Tarzan movie actors through the years (1955)
by Hollis Alpert – Woman’s Day – August 1955
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.”
Tarzan movie actors, from the first in 1918 to 1955
- Elmo Lincoln
- Gene Polar
- P Dempsey Tabler
- James N Pierce
- Frank Merrill
- Buster Crabbe
- Herman Brix
- Glenn Morris
- Johnny Weissmuller
- Lex Barker
- Gordon Scott
Vintage movie Tarzan the Fearless, starring Buster Crabbe
Tarzan and the Slave Girl, starring Lex Barker
Tarzan and the Mermaids movie, starring Johnny Weissmuller
Tarzan the Ape Man classic movie with Johnny Johnny Weissmuller (1932)