Genre Guesstimation – Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Joel Watches Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies of the Outdoors (any movie set primarily outside and where nature figures significantly into their plot or themes.)

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jul by sending them to outdoorjoel@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Joel!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies of the Outdoors ……

“[recites all of the words that he has learned] Tarzan. Jane. Hurt me. Boy. Love it. Jane.” – Tarzan

“Darling, that’s quite a sentence.” – Jane Parker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An explorer takes his daughter to darkest Africa seeking a famed Elephant graveyard, but discovered something even more extraordinary along the way.

My Take on it – This is a film that has become so iconic over the decades due to a few very short scenes between these characters.

As a kid, I recall seeing parts of it on a few Sunday afternoon showings, but never actually sat down to watch the entire movie straight through.

This month’s genre gave me the perfect excuse to finally see what this was all about.

For a film from 1932, they do a wonderful job creating these characters within the jungle situation while also keeping the pacing at a steady level.

The characters of Jane and Tarzan are shown to have great chemistry from the start which helps make things seem even more believable.

The “call of Tarzan” has become quite iconic over the decades and it was great finally hearing it within context.

The film has some great cinematography especially in the scenes that feature the animals like the alligators and hippopotami and in the scenes with the Pygmies.

The one aspect that I didn’t like at all were the scenes with men in fake animal costumes because they were so unconvincing.

This was the first movie in the series of films about the man raised by apes and I hope to find some more of the stories in the series to see what they are all about.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Tarzan’s distinctive call was either created by sound recordist Douglas Shearer from various sounds, or it was indeed Johnny Weissmuller doing the yell himself. Co-star Maureen O’Sullivan insisted throughout her life that it was Weissmuller doing the yell without any technical assistance. Johnny Weissmuller explained on the Mike Douglas show that he was the one that did the yell, which he did on the show. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite, despite it coming quite close.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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