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Sunday Cinema: Watch the First-Ever Adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ TARZAN OF THE APES

Wanna see the the first-ever adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel Tarzan of the Apes? I thought so.

Here’s the YouTube description:

A 1918 American action/adventure silent film directed by Scott Sidney starring Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, George B. French and Gordon Griffith. The movie was the first Tarzan movie ever made, and is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original novel Tarzan of the Apes. The movie adapts only the first part of the novel, the remainder becoming the basis for the sequel, The Romance of Tarzan. The film is considered the most faithful to the novel of all the film adaptations. Its most notable plot change being the introduction of the character Binns and his role in bringing the Porters to Africa; the novel brought them there through the improbable coincidence of a second mutiny.

Tarzan of the Apes was filmed in Morgan City, Louisiana utilizing Louisiana swamps as stand ins for African jungles.


[h/t The John Carter Files]

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