A publicity still for “The Romance of Tarzan” with Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan, and Enid Markey as Jane Porter.
“The Romance of Tarzan” was the second Tarzan film to be made, following on from “Tarzan of the Apes”. Both were released in 1918, and were based on the first Tarzan novel, “Tarzan of the Apes”. “The Romance of Tarzan” covers the second part of the book, and Tarzan’s attempt to return to civilisation. Most of the story takes place in America, rather than Africa, which disappointed audiences. The lack of enthusiasm for the film led to it not being preserved, so there is no known copy of it today, though the first film exists in its entirety.
Original B&W photo
Buster Crabbe as Tarzan in the 1933 film serial “Tarzan the Fearless”, with Jacqueline Wells (better known by her later stage name of Julie Bishop) as Mary Brooks, a character intended to take the place of the more traditional Jane, but with a different name to be different from the MGM Tarzan films with Johnny Weissmuller.
This was Crabbe’s only appearance as Tarzan, though he had already played a similar role in “King of the Jungle” as Kaspa the Lion Man, and played similar “Jungle Men” afterwards.
Original B&W photo.