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Tarzan of the Apes ()

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featuring Elmo Lincoln, Gordon Griffith, True Boardman, Sr., Colin Kenny, Enid Markey

Elmo Lincoln became the first actor to play Edgar Rice Burrough's "Lord of the Jungle" on the screen when he replaced the now-forgotten Winslow Wilson in the 1918 8-reeler Tarzan of the Apes. During the first portion of the film, Tarzan -- aka Lord Greystoke -- is portrayed by juvenile actor Gordon Griffith. The earlier reels detail the deaths of Greystoke's British parents in the jungle, and how the boy was raised by female ape Kala. Years pass: a rescue party, including high-born Jane Porter (Enid Markey), arrives in the jungle, in search of the long-lost Lord Greystoke. When Jane gets lost in the foliage, it is Tarzan who rescues her from predatory beasts. He then tries to put the make on Jane, as any good ape would, whereupon she stops him with the gentle remonstration "Tarzan is a man, and men do not force their attentions upon women." His aristocratic breeding thus invoked, Tarzan is at last tamed. By any standards, Elmo Lincoln was an awful actor; in addition, he looked about twenty years too old and fifty pounds too fat for the role of Tarzan. Nonetheless, he had great presence, and Tarzan of the Apes made him a star (at least until the talkies came around). Though crudely directed, the film has a lot of energy, especially in the famous scene wherein Lincoln actually kills an attacking lion with his knife. Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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ADAM ANTMAN

FIRST TARZAN MOVIE

by ADAM ANTMAN on Aug 23, 2013

This is the very first TARZAN movie. TARZAN OF THE APES dates from 1918 and stars ELMO LINCOLN and ENID MARKEY as Jane. It runs 61 minutes. The plot is bare bones but Lincoln made an excellent Tarzan and there were lots of wild animals which was just about the best part of the movie.

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