZING!!!!! You really put A LOT of work into this and it is simply AWESOME!!!!! Thanks for all the info! :-)


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks adeleceleste, appreciate your kind words. It took a bit of time but I think it was worth it. It's the only Tarzan hub I'm ever likely to publish so I made it a big one.

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