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.