Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

35mm film, black and white (colourized version also available), 1.37:1
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by W.S. Van Dyke. It was the first film to star Johnny Weissmuller in the title role and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane and also the first to feature the famous “Tarzan yell”.

Plot Summary

While on an African expedition in search of elephant burial grounds, James Parker and Harry Holt are unexpectedly joined by Parker's beautiful daughter Jane, much to Harry's delight. Jane is abducted by Tarzan and his and she develops an attachment to the jungle lord – and she'll need his help when the expedition is captured by a tribe of pygmies.


* = uncredited

Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
© MCMXXXII by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents. Controlled by Loew's Incorporated
Producer: Bernard H. Hyman *
Adaptation by: Cyril Hume
Dialogue by: Ivor Novello
Based upon the characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Photographed by: Harold Rosson and Clyde De Vinna
Film Editors: Ben Lewis and Tom Held
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Western Electric Sound System
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
Locations: Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA; North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Stunts: Al Cadutta, Tony Cadutta, Ray Corrigan (all uncredited)

Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan)
Neil Hamilton (Harry Holt)
C. Aubrey Smith (James Parker)
Maureen O'Sullivan (Jane Parker)
Doris Lloyd (Mrs Cutten)
Forrester Harvey (Beamish)
Ivory Williams (Riano)

Alternative Titles

Tarzan – Denmark
Tarzan – aarniometsän valtias – Finland
Tarzán de los monos – Spain
Tarzan el hombre mano – Mexico
Tarzan, der Affenmensch – Austria, Germany
Tarzan, der Herr des Urwaldes – Austria
Tarzan, der Herr des Urwalds – Germany
Tarzan, der Herrscher des Urwalds – Germany
Tarzan, der Mann aus dem Urwald – Germany
Tarzan, l'homme singe – France
Tarzan, l'uomo scimmia – Italy
Tarzan, o Homem Macaco – Portugal
Tarzan, viidakon valtias – Finland

Extracts included in
100 Years at the Movies (1994)
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981)
AFI's 100 Years… 100 Heroes & Villains (2003)
Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972)
It's Showtime (1976)
Sixten (1994)
Biography: Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996)



  • Diário de Notícias 10 April 2000 p.55 – review
  • Films of the Golden Age no.21 (Summer 2000) pp.18-24 – illustrated interview with Maureen O'Sullivan (Maureen O'Sullivan – Our Favorite Jane by Tom Weaver and Ray Nielsen)


  • Kings of the Jungle: An Illustrated Reference to Tarzan on Screen and Television by David Fury – review
  • by Walt Lee p.477 – credits
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow pp.659-660