Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

USA, 1933
93m [US TV version], 104m, 11 reel
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by Cedric Gibbons.

Plot Summary

Harry Holt returns to Africa as the leader of an expedition searching for and brings along his friend Marlin Arlington. Holt wants to find Jane and persuade her to return to London with him and runs into trouble when prevents him from plundering ivory from an elephant burial ground. Arlington shoots Tarzan and a heartbroken Jane, believing him to be dead, prepares to leave her jungle home. But Tarzan has survived and, nursed back to full health by the , prepares to rescue Jane from the native tribe that has abducted her.


Directed by: Cedric Gibbons
© MCMXXXIV [1934] in U.S.A. by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents. Controlled by Loew's Incorporated
Produced by: Bernard H. Hyman
Screen Play by: James Kevin McGuinness
Adaptation by: Howard Emmett Rogers and Leon Gordon
Based upon characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Photographed by: Charles G. Clarke and Clyde DeVinna
Film Editor: Tom Held
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Western Electric Sound System
Art Director: Arnold Gillespie
Locations: Big Tujunga Canyon, Sunland, Los Angeles, California, USA; China Flats, California, USA; Lake Sherwood, California, USA; Sherwood Forest, California, USA; Whittier, California, USA; Woodland Park, El Monte, California, USA [all uncredited]

Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan)
Maureen O'Sullivan (Jane Parker)
Neil Hamilton (Harry Holt)
Paul Cavanagh (Martin Arlington)
Forrester Harvey (Beamish)
Nathan Curry (Saidi)

Alternative Titles

Milosc Tarzana – Poland
Tarzan e la compagna – Italy
Tarzan e Sua Companheira – Brazil
Tarzan et sa compagne – Belgium (French)
Tarzan ja valkoinen nainen – Finland
Tarzan og den hvide pige – Denmark
Tarzan und sein Kamerad – Austria
Tarzán y su compañera – Spain
Tarzans Vergeltung – Austria, Germany

Extracts included in
AFI's 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains (2003)
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
Classified X (1998)
Complicated Women (2003)
The Fifties (1997)
Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)
Precious Images (1986)
The Race to Save 100 Years (1997)
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959)
Biography: Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996)



  • American Cinematographer vol.68 no.1 (January 1987) pp.38-48 – illustrated credits, article (Tarzan: Hollywood's greatest jungle hero by Rudy Behlmer)
  • The Cinema – Film Booking and Ready Reference Guide 3rd Quarter 1934 pp.21, 22 – credits, review
  • Empire no.198 (December 2005) p.202 – illustrated DVD review (At home/movies: The Tarzan Collection by David Parkinson)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.524 (4 February 2000) p.75-76 – illustrated review (Simply Da Vine by Steve Daly)
  • Films in Review vol.16 no.5 (May 1965) p.325 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.1415 (31 May 1934) – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2483 (27 January 1955) p.33 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.1 no.5 (June 1934) p.42 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.1 no.8 (September 1934) p.66 – note
  • Photoplay vol.46 no.2 (July 1934) p.56 – review
  • The Picturegoer vol.4 no.176 (6 October 1934) p.26 – review
  • Quarterly Review of Film and Video vol.24 no.4 (2007) pp.341-352 – article (A Colony of the Imagination: Vicarious Spectatorship in MGM's Early Tarzan Talkies by Brady Earnhart)
  • Today's Cinema vol.84 no.7190 (25 January 1955) p.8 – review


  • Cult Movies: The Classics, the Sleepers, the Weird and the Wonderful by Danny Peary – review
  • Cult Movies: A Hundred Ways to Find the Reel Thing by Danny Peary – review
  • Kings of the Jungle: An Illustrated Reference to Tarzan on Screen and Television by David Fury – review
  • by Walt Lee p.475 – credits
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.51
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.659
  • Tarzan of the Movies by Gabe Essoe – review