Tarzan Finds a Son!
|Tarzan Finds a Son!|
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Produced by||Sam Zimbalist|
|Written by||Cyril Hume|
|Based on||Characters created by
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
|Editing by||Gene Ruggiero
|Running time||82 minutes|
A plane flying to Cape Town carrying a young couple and their baby, crashes in the jungle. Everyone on the plane dies, except for the baby who is rescued by Cheeta, Tarzan's chimpanzee. Tarzan and Jane adopt the child and name him "Boy". Five years later, a search party comes looking for Boy, because he is the heir to a fortune worth millions. Jane tries to help the search party to get Boy back to civilization, against Tarzan's wishes, but in the end Boy stays with Tarzan and Jane in the jungle.
- Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan
- Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane Parker
- Johnny Sheffield as Boy
- Ian Hunter as Mr. Austin Lancing
- Henry Stephenson as Sir Thomas Lancing
- Frieda Inescort as Mrs. Lancing
- Henry Wilcoxon as Mr. 'Sandee' Sande
- Laraine Day as Mrs. Richard Lancing
- Morton Lowry as Mr. Richard Lancing
- Gavin Muir as Pilot
The three-year gap between this and the previous Tarzan film was because MGM had originally let the film rights elapse after Tarzan Escapes feeling there was little more mileage in the series. Independent producer Sol Lesser obtained the rights to make five Tarzan movies, but the first of these, Tarzan's Revenge, proved to be a flop. The blame was placed on audiences unwilling to accept Glenn Morris in the role made famous by Johnny Weissmuller. (Lesser had been unable to obtain Weissmuller's services as he remained under contract at MGM.) Ironically, this opened MGM's eyes to the continuing power of Weissmuller as Tarzan and they bought out Lesser's interest in the next three films, and restarted their series.
The film was originally to be called Tarzan in Exile. As it featured the jungle couple acquiring an infant, it was changed to Tarzan Finds a Son to appease morality groups, as Tarzan and Jane were not actually married in the films. This was intended to be Maureen O'Sullivan's last appearance as Jane in the series, with her character being killed off by a spear wound. Maureen O'Sullivan was sick and fed up with the whole Jane role, and Boy was brought in originally to be a Jane substitute. The preview reaction to her death scene proved too negative and it was changed at the last minute. Johnny Sheffield who played Boy, claims that Weissmuller handpicked him himself and taught him to swim as well.
Since Tarzan and Jane had no son in 1936 (the date of their previous film) and since the bulk of this plot occurs five years after Boy is found, the date for this film is either 1941 or 1944. Both of these dates conflict with incidents in subsequent films that occurred during World War II. Boy in this film was the heir to the Greystoke fortune. In the original Burroughs books Tarzan himself was Lord Greystoke.
- Tarzan Finds a Son! at the Internet Movie Database
- Tarzan Finds a Son! at allmovie
- Tarzan Finds a Son! at the TCM Movie Database