Tarzan of the Apes

Overview

Elmo Lincoln became the first actor to play Edgar Rice Burrough's "Lord of the Jungle" on the screen when he replaced the now-forgotten Winslow Wilson in the 1918 8-reeler Tarzan of the Apes. During the first portion of the film, Tarzan -- aka Lord Greystoke -- is portrayed by juvenile actor Gordon Griffith. The earlier reels detail the deaths of Greystoke's British parents in the jungle, and how the boy was raised by female ape Kala. Years pass: a rescue party, including high-born Jane Porter Enid Markey, ...
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Overview

Elmo Lincoln became the first actor to play Edgar Rice Burrough's "Lord of the Jungle" on the screen when he replaced the now-forgotten Winslow Wilson in the 1918 8-reeler Tarzan of the Apes. During the first portion of the film, Tarzan -- aka Lord Greystoke -- is portrayed by juvenile actor Gordon Griffith. The earlier reels detail the deaths of Greystoke's British parents in the jungle, and how the boy was raised by female ape Kala. Years pass: a rescue party, including high-born Jane Porter Enid Markey, arrives in the jungle, in search of the long-lost Lord Greystoke. When Jane gets lost in the foliage, it is Tarzan who rescues her from predatory beasts. He then tries to put the make on Jane, as any good ape would, whereupon she stops him with the gentle remonstration "Tarzan is a man, and men do not force their attentions upon women." His aristocratic breeding thus invoked, Tarzan is at last tamed. By any standards, Elmo Lincoln was an awful actor; in addition, he looked about twenty years too old and fifty pounds too fat for the role of Tarzan. Nonetheless, he had great presence, and Tarzan of the Apes made him a star at least until the talkies came around. Though crudely directed, the film has a lot of energy, especially in the famous scene wherein Lincoln actually kills an attacking lion with his knife.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • UPC: 804879152699
  • Original Release: 1918
  • Source: Trakwerx Records
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 71,302

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elmo Lincoln Tarzan
Gordon Griffith Tarzan as a Child
True Boardman Sr. Lord Greystoke
Colin Kenny The Greystoke Nephew
Enid Markey Jane Porter
Bessie Toner Bar Maid
George B. French Binns
Rex Ingram
Thomas Jefferson Prof. Porter
Kathleen Kirkham Lady Greystoke
Louis Morrison Innkeeper
Eugene Pallette
Fred Wilson
Jack Wilson Captain of the Fuwalda
Technical Credits
Scott Sidney Director
Harry Fowler Cinematographer
Don Kinnier Score Composer
Fred Miller Screenwriter
Harry Vallejo Cinematographer
Lois Weber Screenwriter
William E. Wing Screenwriter
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