Tarzan of the Apes (Silent)

The historic first movie version of Burroughs' famous adventure novel. Includes bonus Tarzan documentary.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 28, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1918
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Note: Bold Journey - 1958
  • Audio:
    • English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Cinematography by &
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Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 90
Rating: B- -- remains far truer to the text than most subsequent film versions Full Review
Old School Reviews
Dec 4, 2009
Rating: B -- The first Tarzan put to film though creaky, is an amazing curio. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Mar 20, 2007
Rating: 3/5 -- Creaky, sure, but this is historical Tarzaniana with Elmo Lincoln as the screen's first (silent) vine swinger.
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Sep 30, 2006

Description by OLDIES.com:

Elmo Lincoln rocketed to stardom as the world's first screen Lord of The Jungle in 1918's Tarzan Of The Apes. Audiences thrilled to the epic scope of this production and were awed and amazed by never-before-seen action sequences.

The infant Tarzan is orphaned as the savage African jungle claims the lives of his parents, Lord and Lady Greystoke. Adopted by the great ape Kala, young Tarzan grows up strong and self reliant. He discovers his fathers's hunting knife which allows him to dominate even the fiercest beasts. When a tribal chief kills Kala, Tarzan visits swift vengeance upon him. The terrified natives worship the ape-man powerful enough to slay their leader. But Tarzan is defenseless when he encounters an unimagined new creature, a beautiful Englishwoman, Lady Jane Porter.

Edgar Rice Burrough's masterpiece, Tarzan Of The Apes first appeared in the pulp "All-Star Magazine" in 1912 and was published as a book in 1914. Christened Tarzan (white-skin) by his ape mother Kala, the character was enormously popular and Burroughs wrote 24 sequels up into the 1940s. Enid Markey who costars as Jane reprised the role the same year in the The Romance Of Tarzan. Markey continued to work in TV and films up until her final film appearance in The Boston Strangler (1968).

BONUS - Bold Journey (1958): Hollywood cinematographer Miki Carter takes you behind-the-scenes on location in Africa as he shoots a Tarzan movie (starring Gordon Scott) in two episodes of this classic travelogue series. Amazing footage shows how spectacular action, animal and location shots are achieved.

Product Description:

The first screen version of Tarzan, this silent feature was made only four years after Edgar Rice Burroughs published the original Tarzan story. Details the legendary tale of a civilized British child left on his own in the jungle who is ultimately raised by and assimilated into a family of apes.


Production Notes:

  • A silent film.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 11,251
  • UPC: 089218586797
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