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Tarzan and His Mate (16-Apr-1934)

Director: Cedric Gibbons

Writers: Leon Gordon; James Kevin McGuinness; Howard Emmett Rogers

From novel: Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Keywords: Outdoor Adventure, Tarzan

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Paul Cavanagh
8-Dec-1888 15-Mar-1964 The Scarlet Claw
Neil Hamilton
9-Sep-1899 24-Sep-1984 Commissioner Gordon on Batman
Maureen O'Sullivan
17-May-1911 28-Jun-1998 A Day at the Races
Johnny Weissmuller
2-Jun-1904 20-Jan-1984 Gold Medalist became Tarzan


Johnny Weissmuller   ...   Tarzan
Maureen O'Sullivan   ...   Jane Parker
Neil Hamilton   ...   Harry Holt
Paul Cavanagh   ...   Martin Arlington
Forrester Harvey   ...   Beamish
Nathan Curry   ...   Saidi


Review by Stuart (posted on 20-Sep-2005)

A terrific film for Tarzan buffs. I recently bought my DVD copy in a set of six. Considering it was made in 1934 the photography and special effects are totally acceptable.

There's loads of impossible action we're expected to buy and Maureen O'Sullivan completely steals the film when trying on the latest fashions, unintentionally tantalizing Tarzan and the ivory hunters, and performing an underwater aqautics ballet with her leading guy.

I've seen this film several times but never with all this complete footage! It was worth figuring out where my pause, zoom, and REW buttons were just to see Jane again and again. This section of footage wouldn't be approved by mumsy nor other puritans but I quickly set those values aside and began to enjoy it for the sheer beauty and content it portrayed of Tarzan and His Mate.

Nor would the SPCA approve of the shooting of animals, but I'm sure that's what was going on in this film. None of the "one shot kills" and a dead stuffed lyon lies motionless on the ground. These cats were hit hard and continued hurting. Very realistic stuff. Not that I'm an advocate, but I'd rather have realism then obvious film fraud that ruins the atmosphere.

Definitely a must see!

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