Tarzans, from the first in 1918 to the present
- Elmo Lincoln
- Gene Polar
- P Dempsey Tabler
- James N Pierce
- Frank Merrill
- Buster Crabbe
- Herman Brix
- Glenn Morris
- Johnny Weissmuller
- Lex Barker
- Gordon Scott
by Hollis Alpert
Bread and butter pictures: That’s what they call the ones, like the Tarzan, Francis, and Kettle series, that pack the house year after year — and sell out the popcorn, too
In my household, there are twin boys, age eleven, who got pretty excited when I told them a new Tarzan movie was coming along. I promised to take them to see it. “Not only that,” I said, toying with a nugget of information I possessed, “there’s a brand-new Tarzan.” I was a little surprised by their reaction, expecting, as I was, something along the lines of “The King is dead. Long live the King.”
“It’s about time,” one of the boys said immediately.
“What do you mean, it’s about time?” I asked.
It was carefully explained to me that Lex Barker, who had played the apeman in the last five Tarzan pictures, had been getting pretty talky. “Tarzan isn’t supposed to say much,” I was told. “And he shouldn’t sound like he went to college.”
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