Tarzan the Ape Man (MGM, 1932). Australian Daybill (15" X 40"). Films based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' vine-swinging jungle hero had been made ever since 1918, but this 1932 film, the first which starred Olympic gold medalist swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, is considered definitive today. Although "Tarzan, the Ape Man" is scarcely recognizable from his literary counterpart, it succeeds for the same reason the book did. It successfully portrays a glamorously carefree life in the open jungle, shows Tarzan and Jane swimming and swinging without a care in the world, yet always with a new adventure or peril to face. This film will always be remembered as the first true Tarzan. This gorgeous, original release, stone litho daybill is one of the few posters made for the first film in which Weissmuller's likeness is captured accurately. All of the original American posters did not, as he was an unknown in movies at the time. This daybill is only one of two that have survived that we are aware of. The poster had the top blank imprint and lower border trimmed. The small side borders were trimmed just barely into the art. All have been replaced beautifully and the poster appears in wonderful condition. All of the image was completely intact prior to restoration. Fine on Linen.

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