Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) Poster


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  • Tarzan is a character in a number of novels by American author Edgar Rice Burroughs [1875-1950]. The movie is loosely based on Burroughs' first novel, Tarzan of the Apes, which was first published in All-Story Magazine in October, 1912. It was later published as a book in 1914. Burroughs continued the series with dozens of sequels. The novel was adapted for the movie by American screenwriter Cyril Hume. There have since been too many sequels, remakes, and adaptations to list them here. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • No. The first Tarzan movie was Tarzan of the Apes (1918) (1918), a silent movie in which Tarzan was played by Elmo Lincoln. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Jane Parker (Maureen O'Sullivan) has come to join her father, James (C. Aubrey Smith), who has opened a trading center. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • To a secret place known as the Mutia Escarpment, supposedly an elephant graveyard where ivory could be harvested by the ton. To get there, they must cross a river that leads into a part of the jungle so taboo that even the natives will not speak of it, because the area is protected by Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller), the ape man. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • No. The elephant graveyard is a fictional place popularized in such novels as Burroughs' Tarzan stories and Trader Horn: A Young Man's Astounding Adventures in 19th-Century Equatorial Africa, written by Alfred Aloysius Horn, a real-life ivory trader in central Africa. Scientists ruled out the existence of the graveyards long ago, concluding that the myth arose from the discovery of groups of elephant skeletons, the result of either poaching or mass die-offs due to such natural events as starvation. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Harry (Neil Hamilton) was referring to Edmund Hoyle [1672-1769], an English writer known for his works on the rules of playing cards and other various games, such as backgammon and chess. The phrase "according to Hoyle" indicates that something must be accomplished in strict accordance with the rules. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Jane doesn't exactly "meet" Tarzan. He kidnaps her and carries her off into the trees. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • According to Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel, Tarzan was born John Clayton to an English couple, John and Alice (Rutherford) Clayton, Lord and Lady Greystoke, while they were marooned in the western coastal jungles of equatorial Africa. After the death of his parents, he was adopted and raised by a she-ape named Kala. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • "Tarzan" supposedly means "white skin" in ape language. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Tarzan saves Jane from the killer gorilla in the bottom of the pit, then umgawas the elephants, who demolish the village of the black dwarves. One of the elephants pulls Tarzan and Jane out of the pit with his nose. Tarzan, Jane, Harry, and James ride the elephants out of the village, although James has been wounded and is getting weaker. James realizes that the elephant he is riding is also wounded and is heading to the elephant graveyard in order to die, so he remains on his back, the other elephant following. Just after they arrive at the elephant graveyard and he's had the chance to see it, James dies. Sometime later, after they have left the graveyard, Jane says goodbye to Harry, with the knowledge that he will return in the future now that he knows where the graveyard is located. Reluctantly, Harry says goodbye to Jane. In the final scene, Jane and Tarzan climb a cliff in order to wave goodbye to Harry. Cheetah joins them, jumps into Jane's arms, and hugs them both. Edit (Coming Soon)


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