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Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and produced by Irving Thalberg and Bernard H. Hyman.

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Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 3, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Despite being dated and marred by the imprint of imperialism, this initial entry of the well-remembered Tarzan serial of the 1930s and 4os, based on the works of Edgar Rice Boroughs, is a surprisingly?gripping pre-code tale of perilous adventure. It feels a bit like a jungle cruise, a big game hunti... Read full article


Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 3, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Despite being dated and marred by the imprint of imperialism, this initial entry of the well-remembered Tarzan serial of the 1930s and 4os, based on the works of Edgar Rice Boroughs, is a surprisingly?gripping pre-code tale of perilous adventure. It feels a bit like a jungle cruise, a big game hunti... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 20, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), starring Maureen O'Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). The new film K... Read full article


Warner Archive: Tarzan the Ape Man (1959) in Technicolor

By KC on Jun 23, 2016 From Classic Movies

Early on I wondered what I was in for when watching MGM's 1959 Technicolor take on the Tarzan story. The bongo drums and blaring horns over the opening credits (composed by West coast jazz musician Shorty Rogers) belonged in a drama about teenage delinquents, making me unsure what effect the filmmak... Read full article


Tarzan Thursday: Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)

By Bernardo Villela on Feb 21, 2013 From The Movie Rat

Last year the character of Tarzan celebrated his 100th year in print. A serialized version of the story first appeared in 1912. A hardcover collection of Tarzan of the Apes first appeared in 1914. Being in the middle of the Tarzan centennial period it’s an opportune time to (re)visit many of t... Read full article


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Quotes from

Jane Parker: Thank you for protecting me.
Tarzan: Me?
Jane Parker: I said, thank you for protecting me.
Tarzan: [points at Jane] Me?
Jane Parker: No. I'm only "Me" for me.
Tarzan: [points at Jane] Me.
Jane Parker: No. To you, I'm "You."
Tarzan: [points at himself] You.
Jane Parker: No...
[Thinks for a second]
Jane Parker: I'm Jane Parker. Understand? Jane, Jane.
Tarzan: [points at Jane] Jane, Jane.
Jane Parker: Yes, Jane. And you?
[Tarzan stares]
Jane Parker: [points at herself] Jane.
Tarzan: Jane.
Jane Parker: [points at Tarzan] And you?
Tarzan: Tarzan. Tarzan.
Jane Parker: Tarzan...


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Facts about

At no point in this movie is the line "Me Tarzan, you Jane" spoken. When Jane and Tarzan meet, it is she who initiates the verbal exchange, repeatedly indicating herself and giving her name until he repeats it. She then points to him, indicating that she wants to know if there's a word for who he is as "Jane" is the word for who she is, until eventually he understands and says, "Tarzan."
When Johnny Weissmuller was approached to play Tarzan, he was under contract with BVD to advertise its underwear and swimming trunks. BVD strenuously objected to its spokesman appearing in just a loincloth - the company only wanted him to appear wearing its product. In return for letting Weismuller play Tarzan, MGM allowed BVD to run ads featuring the studio's contract players in BVD swimsuits (including Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow and Marie Dressler). (source: "Tarzan of the Movies" by Gabe Esso)
Tarzan's distinctive call was created by sound recordist Douglas Shearer. It was a normal call, manipulated and played backwards.
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Also directed by W.S. Van Dyke




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