Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

USA, 1918
55m, 8 reels
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

An American fantasy film directed by Scott Sidney.

Plot Summary

John and Alice Clayton are marooned in Africa after their ship is wrecked by a mutinous crew. After they die, their new-born son is raised by the ape Kala and takes the name . As a young adult, Tarzan is discovered and falls in love with one of its members, Jane Porter.


Director: Scott Sidney
National Film Corporation of America
Producer: William Parsons
Script: Fred Miller, Lois Weber
Novel: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Assistant Director: Charles Watt
Director of Photography: Enrique Juan Vallejo
Wild Animal Photographer: E.A. Martin
Editor: Isidore Bernstein
Costume Designer: E.M. Jahrhaus
Art Director: F.I. Wetherbee
Set Designers: Ted Bevis, Martin J. Doner
Locations: Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA; Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; Morgan City, Louisiana, USA; San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA; Selig Zoo, California, USA;
Topanga Canyon, California, USA
Stunt Double for Elmo Lincoln: Frank Merrill

Elmo Lincoln (Tarzan)
Enid Markey (Jane Porter)
True Boardman (John Clayton, Lord Greystoke)
Kathleen Kirkham (Alice Clayton, Lady Greystoke)
George B. French (Binns)
Gordon Griffith (younger Tarzan)
Colin Kenny (Greystoke's nephew)
Thomas Jefferson (Professor Porter)
Bessie Toner (barmaid)
Jack Wilson (captain of the Fuwalda)
Louis Morrison (innkeeper)
Eugene Pallette
Fred L. Wilson

Alternative Titles

Tarzan der Affen – German title

The Romance of Tarzan (1918)

Extracts included in
Biography: Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996)