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The Adventures of Tarzan
(1921-1922) American
B&W : Serial / 31 reels
Directed by Robert F. Hill

Cast: Elmo Lincoln [Tarzan], Louise Lorraine [Jane Porter], Frank Whitson [Nikolas Rokoff], George Momberg [Lieutenant Gernot], Charles Inslee [Professor Porter / Hagar], Percy Pembroke [Clayton], Lillian Worth [Queen La], Maceo Bruce Sheffield [the Waziri chief], Charles Gay [Ben Ali], Byrd Wheeler [the governor], Frank Merrill [an Arab raider; and Lincoln’s stunt double], Joe Martin the chimpanzee [Ara, the chimp], Regent the leopard

Great Western Producing Company production for Weiss Brothers’ Numa Pictures Corporation; distributed on State Rights basis by Adventures of Tarzan Serial Sales Corporation. / Scenario by Robert F. Hill and Lilian Valentine, from the novel The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Titles (intertitles) by Bert Ennis. Editorial supervision, George M. Merrick. Edited by C.V. Henkel Jr. / 15 episodes (two reels each): [1] “Jungle Romance,” © 7 June 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16867], released 1 December 1921 (three reels); [2] “City of Gold,” © 7 June 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16868]; [3] “The Sun Death,” © 7 June 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16869]; [4] “Stalking Death,” © 7 June 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16870]; [5] “Flames of Hate,” © 7 June 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16871]; [6] “The Ivory Tomb,” © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16990]; [7] “The Jungle Trap,” © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16991]; [8] “The Tornado,” © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16992]; [9] “Fangs of the Lion,” © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16993]; [10] “The Simoon,” © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16994]; [11] “The Hidden Foe,” © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16995]; [12] “Dynamite Trail,” © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16996]; [13] “The Jungle’s Prey,” © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16997]; [14] [?] “The Flaming Arrow” or “Flaming Arrows”? © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16998]; [15] “The Last Adventure,” © 25 August 1921 by Great Western Producing Company [LP16999] / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Lincoln’s last Tarzan role. The serial was edited to 10 episodes and rereleased with synchronized music and sound effects in 1928 by Weiss Brothers-Artclass Pictures Corporation. The serial was also edited for release in the USA as a feature film.

Drama: Adventure.

Survival status: The original serial version is presumed lost : Prints exist in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive (of the feature film and the Artclass 1928 rerelease versions only) [16mm reduction positive, 35mm preservation negative, 35mm preservation positive]; in the Library of Congress film archive; in the George Eastman Museum film archive; in the Academy Film Archive film archive; and in the film holdings of Kit Parker Films.

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Animals: Monkeys - Characters: Tarzan - Serials

Listing updated: 26 January 2015.

References: Edmonds-BigU p. 130; Lahue-Continued pp. 97, 217, 283; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 147; Lee-Not pp. 117, 120-121; Limbacher-Feature pp. 3, 287; LoC-MoPic-2 pp. 6-7; Stedman-Serials p. 56 : Website-NFPF : with additional information provided by Kit Parker and Robert Youhouse.

Home video: DVD.

 
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