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Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)


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Release Date: Aug 19, 1932 Wide



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The original and definitive Tarzan sound movie -- following several silent films on the same subject -- stuck fairly closely to the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller was cast by MGM as the European boy who was raised by gorillas in the jungle after he and his parents were shipwrecked and his parents died. Three ivory hunters lead an expedition into the jungle hoping to find the Elephant's Graveyard. They are James Parker (C. Aubrey Smith), his daughter

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Very vine, er...fine Weismuller, his first, with sexy O'Sullivan Jane.

August 25, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

First and rawest of the Weismuller Tarzans

September 13, 2005
Film Journal International

The first feature-length talking version of the Tarzan series, and the best in the series.

June 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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January 12, 2005 Full Review Source:

The first Weismuller Tarzan and still one of the best.

June 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

'Tarzan the Ape Man is one helluva action film ... contrasting civilization with the wild and criticizing human greed without being overly preachy'

July 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) is the first feature-length talking (sound) version of the Tarzan series [Tarzan films stretch into the silent film era back to 1918].

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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