Skip to comments.TCM features Johnny Weissmuller on August 3 (Video)
Posted on 08/02/2012 7:29:08 PM PDT by Perdogg
Turner Classic Movies continues its 2012 Summer Under the Stars programming by dedicating Friday, August 3, to Olympic athlete and Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller. A gold medalist swimmer, Weissmuller was an obvious choice for the iconic jungle lord and played the character in a dozen films, becoming for many fans the definitive embodiment of Edgar Rice Burroughs legendary hero. The full day of Tarzan films begins at 6 a.m. Eastern with Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948).
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Box set 2 contains:
Tarzan's Desert Mystery
Tarzan and the Amazons
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
Tarzan and the Huntress
Tarzan and the Mermaids.
If you watch it on TMC you will be watching your yellevision.
Oops, make that TCM.
Despite their cheapness and ridiculous plotlines, I still have a soft spot for Weissmuller’s “Jungle Jim” films.
Weissmuller wasn’t a very good actor, but he was enjoyable as Tarzan. I also remember him in a non-jungle B-film that took place in Cajun territory; Buster Crabbe played the villain. “Swamp Fire” or “Swamp Fever” or something like that.
Just looked at the line up and all of those movies are there including a couple of Jungle Jim movies. I loved watching Tarzan when I was a kid.
There was actually one pre-code tarzan movie that had nudity in it.
Yep, “Tarzan and his Mate” (1934). The best one. Jaw-droppingly violent at times. The nude swimming scene was restored in the 80s, I believe. It was probably clipped from most screenings even back in 1934, and assuredly not included in the many re-issue screenings.
Coincidentally, “Tarzan’s New York Adventure” premiered in New York 70 years ago this week. We will post the review next Tuesday.
My favorite is Tarzan’s Secret Treasure with Barry Fitzgerald addressing the Ape man as “Mr. Tarzan”. The most unique one is Tarzan Triumphs where Tarzan, Boy, Cheetah, a baby elephant and a lion each kill a Nazi.
“Tarzan Triumphs” ping. I’ll be watching.
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