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Tarzan


Following the success of the appearance of the story "Tarzan of the Apes" in the October, 1912 All-Story Magazine, and the first edition of the book in 1914, a Chicago life insurance salesman named Bill Parsons bought the rights to bring Edgar Rice Burroughs' book to the screen. Parsons wanted the film to be realistic but couldn't afford to actually film in Africa, so he set up production in the jungles of Morgan City, Louisiana.

Five weeks after production began, Stellan Windrow, the actor chosen to portray Tarzan was called to active duty for World War I. (shown on the left)

At the last minute, a relatively unknown character actor who had played small parts in D.W. Griffith films, was brought from Los Angeles to Louisiana, where production resumed. His name was Elmo Lincoln.

Lincoln was shorter and stockier than Winslow and had trouble doing the sequences in the trees so they kept the footage shot of Windrow. The studio offered Windrow $1000 for a release so he wouldn't be credited in the film.

You'll notice in the film, the thinner Tarzan swinging in the trees. Also, the first third of the movie is Tarzan as a child played by Gordon Griffith making Elmo Lincoln actually 3rd in line even though he is credited as the FIRST Tarzan.

We have hundreds of posters from around the world in our database so we've broken the lists in several ways to try to help you find what you're looking for.

Below is the list of English speaking titles. For the original releases made in other languages, click here. They are also listed in order of their release.

We have also made a separate listing of the Stars with a little more info on each.

Here's a list put out by studios

ENJOY!

1918

Tarzan of the Apes - released by First National Pictures - starring Gordon Griffith as the FIRST Tarzan, Elmo Lincoln as the FIRST adult Tarzan and Enid Markey as the FIRST Jane.

Romance of Tarzan - released by First National Pictures - starring Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan and Enid Markey as Jane.


1920

Revenge of Tarzan - aka Return of Tarzan - released by Numa Pictures starring Gene Pollar as Tarzan and Karla Schramm as Jane.

Son of Tarzan - released by National Film Corporation of America - the first Tarzan serial with 15 Chapters - starring P. Dempsey Tabler as Tarzan and Karla Schramm as Jane.

1921

Adventures of Tarzan - Serial 15 Chapters - released by Numa Pictures starring Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan and Louise Lorraine as Jane.


1927

Tarzan and the Golden Lion - released by Film Booking Offices of America - starring James Pierce as Tarzan. This is the last silent Tarzan.


1928

Tarzan the Mighty - Serial 15 Chapters - released by Universal Studios - starring Frank Merrill as Tarzan.


1929

Tarzan the Tiger - released by Universal Studios - starring Frank Merrill as Tarzan and Natalie Kingston as Jane.


1932

Tarzan, the Ape Man - released by MGM - (NSS R54/468)starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane.

 

1933

Tarzan the Fearless aka Call of Tarzan - this is the feature release by Principal Pictures starring Buster Crabbe as Tarzan.

Tarzan the Fearless - Serial 12 Chapters - released by Principal Pictures starring Buster Crabbe as Tarzan.

Nature in the Wrong aka Tarzan in the Wrong - released by MGM - Charley Chase as Tarzan in a dream sequence - comedy short.


1934

Tarzan and His Mate - released by MGM - starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane.

1935

New Adventures of Tarzan - Serial 12 Chapters aka Tarzan in Guatemala and aka Tarzan and the Lost Goddess - released by Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises starring Herman Brix (Bruce Bennett) as Tarzan

New Adventures of Tarzan - full feature release by Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises starring Herman Brix (Bruce Bennett) as Tarzan.


1936

Tarzan Escapes - released by MGM - (NSS R54/469) starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane.


1938

Tarzan and the Green Goddess - released by Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises - starring Bruce Bennett (Herman Brix) as Tarzan.

Tarzan's Revenge - made by by Principal Pictures but released by 20th Century Fox - starring Glenn Morris as Tarzan.


1939

Tarzan Finds a Son - released by MGM - starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane.


1941

Tarzan's Secret Treasure - released by MGM - starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane.


1942

Tarzan's New York Adventure - released by MGM - (NSS 42/180) starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane.


1943

Tarzan Triumphs - released by RKO - (NSS 43/39) starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan.

Tarzan's Desert Mystery - released by RKO - (NSS 43/251) starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan.


1945

Tarzan and the Amazons - released by RKO - (NSS 45/11) starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Brenda Joyce as Jane.


1946

Tarzan and the Leopard Woman - released by RKO - (NSS 46/565 & R50/734) starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Brenda Joyce as Jane.


1947

Tarzan and the Huntress - released by RKO - (NSS 47/225) starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Brenda Joyce as Jane.


1948

Tarzan and the Mermaids - released by RKO - (NSS 48/840) starring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Brenda Joyce as Jane.


1949

Tarzan's Magic Fountain - aka Tarzan and the Arrow of Death - released by RKO - (NSS 49/28) starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Brenda Joyce as Jane.


1950

Tarzan and the Slave Girl - aka Tarzan and the Jungle Queen - released by RKO - starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Vanessa Brown as Jane.


1951

Tarzan's Peril - aka Jungle Queen and aka Tarzan's Mate in Peril - released by RKO - (NSS 51/128) starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Virginia Huston as Jane.


1952

Tarzan's Savage Fury - aka Tarzan the Hunted - released by RKO - starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Dorothy Hart as Jane.


1953

Tarzan and the She-Devil - released by RKO - starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Joyce MacKenzie as Jane.


1955

Tarzan's Hidden Jungle - released by RKO - (NSS 55/74) starring Gordon Scott as Tarzan.

Tarzan and Boy - underground??


1957

Tarzan and the Lost Safari - released by MGM - (NSS 57/162) starring Gordon Scott as Tarzan.


1958

Tarzan and the Trappers - no major distributor in the US?? - starring Gordon Scott as Tarzan and Eve Brent as Jane.

Tarzan's Fight For Life - released by MGM - (NSS 58/297) starring Gordon Scott as Tarzan and Eve Brent as Jane.


1959

Tarzan's Greatest Adventure - released by Paramount - (NSS 59/231) starring Gordon Scott as Tarzan.

Tarzan the Ape Man - released by MGM - (NSS 59/254) starring Denny Miller as Tarzan and Joanna Barnes as Jane.


1960

Tarzan the Magnificent - released by Paramount - (NSS 60/220) starring Gordon Scott as Tarzan.


1962

Tarzan Goes to India - released by MGM - (NSS 62/296) starring Jock Mahoney as Tarzan.


1963

Tarzan's Three Challenges - released by MGM - (NSS 63/222) starring Jock Mahoney as Tarzan.

1964

Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort Of - starring Taylor Mead as Tarzan and Naomi Levine as Jane. SPOOF


1966

Tarzan and the Valley of Gold - released by AIP - (NSS 66/212) starring Mike Henry as Tarzan.


1967

Tarzan and the Great River - released by Paramount - (NSS 67/321) starring Mike Henry as Tarzan.

Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion - aka Tarzan and the Blue Stone of Heaven - starring Ron Ely as Tarzan. This film was made from the TV series.

Tarzan and the Mountains of the Moon - produced by Banner Productions. Made for TV with no major distributor in the US - starring Ron Ely as Tarzan.

Tarzan and the Perils of Charity Jones - produced by Banner Productions. Release to TV in the US but released to theaters in Europe - starring Ron Ely as Tarzan.


1968

Tarzan and the 4 o'clock Army - Released to TV in the US but released to theaters in Europe - starring Ron Ely as Tarzan.

Tarzan and the Jungle Boy - released by Paramount - (NSS 68/142) starring Mike Henry as Tarzan.


1970

Tarzan's Deadly Silence - produced by Banner Productions and distributed by National General Pictures - starring Ron Ely as Tarzan. This film was made from the TV series.

Tarzan the Swinger - underground??
starring Johnny Weissmuller Jnr. - PORN


1975

Tarz & Jane & Boy & Cheeta - released by Fine Products - starring Silver Foxx as Tarzan and Georgina Spelvin as Jane.... X-RATED - PORN

1981

Tarzan, the Ape Man - released by MGM Studios - (NSS 810120) starring Miles O'Keefe as Tarzan and Bo Derek as Jane.


1983

Greystoke, Legend of Tarzan - released by Warner Bros. (NSS 830191) starring Christopher Lambert as Tarzan and Andie MacDowell as Jane.


1998

Tarzan and the Lost City - released by Warner Bros. - starring Casper Van Dien as Tarzan and Jane March as Jane.


1999

Tarzan - released by Walt Disney Studios - animated with the voice of Tony Goldwyn as Tarzan and the voice of Minnie Driver as Jane.


2002

Tarzan and Jane - released by Walt Disney Studios - straight to video - animation with the voice of Michael T. Weiss as Tarzan and the voice of Olivia d'Abo as Jane.



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