I watched Tarzan of the Apes last night. That’s the first Johnny Weissmuller movie. The first two of his Tarzan movies were the best. In this the first the best part is when they are captured to a tribe of dwarfs and fed to the giant gorilla. In the second film the best scene is when Jane (actually Maureen O’Sullivan’s body double) swam around in the altogether. I haven’t seen the film in years, but I recall the scene when the natives set loose a bunch of lions on them. That was good, too. Remember Johnny Sheffield who played Boy in later movies? I saw him in a really stupid movie last week when he was a young man. He was Bomba the Jungle Boy. He made several of those films.
The first movie Tarzan was Elmo Lincoln in a silent movie. There’s got to be 20 or 30 Tarzan movies with 10 or 12 different Tarzans. Most of them are lousy. The two best jungle movies ever made in my opinion were Trader Horn starring Harry Carey and then King Solomon’s Mine starring Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger.
I’ve read just about every one of Edgar Rice Burrough’s books as well as Trader Horn by Trader Horn (nee Alfred Aloysius Smith) and the woman who discovered him (Ethelreda Lewis), and King Solomon’s Mine by H. Rider Haggard. I just love Harry Carey’s acting. He had such a great voice. He was John Wayne’s idol. The King Solomon’s Mine movie is much different and much better than the book. If you ever saw the movie She (starring Ursula Undress) from the Rider Haggard book, there also, the two stories were completely different. The book was far better.