Tarzan Turns 100! Edgar Rice Burroughs published "Tarzan of the Apes" in 1912, 100 years ago. The adventures of the ape man, love interest Jane and loyal chimp pal Cheetah have played out in various book, stage, screen, television, comic strip and animated forms continuously ever since. To commemorate the occasion, AFI Silver presents the original screen Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, in two of his best, pre-Code adventures.
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all films in the Tarzan Centennial.
TARZAN, THE APE MAN
Former Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller was the screen's most iconic Tarzan, with his impressive physique and charming naivete–"the only man in Hollywood who's natural in the flesh and can act without clothes," as MGM billed him. In search of the legendary Elephant's Graveyard, and its treasure of ivory, adventurers James Parker (C. Aubrey Smith) and Harry Holt (Neil Hamilton), push deep into the jungle to a place supposedly guarded by a formidable white ape. The truth turns out to be even more incredible–a man raised by apes, with the strength and instincts of an animal, as Parker's daughter Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) discovers.
DIR W.S. Van Dyke; SCR Cyril Hume, Ivor Novello, based on the characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. US, 1932, b&w, 100 min. NOT RATED
TARZAN AND HIS MATE
Wed, Nov 21, 5:00; Fri, Nov 23, 11:05 a.m.; Mon, Nov 26, 9:30
The first of eleven sequels in Weissmuller's wildly successful run as the Lord of the Jungle, this film stands out as both a franchise favorite and a pre-Code cult classic, justly celebrated for its elegantly photographed skinny-dipping scene. Tarzan and Jane—now a happy couple—have their jungle idyll intruded upon by greedy white hunters, whom Tarzan must save from a succession of angry tribesmen, hungry lions, stampeding elephants and fearsome crocodiles. The lone directorial credit of MGM's great art director, Cedric Gibbons.
DIR Cedric Gibbons; SCR James Kevin McGuinness, Howard Emmett Rogers, Leon Gordon, based on the characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs; PROD Bernard H. Hyman. US, 1934, b&w, 104 min. NOT RATED
Wed, Nov 21, 9:00; Sat, Nov 24, 11:05 a.m.; Wed, Nov 28, 9:15