Tarzan (film)



Tarzan of the Apes 1918 film title
Tarzan of the Apes
(1918) film title frame
Title: "Tarzan of the Apes"

Category: Movies

Subcategory: Action/Adventure

Director: Scott Sidney

Writers:
--- Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel)
--- Fred Miller
--- Lois Weber

Based on: "Tarzan of the Apes"
by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)

Scott Sidney
Scott Sidney
Warren C., Apr. 27, 1874
- London, July 20, 1928,
director of the 1918 film
Tarzan of the Apes
Starring:
--- Elmo Lincoln (Tarzan)
--- Enid Markey (Jane Porter)
--- True Boardman (John Clayton)
--- Kathleen Kirkham (Alice Clayton)
--- George B. French (Binns, a sailor)
--- Gordon Griffith (Tarzan, younger)
--- Colin Kenny (William Cecil Clayton)
--- Thomas Jefferson (Professor Porter)
--- Bessie Toner (Bar Maid)
--- Jack Wilson (Captain of the Fuwalda)
--- Louis Morrison (Innkeeper)
--- Eugene Pallette
--- Fred L. Wilson

Cinematography: Enrique Juan Vallejo

Producer: William Parsons

Production company: National Film Corporation of America

Distributor: First National Exhibitors' Circuit

Released: January 27, 1918 - Broadway, New York, USA

Running time: 73 min.

Color: Black and White

Language: Silent

Summary plot: John and Alice Clayton take ship for Africa. Mutineers maroon them. After his parents die the newborn Tarzan is taken by a great Ape, Kala. Later the boy finds his father's knife and uses it to become King of Apes. Binns, the sailor who saved the Claytons and who has been held by Arab slavers for ten years, finds the young Tarzan and then heads for England to notify his kin. A scientist arrives to check out Binns' story. Tarzan, now a man, kills the native who killed Kala; when their chief is killed the black villagers appease Tarzan with gifts and prayers. The scientist's daughter Jane is carried off by a native, rescued by Tarzan, aggressively loved by him, and at last accepts him with open arms.

Interesting facts: Tarzan of the Apes, the first Tarzan movie ever made released in 1918 in the US, is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' homonymic novel. The movie adapts only the first part of the novel, the remainder becoming the basis for the sequel, The Romance of Tarzan. Tarzan of the Apes was filmed in 1917 in Morgan City, Louisiana, utilizing Louisiana swamps as a stand-in for the African jungle. National Film Corporation hired eight acrobats to play apes for which costumes made from goat skins and elaborate masks were constructed.

Slogan: «The most stupendous, amazing, startling, film production in the world's history»

Property: © National Film Corporation of America


Tarzan of the Apes newspaper advertising January 26, 1918
Tarzan of the Apes newspaper advertising (The evening world, January 26, 1918)

Tarzan of the Apes newspaper advertising January 27, 1918
Tarzan of the Apes newspaper advertising (The New York Times, January 27, 1918)

Tarzan of the Apes theatrical poster 1918
Tarzan of the Apes theatrical poster (1918)

Tarzan of the Apes poster 1918 - 1
Tarzan of the Apes poster 1918 - 2
Tarzan of the Apes original posters (1918)

Tarzan of the Apes advertising 1918
Tarzan of the Apes advertising (Moving Picture World, January-March 1918)

Tarzan of the Apes advertising card 1918 - 1
Tarzan of the Apes advertising card 1918 - 2
Tarzan of the Apes advertising cards (1918)

Tarzan of the Apes, Elmo Lincoln and Enid Markey
Tarzan of the Apes, Enid Markey as Jane Porter and Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan (1918)

Tarzan of the Apes, complete film (2004 Platinum Disc version of the 1918 original, 60 min.)