Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959 film)
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|Tarzan, the Ape Man|
|Directed by||Joseph M. Newman|
|Written by||Edgar Rice Burroughs (character)
Robert Hill (screenplay)
|Music by||Shorty Rogers|
|Cinematography||Paul C. Vogel|
|Edited by||Gene Ruggiero|
Tarzan, the Ape Man is a 1959 action adventure film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Denny Miller as Tarzan, Joanna Barnes as Jane, Cesare Danova, and Robert Douglas. The movie is loosely based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel Tarzan of the Apes, and is a remake of the classic 1932 film of the same name. The movie was directed by Joseph M. Newman, and the score was composed by jazz musician Shorty Rogers. MGM would release another remake of the film in 1981.
A fair amount of footage was taken directly from the 1932 version rather than being reshot, including scenes of Tarzan swinging on vines and the elephants' destruction of a pygmy village. A scene of Tarzan fighting a crocodile was reused from Tarzan and His Mate, the sequel to the 1932 film. Other footage was reused from King Solomon's Mines. Tarzan's distinctive call was also taken from the original version. The "African"" elephants in some scenes are clearly Indian ones with some sort of canvas "ears" added, and with the characteristic double humps on the forehead all too obvious. The "jungle" vegetation, from three different continents, and the clumsy back-projection in the "underwater" scenes make it a treat for lovers of the ludicrous.
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The plot of the film reprises that of the 1932 version, with James Parker (Douglas) Harry Holt (Danova) and Parker's daughter Jane (Barnes) on an expedition in Africa in which they encounter Tarzan, a wild man raised by apes. Various adventures ensue.
- Denny Miller as Tarzan
- Cesare Danova as Harry Holt
- Joanna Barnes as Jane Parker
- Robert Douglas as Colonel James Parker
- Thomas Yangha as Riano (uncredited)
According to MGM records the film earned $660,000 in the US and Canada and $1,050,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $92,000.
Musical score and soundtrack
|Shorty Rogers Meets Tarzan|
|Soundtrack album by Shorty Rogers|
|Shorty Rogers chronology|
The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow says "Although there are many short solos, the emphasis is on the dense and frequently exciting ensembles. The music, which is heard here in full-length form (unlike in the movie, where it is often buried behind the action), sounds quite self-sufficient apart from the action".
All compositions by Shorty Rogers
- "The Elephant Walk" - 3:25
- "Les Barbaros" - 1:40
- "Paradise Found" - 3:05
- "Trapped" - 1:55
- "Los Pronitivos" - 2:14
- "Oomgawa" - 3:15
- "Tarzanic Suite" - 17:34
- Shorty Rogers - flugelhorn, arranger, conductor
- Buddy Childers, Don Fagerquist, Ollie Mitchell, Al Porcino - trumpet
- Harry Betts, Frank Rosolino - trombone
- Bob Enevoldsen - valve trombone
- Marshall Cram - bass trombone
- Bud Shank - flute, alto saxophone
- Bill Perkins - flute, tenor saxophone
- Bob Cooper - oboe, tenor saxophone
- Bill Holman - tenor saxophone
- Bill Hood - tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
- Chuck Gentry - baritone saxophone
- Pete Jolly - piano
- Buddy Clark, Joe Mondragon - bass
- Frank Capp - drums
- Frank Guerrero - timbales
- Modesto Durán, Rafael Rosario - congas
- Chacho González - bongos
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- MGM Album Discography Part 5: E-3601 to E-3800 (1957-1960) accessed October 3, 2016
- Yanow, Scott. Shorty Rogers Meets Tarzan – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 3, 2016.