Tarzan the Ape Man
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The original and definitive Tarzan sound movie -- following several silent films on the same subject -- stuck fairly closely to the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller was cast by MGM as the European boy who was raised by gorillas in the jungle after he and his parents were shipwrecked and his parents died. Three ivory hunters lead an expedition into the jungle hoping to find the Elephant's Graveyard. They are James Parker (C. Aubrey Smith), his daughter Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan), and her boyfriend Harry Holt (Neil Hamilton). They lose one of… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Very vine, er...fine Weismuller, his first, with sexy O'Sullivan Jane."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Click to read the article."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) is the first feature-length talking (sound) version of the Tarzan series [Tarzan films stretch into the silent film era back to 1918]."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"First and rawest of the Weismuller Tarzans"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"The first Weismuller Tarzan and still one of the best."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The first feature-length talking version of the Tarzan series, and the best in the series."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"'Tarzan the Ape Man is one helluva action film ... contrasting civilization with the wild and criticizing human greed without being overly preachy'"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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