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Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

In this first film of the Tarzan series starring Johnny Weissmuller, directed by W.S. Van Dyke:

  • the introduction of ape man Tarzan's (Johnny Weissmuller) famous trademark jungle call: "aaah-eee-aaah" as he swung on vines through the tree tops and then peered down at the explorers
  • his abduction of Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan)
  • the first appearance of pet chimpanzee Chetah
  • the classic introduction scene: "Jane... Tarzan... Jane... Tarzan..."
  • the lion-wrestling scene
  • Jane's extended and flirtatious scene - swimming in a jungle river with Tarzan and floating along in his arms as she carried on a loving monologue with him
  • the attack and capture scene by ferocious pygmies
  • Tarzan's jungle call and rescue with stampeding wild elephants and a fight to the death with a giant gorilla to rescue Jane
  • in the film's final image -- Tarzan and Jane in the distance running along the top of some huge boulders, and then standing side by side on a large rock on the hillside waving, as Tchaikovsky's Theme from Romeo and Juliet played


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