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Johned

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Tarzan
« on: 19:24:48, 13/02/11 »
Always was a great fan of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs and as a kid never missed the films.   ???
Who played all the parts, the obvious one has to be Johnny Weissmuller and before him I think it was the silent star Elmo Lincoln - who else?  I read that up to his death poor old Johnny spent his declining years in an asylum, what an end for a one time Olympic swimming champion!

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #1 on: 21:40:14, 13/02/11 »
there was only one real Tarzan I think Buster Crab came before johnny may even silent

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #2 on: 09:40:21, 22/02/11 »
I didn't see much of Wiesmuller but in the fifties Lex barker  was the one that i remember after that there was Gordon Scott (i think) there have been a few others but they had alot to live up to , I found Jane much moire interesting than Cheetah but never knew who played any of the Jane's as there must have been a few. did buster crabbe play the original flash gordon? not too sure aboutr that.

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #3 on: 18:37:47, 22/02/11 »
I cheated and did some research on Wikipedia!  Elmo Lincoln silent 1918; Gene Pollar 1920 silent; "Tarzan the Tiger" 1929 sound partially dubbed with Gordon Griffith as the boy Tarzan and Frank Merrill the adult Tarzan also in the 20's silents, James Pierce who married author Edgar Rice Burrough's daughter and P.Dempsey Tabler.  In the 30's Buster Crabbe, Herman Borix and Glenn Morris.  Johnny Weissmuller the longest serving of course (who I thought to be German but was in fact, Hungarian) then Lex Barker, Gordon Scott, Denny Miller, Jock Mahoney (who I have also seen billed as Jack) and finally Ron Ely.  Various TV spinoffs with characters not worthy of mention!  Recall Lex Barker in a war movie but Johnny really only stands out in my memory though have seen Jock (Jack) Mahoney in other films and TV thrillers; evidently was a former stunt man.  We shall ne'er see their like again?
 

Johned

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #4 on: 18:39:50, 22/02/11 »
The ladies in the 30s and 40s were Maureen O'Sullivan and later Brenda Bruce - Wikipedia again (cheating).

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #5 on: 19:13:19, 22/02/11 »
Johned, you could have cheated me further by sayng that you had remembered all that ,seems that your ok after all ********

Johned

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #6 on: 23:11:46, 22/02/11 »
Thankyou for the compliment Jazaroo; I try - lol!  Something I never thought of before but prompted by Wikipedia just what was Jane's relationship to Tarzan?  We were never told; she was not his wife and it certainly would have been improper in a film to impute any kind of illicit relationship in those days.  In my tender years at the time it never entered my head what she was doing living in the treetops with him so what, in fact, was she?  So as not to abuse my purity of mind all those years ago, I console myself that she slept on a separate branch of the tree!  However, to be realistic; he only wore a loincloth and she, a rather scanty and barely modest attire, it makes you think?  When they were confined to the upper reaches during the long Monsoon season, did they maintain their chastity or give way to temptation?  Or did they perhaps, play chess?  Food for thought! 


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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #7 on: 00:38:59, 23/02/11 »
johned, yeh your probably right,Jane was just the housemaid and there could not possibly be anything illicit going on between them, however its Tarzans relationship with the naked cheetah that bothers me especially when you hear that bloocurdling yell that used to echo through the jungle, poor cheetah, the mind boggles,

Johned

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #8 on: 13:51:37, 23/02/11 »
In bed this morning my wife and I started argueing about the past and in particular Buster Crabbe, one out of many actors who played Tarzan but starring in his more noteable role as Flash Gordon.  For the life of me, I could'nt recall the name of Buster's heroic role but remembered, as did the wife, seeing him in "The Tin Men" serial in the tuppeny rush somewhere about 1940.  While I was in the shower, it suddenly came to me Flash Gordon - Eureka!  I can see him now in his Spaceman's outfit of windcheater, jodpurs, riding boots topped off with a flying helmet, none of your sissy fish globe headgear and spacesuits for him, he was the real deal.  All a part of the real quality of life!
 

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #9 on: 15:08:37, 23/02/11 »
Johned, I did pose the question in an earlier posting about buster crabbe being flash gordon, seems that you have inadvertently answered my question, the mind boggles how you were reminded of FLASH gordon whilst in the shower, was you wearing a raincoat at the time, whatever turns you on eh !  there was a porn video that i was told about years ago called flesh gordon but of course i didn't watch it,disgusting and all of that. I was wondering if the buster crabbe the frogman from WW2 was any relation to our flash gordon, and i think that i seem to remember that his girl in the films was Mary Arden,not sure whether that was her real name or the part that she played in flash gordon and no don't bring william shakespeare into this as it wasn't her.
 

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #10 on: 18:00:58, 23/02/11 »
For some reason Jazaroo, I used to mix up Buster Crabbe with Bruce Cabot, the dastardly renegade Indian in the original "Last of the Mohicans".  I don't know why, they did not resemble each other in the least!  I also have to think twice about Commander Crabbe our late intrepid frogman who died a mysterious death and Buster who wikipedia states died
from a heart attack brought on by tripping over a wastepaper basket! 

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #11 on: 20:41:50, 23/02/11 »
johned
I remember the last of the mohicans, i remember the scottish red indian called Och ey the noo, then was the red indian spot welder, he was known as arceye, not to mention the scouse red indian who was called angonamo, theres more but I'll spare you the rest.
interesting about buster crabbe dying in such unusual circumstaances i did not know about that ,i watched the film with laurence harvey a couple of weeks ago and i never saw that part of it. strange that he should carry the same name as flash gordon, coincidence? your the expert ,what do you think?

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #12 on: 19:20:42, 24/02/11 »
 ??? Never saw the film with Laurence Harvey about Commander Crabbe, the frogman, somehow missed that one but did he not die in mysterious circumstances whilst allegedly diving to inspect the technicalities of the Russian cruiser Sverdlovsk in Southampton water? The ship brought Kruschev and Bulganin I think it was, on a state visit about 1957 or so and the RN took the opportunity to suss the ship out with an unfortunate result for Commander Crabbe; how he was killed I don't know.  Buster Crabbe the space hero aka Flash Gordon died, as I have now read, from tripping over a WPB occasioning a heart attack!   :-\ 

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #13 on: 19:22:25, 24/02/11 »
 ;D  Incidentally Jazaroo, I appreciated your Scottish anecdotes, perhaps don't get out much but I had not heard them before now!

jazzaroo

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Re: Tarzan
« Reply #14 on: 20:31:53, 24/02/11 »
I can't take the credit for the anecdotes i heard them on a mick miller video years ago,very funny man and still is, most of his stuff is original, like the scottish cloakroom attendant called,  angus macoatup, if he was indian he would be called mahatmacoat and so it goes on,you obviously you share my offbeat sense of humour so why not watch a clip of him on you tube,his drunken kiddies radio presenter is not to be missed.
i do recall the mysterious death of comander crabbe in the fifties with the ruskies, i don't think the truth ever came out about that.

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