SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Tarzan -

The screen’s de­fin­i­tive Tarzan

tarzan has been por­trayed on-screen by dozens of ac­tors. How­ever, the most fa­mous re­mains johnny Weiss­muller (be­low), a Hun­gar­ian-born amer­i­can swim­mer who cap­i­talised on win­ning five olympic gold medals by tak­ing on the role of bur­roughs’ lord of the jun­gle. From 1932-1948, Weiss­muller played tarzan 12 times. His best? 1934’s Tarzan And His Mate for ac­tion or 1942’s Tarzan’s New

York Ad­ven­ture for a more comedic take on the char­ac­ter. best avoided? even at a svelte 68 min­utes, Weiss­muller’s last tarzan out­ing, Tarzan And The Mer­maids, is rub­bish. 1943’s Tarzan’s Desert Mys­tery is worth watch­ing purely for the scene in which he en­coun­ters a gi­ant spi­der.

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