Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

Tarzan Finds a Son!





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Tarzan Finds a Son was to have been Maureen O'Sullivan's final Tarzan film, with Jane getting killed in the final reel. But Edgar Rice Burroughs refused to allow MGM to kill his character, so MGM had to increase her salary a substantial amount to do a few more Tarzan adventures. Tarzan Finds a Son was also the first MGM Tarzan film in three years and it introduced a new character --Boy (Johnny Sheffield). Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) finds Boy as an infant in a plane-wreck deep in the heart of … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure
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Written By: Cyril Hume
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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Enjoyable nonsense.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011
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Exciting adventure. A remarkable film. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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This is the Tarzan movie where they switched from adult entertainment to kiddy entertainment. I remember watching it on Saturday afternoon TV when I was a kid. They wanted to add a kid character for the kids, but they couldn't let the little kids know where babies really come from. Instead of having Tarzan and Jane have a baby the normal way they had a plane crash in the middle of Tarzan's jungle with a baby inside. The mother, father and pilot are killed. Cheeta finds the baby and brings it to Tarzan. This kind of follows the pattern of the original Tarzan book where Tarzan's parents are marooned on the coast of Africa and are killed by the apes and the baby Tarzan is raised by a female ape. Tarzan brings the baby to Jane and he calls him Boy. When the boy is six, the relatives of the lost parents come looking for them. Jane lies and tells them Boy is her son. With all the child custody fights going on in the world today I doubt this would be a politically correct story line today. Back in the 1930's peoples attitudes were different. Unwed mothers were routinely forced to put their babies up for adoption. Orphans whose parents had died were common and were passed from one family to another depending on who could afford to raise an orphan. When Jane finds out Boy's real parents were millionaires she changes her mind and tells the truth. Tarzan refuses to give up boy so Jane tricks Tarzan into going into a pit and then cuts his vine so he's trapped. She leaves with Boy's relatives only to find out they have murdered Boy's Great-Uncle and are really only after the money. They are then captured by the Natives who start killing the porters one by one. Jane helps Boy escape to go find Tarzan. After Tarzan is freed he calls the elephants that stampede the Native village. In the stampede everyone is killed and Tarzan, Jane and Boy live happily ever after. They almost kill Jane off at the end of the movie but the test audeances didn't like it so they changed the ending where Jane lives.

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