Tarzan Escapes (1936)

Tarzan Escapes (1936)

“Out here, Tarzan’s a king. How do I know what he’d be back there?”

When her cousins (Benita Hume and William Henry) arrive for a visit in the jungle, Jane (Maureen O’Sullivan) and her mate Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) are eager to host them and the professional hunter (John Buckler) they’re travelling with — but when Jane learns she must head back to the U.S. to sign inheritance paperwork, she worries what the impact will be on Tarzan.


  • Africa
  • Inheritance
  • Jungles
  • Maureen O’Sullivan Films
  • Tarzan Films

Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that this “third entry in the Johnny Weissmuller-Maureen O’Sullivan [Tarzan] series” marked “the turning point… from adult fare to family entertainment”, given that “not only was Jane expected to wear a costume several times the one she wore in Tarzan and His Mate, but several scenes considered too horrifying for children were either reshot or eliminated (including the legendary vampire-bat sequence)”. (Check out this article for more detailed information on the film’s original iteration.) While Peary concedes that “Tarzan fans will enjoy the film”, other film fanatics can feel free to skip this one.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Fine cinematography

Must See?
No; this one is only must-see for completists of the series.


One thought on “Tarzan Escapes (1936)

  1. First viewing (pretty sure). Only for Tarzan fans. Being one of the longer entries, this one has a script that’s more detailed. And Tarzan acts!; he gets sad!, he cries!

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