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The first (and original) King Kong
The Independent Online Edition ~ London, UK by John Walsh by December 10, 2005
A reckless adventurer, a war-time photographer and a Hollywood actress who didn't realise what she was getting into - John Walsh reports on the making of a film that was an adventure all by itself . . .
. . . Tarzan, the muscular jungle hunk created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was the star of several movies in the 1920s, most especially Tarzan the Ape Man, scripted (amazingly) by Ivor Novello. Also popular was Bring 'Em Back Alive, a book by Frank Buck about capturing animals for incarceration in zoos. Published in 1930, it was filmed in 1932. The period was heaving, in other words, with jungles, primal imaginings and freakish creatures in shaky confinement. . . . more. . .
Just in from Disney NY:
Disney Theatrical Productions is proud to announce
Full Casting and Biographies for
TARZAN®, The Broadway Musical
The entire news release is featured at ERBzine.com/News
Breaking News from Variety:
Paramount Pictures has struck a deal to acquire DreamWorks SKG in a pact worth $1.5-$1.6 billion beating out rival suitor NBC Universal.
Gorillas in our midst
These movies are more fun than a barrel of you-know-what
Asbury Park Press ~ Eleanor O'Sullivan ~ December 9, 2005
. . . TARZAN - Beginning with its 1918 debut, starring Elmo Lincoln as the ape man from the Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel, this series has always had an ape (Kala) or a chimp (Cheetah) close at hand as the hero's best friend, mentor or helper. Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Crabbe and Gordon Scott are other memorable Tarzans. . . . more. . .
'American Idol' loser to play Tarzan on Broadway
Reuters ~ December 9, 2005
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former "American Idol" contestant who didn't make the finals of the television talent show will play Tarzan in a new musical of the classic jungle story on Broadway next year. The producers of "Tarzan" said on Thursday Josh Strickland, who was a contestant on the second season of the hit show on the Fox television network, would play the lead in the musical which is due to open in May with music by Phil Collins. . . .
We love . . . Tarzan
ICWales ~ by Brian Lee ~ December 7, 2005
American author Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) will always be associated with his novel Tarzan of the Apes, which was a best seller when it was published in 1914. The muscular and wild man of the jungle soon found himself depicted in the movies and in 1918 Elmo Lincoln had the honour of playing the first Tarzan in Tarzan of the Apes which was made on location in Louisiana. However, moviegoers had to wait until 1932 before the definitive Tarzan came along in the shape of Johnny Weismuller (1904-1984).
Romanian-born Weismuller, a former Olympic Games swimmer who had won five gold medals at the 1924 and 1928 games had, contrary to popular opinion, been in several films before Tarzan the Ape-man in which he starred with Maureen O'Sullivan - later to become Tarzan's mate Jane.
The role of Tarzan was tailor- made for the powerfully-built and athletic Weismuller and he went on to make a further 11 Tarzan films. As a young lad growing up in the late 1940s, I almost certainly saw them all and three of my particular favourites were Tarzan's Desert Mystery, Tarzan's New York Adventure and Tarzan and the Leopard Woman. After the 1948 movie Tarzan and the Mermaids, the ageing Weismuller was replaced by Lex Barker, who was in five or six Tarzan films. Five times married Barker - Weismuller was married six times - made five Tarzan films and would have made more had they given him more lines to say. Other actors who have played Tarzan include Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, Mike Henry, Glen Morris and Buster Crabbe. The last named like Weismuller was also an Olympic swimming champion, winning a gold medal in the 1932 games. Crabbe though became more famous for his Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers roles. Of all the Tarzan films to be made, and there have been many of them, perhaps it is the 1984 British movie Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, with Christopher Lambert in the title role, that has come as close as any of them to being faithful to Edgar Rice Burroughs's legendary story
Did you know
a.. That Johnny Weismuller died a month after Jim Pierce who was the last surviving silent actor to play Tarzan.
b.. Johnny Weismuller once said, "How can a guy climb trees, say 'Me Tarzan, you Jane' and make a million?"
c.. Mia Farrow is the daughter of Maureen O'Sullivan who was Tarzan's Jane in five movies.
d.. Tarzan's chimpanzee Cheeta, born in 1931, disliked Maureen O'Sullivan, but got on well with Johnny Weismuller. The ape retired from making films after appearing in the 1967 musical Dr Doolittle.
e.. Cheeta enjoyed drinking beer and smoking cigars.
f.. Ron Ely was chosen from 300 applicants after Mike Henry pulled out of the Tarzan television series.
g.. John Derek directed his wife Bo Derek, who played Jane to Miles O'Keefe's Tarzan, in the 1981 Tarzan the Ape-Man.
h.. When Johnny Weismuller's Tarzan's days were over, he went on to play Jungle Jim in a number of movies.
i.. Cheeta the Chimp is still alive today well into his 70s
TOKYO (AFP) - To the untrained ear monkeys of a certain species may all sound the same, but Japanese researchers have found that, like human beings, they actually have an accent depending on where they live. The finding, the first of its kind, appeared in the December edition of a German scientific journal Ethology.
"Differences between chattering by monkeys are like dialects of human beings," said Nobuo Masataka, professor of ethology at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute. The research team analyzed voice tones of two groups of the same species of primates, the Japanese Yakushima macaque also known as Macaca fuscata yakui, between 1990 and 2000.
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