Sunday, May 7, 2017

Episode 6: 1910s and '20s Recap

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Noel and Michael review the stories that influenced and were influenced by Tarzan up through 1929. Starting with Gilgamesh and ending with Tarzan the Tiger, we talk about Tarzan books, comics, and theater as well as connections to H Rider Haggard, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Mickey Mouse.

Opening music from "Wild Cat" by Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti

Closing music from "Diga Diga Doo" by Duke Ellington

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Episode 5: Tarzan the Tiger (1929)

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Michael and Noel wrap up the 1920s with guest David May and another 15-chapter serial. This time it's director Henry McRae's Tarzan the Tiger, starring Frank Merrill as Tarzan, Natalie Kingston as Jane, and Kithnou as Queen La of Opar. There's treasure, amnesia, and (thanks to this being a transitional film into the sound era) our first listen at a Tarzan yell.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Episode 4: Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927)

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Noel and Michael are joined this month by Evie (I Hate/Love Remakes) to discuss JP McGowan's Tarzan and the Golden Lion featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs' hand-picked Tarzan actor, Tarzan's sister(!), and Boris Karloff in blackface.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Episode 3: The Adventures of Tarzan (1921)

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Michael and Noel are joined once again by David May to discuss Elmo Lincoln's return to the role of Tarzan in the 1921 serial The Adventures of Tarzan. Parts of it are lost, but The Serial Squadron has edited the remaining footage together, so we talk about how that worked, whether our opinions of Lincoln have changed since Tarzan of the Apes, and the introduction of some important elements of Tarzan lore.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Episode 2: The Son of Tarzan (1920)

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Noel and Michael are joined again by David May to discuss the silent, 15-chapter serial, The Son of Tarzan, starring P. Dempsey Tabler as Tarzan, Karla Schramm as Jane, Gordon Griffith and Mae Giraci as young Korak and Meriem, and Kamuela C. Searle and Nita Martan as adult Korak and Meriem.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Episode 1: Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

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Noel and Michael are joined again by Michael's son David to discuss Scott Sidney's silent Tarzan of the Apes, starring Gordon Griffith and Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan and Enid Markey as Jane.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Episode 0: In Which We Enter the Jungle

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Our first episode! Noel and Michael are joined by special guest David May to build our jungle cabin and move in. We discuss our history with Tarzan (in film and otherwise), jungle adventures in general, and what makes the genre challenging for modern audiences. We also talk about the format of the show, what we'll be focusing on, and what side trails we're willing to follow.