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Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 20 April 1934 (USA)
The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

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Cedric Gibbons, James C. McKay (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by), James Kevin McGuinness (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

In the first sequel to Tarzan, the Ape Man, Harry Holt returns to Africa to head up a large ivory expedition. This time he brings his womanizing friend Marlin Arlington. Holt also harbors ideas about convincing Jane to return to London. When Holt and Arlington show Jane some of the modern clothes and perfumes they brought from civilization, she is impressed but not enough to return. Tarzan wrestles every wild animal imaginable to protect Jane but when he disallows the expedition from plundering ivory from the elephant burial grounds, it is he who takes a bullet from Arlington's gun. Jane eventually believes that Tarzan is dead but he is nursed back to health by the apes. As Jane and the returning expedition are attacked by violent natives, we wonder if Tarzan can rescue them yet again. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Johnny Weismuller is back again! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzán y su compañera See more »

Filming Locations:

Silver Springs, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,279,142 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,881,020
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1951) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Maureen O'Sullivan does not appear as Jane during the film's famous nude swimming sequence. O'Sullivan is instead doubled by Josephine McKim, a member of the 1928 and 1932 U.S. Womens' Olympic Swim Teams and one of the four U.S. swimmers on that team to win the 1932 gold medal in the 400-Meter Freestyle Relay, setting Olympic and World records. (See Olympic swimming records for 1928 and 1932). The actress is never fully nude, as she is wearing a flesh-toned "apron" pasted over her lower front. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, it is possible to see Tarzan flying on trapezes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Beamish: I wouldn't trust meself in that jungle if it was me, sir.
Harry Holt: Well, I will.
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Alternate Versions

Although original cinema versions were intact the 2002 DVD release was cut by 12 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of lions being genuinely tripped to simulate a shooting and a spear killing. The 2005 release features the extended version and these scenes were pre-cut before submission. See more »

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Followed by Ape Man of the Jungle (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Soldier on the Shelf
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Sherman Myers (i.e. Montague Ewing)
Lyrics by Erell Reaves (i.e. Stanley Damerell and Robert Hargreaves)
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This Tarzan Film Just About Has It All, Including Skin
18 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Considered by almost all the critics to be the best of the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films, I have no argument with that, although there are a couple of others I thought just as entertaining. One thing: it's the longest of the series that I've seen at 105 minutes. I've only seen six of them but this was longer than I'm used to and with the drawn-out action finale I thought the whole thing was a bit too long.

Nonetheless, it is a good mixture of action, suspense and romance. The only things missing are color and stereo sound. The primitive special-effects don't bother me, as that was all that they had back in the 1930s.

Among some, this film is most noted for one thing: skin! "Jane" never wore anything this skimpy after this film as the Hays' Code was instituted by the time the next Tarzan film was made. Her outfit showed what a great figure Maureen O'Sullivan possessed. The nude underwater scene, however, was not her - by a longshot. The woman under the water didn't have a good figure at all, whoever it was.

There is plenty of action in here. Up to the finale, it was not overdone, either. The ending went on for 15 minutes, though, and was so intense that it was almost too much to watch.

Still, this movie offers about everything - except "Boy" (their adopted son) - you'd want to see in a Tarzan film, even O'Sullivan doing her Tarzan yell about a dozen times. With her pair of "lungs," that was no problem.


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